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 […]Read more "Nezura 1964 (2020)"
(aka, GoShogun: The Time Stranger) There’s weird, then there’s Japanese Anime weird. And if you want proof you need look no further than GoShogun: The Time Étranger: here we have a children’s bright and colorful Giant robot television series, much in the vein of Voltron, which was adapted four years after the series ran into […]Read more "Sengoku machine GoShogun: toki no ihôjin [GoShogun: The Time Étranger] (1985)"
I wish this film really exists. Seriously. I love the lovely black and white cinematography, which looks like what you’d have seen in some super cheap Fifties horror film. I love the way this faux trailer has been edited, with the constant scare headline titles and dramatic bursts of movie you’d have found in any […]Read more "ATTACK OF THE BRAIN LEECHES (2011)"
You’ve seen the trailers. An ordinary guy named Guy — a bank teller whose bank is robbed every day — doesn’t realize that the city where he lives his happy everyday life (dodging the occasional firefight) is really a super-violent videogame. Until, that is, he finally meets the girl of his dreams — only to […]Read more "Free Guy (2021)"
Ah, yes, the anthology film. The truth is, it’s been around for a long time, one can even point at the silent horror classics, Destiny (1921, directed by Fritz Lang) and Paul Leni’s 1924 film, Waxworks, as two of the earlier examples. I really have no idea what movie was the first anthology film, nor […]Read more "Monsterland (2016)"
Buried deep in the bowels of the British Ministry of Defense bureaucracy at Whitehall, the mysterious agency D.M.O.A has survived for almost Sixty years, even if it has now dwindled to no more than two employees. But what does it do, and why is it still funded after all these years? And who is the […]Read more "Waiting for Gorgo (2009)"
It came as a bit of surprise to me, after reading about this one in books about Science Fiction Cinema for years, to learn that it wasn’t actually made in 1970. I suppose I didn’t pay much attention to it, to be honest. In fact, as far as I can see, there really wasn’t any claim […]Read more "Frankenstein 1970 (1958)"
This is a rather clever little film. It starts out in a very routine, almost boringly familiar sort of way, like one of those all too common documentaries overflowing the History Channel. Only it very quickly subverts the form and uses the documentary format to tell a story you couldn’t tell any other way. Mind […]Read more "The History of Time Travel (2014)"
I suppose it was inevitable. Scream brought a little new life to the faltering slasher horror genre with a very Post Modern story where everything depended on the rules we’d all learned from watching horror films. Now the nitpickers out there will undoubtedly point out that the idea wasn’t exactly new and had shown up […]Read more "Monster! (1999)"
(aka Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers ) This is, without question, the most unique of all the Ultraman movies. Admittedly, that’s a curious thing thing to be saying about a movie franchise which has produced so many surprisingly dissimilar films. But I really think they outdid themselves this time, creating a film which […]Read more "Daikessen! Chô urutora 8 kyôdai [Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers] (2008)"