Invaders from Mars (1986)

Let’s get this straight:  The original Invaders from Mars (1953) was not a great movie. William Cameron Menzies made it on a tiny budget and it shows. But it does something that Tobe Hooper and a big budget couldn’t do. It seems hard to imagine now, but Tobe Hooper was once considered a promising young director.  His […]

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Lavalantula (2015)

This one, of course, was made to cash in on the wave of over the top shark movies started by Sharknado. Yeah, yeah, these are spiders (mostly) but the idea of the super-competent hero taking on the menace that is terrorizing an entire city is pretty much the same.  Oh, and it was also made […]

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Top Line [Alien Terminator] (1988)

It seems that those Mill Valley Fifty movie sets always feel the need to throw at least a few half-way decent films in with all the trash.  That includes such interesting efforts as Primal Impulse (although in a horribly cropped print!); Peter Jackson’s splatter comedy debut, Bad Taste; the Indie classic, The Brother from Another Planet; Prey; The Manster; […]

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The Cat [Lao mao] (1992)

Connections, connections… I’d stumbled across a reference to the Hong Kong action film, The Legend of Wisely (Wai Si-Lei chuen kei) because someone said it had the same basic plot as Franco Nero’s Top Line — but had been done better.  However, when I looked it up, I learned it was one of a number of movies […]

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The Man Without a Body (1957)

Here we have one of those great Fifties stereotypes:  the world famous genius scientist and doctor, immensely respected in his profession, acclaimed as one of the greatest experts of his age; a sober, dedicated man trying to find new ways to save the lives of his patients; a deeply ethical and responsible researcher who puts […]

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