I wish this film really exists. Seriously. I love the lovely black and white cinematography, which looks like what you’d have seen in some super cheap Fifties horror film. I love the way this faux trailer has been edited, with the constant scare headline titles and dramatic bursts of movie you’d have found in any […]Read more "ATTACK OF THE BRAIN LEECHES (2011)"
All, right, all right, I admit it: I like this one. Even if it was directed by Jim Wynorski. Jim, of course, is responsible for one of the worst films I’ve seen, The Thing Below, and has had a long and very busy career making cheap exploitation films, frequently involving monsters and girls with large breasts. […]Read more "Chopping Mall [Killbots] (1986)"
This one proved better than I expected. The basic story is simple enough: aspiring author Paul Mantel gets a mysterious package in the mail, apparently addressed to the people who lived in the house before him. When he opens it, he finds a large cocoon, which appears to hold some sort of insect. He’s unemployed […]Read more "It Came for Friendship But Found Food (2010)"
Hoo boy. Durn them pesky Ruskies! They keep comin’ around and interrupting me when I’m trying to have a cold brewski! Worse than that, the Russians have invaded and crushed us easily, thanks to their army of Shark-Headed commandos. These were made for them by a brilliant German mad scientist. Yes, German. Don’t blame me, […]Read more "Post Apocalyptic Commando Shark (2018)"
(Honorable Mention. Probably) Isaac Ezban has, in the course of his very short career to date, shown himself to be one of the stranger new directors out there. This was his first film. I’ve reviewed the other two he made, the strange and Twilight Zone-ish Los Parecidos, with its strange goings on in a tiny […]Read more "El incidente [The Incident] (2014)"
We can argue about nature vs. nurture, but one need only look at the strange case of W. Lee Wilder to see that talent is not given equally to all the members of the same family. After all, he was the brother of the legendary filmmaker, Billy Wilder. Billy made such films as Double Indemnity, […]Read more "The Omegans (1968)"
It isn’t exactly the most inspiring title for a science fiction film. I suppose that’s why I’ve never quite got around to watching this one, even though a few people have mentioned it as one of the more interesting TV movies of the era. Nor is it exactly inspiring that it was produced by Aaron […]Read more "The Love War (1970)"
There are times when the phrase “practical effects” hardly seems adequate. Take Maggots, one of the lowest budgeted films I’ve ever seen with Fred Olen Ray’s name on it (as producer, not director): there is a practical monster, and we see a lot of it. The only problem is that it is a hand puppet […]Read more "Maggots (2017)"
Sometimes a film is worth noting not for how good or bad it is but for historical reasons. Take, for example, the curious case of “The Bishop of Battle“, one of the segments of an entertaining, if minor, horror Anthology from 1983, in which a very young looking Emilio Estevez plays J.J. Cooney, a young […]Read more "Nightmares (1983) — Part two, “The Bishop of Battle”"
I love this film. I know, I know, a lot of you won’t agree with me. But it is a truly epic film, one which pushed the technological boundaries of its day, and gave the loving, “A” budget treatment to a film which was not merely a lowly member of a disregarded genre (science fiction) […]Read more "The Black Hole (1979)"