Well, I wasn’t ready for that. Look, I’m sure most of you have seen a few really low-budget films along the way. After all, when it comes to science fiction, there are a lot of them out there. And if you’ve seen a few of these films from the Sixties and Seventies then Flesh Feast […]Read more "Flesh Feast (1970)"
(aka, The Tin Girl) I really don’t know what to make of this film. But as it is an arty, Seventies, Italian comedy, that isn’t a bad thing. The time? Well, it must be the future: there’s talk of aliens, going to the moon, and even a company building robots. But it can’t be too […]Read more "La ragazza di latta (1970)"
(aka, Lent in the Month of March, Mars en carême) Think of it as a French version of Local Hero — but with Martians. I suppose it would help if I explained that I happen to own a couple of books on Science Fiction Film from the 1970s — after 2001 and The Planet of […]Read more "Ne jouez pas avec les Martiens [Don’t Play with Martians] (1968)"
The most difficult problem with zombie movies is figuring out which ones are actually zombie movies. There is a major divide among the faithful over the traditional, lumbering classic Romero zombies, and the far more aggressive fast zombies, or rage zombies, popularized by 28 Days Later because so many fans refuse to accept these rage-filled […]Read more "Warning Sign (1985)"
(aka, Fractals) The opening shot is memorable. It’s like waves flowing backwards and uphill away from us. But then the camera shifts just a little and we see we have actually been watching the reflections of tree branches on the windshield of a moving car. Don’t expect that you’ll ever see that level of artistry […]Read more "Brain Twisters (1991)"
You learn what you are up against in the first few minutes of Mercano the Martian. Mercano — a little, green, squiggily-animated Martian — has just stolen a computer and run away from the police. They follow him down into the subway, only one of the cops — who is afraid of heights — slides […]Read more "Mercano, el marciano [Mercano the Martian] (2002)"
You know there is something wrong right from the beginning. A raging storm, a row of spikes set out on the road, a tire blows out, and a young man is forced to go to a neighboring house for help. Only the suspiciously helpful man he meets has a very strange request for him. As […]Read more "Ultrasound (2021)"
It’s one of those big unanswered questions: Where will you go on your Honeymoon after the end of the world? To be fair, it wasn’t quite the end of the world. A series of deadly bomb attacks flooded England with poison gas. Most of the people died, or are stuck going around wearing gasmasks all […]Read more "The Fitzroy (2017)"
Wow. Yet another movie I never thought I would ever see. It was a very good weekend. And I found yet another of my Wish List movies on Wednesday. But I will tell you about that one later. Now a few years ago, at the time the Pacific Rim sequel came out, I wrote an essay […]Read more "Sentinel 2099 (1995)"