This one is notable because it was the first film directed by Fred Olen Ray’s son, Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray. That is the only notable thing about it. Fred has a certain reputation among bad movie fans for turning out a seemingly endless number of mostly terrible exploitation films, many in the horror, soft porn or […]Read more "Reptisaurus (2009)"
It’s a bad sign when a film suddenly appears from nowhere. Particularly when it is the first film in a beloved franchise in 27 years. A very bad sign. And frankly, one has no trouble seeing why this one came out of nowhere, or why it premiered only days before its DVD/VOD release. To say […]Read more "Critters Attack! (2019)"
Okay, that’s interesting, someone turning a classic John Wayne movie into a SF Creature Feature… …And even more interesting that it is from China. One of the greatest frustrations for those of us constantly on the search for interesting SF and Fantasy films we haven’t seen are the films we catch a tantalizing glimpse of […]Read more "Monster [Guàishòu] (2018)"
Honorable Mention You have no excuse not to watch this one. After all, it’s short. In fact, it’s only a minute long. This is an intense, mini-documentary about the great Haruo Nakajima… …What, you never heard of him? That’s because he was the unseen actor under all of Godzilla‘s foam rubber, who played one of […]Read more "The Faceless Star (2019)"
I am mildly surprised that this film came out in 1982. Generally, one does think that people started making these sorts of DIY Faux-Fifties films in the Nineties. That’s, well, almost true. But there were a few earlier attempts, although most people haven’t heard of them. It Came from Somewhere Else was made in ’88, Lobster […]Read more "I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I. (1982)"
(aka Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Three Giant Monsters: The Greatest Battle on Earth ) This is my favorite of the Showa series Godzilla films. I’ll admit that the original Gojira is a better film, as it is one of the most intense and darkest in the whole series, and Monster Zero is almost as much fun […]Read more "Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster [San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen ](1964)"
I have to confess a certain affection for this film. This was one of a wave of CG animated science fiction and fantasy films that came out around the turn of the Millennium. Toy Story had come out in 1995 and as far back as 1985, Starchaser: The Legend of Orin had used computer animation […]Read more "Kaena: The Prophecy [Kaena: La prophétie] (2003)"