(aka Area 51) Call it “bait and switch”. I can remember seeing this one in the video store back when it first came out and nearly renting it. After all, After Dark Films released it (although I didn’t notice at the time that it was an “original” and not part of one of their “8 […]Read more "51 (2011)"
Connections, connections… I’d stumbled across a reference to the Hong Kong action film, The Legend of Wisely (Wai Si-Lei chuen kei) because someone said it had the same basic plot as Franco Nero’s Top Line — but had been done better. However, when I looked it up, I learned it was one of a number of movies […]Read more "The Cat [Lao mao] (1992)"
It’s always an iffy proposition to watch a classic. You never know whether it will live up to the hype, or prove an utter disappointment. And this is particularly true when we’re talking about a classic BAD film. Now, there is an important distinction here, between the merely bad film, which is nothing more than sloppily made, […]Read more "“Turkish Star Wars” Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam [The Man Who Saves the World] (1982)"
What the *(BLEEP)* did I just watch????? There are no words to describe this film. Seriously. We’ve got grainy black and white nonsense about aliens visiting the small Canadian town of Grand Bosh (really Dresser, Wisconsin, but I can understand why no one wanted to admit it), which somehow drags in all sorts of strange […]Read more "It Came from Somewhere Else (1988)"
Let me come right out and say it: I enjoyed this film. Most of you won’t. Joshua Kennedy is one of a small but growing group of passionate filmmakers who create interesting movies – most often retro-tinged SF, horror or fantasy – on infinitesimal budgets. He is also one of the more accomplished of this group, […]Read more "Slave Girls on the Moon (2014)"
It’s strange how quickly it happened. The original Godzilla – and by that, I mean the version without Raymond Burr, thank you very much – was a very serious film, which worked hard at showing us the human cost of Godzilla’s rampage. But a mere eight years later – and in only his third screen appearance […]Read more "King Kong vs. Godzilla [Kingu Kongu tai Gojira] (1962)"
This was the final Godzilla movie. The third final Godzilla film, to be precise. And, ironically, the big green guy’s Fiftieth anniversary bash. The original series had ended on a decidedly low note when it just ran out of gas with The Terror of Mechagodzilla. The first revival, the so-called “Heisei era” ended with Godzilla’s death in Godzilla […]Read more "Godzilla: Final Wars [Gojira: Fainaru uôzu] (2004)"