Gargantua (1998)

You’ll note that this one came out in 1998, the same year as the American Godzilla. It is also a TV movie about a giant monster. That pretty much tells you most of what you need to know about this one. We’ve got a young Adam Baldwin as a scientist, who — like Craig T. Nelson […]

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Creature (1998)

In case anyone out there has missed it, Hollywood is strange. Consider the case of Peter Benchley’s 1994 novel White Shark (later re-titled Creature):  it features a truly grotesque and frightening monster, a product of Nazi science which has been in hibernation since the war.  We are talking about a fanatical Nazi soldier, who has […]

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Cold Skin (2017)

Black Rocks jutting out of the sea.  Plumes of steam rising here and there.  Angry waves pounding the beach.  A battered wooden weather station.  And a lonely lighthouse perched atop the low island’s highest point. It is a harsh and desolate place that not many people would want to visit — let alone chose as […]

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Gintama (2017)

What a strange film. And I don’t mean that in a good way. Gintama is the live action film adaptation of one of the many anime series out there, this one about an Edo era Japan where space aliens have come to Japan.  While they originally came as visitors, that slowly changed and the Samurai […]

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Pandora Machine (2004)

This was Andrew Bellware’s first science fiction film. I’d long had the impression that Millennium Crisis was his first, but three years earlier, he made this cyberpunk detective story about a cop and his partner trying to find an important politician’s murderer in a dystopian future. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Bellware is one […]

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The Kindred (1987)

Imagine.  An Eighties creature feature with not one, but two mad scientists! And not just two mad scientists, but two complete secret laboratories full of gruesome violations of the natural order! And one of them is played by…Rod Steiger. Okay.  I’m not making this up.  Nor am I making up the fact that the other […]

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