Ah, yes, the anthology film. The truth is, it’s been around for a long time, one can even point at the silent horror classics, Destiny (1921, directed by Fritz Lang) and Paul Leni’s 1924 film, Waxworks, as two of the earlier examples. I really have no idea what movie was the first anthology film, nor […]Read more "Monsterland (2016)"
What a strange film. Or is it better described as two strange films in one? After all it starts out a psychological drama about two convicts in a secret prison, forced to take part in a secret experiment, — which mostly seems to involve waiting around for something to happen and possibly trying to kill […]Read more "Alive (2002)"
(aka, Code Red) This sort of thing happens all of the time: I spend a lot of time looking for movies to watch. When I stumbled across Survivor (1999) online, I looked through the available reviews to find out whether it might be worth a watch and ended up reading one from a fellow (nameless) […]Read more "Code Red: The Rubicon Conspiracy (1999)"
What we have here is a classic Film Noir Private Eye drama. At least if you ignore the fact that this is a science fiction film. Now this is hardly a unique combination — Blade Runner did it back in the Eighties — and did it better than anyone else has since. However, Reminiscence sets […]Read more "Reminiscence (2021)"
Netflix strikes again! Once again, the only way to see a promising film is by subscribing to their service. It is unlikely that it will make it to Disk any time soon, unlikely that you’ll ever be able to put it under the Christmas tree for the kids, and even more unlikely that it will […]Read more "The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)"
…And once again we’re back to the brave days of the Fifth Networks. It does seem a bit strange just how far the networks have fallen. Nowadays the networks seem far more interested in streaming services than broadcast TV, but there was a time when they dominated American entertainment. However, cable did a job on […]Read more "Primal Force (1999)"
A man (Sharlto Copley) wakes up in a pit full of dead bodies. He has no memory of who he is or how he got there. When he climbs out and finds a handful of others in a nearby house, he discovers that none of them remember who they are, either. The house is well […]Read more "Open Grave (2013)"
Isaac Ezban is the next Nacho Vigalondo. Yeah, I know, a lot of you are thinking, wait a minute, Nacho hasn’t been around long enough for anyone to be the next one. …Well, those of you who aren’t saying “Who’s Isaac Ezban?”, that is. But seriously, when Nacho burst onto the scene with Timecrimes back […]Read more "Parallel (2018)"
I’ll confess that I watched this one because of David Hewlett. I suppose most of you remember him from Stargate: Atlantis. I’ll admit I didn’t pay too much attention to the Stargate franchise, so I knew him because he was one of Vincenzo Natali’s favorite actors and showed up in all but one of his […]Read more "Rage of the Yeti (2011)"
Once again, we can blame Abbott and Costello. After all, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein was one of the most copied films ever made, and you’ll find similar horror comedies from all over the world — and more than their fair share from Mexico. Not too long ago I reviewed Tin Tan’s contribution, La casa […]Read more "El castillo de los monstruos [Castle of the Monsters] (1958)"