A sudden flash, like lightning, the sound of someone in the house, and an elderly woman and her granddaughter find themselves prisoners in their own home, at the mercy of a group of strange aliens. Before long, the neighbor’s son gets killed, the Sheriff’s department is called in, an angry mob of locals shows up, […]Read more "Stranded (1987)"
Gaurav Seth came to my attention a few years ago with a very clever time travel film, Prisoner X, which combined a truly unique take on a familiar SF trope with a deft touch. So the announcement that he was working on a second SF film came as a pleasant surprise. After all, Seth, who […]Read more "Entangled (2019)"
I do not like this one. The basic situation is solid: a fractious family celebrating Christmas finds that they have been mysteriously barricaded into their own home. And then they start getting instructions from the TV. As the tensions increase inside the house, their instructions get stranger and stranger — and more sinister. …But who […]Read more "Await Further Instructions (2018)"
Before there was television, there were the serials. Each week, at your local theater, you could see the latest episode of the current serial and watch Flash Gordon fight giant lizards, or the Copperhead battle Dr. Satan’s robots. Most of them had twelve episodes, although a few had as many as Fifteen, and each episode […]Read more "Mysterious Island (1951)"
From the man who brought you Robot Monster! …And we know we’re already in trouble. Now, if I gave you a quick description of The Cape Canaveral Monsters, you might think that it was a cheap Fifties Sci Fi film. But you’d be completely wrong — and not just because it came out a year […]Read more "The Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960)"
If you asked me what The Lake reminds me of more than anything else, my first thought would be a certain Science Fiction film from 1956. However, after a moment’s consideration, I would instead say the sort of serious TV drama NBC was making back in the Nineties. After all, we have the tough, talented […]Read more "The Lake (1998)"
Somewhere along the way I noted that one of the telltale signs of a bad movie is how many names it goes under. This doesn’t always work (consider the intriguing Giallo film Le Orme/Footsteps/Footsteps on the Moon/ Primal Impulse, for example) and Italian films, in particular, tend to get marketed under a variety of names […]Read more "Shocking Dark (1989)"
I think I can see why cult favorite David Gale appeared in so few science fiction films: After all, they had to build all that extra scenery for him to chew. In fact, this may be his single most manic performance in a horror film, which is saying quite a bit when you think of […]Read more "Syngenor (1990)"
What a lovely film! I’ll admit it. I love it when I find a SF movie that is unique and unexpected, which finds some strange nook no one else has explored and settles down there for an hour or two. Which is what we have here, a very Japanese, sui generis alien invasion film. Only […]Read more "Sanpo suru shinryakusha [Before We Vanish] (2017)"