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The Shape of Things to Come

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The Shape of Things to Come! No, it’s not a harrowing follow-up to our classic thrill ride short Drawing for Beginners: The Rectangle, it’s a space thing! 

Specifically, it’s a space thing “based on” a book by H.G. Wells. Even more specifically, it came out in 1979, two years after Star Wars, yet still feels like a B-movie from the 50s that someone accidentally colorized.

The titular Things to Come are a future in which mankind has laid waste to the Earth - which is, just, CLASSIC mankind - and lives on moon bases filled with boxy robots who can teleport, but only sometimes. Danger has emerged on a distant planet in the form of none other than Jack Palance, rocking a gold jumpsuit and purple cape combo, and chewing through scenery like a shark through tissue paper. Also, his name is OMUS. Jack Palance / Omus is out to rule the galaxy from his very dull space office, and our only hope is - who else? - some scientists in slightly-different jumpsuits. One of them is played by a guy from Space: 1999. Y’know, for the kids!

Choose your jumpsuit wisely and get on board with Mike, Kevin, and Bill for a geometrical taste of The Shape of Things to Come!

Written by Mike Nelson, Conor Lastowka, Sean Thomason

Contributing writers: Jason Miller, Zachary Shatzer

Contains light sci-fi violence and Jack Palance.

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Legacy devices (303.78 MB)
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Medium (932.8 MB)
High (TV) (1.45 GB)
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HD High (8.29 GB)
Burnable DVD Image (3.99 GB)

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Poster art by Jason Martian

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Average: 9 (138 votes)

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Movie Decade

Release date

January 31, 2020


78 minutes
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