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SCI FI Drive-in Hosts Classic Films Free Online

Giant Gila Monster

Earlier this month, the SCI FI Channel announced that its online site would host "SCI FI Drive-in" - a free service that streams full length science fiction films, shorts and animations.

The site was slated to launch January 21. Today my trusty SCI FI newsletter subscription reminded to check out the new "broadband channel," so I did.

Overall, the site is pretty neat, despite being rather limited. The original press release said that the channel would have a "library of nearly 100 films, shorts and animations, SCI FI Drive-in presents classic cult movies, fun television serials and uproariously campy documentaries and trailers." That's not exactly true. At least not yet.

Right now, 15 films and 3 serials are offered. Among the films are "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" (this movie is often noted as the "first" science fiction film and was featured in the last episode of the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon"), "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Metropolis," "Killers from Space," and "The Incredible Petrified World." The serials include "The Lost City," "Radar Men From the Moon," and "Undersea Kingdom." Also of note, Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans will find a few features from MST3K's Fourth Season, including "Giant Gila Monster," "Attack of the Giant Leeches," and "The Killer Shrews."

While all of the channels' current offerings are old black and white or colorized films/shows (many of which are, admittedly, somewhat boring to watch all the way through), they are true classics. They certainly help us appreciate how far we've come.

Kudos to SCI FI for creating a public library of classic science fiction for everyone with a decent internet connection. Yes, there are other sites and other torrents from which to obtain these films, but SCI FI's "mainstream" accessibility offers more exposure for the genre. I look forward to the future of the site and as many free sci-fi features as I can get. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on January 31, 2007 3:40 PM
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