The Diabolical Dr. Z [Miss Muerte] (1966)

It just occurred to me, as I was sitting here writing this, that the one corner of the SF genre which seems to have disappeared almost completely is the mad scientist film. Oh, sure, there are exceptions – say, Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (which is really a superhero film) and Brett Piper‘s Queen […]

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They Bite (1996)

In 1996, when this film came out, B-Movie Maestro Brett Piper had already made four films, including the one he seems best remembered for, the wildly miss-named A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell. But this was the one that really defined his work for the next decade – and after ten years of post-Apocalyptic films, it comes […]

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The Brain (1988)

Far more years ago than I care to remember, there was a movie which kept running over and over again on some TV station or other.  At the time, it was one of my all time favorite guilty pleasure movies:  Ed Hunt’s 1977 Starship Invasions.  It was a strange combination of Sun Classics UFO documentary and Republic SF […]

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Robot World (2015)

This is a slow and subtle film, which (after a brief intro) builds its story gradually, showing us what happens rather than telling us what is going on. Which, of course means that a lot of people won’t like it. It is a fairly basic sort of story, in many respects: the all too familiar […]

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Captive Wild Woman (1943)

This is the one where John Carradine, in his first leading role, turns Ray “Crash” Corrigan into a beautiful and exotic woman. Of course, as in a big percentage of his roles, that’s Ray in his instantly recognizable Ape suit, playing yet another big ape, a girl ape this time.  He appeared in that suit […]

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Valley of the Dragons (1961)

It was a decidedly strange moment.  The heroes of Valley of the Dragons look up in the sky and say that there’s a pterosaur.  But the creature we see is, in fact, very, very familiar.  Too familiar. Which is probably why no one else ever tried to pass off footage of Rodan as a pterodactyl. Even if […]

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