They should have called this one “Product Placement and Me.” Seriously. I have never seen so many product placements in one film in all my life. I mean, how many films have you seen where they discover that Coca-Cola is the alien’s natural diet? While you are contemplating the oddness of a planet where the […]
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This one was far better than I expected. On the face of it, one expects Night Feeders to be just another ultra cheap made-on-a shoestring-with-help-from-the-neighbors sort of horror film. We’ve seen a lot of those, and it doesn’t appear to fall too far from the formula. A group of friends go out into the woods […]
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Beyond Skyline is at its best in its first half hour or so, as we see the alien invasion from the first film from the perspective of a new set of characters. I suspect much of the effects work may have been recycled from the first film as well. Not that it is as well […]
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This one is beyond me. Perhaps it all gets summed up in the first few moments of the film. On an alien world we see some sort of moon base with a huge laser cannon or possibly an antenna. The model is obviously meant to look like a model, the sort of lightly detailed model […]
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This is not a movie I would ever have imagined myself seeing in the theater. But stranger things have happened, and by some freak chance, I won two tickets to a limited pre-release showing. Mazinger Z got its start as a Manga and then an Anime back in 1972. It was the first to feature […]
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And then there’s Klaus Kinski… Klaus earned the reputation for being a great actor thanks largely to a number of impressive films he did with Werner Herzog, most notably Aguirre: The Wrath of God. Part of his fame, I suspect, had as much to do with the stories of the epic battles between actor and […]
Read more "Creature [Titan Find] (1985)"
The biggest problem with this one is that there just isn’t enough to it. That may seem a strange thing to say about a movie that features giant stop-motion alien monsters battling it out with each other; lots of alien spaceships in a dazzling number of designs; a “flying vacuum cleaner” drone; tiny leaping aliens; […]
Read more "The Day Time Ended (1979)"
Antonio Margheriti never got the sort of reputation Mario Bava and some of his fellow Italian directors of the Sixties and Seventies have acquired. Nor does it seem all that likely that anyone is going to “rediscover” him any time soon, either under his own name or his usual Anthony M. Dawson pseudonym. You see, while he […]
Read more "Alien from the Deep [Alien degli abissi] (1989)"
Not long before he released 10 Cloverfield Lane, J.J. Abrams talked about his desire to develop Cloverfield into an anthology series of films. With the release of the latest entry, perhaps the nature of this very strange series of films is beginning to take shape. While the first film was a found footage monster movie, […]
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This one was better than I remembered. Mind you, like a lot of genre films, you still have to accept it for what it is, which in this case is a somewhat absurd Nineties buddy-cop revenge drug war science fiction action film with horror elements. Yep. One of those. Actually, there’s a fairly clever idea […]
Read more "I Come In Peace [Dark Angel] (1990)"