Exhumed Films presents a Double Feature of Underrated Sci-Fi Films!
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock / Dune
30th Anniversary Screenings!
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
dir. Leonard Nimoy, 1984, 35mm, 105 min.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was one of the biggest box office hits of 1982, so Paramount was anxious to quickly ramp up a sequel. Although Trek fans generally loved Khan, the film’s decision to kill off Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock was a controversial one, to say the least. As its title implies, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock focuses on Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the Enterprise as they attempt to retrieve the body of their fallen comrade. However, they run afoul of a cruel Klingon commander (Back to the Future’s Christopher Lloyd) who plots to steal the rejuvenating secrets of the planet Genesis for his own nefarious purposes. While not as lucrative as either Star Trek II or the oddly light-hearted sequel Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, The Search for Spock is an intelligent, enjoyable, and underrated entry in the Trek film series.
dir. David Lynch, 1984, 35mm, 137 min.
Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction novel "Dune" was long considered unfilmable, though several directors—most famously, Alejandro Jodorowsky—tried to bring the classic to the screen during the 1970s, only to see their projects ultimately fall apart. But in 1984, acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker David Lynch followed his art-house successes Eraserhead and The Elephant Man with an ambitious, big budget adaptation of Herbert’s masterpiece. Lynch’s Dune is infamous in the realm of sci-fi films: it is a divisive movie, one that fans tend to either love or hate. Many of the film’s weaknesses can be traced to the fact that producer Dino DeLaurentis forced Lynch to excise over 45 minutes of footage in order to get the running time down to a more reasonable (but still lengthy) 2 hours and 17 minutes. But flawed or not, Dune’s story of political intrigue, galactic warfare and religious allegory set in the far-off future is visually stunning and truly epic in score. Featuring an impressive cast (Kyle MacLachlan, Jurgen Prochnow, Patrick Stewart, Max von Sydow) and an orchestral/rock hybrid score by the band Toto (!), Dune is definitely a film that deserves a second look.