Countdown (1968, dir. Robert Altman)

With the Soviets poised to reach the moon first, the US scrambles to respond by sending a Gemini astronaut into space. Talky and somewhat passive Cold War-era basic training/mission flick enlivened by NASA access, and by getting earlier to material explored by later, better films. No classic, despite interesting credits.

Here’s the trailer.

Countdown (2019, dir. Justin Dec)

A student nurse and her friends are stalked by Death via a mobile phone app. Generally solid Final Destination jumpscare variant with some effective sequences and a dry sense of humour throughout. No classic, but an interesting if disposable contemporary wrinkle on well-worn themes nevertheless.