This is what you get when Hong Kong Schlockmeister Jing Wong decides to make his reply to E.T. And Raiders of the Lost Ark. As you can imagine, the end result is odd. Very odd. Jing Wong has made a ridiculous number of these kinds of films, including at least two other mostly SF efforts, […]Read more "Magic Crystal [Mo fei cui ] (1986)"
Let’s get one thing straight from the start: A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell was NOT Brett Piper‘s title for this film. I’m not even certain what it’s original title was (Dark Fortress, or possibly Lost Fortress, depending on who you are talking to) The title was slapped onto this film by Troma when they released it. […]Read more "A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990)"
You aren’t going to find Antonio Margheriti on any great directors list, not even under his frequent alias “Anthony Dawson.” This is one of his “Dawson” films. Even the Italian prints list his assumed name as director, although his real name still shows up elsewhere in the credits. The idea is to convince the American […]Read more "The Snow Devils (1967) [La morte viene dal pianeta Aytin]"
In a world where it is impossible to openly speak your mind, science fiction is sometimes one of the few refuges for those who dare to criticize the system. This was the role it played in the Communist nations of the Twentieth century. While failing to comply with the latest State shibboleths could destroy the […]Read more "Seksmisja [Sexmission] (1984)"
The Saharan Flu has wiped out most of the human race. Only a handful of chosen survivors have been put into small, self-contained habitats to wait out the end of the epidemic: While they are all isolated in their own separate bunkers (to prevent the spread of the disease among them) and are in different […]Read more "Domain (2016)"
This one is a true oddity: a mad scientist film without a mad scientist. Okay, John Carradine, who was the evil mad scientist in Captive Wild Woman the year before, does “reprise” his first leading role — but only in a few very brief flashbacks borrowed from that film. And he gets killed in one of them, […]Read more "Jungle Woman (1944)"
I”ll confess that my expectations for this one were quite low. I’m a big fan of the original Bullwinkle show and have been thoroughly disappointed by every attempt to make a feature film based on the series. The original was such a strange and quirky sort of effort that it is hard to imagine any […]Read more "Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)"