The 58th Annual Convention of the Lunarians SF Society
March 18 – 20, 2016 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.

The convention’s Vintage Film Room will present Movie Mikes’s new, expanded feature cut of the 1940 “Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe” serial, retitled “Mission to Mongo.” It runs a bit over three hours of continuous action, with no chapter breaks.

This 16mm film print is seamlessly edited to tell the most complete version of this classic story ever produced. It restores all the best scenes, character backgrounds and plot setups that are missing in the short, choppy TV versions.

We’ll visit the frozen land of Frigea, resembling Star Wars’ ice planet, and see Queen Fria’s hairdo, which which later appeared on Princess Leia. We’ll get to see the women warriors riding unicorns among the giant trees of Aboria. And we’ll witness the full diabolical dimension of Ming’s evil mind and Lady Sonia’s betrayal.

This was the third serial in the series, and the one which most closely resembles the original Alex Raymond comic strip in plot elements, casting, characters, costumes and designs.

Made 1940, with WWII already started, Ming The Merciless has been transformed from a decadent oriental emperor to a European-style dictator. He now wears military regalia in place of sweeping robes. He’s running concentration camps, persecuting minorities, and using the weapons most feared at the time: fire bombs, poison gas and a hideous synthetic plague.

At Lunacon, Mike will also present a Leonard Nimoy Memorial Tribute in 16mm which will include two Star Trek episodes, an installment of In Search of UFOs that Nimoy hosted, and his first appearance in film, as the junior member of a Martian invasion team in Satan’s Satellites. That’s the feature cut of the serial Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952). Evil Martians in hooded catsuits have landed on Earth to work fiendish plan. With the aid of a renegade scientist and hired henchmen in fedoras, they’re building a huge H-bomb to blow the Earth out of its orbit. Then Mars can take its place and enjoy an improved climate. Only Republic’s bullet-helmeted Rocket Man hero can save the world. A very young Leonard Nimoy appears as one of the Martians. You’ll recognize his voice as he delivers a dying speech.

The Vintage Film Room at Lunacon will also host a panel on
Empowered Females In Science Fiction, followed by a screening of the Rocky Jone Space Ranger adventure Crash of Moons, in which women get all the action, and a slide show lecture on Future War Fiction 1880s-1920s with lurid cover illustrations and lots of politically incorrect and very steampunkish ideas.

Reserve your place at the Lunacon, where you will also enjoy a
Costume Parade, meet distinguished SF Guests of Honor, and experience a wide variety of panels, presentations and participation activities! Register now!


16mm Film & Photography