Robot Holocaust (1986)

Once again, we’re back to the land of the MST3K, for what has to be one of the most threadbare post-Apocalyptic movies ever made.  After all, it’s set in New York City, with the famous skyline still intact behind all the ruined buildings where everything else takes place.  And, yes, that includes the World Trade Center! […]

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The Alpha Incident (1978)

Three years after he released The Giant Spider Invasion, Wisconsin based filmmaker Bill Rebane created this interesting little film. It is an exercise in minimalism, with most of the movie focused on five characters in a tiny train station .  A strange microorganism brought back (secretly) from Mars accidentally gets loose among this tiny group of strangers, and they […]

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From Beyond (1986)

It’s hard to imagine now, but Stuart Gordon was once hailed as one of the all-time great horror directors. His bloody horror comedy, Re-Animator, became an instant cult classic and everyone expected great things of him. It’s hard to say exactly what went wrong.  Despite the obvious talent on display in his films, none of his […]

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The Alien Dead (1980)

Don’t let the title fool you. There aren’t any aliens on display here.  This is routine zombie stuff, notable only for the presence of a totally unrecognizable Buster “Flash Gordon” Crabbe as the Sheriff, and the curious notion that the lumbering undead ate all the alligators in the swamp before starting on the locals. As […]

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

This one has been compared to The Dirty Dozen and described as a “grittier” entry into the Star Wars series. It really doesn’t seem like one. Ironically, this is largely argued on the basis of one character, Captain Cassian Andor, an intelligence officer for the Rebel Alliance, who is shown killing one of his own informants.  None […]

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Destination: Outer Space (2010)

We have seen the future and it is made of cardboard. It seems almost impossible to explain the films of Christopher R. Mihm.  Starting with The Monster of Phantom Lake back in 2006, he’s made a series of zero-budgeted black-and-white mock Fifties horror and SF films that deliberately try to recreate the look and feel of […]

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Kill Command (2016)

Think Dog Soldiers.  With Robots. The basic situation is nearly the same:  a team of soldiers are sent off to a remote area for a routine training exercise, only it isn’t quite so routine, there’s something they aren’t being told – and something waiting for them. Only here, it is a training facility being run […]

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Slave Girls on the Moon (2014)

Let me come right out and say it: I enjoyed this film. Most of you won’t. Joshua Kennedy is one of a small but growing group of passionate filmmakers who create interesting movies – most often retro-tinged SF, horror or fantasy – on infinitesimal budgets.  He is also one of the more accomplished of this group, […]

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Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake (1981)

(aka Croaked:  Frog Monster from Hell) Wisconsin based filmmaker,  Bill Rebane, is probably best remembered (thanks to the efforts of MST3K) for the bungled mess Herschell Gordon Lewis made of his Monster a-Go Go and his later, more successful The Giant Spider Invasion. In fact, if one accepts the flaws caused by his low budgets, his best films are reasonably well […]

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High-Rise (2015)

There’s a monastery in France designed by the celebrated Modernist architect, Le Corbusier, which is a site of pilgrimage for architectural buffs.  But there aren’t many monks actually living there. You see, when the thriving community of Dominican monks first moved in, they started having a lot of problems with severe depression.  It may have […]

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