Bert I. Gordon seemed to specialize in making things big. In fact, most of his contributions to the world of low budget horror and SF seem to involve photographically blowing something up to giant size, whether insects or people or animals of one sort or another, In fact, his first Seven movies — every one he […]Read more "The Food of the Gods (1976)"
(aka, Jules Verne’s ‘Mystery on Monster Island’; Monster Island) The theory here is that this one is based on Jules Verne‘s Mysterious Island. As I’ve noted before, there seems to be no real connection between a Jules Verne movie and anything he actually wrote. But even by that standard, this one has remarkably little to […]Read more "Mystery on Monster Island [Misterio en la isla de los monstruos] (1981)"
It seems strange, but one of the seminal SF film and TV series remains little seen in the United States. I refer, of course, to the original Quatermass serials and the Hammer film remakes that followed. While he had minimal impact on American SF movies, Quatermass inspired a generation of British SF movies and television […]Read more "The Uninvited (1997)"
(Warning: Mild Spoilers) Tim Holt is best remembered as a Cowboy star (and, curiously, as the son of Cowboy star Jack Holt). it really comes as no surprise to find him in the lead in a Fifties monster movie because those films tended to feature the sort of second string stars who could just as […]Read more "The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)"
If you really want to know what’s worth seeing in the world of independent SF film, the best place to start looking is usually at the SciFi London Festival. It’s been around for a long time now, and they’ve debuted quite a few interesting films, like Splice, 28 Days Later, Stingray Sam, Cyborg She, Avalon, La Hora Fria, and […]Read more "Bloggers (2017)"
There’s a hall in the Headquarters of Industrial Lights and Magic where, back in the Eighties (I do not know whether it is still there), they had a long row of posters for the movies they’d worked on. When Honey, I Shrunk the Kids came out they added it to the wall, even though they […]Read more "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)"
I’ll have to confess to a major disappointment here. After hearing it used so effectively in the trailers, I really, really wanted to hear Rush’s song “Tom Sawyer” when the rows of identical videogame warriors known as the Sixers get into their identical cars in lockstep. Oh well. The whole story of how this film […]Read more "Ready Player One (2018)"