Apparently, if a scientist tells us something, it must be true. At least, that appears to be the message of this odd little film. We are shown a (supposedly) extinct lizard and told that the hero found it in a chunk of rock millions of years old. Sleeping. Yep, a living lizard which, thanks to […]Read more "Giant from the Unknown (1958)"
This film appeared the same year as Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, and it’s hard not to see it as Toei Studios’ attempt to break into the same market. The same year, they also released Magic Serpent, which ranks as one of the absolutely goofiest kaiju eiga movies ever made by anyone at any time for […]Read more "Terror Beneath the Sea [Kaitei daisensô] (1966)"
The greatest mystery about Island of Terror is why this tense little Hammer clone movie has so thoroughly fallen through the cracks. This was the first of two films Hammer’s Terrence Fisher directed for Planet Films (the other being Night of the Big Heat/Island of the Burning Damned). It wouldn’t be hard to imagine either of […]Read more "Island of Terror (1966)"
“Breathe!” “Live!” “Breathe!” The mad scientist bellows. A webbed and clawed hand stretches out of a dense cloud of mist, then vanishes back into it. At which point, seconds into the movie, it all suddenly gets far less interesting. There’s a mad scientist living back in the swamp, carrying out the usual forbidden experiments with people […]Read more "Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)"
The general complaint about this one has been that it resembles a “Hallmark Channel” movie. This is both unfair and at the same time, mostly true. Mind you, I’m sure you would’t find a film with such a clear, carefully thought-out, science fictional premise on The Hallmark Channel. A disgraced professor of Quantum Mechanics from a major university, […]Read more "Love & Teleportation(2013)"
This is one of those movies that could only have been made in the Fifties. After a classic Film-Noir-ish opening in which a couple stumbles out of the Muerte (aka, Death) Desert, the guy begins to tell his story in flashback. Mind you, it then jumps to yet another flashback from a minor character who never […]Read more "Mesa of Lost Women (1953)"
There’s a line in Star Wars that is almost guaranteed to get a laugh from even the hardest hard-core fan, when Ben Kenobi comments about the wreckage of the Jawa Sandcrawler, “And these blast points, too accurate for Sandpeople. Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.” In fact, the late Roger Ebert had the meme “Stormtrooper Marksmanship […]Read more "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)"
This is just your typical BMX warrior, robot romance, comic book, 90s direct-to-video homage, Power Rangers ripoff, post-apocalyptic parody, Michael Ironside movie. Mind you, as far as I know, there’s only one of them. In the crumbling world of the future, everyone gets around on bikes, even the ruthless gangs who seemed to have escaped […]Read more "Turbo Kid (2015)"
This is one of those films that seems a touch schizophrenic. So much of it seems like one of the German Edgar Wallace thrillers – from the stark, apparently abstract black and white credit sequence to the intense, high contrast cinematography, to the many German actors and the presence of Peter van Eyck in the leading […]Read more "The Brain (1962)"
(Aka, Attack of the Eye Creatures) Larry Buchanan is yet another of those familiar names in the world of bad SF movies. Perhaps he is best remembered for Mars Needs Women, which, despite being universally hailed as a truly awful film, is probably far better than most of the schlock he made. The Eye Creatures was […]Read more "The Eye Creatures (1965)"