Wisconsin based filmmaker, Bill Rebane, got his career off to a good start with his successful documentary short, “Twist Craze” (1962), only to see his next project come to a sudden and disastrous end. Terror at Halfway was his first attempt at a science fiction or horror film – although not, by far, his last – […]Read more "Monster a-Go Go (1965)"
This is a seriously flawed movie. I’ll admit that. But we already knew that because it appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000. I suspect that The Giant Spider Invasion was an attempt to make a Fifties creature feature in the Seventies. Admittedly, it reminds one more of the worst and silliest Fifties monster movies, but it […]Read more "The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)"
(aka Horrors of Spider Island, Girls of Spider Island, It’s Hot in Paradise, The Spider’s Web) Okay, so some movies do deserve the MST3K treatment. I’ll admit that. For most of its brief running time, Horrors of Spider Island offers us girls. They dance, spin, show off their legs and even strip (just a little) to audition for […]Read more "Body in the Web [Ein Toter hing im Netz] (1960)"
Once again we find ourselves in MST3K territory. The Sixties were not a great time for science fiction. Horror films had taken over, audiences became more demanding, and the effects had to compete with real footage of our space program. The naive simplicity of the Fifties got caught in increasing paranoia and the very […]Read more "Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)"
I first heard about this one in the Mick Martin and Marsha Porter Video Movie Guide. Don’t ask me which year, but it was from their early days when they tried to offer a review of every movie ever offered on video. There, along with their list of movies with “Time” in the title was […]Read more "Time Chasers [aka Tangents] (1994)"
I am not a big fan of MST3K. Some have credited the show with resurrecting lost films or commenting on the history of Science Fiction cinema, but in general it seems to me that it has become far more difficult to find many of the films they’ve mocked – largely because of the perception that […]Read more "The Projected Man (1966)"