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 […]Read more "The Giant Spider (2013)"
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)"
(aka Beyond the Trek, Deep Space) Teleios In Greek, the word means “perfect.” But, ironically, it also means “having reached its end,” a meaning that ties in nicely with the ending of this film. On the surface, this stunning, independent film is about a team of genetically perfect, corporately created super humans on a mission […]Read more "Teleios (2017)"
(aka, The Orion Loop) It’s interesting to note that, unlike some of the Soviet SF films of the Eighties, this one doesn’t seem to have any barely concealed criticisms of Soviet life. Instead, it is a fairly straightforward story about cosmonauts on a mission to explore a mysterious phenomena known as Orion’s Loop. The crew of […]Read more "Petlya Oriona [Orion’s Loop](1981)"
A mysterious object, a little like a meteor, crashes to Earth and brings the body of a dead gangster back to life. Or something like that. This one is, despite the date, set in the Fifties and is supposed to be an homage to the Fifties Sci Fi and horror films. It really isn’t quite […]Read more "The Day It Came to Earth (1977)"
What an odd film. Robert Hays (of all people) looking more than a decade and a half older than he did in Airplane!, plays the villain, Morgan, a billionaire so rich that he bought the entire island of Pacifica as his own personal little fiefdom. It’s a wide-open sort of town, like Shanghai in some Thirties […]Read more "Cyber Bandits (1995)"