The opening narration should give it away. I mean, this one was based on a video game that came out in the late Eighties, and actually starts with the opening narration from the game. It has this awkward clunky style which may be meant to echo the sort of overblown and over-dramatic introductory speeches you’d […]Read more "It Came from the Desert (2017)"
I have no idea what this film is. Is it science fiction? A fantasy? A Lovecraftian horror film? A mystery? A supernatural thriller? A waking dream? I can’t tell you. it could be any or all of them. But whatever it is, you have to watch this one. Now. Right away. This one is a […]Read more "The Endless (2017)"
(Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.) For a long time it seemed as if every Science Fiction film had to have a “Stargate” sequence like 2001. Even a normally sensible director like Brian DePalma fell into the trap in Mission To Mars. But it’s been a long time since I saw one. A very […]Read more "A Wrinkle in Time (2018)"
(aka Pod People) This is a movie with a serious identity crisis. It starts off sensibly enough: a group of evil poachers are out in a wildlife refuge stealing rare eggs, a famous but vain singer plans to take a wilderness camping trip with his engineer and his bevy of beautiful backup singers, and a meteor […]Read more "Extra Terrestrial Visitors [Los nuevos extraterrestres] (1983)"
Let’s face it. You could take the science fictional elements out of this one and barely change the story. A group of former World War II soldiers who share a guilty secret — and a treasure they stole together — are murdered one by one by a mysterious man in a soldier’s uniform. Could he […]Read more "The Secret of the Telegian [Densô ningen] (1960)"
Some people just don’t know when to quit. Take Jerry Warren, for instance: He started out making low budget genre movies, but wasn’t very good at it. He then moved to importing foreign genre films and adding additional scenes to them for the American market. If anything, these were even worse than his own efforts. […]Read more "Frankenstein Island (1981)"
What with one thing and another, I haven’t watched much Russian SF lately. I suppose it is because I’ve seen most of the better known examples and haven’t felt like watching some of the darker films like The Thirteenth Apostle or Konstantin Lopushansky‘s Russian Symphony. But I got lured into watching this one because of its […]Read more "Seven Elements [Sem stikhiy] (1984)"