Wow. Just what we really needed. A SyFy Network remake/sequel/reboot/re-imagining of a TV Movie from the Seventies. It’s really not quite clear which one this is as the story is quite different, although it does still revolve around the idea of a Yeti straying close to a ski resort and eating people. And it is […]
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This one was depressing. Now, I’ve been intrigued by the notion of Toho producing a big scale Godzilla Anime since I first heard of the project, particularly when I heard that it would be set in a far future, in a world where Godzilla has ruled for thousands of years. When the first of the […]
Read more "Godzilla: The Planet Eater [Gojira: hoshi wo kû mono] (2018)"
I think I understand now why so many people have not liked Venom. You see, the movie has a terrible secret: It isn’t a Superhero film. Yeah, we know it is from the whole Marvel Studios/Marvel Comics empire, and yeah, Venom is one of their comic book characters. But this still isn’t a comic book […]
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Firsts. Let’s face it, under the best of circumstances, the first science fiction film from another country — oh, let’s be honest, the first anything — isn’t likely to be great. Or good for that matter. Heck, I always end up grumbling at those lists of the best SF films ever made that feel they have to include Destination Moon. […]
Read more "Uçan daireler Istanbulda [Flying Saucers Over Istanbul] (1955)"
(aka Enemy from Space) This is one of the lost treasures of the Fifties SF boom. I suppose it doesn’t help that the original Quatermass serials never played in the United States, or that the most successful and highly regarded film in the series, Quatermass and the Pit (renamed Five Million Years to Earth in […]
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(Spoilers ahead!) The strangest thing about Universal’s horror output during the Forties is that they somehow managed to make one of their classics, The Wolf Man. The rest of their offerings seem mixed, at best, with a few truly strange offerings, like turning a Clyde Beatty animal training movie into a horror film (or any […]
Read more "The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)"
A young man wakes from a nightmare about masked men murdering everyone in his office to find everyone dead. When he calls his emergency number, a team of assassins try to kill him. His wife doesn’t know him, his friends all seem to be working for whoever is trying to get him, and his bullet […]
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(aka Giant Phantom Monster Agon) I thought, once I’d caught up with 1959’s The Three Treasures I had seen all the Kaiju Eiga films Toho studios made (and yes, that does include their co-production with Tsuburaya Productions, Daigoro vs Goliath). So I was just a little surprised to learn that they had released a virtually unknown Giant Monster […]
Read more "Agon: Atomic Dragon [Maboroshi no Daikaijū Agon](1968)"
Strange things start happening around an atomic research center on a US Air Force base in Canada. Before you know it, there are grisly and mysterious deaths they can’t seem to stop — and which seem to be the work of invisible creatures… This one has the strange distinction of being a British film, pretending […]
Read more "Fiend Without a Face (1958)"
If I had to sum this one up in just a few words, I probably would be tempted to describe it as a Japanese attempt to make one of those Mexican luchador masked wrestler movies. Which would be almost as weird as the film they actually did make. A young man notices that a planet […]
Read more "The Golden Bat [Ôgon batto] (1966)"