It’s strange, but there are times when an idea suddenly starts appearing in movie after movie even though there is no connection between them — and the films themselves have little in common beyond certain shared themes. In the Nothings — and Twenty-tens — there were a lot of high tech vampire movies, often with […]Read more "True Bloodthirst [Vampyre Nation] (2012)"
There are some things that really bug you when people get them wrong. Usually, they’re the simple things that anyone who made the slightest effort would get right. And I do mean the slightest. Now I’m not referring to the fact that we’re told that what is obviously a World War II vintage warship is […]Read more "Bermuda Tentacles (2014)"
I’ve seen a lot of strange movies in my time, but Baby: Secret of the Lost L:egend is in an odd category all by itself. Here we have a Disney film, aimed squarely at the children’s market, with a cute animal which needs rescued… And yet it is full of bare breasts. I suppose, if […]Read more "Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)"
I’ll confess this one caught me by surprise. I hadn’t heard that there was yet another Tremors movie in the works and yet there it was, for sale on Amazon. Now for those of you not familiar with the franchise, Tremors started as a a remarkably good monster movie, followed by a a halfway decent […]Read more "Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020)"
You have to wonder: How many low budget Independent Science Fiction films — even those of the Mind You-Know-What variety — have had Martin Scorsese in a minor part? Maybe I’ve missed a few but as far as I know, the answer is…just this one. But it’s really not that much of a mystery why […]Read more "Campus Code (2015)"
“Now I ain’t no sissyfied preacher… “I am just an old fashioned, heaven-sent, sin-killing, blood-bought, God-given, Jesus-loving preacher. “And I have come to save your souls!” It’s really a remarkable opening, with Brion James, the hulking, chinless character actor who played one of the replicants in Blade Runner and graced so many Science Fiction and […]Read more "Street Asylum (1990)"
The basic story here is somewhat familiar: A gang of bank robbers on the run from a badly bungled job take a woman hostage and try to escape deep into the woods. Only there’s something else out there and it isn’t exactly friendly. Now Roger Corman had a similar story in Naked Paradise which he […]Read more "Sasquatch Mountain [Devil on the Mountain] (2006)"
Let’s face it: The most interesting part about this one is that it appears to have been made for CHCH in Hamilton, Ontario, one of those Independent monster mega TV stations with an absolutely incredible broadcast range like WGN in Chicago, WOR in New York, or Ted Turner’s WTBS. It used to be carried by […]Read more "The Tower (1985)"
Perhaps the best Science Fiction film of 2016 was The End of the Lonely Island, an independent Chinese effort (and, yes, we know there isn’t much of an Indie film industry in China!) by first time feature film director Wang Renchao. It was a dense, complex and yet fairly simple film, with a beautifully structured […]Read more "Deep In (2021)"
If there is any justice in the world of Science Fiction cinema, then the Twenty-Teens (and possibly the Twenty-Twenties) will be remembered as the age of Moorhead and Benson. So far they’ve directed four unique and fascinating sui generis films, which turn our standard genre tropes on their ears and use them to tell remarkably […]Read more "Synchronic (2019)"