It is actually impressive to see so many of the Polonia Brothers‘ stock company of players in one movie. Of course, when I say “see” it’s a somewhat relative term as almost all of them are hidden behind ape masks. Or security guard masks. Heck, even Mark Polonia himself is hiding beneath one. In fact, […]Read more "Empire of the Apes (2013)"
As strange as it may seem, there are a few Classic science fiction films I have not seen. This was one of them. Blame it on that final gruesome scene, a fragment of which I saw on cable TV while someone was flicking around the dial. Or blame it on the disturbing storyline, which I […]Read more "The Fly (1986)"
There are strange movies, bad movies, and strange bad movies. And then there’s this thing. What we are talking about here is a Hong Kong film which “borrowed” all the special effects from a Japanese Tokusatsu kid’s program, Super Robot Mach Baron (the sequel to the Red Baron series), then shot new footage with Chinese […]Read more "Tie chao ren [The Iron Super Man] (1974)"
If you’ve read any of the books on SF film published before Star Wars came out, then you’ve heard of this film. As there hadn’t been too many SF films made by the mid-Seventies — not by today’s standards, at least — those books used to list just about every SF film made, including quite […]Read more "La brûlure de mille soleils [The Heat of a Thousand Suns] (1965)"
One of the greatest joys of searching out rare and foreign (and particularly Mexican) SF films is finding those films so totally ludicrous and bizarre that no Hollywood film executive in his right mind would ever have dreamed of giving it the greenlight. This is an exceptionally fine example. You see, there is this incredibly […]Read more "La mujer murcielago [The Batwoman] (1968)"
I have a soft spot for Time Travel films. But then, I’ve mentioned that before. Admittedly, they are remarkably hard to do right. Particularly if they’ve chosen to take the exceedingly difficult path of creating one involving multiple trips and lots of intersecting storylines. Which is what we have here. A young man with a […]Read more "Time Perspectives (2019)"
It’s a familiar situation. Beloved local doctor wants to cure his wife of the deadly disease that has left her slowly wasting away, so with the help of his hunchbacked lab assistant, he’s been stealing the bodies of dead young girls from the hospital so he can extract what he needs from their bodies. We […]Read more "El baúl macabro [The Macabre Trunk] (1936)"
Now, I have to admit that I am fond of “B” Monster movies. It isn’t exactly one of the most demanding of sub-genres: after all, one doesn’t expect that the creatures be perfectly realistic, or that the plot be hole-free, or that the acting,dialogue or depth of characterization be more than average. After all, it […]Read more "Bering Sea Beast [Beast of the Bering Sea] (2013)"
It sounds so familiar: A young woman, swept off her feet by an older man, arrives at her fairy tale castle of an ultra-modern house. Everything in it is hers, even the money in the safe — but there is one room where she is not allowed to go. But, of course, she looks. And finds something […]Read more "Elizabeth Harvest (2018)"
I really don’t know what to make of this one. We have a stunning opening as a huge, black space vessel arrives at a planet with two suns. An army of armored black creatures on horseback emerges and sets about their campaign to conquer this new world. So far so good, right? No reason an […]Read more "Krull (1983)"