Let’s make this clear: this one has nothing whatsoever to do with Bela Lugosi’s 1943 film from Monogram, The Ape Man. This is hardly unheard of when we are talking about horror films from the Thirties and Forties, as neither Doctor X nor The Spider Woman had much to do with the “sequels” that bore […]Read more "Return of the Ape Man (1944)"
The most interesting thing about this one is that it exists at all. Back in 1958, Tom Leahy created one of the first horror host TV shows on a tiny independent station in Kansas, and then went on to create a children’s space adventure series, Major Astro, in the Sixties. Somehow this led him to film […]Read more "The Beast from the Beginning of Time (1965)"
Firsts. Let’s face it, under the best of circumstances, the first science fiction film from another country — oh, let’s be honest, the first anything — isn’t likely to be great. Or good for that matter. Heck, I always end up grumbling at those lists of the best SF films ever made that feel they have to include Destination Moon. […]Read more "Uçan daireler Istanbulda [Flying Saucers Over Istanbul] (1955)"
There was a short film by Andy Kumpon some years ago called “Last Stop Station” which ends with an memorable final declaration: “This project was made for less than $1000 dollars, shot on video, and edited with scotch tape, so what’s your excuse;” It’s one of those statements I think about a lot, particularly when […]Read more "Razorteeth (2005)"
Look, there are some things that bother you so much that you have to say them right out: There is one thing no hard core special forces officer will do. Not ever. It’s a question of discipline and morale. Commissioned officers do NOT enter into sexual relationships with enlisted men in their chain of command. […]Read more "Alien Uprising (2008)"
It’s called truth in labeling… This one came from someone called TFO Productions, but if you look back at their first production, Monster from Bikini Beach, you will learn that TFO stands for “Trash Film Orgy.” Which, yes, sums this one up nicely! A ragtag gang of space pirates stages a big space Casino heist. […]Read more "Planet of the Vampire Women (2011)"
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. I mean, it is strange. Very strange. Weird things happen. And yet, throughout, our put upon protagonist remains…numb. Weary. Disconnected. Apathetic. I think the spirit of this one was best summed up in the end credits, when they gave special thanks to “That “Greasy Cokehead Director […]Read more "Nothing Really Happens (2017)"