It came as a mild surprise to me to learn that this one was made in the Fifties. I’d pictured it as a product of the wave of environmentally-themed nature run amuch films of the Seventies, like Night of the Lepus or Frogs. Instead we have a black and white B-movie made with a B-movie […]Read more "The Killer Shrews (1959)"
(aka, Cage of Doom) This is your basic, low-budget, black-and-white, late Fifties B-Movie Sci-Fi horror film from AIP. And not, I should add, one of the better ones made by Roger Corman, Edward L. Cahn, or Bert I. Gordon. Like a lot of these AIP films, it’s pretty much only known from its appearance on […]Read more "Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)"
This one is far too strange for most of you. So be warned. Those of you who read Creepy, Eerie or Heavy Metal have undoubtedly encountered Richard Corben’s comics; if not there then perhaps you’ve caught the stories he’s been doing lately with Mike Mignola (including that Hellboy book with the Frankenstein monster). Corben is a master of atmosphere, […]Read more "The Dark Planet (1989)"
This one reminds me of Samuel Johnson’s quip about the dog standing on its hind legs: The amazing thing is not how well it can do it but that it can do it at all…. The Milpitas Monster is one of those giant mutant creatures that gave us so much trouble back in the Fifties, […]Read more "The Milpitas Monster (1976)"
The name’s Slangman. One word. As in Slang-Man, as in the Man of Slang! As in THE Slangman! It is hard to know where to start with this one. It started out as a Super 8 film, which calls to mind those films the Eighties generation of filmmakers made at home with their cameras (see, for example, […]Read more "Bleak Future (1997)"
What does it say about a film that it steals from Time Tracers (retitled Time Trap for its recent limited DVD release), which borrowed footage from two other films, and even worked in a Civil War re-enactment? Pretty desperate, right? Bret McCormick, who made a lot of cheap SF and horror films back in the Eighties and […]Read more "Repligator (1996)"
Cold. Mud. Wind. Endless expanses of mud flats reaching out into the hazy distance. And off on the horizon? plumes of smoke and ruined cities. Something has gone wrong. A devastating plague has eliminated most of the population, and sent most of the survivors into quarantine. Only a few people manage to survive on their […]Read more "Diverge (2016)"