Konga (1961)

This one reminded me of nothing so much as those old Monogram and PRC mad scientist films from the Forties. Dr. Charles Decker (Michael Gough) returns after being lost in the jungle for a year, with a baby chimp, a collection of carnivorous plants, and a bunch of secrets he learned from the local witch […]

Read more "Konga (1961)"

Future ’38 (2017)

This one got a fairly positive reaction from the festival circuit, but ultimately I found it rather disappointing. The idea is intriguing enough:  a “lost” SF film made in 1938 which sends its hero on a time trip to the year 2018.  One could have a lot of fun trying to envision what someone in […]

Read more "Future ’38 (2017)"

Repligator (1996)

What does it say about a film that it steals from Time Tracers (retitled Time Trap for its recent limited DVD release), which borrowed footage from two other films, and even worked in a Civil War re-enactment? Pretty desperate, right? Bret McCormick, who made a lot of cheap SF and horror films back in the Eighties and […]

Read more "Repligator (1996)"

Diverge (2016)

Cold.  Mud.  Wind.  Endless expanses of mud flats reaching out into the hazy distance.  And off on the horizon? plumes of smoke and ruined cities. Something has gone wrong.  A devastating plague has eliminated most of the population, and sent most of the survivors into quarantine.  Only a few people manage to survive on their […]

Read more "Diverge (2016)"

The Awakened (2009)

A farmer digs up an alien spaceship, and before you know it, vicious aliens are running about, killing people and generally making a nuisance of themselves.  A small group of survivors hole up in a small house and try to find some way to escape… Let’s face it:  it’s very familiar territory. Curiously, despite all […]

Read more "The Awakened (2009)"

Godzilla: Monster Planet (2017)

(aka, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters; Godzilla; Gojira: Kaiju Wakusei) Sometimes you have to wonder if Netflix has any idea what they are doing. It’s frustrating enough that their “original” films are simply not available anywhere else, not even on DVD (I know if I had made a film I would find that one particularly painful), but whatever […]

Read more "Godzilla: Monster Planet (2017)"