It rather surprised me to learn that not only did Eugène Lourié — the prolific art designer who started his career with legendary French director Jean Renoir — direct Gorgo, but he also directed The Giant Behemoth and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, three of the better attempts to imitate Godzilla. For that matter, they were […]Read more "Gorgo (1961)"
Let’s make one thing clear from the start: despite what a lot of people have said, this is NOT a Chinese film. It is, in fact an American one, even if it was filmed mostly in China, with a largely Chinese cast and a legendary Chinese director. But it is an understandable mistake: more than […]Read more "The Great Wall (2016)"
Connections, connections… I’d stumbled across a reference to the Hong Kong action film, The Legend of Wisely (Wai Si-Lei chuen kei) because someone said it had the same basic plot as Franco Nero’s Top Line — but had been done better. However, when I looked it up, I learned it was one of a number of movies […]Read more "The Cat [Lao mao] (1992)"
“Don’t do that! Didn’t you see The Blob?” This one, despite a title which suggests something more Romero is actually Brett Piper‘s loving homage to The Blob. Not that he doesn’t get more than a touch of George Romero in there as well. Of course, this is the Blob by way of the 1988 remake, a […]Read more "Bacterium (2007)"
My six year old nephew saw the trailer for this film and immediately knew that he had to see it. And, what’s more, he pestered me half to death for days because we ran out of time the night we started it and only got to see the first half hour or so. The end result, […]Read more "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)"
“Let me get this straight: your plan for surviving the zombie plague is based on a movie that’s not even about zombies. “Well, if you say it like that…” Man, oh man, oh man… One of those genuine and unlikely surprises I stumbled across not too long ago was the marvelous little zombie film, Hide and Creep, […]Read more "For a Few Zombies More (2015)"
This one is generally considered to be B-Maestro Brett Piper‘s best film. Certainly it is a lot of fun, even if somewhat weighted down by Shock-O-Rama (the film distributor)’s insistence on having lots of naked girls in their films. But he gets enough of a budget on this one that his signature stop motion effects have […]Read more "Shock-O-Rama (2005)"