Los platillos voladores (1956)

(Literal translation: The Flying Saucers) Honorable Mention I’ll confess that Mexican cinema is one of those areas I haven’t spent much time exploring. Which, of course, means that I keep finding a few interesting films to watch. Heck, some of them, like El monstruo resucitado [Monster](1953), are quite good. Fortunately, I don’t have to do all […]

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Thirst (1979)

Honorable Mention There have been a lot of attempts to make scientifically plausible vampire stories. I’m sure you can probably think of some of the favorites: vampirism is a plague caused by a virus.  Vampires are aliens.  Vampires are mutants.  Vampires are monsters who have existed alongside man since the beginning of time. And I’m […]

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Zipang [Jipangu] (1990)

Honorable Mention As I’ve noted before, the Heisei era at Toho, starting with the release of Godzilla 1985, was a rather strange time for Toho’s Tokusatsu films, one where it felt as if they were desperately trying to figure out what they were doing.  After all, they started the era with the return of the […]

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Nezura 1964 (2020)

In 1963, Daiei started production on their attempt to break into the market for movies featuring giant monsters. However, instead of yet another giant lizard creature, they hit on the notion of something very different: a movie featuring a horde of deadly beasts. Giant rats, to be precise. But things didn’t work out as planned […]

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Blue Sunshine (1977)

(Honorable Mention) When you go out in search of the lost and forgotten treasures of Science Fiction cinema, you end up following a lot of strange byways and cul-de-sacs. What led me to this one was Jeff Lieberman, a director who made a few interesting films in the late Seventies and Eighties.  He has a […]

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Welcome to Willits (2016)

(aka, Alien Hunter) Honorable Mention I’m not sure I would call Welcome to Willits a horror comedy. Yeah, I know a lot of people are calling it that.  There are funny moments, and there’s a fundamental absurdity to the whole concept of this film (although it takes those absurdities seriously).  But I still wouldn’t call […]

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Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Zettai zetsumei [The Killing Bottle] (1967)

(aka International Secret Police: Driven to the Wall) Honorable Mention James Bond started it. You know, of course, what I mean: the spy movie featuring lots of goofy science fictional gimmicks. Admittedly Bond was a little more grounded and for years stuck to things like secret nuclear powered anti-missile systems or death ray lasers.  But […]

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Frenchman’s Farm (1987)

(Honorable Mention) This is not a science fiction film. I know it has been filed under that heading: after all, it does feature time travel and that’s a concept which has been science fiction from its beginning.  Instead this little seen Ozploitation film is something quite different. A young woman’s car breaks down somewhere far […]

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