(aka Screamers, Island of Mutations, Something Waits in the Dark) There is no more welcome a surprise than to watch a film expecting very little and discovering that one has instead found a wild and entertaining minor gem. But it does happen once in a while, even when you’ve seen most of the notable SF […]Read more "Island of the Fishmen [L’isola degli uomini pesce] (1979)"
To date, I haven’t covered television shows or episodes of television shows, although I have at times covered TV movies, mini-series and BBC “series”. However, whatever else you may say about Shada, it is not merely another episode of Doctor Who. Instead, it is more like the Lost Dutchman mine of the Who universe. After […]Read more "Doctor Who: Shada (2017)"
The biggest problem with this one is that there just isn’t enough to it. That may seem a strange thing to say about a movie that features giant stop-motion alien monsters battling it out with each other; lots of alien spaceships in a dazzling number of designs; a “flying vacuum cleaner” drone; tiny leaping aliens; […]Read more "The Day Time Ended (1979)"
I’l confess to being somewhat puzzled by this one. Now, as I’ve pointed out before, it seems to be a point of honor that Jules Verne movies can’t be based on the original books, except in the most tangential sort of way. And, I should note, frequently they’re played for comedy, no matter how serious the […]Read more "Tajemství Ocelového mesta [The Secret of Steel City] (1979)"
Film exists in a lot of odd little categories. Like any other art form, it can be driven by all sorts of strange circumstances, whether strong personalities, odd opportunities, or a particular place and time that brought certain things together. The results are often interesting, but rarely satisfying for outsiders. For about a decade (75-85 […]Read more "Men in Orbit (1979)"
Imagine, a cult film that spawned an entire genre of trashy films… The Psychotronic Man was one of those one man band films, where the director, Jack M. Sell, also shot the film, edited it and co-wrote the script with his star, Peter Spelson (who also produced.) It stars no one you ever heard of, […]Read more "The Psychotronic Man (1979)"
The biggest mystery about this film is what in the world are John Huston, Shelly Winters, Sam Peckinpah and Glenn Ford doing in it? It’s an odd Italian mash-up of The Omen and Close Encounters, with a little help from Star Wars and just a smidgen of The Birds. So why is it set in Atlanta, […]Read more "The Visitor (1979)"