It’s only a step from “it was inevitable” to “you’ve got to be kidding!” Now those of you who lived through the Eighties can probably remember how, a decade later, several popular horror franchises suddenly moved their latest movies into outer space. Critters may have been the first, but such unlikely franchises as Leprechaun, Friday The […]Read more "Amityville in Space (2022)"
Well, I wasn’t ready for that. Look, I’m sure most of you have seen a few really low-budget films along the way. After all, when it comes to science fiction, there are a lot of them out there. And if you’ve seen a few of these films from the Sixties and Seventies then Flesh Feast […]Read more "Flesh Feast (1970)"
You learn what you are up against in the first few minutes of Mercano the Martian. Mercano — a little, green, squiggily-animated Martian — has just stolen a computer and run away from the police. They follow him down into the subway, only one of the cops — who is afraid of heights — slides […]Read more "Mercano, el marciano [Mercano the Martian] (2002)"
There is bad, and then there is epically bad. And then there’s Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla. Look, there just aren’t enough words out there to convey how dreadful this thing is. Although “Sammy Petrillo” would be a good start. He and the official star of this film, Duke Mitchell, were the nightclub act you […]Read more "Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)"
I hate to say it, but the operative phrase here is “nice try.” It’s not like The P.A.C.K. is terrible. Despite what had to have been a cripplingly low budget, low budget filmmaker David A. Prior made quite a respectable little action film which is, naturally, quite reminiscent of other films we’ve seen. But then […]Read more "The P.A.C.K. (1997)"
I can’t help comparing She Demons to another movie I watched not too long before it: the Sixties B-Horror movie The Flesh Eaters (1964). After all, the two were made only a few years apart and have nearly identical settings and a remarkably similar plot. But The Flesh Eaters is a minor B-Movie classic, and […]Read more "She Demons (1958)"
(aka, Journey to an Unknown World) Children’s films. Why are they always such a plague? You really have to wonder: it can’t be that hard to make a film that will appeal to younger audiences and at the same time not be utterly terrible. Now I suppose part of my reaction to this Brazilian children’s […]Read more "Aventuras com Tio Maneco [Adventures with Uncle Manuelo] (1971)"
(aka, Planetary Giants) The Fifties came late in Mexico. At least when it came to Science Fiction. To be fair, Gigantes Planetarios actually bears a stronger resemblance to some of the late films of the era, like Missile to the Moon or Cat Women of the Moon — or perhaps Abbott and Costello Go to […]Read more "Gigantes planetarios (1966)"
I sometimes wonder, when I am watching a children’s film, whether any child out there would actually be entertained by it. That is certainly my reaction to Supersonic Saucer. Mind you, I may just be grumpy because the same footage of the eponymous “Saucer” keeps getting reused over and over. With the exact same music […]Read more "Supersonic Saucer (1956)"
I suppose you could call this one a scientific vampire story. Or perhaps a women in prison film. Although to be fair the prison is more of a low-security home for wayward girls sort of place, more like one of the old State Hospitals than anything the word “Prison” would conjure up, with several separate […]Read more "The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957)"