Imagine, for a moment, that you’re in that classic Toho space-aliens-attack-the-Earth movie, Battle in Outer Space: all the important leaders are gathered, making their plans to fight the aliens… And a bunch of children come rushing into the room. Okay, this is a children’s film about an alien invasion, and we are given some justification for […]Read more "Invasion of the Neptune Men [Uchu Kaisoku-sen] (1961)"
I suppose, after six years of Italian Hercules films they were starting to run out of ideas. Mind you, if you look at the Italian title for this one, then you’ll see that it was actually part of the long running series of Maciste films, who was basically indistinguishable from Hercules by the Sixties. Technically, […]Read more "Hercules Against the Moon Men [Maciste e la regina di Samar] (1964)"
A collision with the moon knocks loose some moon rock fragments, which fall to earth in a meteor shower. A tiny fragment lodges itself in a young man’s skull, so when the moon is out, he becomes… A lizard man. …What, you thought I was going to say “werewolf”? However, lizard man or not, this […]Read more "Track of the Moon Beast (1976)"
This one has been a favorite of mine for a very long time. Now, I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for any movie with dinosaurs in it. But not all dinosaur movies are created equal: one can point at a few, incredibly expensive and incredibly awful examples, too terrible to be saved by their excellent […]Read more "The Land That Time Forgot (1974)"
(aka Pod People) This is a movie with a serious identity crisis. It starts off sensibly enough: a group of evil poachers are out in a wildlife refuge stealing rare eggs, a famous but vain singer plans to take a wilderness camping trip with his engineer and his bevy of beautiful backup singers, and a meteor […]Read more "Extra Terrestrial Visitors [Los nuevos extraterrestres] (1983)"
(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 isn’t as bad as most people say it is. Which, admittedly, isn’t saying much. The biggest problem with The Slime People is that it came a decade too late. Most of its flaws wouldn’t have been as noticeable had it come out in rush of cheap SF in the Fifties. This is, in fact, […]Read more "The Slime People (1963)"