One of the greatest joys of searching out rare and foreign (and particularly Mexican) SF films is finding those films so totally ludicrous and bizarre that no Hollywood film executive in his right mind would ever have dreamed of giving it the greenlight. This is an exceptionally fine example. You see, there is this incredibly […]Read more "La mujer murcielago [The Batwoman] (1968)"
It’s as if someone tried to make a copy of a John Woo film and crammed in all his signature quirks. After all, the Catholic Seminary-trained Woo loves to put Christian symbolisms in his films, so here we have a Catholic funeral, at a chapel crammed full of Catholic art and a huge crucifix, complete […]Read more "Face/Off (1997)"
(aka Da zai nan, Hong Kong Calamity, The Big Calamity, Guan Gong da zhan wai xing ren, Kuan Yu Battles with the Aliens, and probably a lot more I’ve missed) There are some films so insane that you can’t NOT watch them. War God is just about the Platonic ideal of unmissable insane films. After […]Read more "Zhan shen [War God] (1976)"
I love this film. I mean, where else are you going to find an epic, post-Apocalyptic, science fiction, Western vampire hunting martial arts film. It even starts with an animated sequence directed by Gennady Tartakovsky. Yep, the guy who created Samurai Jack. That Gennady Tartakovsky. In fact, the vampires are monstrous creatures, a separate, intelligent […]Read more "Priest (2011)"
What do you know. They made a copy of Raiders of the Lost Ark in Poland. It really isn’t a surprise, as everyone seems to have copied that film, with countless imitations from the US alone, including The Jewel of the Nile, King Solomon’s Mines and High Road to China, and many more from Italy (The […]Read more "Klatwa doliny wezy [Curse of Snakes Valley] (1988)"
Things are a lot harder than they used to be. At least if you are a mad scientist. These days you have to do a lot more research, talk about quantum mechanics or string theory and expect the legion of fanboys out there to complain if you get your formulas wrong. But back in the […]Read more "The Devil Bat (1940)"
This one has long been one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Now, as I’ve pointed out before, the true guilty pleasure film is not the terrible film we laugh at and enjoy because it is so awful. It is a film which we know is not a great film — or perhaps even a good […]Read more "Starship Invasions (1977)"