Mulgoe [Monstrum] (2018)

Mulgoe combines two very different types of movies: the lavish historical epic of the sort that the Chinese film industry has been making lately, built around political machinations, a serious threat against Imperial power and a heroic figure who steps in to support the Emperor at great cost –and the monster movie. I have to […]

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The Loch Ness Horror (1982)

What amazes me most about this one is that Larry Buchanan did not recycle the creature mask he’d used in so many films before.  I mean, it stood in for gill men in Creature of Destruction and Curse of the Swamp Creature, and even put in a stint as a dinosaur still alive after millions of years […]

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The Devil Bat (1940)

Things are a lot harder than they used to be. At least if you are a mad scientist. These days you have to do a lot more research, talk about quantum mechanics or string theory and expect the legion of fanboys out there to complain if you get your formulas wrong.  But back in the […]

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Stereo (1969)

This was David Cronenberg’s first film and it is in many respects a dry run for Scanners. It is also seriously strange and arty. He got the Canadian government to give him a substantial grant to write a novel, but made this film instead.  I really don’t know how they reacted, although I’m cynical enough to […]

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Space Raiders (1983)

I have no clue what Roger Corman was thinking.  This is not one of those films which makes a lot of sense. A cute little kid gets in the middle of a raid by Space Pirates and inadvertently ends up aboard the ship they steal.  And it becomes every kid’s dream of becoming a pirate […]

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