Honorable Mention (I guess) As strange as it may sound, the one genre that most frequently gets confused with science fiction is the occult movie. As I said, it’s strange. One can, in fact list quite a few such films if you work at it: offhand, Jmeno kodu: Rubin [Code Name: Ruby] and Yesterday Was a Lie […]Read more "Les soleils de l’Ile de Pâques [The Suns of Easter Island] (1972)"
Honorable Mention This interesting TV movie marks Michael Crichton’s first directing job. We tend to forget that he actually directed a few movies — including the classic Westworld (1973), Runaway, and The Great Train Robbery — although this one is intriguing because he was filming his own novel, Binary. At the time he still planned to […]Read more "Pursuit (1972)"
(aka Doctor Mabuse Strikes Back, Doctor M. Strikes Back) For some strange reason, Jess Franco has a bit of a cult following. I suppose it is natural as he made a lot — and I do mean a lot — of trashy Euro horror films, often with lots and lots of female flesh on display. […]Read more "Dr. M schlägt zu [The Vengeance of Doctor Mabuse] (1972)"
A giant glowing ball from Outer Space falls to earth, then rolls over people, reducing them to people-shaped piles of ash. Which makes this one sound far more interesting than it really is. After a brief, narrated introduction about its legendary arrival as a ball of fire from the sky — an arrival there couldn’t […]Read more "The Cremators (1972)"
I’d be hard pressed to identify an author whose work has been the subject of so many terrible adaptations as Kurt Vonnegut. I suppose his odd notions of justice and rather strange sense of humor has a lot to do with it. But I have to wonder if it is because there is something fundamental […]Read more "Between Time and Timbuktu (1972)"
This is one of those films where the trailer promises classic exploitation: monsters, sadism, and that requisite hint of sex. The reality is that the trailer includes almost everything that falls under those headings. This one was one of the many cheap horrors Filipino schlockmeister Eddie Romero made during the Seventies. It’s basically a combination […]Read more "The Twilight People (1972)"
This post marks a particularly auspicious moment for me: it is my Five-Hundredth review since I began this site back in February 2016. It seemed an impossible goal back then, but somehow, it happened anyway! Thank you to all my readers, and to the many filmmakers and producers who have given me the opportunity to review […]Read more "Solaris [Solyaris] (1972)"
When one looks at the giants of British Horror Cinema, one notes that Hammer Films turned out an impressive number of SF films, including their remakes of the legendary Quatermass serials and far too many Bikini Cavegirl movies. Their closest competitor, Amicus, while they never made quite so many, did in fact contribute two Dr. […]Read more "Doomwatch (1972)"
Perhaps this is one of those sequels that needs to be seen before the original film. After all, there’s nothing here that wasn’t done better in the first film – or in the 1988 remake. In fact, the general sense one gets of the film is of a certain tiredness of it all. It is […]Read more "Beware! The Blob [Son of the Blob](1972)"
Nigel Kneale, while best remembered for his four Quatermass stories, created quite a few interesting horror and SF films during a long career as a scriptwriter. One notes his TV play, The Creature (filmed by Hammer as The Abominable Snowman ), the horror series Beasts, a comedy about a guy with an imaginary girlfriend from space (Kinvig), the interesting […]Read more "The Stone Tape (1972)"