Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)

A gang robs a mining company then takes off on a cross-country ski trip with an unsuspecting ski instructor, to reach their rendezvous with the airplane that’s going to carry them away. Unfortunately, they run into a cave monster on the way. While Roger Corman’s brother Gene is listed as the Producer, this is really one of […]

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Sand Whale and Me (2017)

There was a certain amount of fuss over this one — made to celebrate the Twentieth anniversary of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, it also marked Mamoru Oshii’s first production for American TV, albeit made by the Japanese animation powerhouse, Production I.G. However, while this one is frequently described as a combination of live action and […]

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Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Sometimes one has to wonder. This one came out a few months after Empire of the Ants and it’s hard to miss a certain family resemblance between the names.  According to Stephen Lodge, who co-wrote the original spec script, it was originally called “The Spiders.”  So, did they rename this one to cash in on the other […]

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Empire of the Ants (1977)

Don’t pay any attention to the posters:  H.G. Wells has very little to do with this one.  In fact, if you actually read his original short story, it is very hard to find anything the two have in common, except for a boat trip down the river. Instead, Wells merely gives Bert I. Gordon an […]

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Revolt (2017)

This one has been compared to District 9, although I suspect that is because both were made in South Africa, and that there is, admittedly, a similarly gritty quality to both films (although, in many respects, it reminds me a bit more of Skyline). A soldier wakes up in a jail cell, with no memory […]

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The Great Wall (2016)

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 […]

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Invaders from Mars (1986)

Let’s get this straight:  The original Invaders from Mars (1953) was not a great movie. William Cameron Menzies made it on a tiny budget and it shows. But it does something that Tobe Hooper and a big budget couldn’t do. It seems hard to imagine now, but Tobe Hooper was once considered a promising young director.  His […]

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