I quite like this one. Yeah, I know it gets its share of mockery — well, more than its share — thanks to the less than special “special effects” of its climax, but The Trollenberg Terror (better known here as The Crawling Eye) is actually a tense little horror film if you ignore the effects. […]Read more "The Trollenberg Terror [The Crawling Eye] (1958)"
It was a very strange moment. A mysterious aggressor nation (do we really have any doubt who it is?) launches an attack against the United States, with a flight of… P-80 Shooting Stars. Excuse me? And before long we get to see an impressive collection of American airpower from the Fifties (and even a few […]Read more "Invasion, U.S.A. (1952)"
Back in 1977, a group of young special effects artists got together to make a science fiction film, Planet of Dinosaurs. Now this is one of those films you can’t watch with any illusions: they didn’t have much cash, their no-name cast isn’t particularly good, the script is just as bad, and there’s a lot of […]Read more "Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)"
This is a thoroughly strange and trippy sort of science fiction film, loaded with a lot of wild concepts and strange imagery. And what’s more, it did this on a minimal TV budget. I enjoyed it thoroughly, despite its technical flaws, as one of the conceptually weirdest SF films I’ve seen. Which doesn’t change the […]Read more "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1983)"
No one has ever made a creature feature quite like the original King Kong. Well, except perhaps the silent version of The Lost World. Legendary stop-motion animator, Willis O’Brien, used a method for Kong that has never been used in any film since. And there is a reason for that. He created miniature sets for […]Read more "The Black Scorpion (1957)"
This one was made by A.I.P. Now, I know what you’re thinking: American Independent Pictures, the same company that churned out hundreds of low budget films by Roger Corman, Bert I. Gordon, Edward L. Cahn, Larry Buchanan and others like them. And you would be wrong. Instead, we are talking about Action Independent Pictures, which made a lot […]Read more "Space Mutiny (1988)"
This film was one of two which taught me back in the Eighties that Spaghetti Sci Fi has the unique gift of being as bad as you think it is. The first was War of the Robots, a typically cheap Star Wars rip off. We were came in late on it and someone asked why […]Read more "Starcrash (1978)"
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)"