This is a rather clever little film. It starts out in a very routine, almost boringly familiar sort of way, like one of those all too common documentaries overflowing the History Channel. Only it very quickly subverts the form and uses the documentary format to tell a story you couldn’t tell any other way. Mind […]Read more "The History of Time Travel (2014)"
There are movies which can be summed up very simply: Someone spent 1.2 Million Dollars on this?????? Let’s see… There’s a tough bounty hunter, Rob Justice, played by Timur Turisbekov, who also co-wrote the script (and composed the score, and produced)… Which should be enough to get us nervous already. The future has basically gone […]Read more "Bullets of Justice (2019)"
[aka (2009 revised version) Monster Beach Party, Monster Beach Party A Go-Go] A particularly smelly pile of debris washes up on a beach on a small Louisiana island, bringing with it that mysterious denizen of the Everglades, the Skunk Ape. Now for those of you unfamiliar with this particular legendary beast, it is the Florida […]Read more "Stomp! Shout! Scream! (2005)"
In case you are thinking this one sounds familiar, that’s because it does. I mean, ship responds to distress signal, alien monster gets loose on board, tough female hero tries to stop it. Never saw that one, right? But that really brings us into the question of Cult film and what exactly it is. Brad […]Read more "Plaguers (2008)"
This is one of those films I love for its ambience and design — and the way it hearkens back to one of my favorite Sixties Science Fiction classics — more than I enjoy the film as a whole. Hey, it happens. Now I’m sure a lot of you might describe Bloodsucker’s Planet as a […]Read more "Bloodsucker’s Planet (2019)"
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for time travel films. And I’ll confess I rather like Out of Time. It really doesn’t break any new ground, or play any dazzling games with time paradoxes, but it is a solid thriller, much like a Time Travel version of that old cult favorite, The Hidden. A […]Read more "Out of Time (2019)"
First, let me point out that this film is based on a real incident, when a climbing party trying to cross the the Dyatlov Pass in Russia died under rather mysterious circumstances. Admittedly, when one considers the harsh conditions and possible effects of oxygen deprivation, perhaps not entirely mysterious. But then, the possibility of a […]Read more "Devil’s Pass [The Dyatlov Pass Incident] (2013)"
(AKA Nezulla) Back in the Fifties, the Japanese film production company Daiei planned to make a movie in which a vast plague of rats attacks Tokyo, ending with one last, Godzilla-sized rat on a rampage. This is not that film. Not even close. Instead we have a low budget, guy-in-a-suit rat monster movie, where the […]Read more "Saikyôjû tanjô Nezura [Nezulla the Rat Monster] (2002)"
“Gimme that bat!” “I can take care of myself!” “Yeah, but who’s going to take care of me?” Let’s talk about defining moments. Often, when you watch a film, there is some small moment which really establishes what the film is and what it is about. Now in Cosmic Blast, the most recent film from More-On […]Read more "Vampire Ticks from Outer Space (2013)"
It never ceases to amaze me. I’ve seen it happening again and again: independent films with interesting, unique and appropriate names — like Das letzte Land [The Final Land], Canaries or Black Flowers — get the most vapid and anonymous titles from their distributors, like Final Voyage, Alien Party Crashers and Atomic Apocalypse. And this has to be […]Read more "OMG, I’m a Robot! [Robot Awakening] (2015)"