It’s always the garage, isn’t it? When some driven young scientist or engineer decides to create some radical new invention, it’s always in the garage (okay, okay, I can think of one movie where the secret invention was up in the attic, but that was a 1984 Czech children’s film). We’ve seen a lot of […]Read more "Yesterday Last Year (2017)"
This one bugged me so much I had to write about it. I’ve had some experience with Troma Films and by now I know what to expect: just enough halfway decent films mixed in with the garbage to convince you that maybe you should try this one. You might get lucky, you never know. Think of […]Read more "Actium Maximus: War of the Alien Dinosaurs (2005)"
You have to see this one. As I’ve noted before, most animated films these days are stuck in the rut of Pixar. Every major animated film out there, it seems, has to be CGI — and clean, semi-realistic CGI at that. Only a few movies (outside of Japan where the official style is Miyazaki-lite) dare […]Read more "Nova Seed (2016)"
Somehow it seemed inevitable back in the Fifties and Sixties. Every time our dauntless heroes landed on a new planet, they would find it filled with gorgeous women, whether the Moon (Missile to the Moon, Cat-women of the Moon), Uranus (Journey to the Seventh Planet), Jupiter’s moons (Fire Maidens from Outer Space), Future Earth (World Without […]Read more "Cave Women on Mars (2008)"
When one looks at the giants of British Horror Cinema, one notes that Hammer Films turned out an impressive number of SF films, including their remakes of the legendary Quatermass serials and far too many Bikini Cavegirl movies. Their closest competitor, Amicus, while they never made quite so many, did in fact contribute two Dr. […]Read more "Doomwatch (1972)"
This one had its start as a five minute short film Roger Armstrong and his friends made in two days for the “48 Hour Challenge” sponsored by the 2015 Sci Fi London Festival. Unable to compete with the money and professional talent of the other teams, he deliberately chose to make a grungy, Lo-fi film, as ragged and […]Read more "Sublimate (2016)"
When you talk about lost BBC science fiction shows, most people think about all the missing Dr. Who episodes. While I regret their loss as much as the average (Classic) Whovian (and would particularly love to see far more of Patrick Troughton’s run!), there are other programs whose loss I regret as much — or perhaps […]Read more "A for Andromeda (2006)"
Somehow, one imagines the creators of The Raiders of Atlantis in a production meeting trying to decide just what type of film they were going to make: a Mad Max copy? An Indiana Jones retread? A Jungle movie? A lost world film? A science fiction film? An Action film? A sea-going adventure? A buddy cop movie? […]Read more "The Raiders of Atlantis [I predatori di Atlantide] (1983)"
(Warning: Spoilers Ahead!) Not long ago, I noted that the mad scientist film seems to have disappeared. It never was exactly a realistic sort of concept, and as modern film has skewed away from non-realistic styles like expressionism and surrealism, it seems further and further out of place. But that didn’t stop Ridley Scott. Curiously, […]Read more "Alien: Covenant (2017)"
“I have a “gift” for disaster“ This one has been pretty much ignored and it seems a shame. It is one of those very Seventies sorts of films, admittedly, with a lot of ranting about how awful everything is — although it also seems to put that ranting in a very poor light, perhaps even […]Read more "The Medusa Touch (1978)"