This must have seemed like a good idea to someone in Hollywood. One can almost imagine the process: “hey, we’ve done well with realistic space films like Gravity and Interstellar…and we’re packing the teenagers in with these angsty romances…I know! We’ll combine the two!” Or was there a Reese’s commercial moment when two aides carrying […]
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I’l confess to being somewhat puzzled by this one. Now, as I’ve pointed out before, it seems to be a point of honor that Jules Verne movies can’t be based on the original books, except in the most tangential sort of way. And, I should note, frequently they’re played for comedy, no matter how serious the […]
Read more "Tajemství Ocelového mesta [The Secret of Steel City] (1979)"
It’s always an iffy proposition to watch a classic. You never know whether it will live up to the hype, or prove an utter disappointment. And this is particularly true when we’re talking about a classic BAD film. Now, there is an important distinction here, between the merely bad film, which is nothing more than sloppily made, […]
Read more "“Turkish Star Wars” Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam [The Man Who Saves the World] (1982)"
There aren’t many Fifties SF films I haven’t seen yet – and those few definitely tend to be among the least of the offerings of that era. Funny how that works out. This one was made by Arch Oboler, a singularly indifferent director who is best remembered for his radio plays for Lights Out – so […]
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“Let me get this straight: your plan for surviving the zombie plague is based on a movie that’s not even about zombies. “Well, if you say it like that…” Man, oh man, oh man… One of those genuine and unlikely surprises I stumbled across not too long ago was the marvelous little zombie film, Hide and Creep, […]
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This one is generally considered to be B-Maestro Brett Piper‘s best film. Certainly it is a lot of fun, even if somewhat weighted down by Shock-O-Rama (the film distributor)’s insistence on having lots of naked girls in their films. But he gets enough of a budget on this one that his signature stop motion effects have […]
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What the *(BLEEP)* did I just watch????? There are no words to describe this film. Seriously. We’ve got grainy black and white nonsense about aliens visiting the small Canadian town of Grand Bosh (really Dresser, Wisconsin, but I can understand why no one wanted to admit it), which somehow drags in all sorts of strange […]
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The best (and funniest) moment of The Giant Spider comes fairly early in the film, when we watch the series of expressions of horror which cross the face of a milquetoast of a husband as he watches the titular spider devour his abusive wife (offscreen) – and take its time about it. They just keep […]
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This is one of Polish director Piotr Szulkin‘s four political parables disguised as Science Fiction films from the Eighties. One wonders how in the world he got them made, as they offer a blistering assault on the realities of Communist life. I believe Poland was, at the time, one of the most repressive Eastern Bloc states, […]
Read more "The War of the Worlds: Next Century [Wojna swiatów – nastepne stulecie](1981)"
There’s one reason to see this film, and that’s the very cool, pedal-powered Aerojet MiniSub the hero tools around in. Well, that’s really not true, either. There is one reason to see this film and it is that it is the first film Roger Corman ever produced. No, it’s that it’s directed by the one and only Wyott […]
Read more "Monster from the Ocean Floor (1954)"