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 […]Read more "The Device (2014)"
I am awestruck by this film. This is a truly rare and incredible work of art, one which transcends its limitations to create a complex film that is at once intimate and yet sweeping in its scope. This is a dense drama, about people and choices which transforms something as simple as a trip across […]Read more "The End of the Lonely Island (2016)"
(aka, Venus Flytrap, Body of the Prey ) Sometimes you find a film that is far more interesting for all the weirdness surrounding it than for the film itself. In fact it’s hard to get anything straight about this one. The IMDB actually lists it twice, as a 1967 film and as a 1970 film. […]Read more "Revenge of Doctor X [Akuma no niwa] (1967)"
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 […]Read more "Jungle Captive (1945)"
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 […]Read more "Unearthed (2007)"
(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 […]Read more "51 (2011)"
(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 […]Read more "Mikadoroido (1991)"