I loved this one. Wow, I didn’t expect. that. Now there is something here that I need to point out right from the start. After all, I know a lot of you out there don’t get it. They look at a film like this and immediately start complaining about the effects. All I can say […]
Read more "Rat Scratch Fever (2011)"
Some short films are like an entire feature film packed into a small package. And that is perhaps the best description of Specimens: it may only be fifteen minutes long, but it feels like some lost Sci Fi feature film you know you’ve seen but can’t quite remember. Mind you, you probably haven’t ever heard […]
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Honorable Mention How in the world do you even begin to talk about a film like Battle Heater? There are some many things that it is — or almost is — that it’s hard to know where to start. Hama (Akira Enomoto) is an electrician who gathers all sorts of electronic junk, repairs it and […]
Read more "Batoru hîtâ [Battle Heater] (1989)"
I’ve been looking for this one for a while. Back in 2011, Jeff Waltrowski released an interesting microbudgeted faux-Thirties film called It Came from Yesterday which riffed on the old adventure serials. Jeff himself starred as Professor Jack Cranston, genius inventor and the head of the crime-fighting Electric Club, which was a sort of cross […]
Read more "Project: Valkyrie (2002)"
It should be a big deal. After all, Warriors of Future was Hong Kong’s first attempt to go head-to-head with Hollywood, making its first big budget blockbuster movie. And while it doesn’t have quite as big a budget as the latest Marvel movie, it does have a lot of the things we expect from Hollywood: […]
Read more "Ming yat zin gei [Warriors of Future] (2022)"
Where to begin… I suppose it might help to note that this hugely ambitious Korean film, loaded with weird special effects and dizzying action sequences, failed to attract a huge audience at the time, and left viewers wildly divided between those who adored it and those who hated the very ground it treads upon. Yeah, […]
Read more "Sungnyangpali sonyeoui jaerim [Resurrection of the Little Match Girl] (2002)"
This one wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Or maybe it was. I’m not sure. After all, I’ve been waiting for it a long time. It was announced, supposedly due to be released, delayed, delayed again, and finally came out — in Japan. More waiting. What I expected, when it was first announced, was a […]
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It’s good to see Neil Marshall back. Not that he exactly went away. But he’s had a hard time lately making the sorts of films which he loves to make. He vanished from the silver screen after his 2010 film Centurion into the world of television, and finally is making a comeback of sorts. His Hellboy […]
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The most remarkable thing about this film is that it only cost $30,000. And what makes it even harder to believe that this polished time traveling small time private detective comedy got made for such a pitiful sum is the source of Korean writer and director Young-doo Oh’s funding for this film: the $25,000 cash […]
Read more "Yeong-geon tam-jeong-sa-mu-so [Young Gun in the Time] (2012)"
I’m not sure why this film is so hard to find. Yeah, it’s true that it is one of the long, long succession of low budget films Earl Owensby turned out at his North Carolina studios. You probably aren’t familiar with any of them as they never got much play and most of them sank […]
Read more "Hyperspace [Gremloids] (1984)"