The realities of Roger Corman: This one is a cheap retread of Roger Corman’s 1982 Mutant (aka, Forbidden World), which was itself one of his first cheap retreads of Alien. One can point to other instances where he remade his own films (for example, his Naked Paradise script got recycled as Beast From Haunted Cave, Creature from the […]Read more "Dead Space (1991)"
This is a post-Apocalyptic Italian version of Rambo. There really isn’t a lot more you need to know about it. Sure, there’s a lot of talk about nuclear war, and the familiar warlord type trying to rule what’s left of the world, but you know sooner or later, the big, bare-chested guy is going to […]Read more "Rush (1983)"
This is one of those movies I like more than it probably deserves. Which doesn’t change the fact that this is an reasonably good slow burn time travel movie with an interesting notion or two behind it. It is also a reminder that you don’t need millions of dollars worth of effects for a science […]Read more "When Time Expires (1997)"
Right. You see, there is this old movie studio which is about to get torn down. You know, the one that everyone knows is haunted? But it is really one of those places where time and space can suddenly connect (you know, like the Bermuda Triangle, only…different), so those trapped inside are left in a […]Read more "Timesweep (1987)"
This was one of the selections from this year’s Sci Fi London Convention. Now as I’ve noted before, many of the most interesting Indie films have shown there including such impressive efforts as Resolution, Yesterday Last Year, Avalon, and Nydenion. So it is generally a good sign if a film becomes one of their official selections. Now, […]Read more "Precognition [App for Life] (2018)"
This is a strange one. We start out with grainy and badly-scratched black and white footage of legendary horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft talking into an old-fashioned radio microphone about his work. It seems for a moment that we’re in a documentary about Lovecraft as he talks at length about the type of stories he writes […]Read more "Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998)"
You’ll note that this one came out in 1998, the same year as the American Godzilla. It is also a TV movie about a giant monster. That pretty much tells you most of what you need to know about this one. We’ve got a young Adam Baldwin as a scientist, who — like Craig T. Nelson […]Read more "Gargantua (1998)"
In case anyone out there has missed it, Hollywood is strange. Consider the case of Peter Benchley’s 1994 novel White Shark (later re-titled Creature): it features a truly grotesque and frightening monster, a product of Nazi science which has been in hibernation since the war. We are talking about a fanatical Nazi soldier, who has […]Read more "Creature (1998)"
Black Rocks jutting out of the sea. Plumes of steam rising here and there. Angry waves pounding the beach. A battered wooden weather station. And a lonely lighthouse perched atop the low island’s highest point. It is a harsh and desolate place that not many people would want to visit — let alone chose as […]Read more "Cold Skin (2017)"
What a strange film. And I don’t mean that in a good way. Gintama is the live action film adaptation of one of the many anime series out there, this one about an Edo era Japan where space aliens have come to Japan. While they originally came as visitors, that slowly changed and the Samurai […]Read more "Gintama (2017)"