(aka, Terror in Space) This is one of the most incredibly stylish SF films ever made. We have a brooding, shadowy spaceship, full of strange angles and odd spaces, some of them large enough to leave its crew dwarfed within them. And this isn’t the aliens’ ship: this is the one our protagonists show up […]Read more "Planet of the Vampires [Terrore nello spazio] (1965)"
There is one thing about this film which makes no sense whatsoever. As strange as it may seem, Nicholas Meyer wrote the script for this film. Yes, that’s the same Nicholas Meyer who almost single-handedly saved the Star Trek Movie Franchise as the writer/director of The Wrath of Khan, who wrote the novel The Seven […]Read more "Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)"
I learned something new about Doctor Who from watching this film. Or maybe I should say “something old,” It’s been a long time since I saw this one, and my perspective has changed considerably. I saw it long before the current revival series, , and, in fact, before I’d actually seen William Hartnell’s version of […]Read more "Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)"
A collision with the moon knocks loose some moon rock fragments, which fall to earth in a meteor shower. A tiny fragment lodges itself in a young man’s skull, so when the moon is out, he becomes… A lizard man. …What, you thought I was going to say “werewolf”? However, lizard man or not, this […]Read more "Track of the Moon Beast (1976)"
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a short film. In fact, there are untold numbers of them floating around, although few of them are really noteworthy. Many are poorly made, or worse, poorly written, some are vanity projects, and quite a few are nothing more than demo projects, showing off, say, the director’s exploding […]Read more "Doctor Who Anime (2011)"
To date, I haven’t covered television shows or episodes of television shows, although I have at times covered TV movies, mini-series and BBC “series”. However, whatever else you may say about Shada, it is not merely another episode of Doctor Who. Instead, it is more like the Lost Dutchman mine of the Who universe. After […]Read more "Doctor Who: Shada (2017)"
“Look! Jellyfish!” “There’s more of them!” “They’re all over!” “They’re attacking!” I think this must be the single most absurd dialogue sequence I’ve heard in any film. Even if the “attacking” jellyfish didn’t look like floating bits of brightly colored junk, this would sound silly. But when we’re talking not jellyfish, but Portuguese Man O’Wars? […]Read more "Sting of Death (1965)"
This is one of the most important films in Christopher Mihm‘s Mihmiverse: The second one. Yes, we know making one movie, even the most inept and second-rate effort, is very hard –and it is even harder when we’re talking a film as accomplished and well-made as Mihm’s The Monster of Phantom Lake. But what really separates the men […]Read more "It Came from Another World! (2007)"
This one isn’t what it seems to be. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t somewhat familiar territory: yet another haunted house movie with a one-word title. This one is about a young, apparently widowed mother with two kids whose already difficult lives are complicated by a series of increasingly frightening events. Something — or some […]Read more "The Diabolical (2015)"
A barbarian army has laid siege to the stronghold of a group of powerful telepaths, in the hope of seizing their secret treasure. So the telepaths go out and find the one man for the job, who will have to wipe out their army single-handed. No big deal, right? This is one of the best […]Read more "Interzone (1987)"