Chopping Mall [Killbots] (1986)

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. […]

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The Omegans (1968)

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, […]

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The Love War (1970)

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 […]

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Maggots (2017)

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 […]

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The Black Hole (1979)

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) […]

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