I sometimes wonder, when I am watching a children’s film, whether any child out there would actually be entertained by it. That is certainly my reaction to Supersonic Saucer. Mind you, I may just be grumpy because the same footage of the eponymous “Saucer” keeps getting reused over and over. With the exact same music […]Read more "Supersonic Saucer (1956)"
I find it amusing that the only explanation we ever get for the origin of the nasty parasite in this film is dropped very casually at the beginning of the film, when Seth and Polly, a couple out to celebrate their anniversary with a night under the stars, pass a sign that says: “Keep out […]Read more "Splinter (2008)"
The 1970s were the age of the TV movie. The American networks brought a remarkable number of interesting horror and science fiction films to the air for more than a decade, with a little help from producers like Dan Curtis, writers like Richard Matheson, and even the young Steven Spielberg behind the camera. Of course, excellent films […]Read more "A Cold Night’s Death (1973)"
Roger Corman. I would be hard pressed to point to any other name which is on so many good films and yet still causes a shiver of dread when it shows up on the film you happen to be watching. Sometimes it is hard to believe that the young guerrilla filmmaker, whose ultra cheap films always had that […]Read more "Battletruck [Warlords of the 21st Century] (1982)"
Do mad scientist films actually qualify as science fiction? One of my favorite films is Georges Franju’s Judex (1963), a film that combines amazing black and white compositions, steampunk-ish inventions, a pulpy plot borrowed from a 1916 French serial, and just a hint of tongue in cheek humor. Eleven years later, he created another, very similar […]Read more "Nuits rouges [aka, Shadowman] (1974)"
This was one of my greatest frustrations back in the Nothings. And not because of any part of the film itself. After all, I hadn’t seen it. But I had seen a wonderfully insane trailer, full of spaceships, creatures, strange worlds and what looked like a vast fleet of sailing vessels flying into battle. At the […]Read more "Thru the Moebius Strip (2005)"