I’m trying to figure out what signals so clearly that this is a super cheap film. I mean, I’ve seen worse monster makeup in far more expensive films. Nor does the film quality look that much worse than most Eighties horror films. Perhaps it is the lack of music most of the time and the […]
Read more "Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984)"
(aka, The Star Diaries) This is frustrating. Here we have a brilliant and extremely funny Science Fiction television series, one which ranks right up there with the best science fiction comedy series ever made, like the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf, and yet… No one knows about it. Not in the […]
Read more "Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot [Ijon Tichy: Space Pilot] (2007)"
Not long ago, I reviewed Specimens (1982), one of the best of the films made by Irish amateur filmmaker, Roy Spence, who works out of the cinema he owns in Comer, County Down. He’s made over forty films over his fifty year career, and you can find all of them in The Irish Film Archive. You […]
Read more "The Attack of the Saucer People (1981)"
What exactly makes someone a cult filmmaker? Let’s face it, the whole question of what makes a film a cult film is poorly defined — and I really don’t see that it is possible to come up with a really good definition. After all, I’ve seen the label slapped on a lot of filmmakers and […]
Read more "Atlantis (1991)"
There are some movies where it comes as no surprise that Troma films decided to distribute the film, even though they didn’t actually make it. I mean who else in their more or less right state of mind would ever decide to distribute a film like Nightmare Weekend? I’m not sure there is any right […]
Read more "Nightmare Weekend (1986)"
I loved this one. Wow, I didn’t expect. that. Now there is something here that I need to point out right from the start. After all, I know a lot of you out there don’t get it. They look at a film like this and immediately start complaining about the effects. All I can say […]
Read more "Rat Scratch Fever (2011)"
The things I get myself into… Okay, anytime you try some long-lost film, you know the odds. Most films made by someone you never heard of, in a city without a major film industry are going to be terrible, or worse. We know that. And, yes, M. Night Shyamalan managed to do his best work […]
Read more "Video Wars (1983)"
If there were any justice in the world of Cinema, you’d have heard of Andras Rajnai by now. And maybe even be his biggest fan. He was one of the most remarkable talents in the field of science fiction and fantasy film, and yet very few people have ever heard of him because he made […]
Read more "Gyémántpiramis [Diamond Pyramid] (1985)"
I am really beginning to wonder what in the world motivates some of Quentin Tarantino’s movie recommendations. Some of them seem to be sincere. He’s pointed out a few oddball little seen films which deserved a bit more attention than they’d ever got, but some of them… Well, I’m open to the idea that they […]
Read more "The Jet Benny Show (1986)"
(aka, Giantess Attacks) I thought I would love this film more than I do. After all, I love Kaiju Eiga films — and treasure Kaiju Eiga parodies nearly as much. Okay, I’ll admit it, Giantess Attack is technically not in either category, as it is focused more on the sorts of people-blown-up-to-giant-size films made by […]
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