The Device (2014)

Someone just pointed out to me the similarities between the stories about fairies in the old legends (which aren’t as delightful as the modern version) and the typical accounts of alien abduction and UFO encounters. Certainly, the traits given the aliens in these stories are clearly supernatural:  they pass through walls and cannot be stopped […]

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Jungle Captive (1945)

This is one of those films that leaves you wondering why. I mean, Captive Wild Woman, the first of Universal’s horror films about “Paula Dupree”, an ape transformed into a girl, wasn’t one of their great entries into their horror cycle.  In fact the most interesting part of it was that they had managed to transform […]

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Unearthed (2007)

A mysterious creature awakens in a remote desert community and proceeds to slaughter the locals. If it sounds familiar, it should.  This is a basic monster movie, with a lot of very familiar elements. And that monster is one of them:  it’s not a bad design, but it looks far too much like one of […]

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51 (2011)

(aka Area 51) Call it “bait and switch”. I can remember seeing this one in the video store back when it first came out and nearly renting it.  After all,  After Dark Films released it (although I didn’t notice at the time that it was an “original” and not part of one of their “8 […]

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Mikadoroido (1991)

(aka Mikadroid: Robokill Beneath Disco Club Layla, Mikadroid) The “Heisei era” at Toho studios — the revival of Godzilla in the late Eighties and Nineties — was a rather strange era, during which Toho seemed to be struggling to figure out where they were going next.   Following the release of Godzilla 1985 in 1984, one […]

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