She (1984)

I find myself imagining the writers conference for this film as I write this.  It must have involved ideas scribbled on cards, stuck to a dart, then thrown randomly at a bulletin board and tied together into a vague semblance of order. Thrown by monkeys, that is. Forget the novel by H.Rider Haggard.  It doesn’t […]

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The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

(Warning:  Spoilers ahead!) This is an odd one. For a brief moment in the Eighties, Disney turned out a number of fairly dark live action films at least nominally aimed at children.  This one is (at least on the surface) a moderately scary ghost story which strongly resembles the sort of horror films Hammer and […]

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The Stuff (1985)

Larry Cohen seems to have earned himself a reputation as a horror director in the Eighties, despite the fact that he only made a handful of horror films.  Enough of a reputation, at least, that he got a chance to direct a “Masters of Horror” episode back in the Nothings. He is best remember for […]

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Blade Runner 2049

Bleak. Stunning.  Beautiful.  Dazzling. Emotional. Intelligent. Stylish. Perhaps the best SF film anyone has made in a long, long time. But yes, bleak. I never expected that I’d end up going to see a Blade Runner sequel in the theaters.  The original was a strange, unrepeatable effort, a film that, as dazzling as it might […]

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From Hell It Came (1957)

(Dis)Honorable Mention Yes, this is the legendary bad film with the walking tree monster.  Not that it is as bad as the legends suggest.  It’s actually fairly good as low budget Fifties horror/SF goes.  Except for that tree monster, which is just absurd.  The thing can barely move and the rest of the cast are […]

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