I was halfway through this one when I realized that it seemed very familiar. I’d seen virtually the same plot in Amicus Productions’ The Mind of Mr. Soames. While the two came out the same year (and Mr. Soames doesn’t seem to have reached the theaters until 1971), the Amicus film was based on a […]Read more "Trog (1970)"
I love this one. I mean, hard-boiled alien cop pursues a bad guy to Earth, where he discovers that he is only fourteen inches tall? It’s brilliant, it’s silly, it is incredibly inspired in a totally bonkers sort of way, and it is something you can only find from a small, independent distributor because the […]Read more "Dollman (1991)"
(aka, Godzilla Versus the Smog Monster) It would be unfair to call this the ugly sister of Godzilla movies. Unfair to ugly sisters, that is. “Crazy aunt in the attic” might come closer to catching the spirit of the thing, but then Toho has never felt the need to hide this one. We are talking […]Read more "Godzilla Versus Hedorah [Gojira tai Hedora] (1971)"
Andrew Bellware is one of those directors who intrigues me. I’m not saying he’s a great director, or that he’s made any incredibly great films. No, all I’m willing to say at this point is that he’s made several massively cheap SF films which are strange enough and have so many ideas that they stand […]Read more "Millennium Crisis (2007)"
This is a very, very silly film. I like it. If you asked me what was the best part of all the films Charles Band produced under his Empire Films and Full Moon Features labels, I would be hard pressed to answer. At least at first. But, once I had a chance to think about […]Read more "Bad Channels (1992)"
Every now and then, you find a movie which just doesn’t have the faintest clue what it is. This is one of them. It has the uneasy distinction of being one of the first movies Charles Band‘s Empire Films turned out — and it features virtually everyone who would go on to be one of […]Read more "Ragewar [The Dungeonmaster] (1984)"
You know a film is in trouble if its biggest selling point is that it stars Battlestar Galactica‘s Richard Hatch. That’s the original Battlestar Galactica, of course. Okay, okay, we know John Saxon is in there, too, obviously having a great time playing the villain. And what do you know, there’s that girl who appeared […]Read more "Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983)"
Love. Fail. Repeat! There is a very curious credit at the beginning of this film, that tells us it is based on Hugh Sullivan’s film, The Infinite Man. The implications seem almost impossibly strange, particularly for an independent film: A remake? Of a film three years old? Toto, we’re not in Oz anymore. But that isn’t what […]Read more "Melocotones [Peaches](2017)"
Larry Blamire is best known for his comedy The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: it was one of the many attempts to make a Fifties-style sci fi film which started appearing around the beginning of the Millennium. Truth be told, it was one of the better such films, although that isn’t so hard when the competition […]Read more "Trail of the Screaming Forehead (2007)"
Honorable Mention (Spoilers ahead) Sometimes one just doesn’t know where to file some films. But it’s even worse when you get the impression that even the director didn’t know. Not long before his success with the TV series Miami Vice, Michael Mann directed this strange, moody and very artistic horror film. The Keep is awash […]Read more "The Keep (1983)"