And once again, I need to point out that this film has nothing whatsoever to do with the 1955 Roger Corman film of the same name. Other than its name that is. I’ve written about this at greater length elsewhere, but The Day the World Ended was part of a series of movies Stan Winston […]
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If the basic premise of this one sounds familiar, you’ve probably read Robert Sheckley. For those of you who have never encountered him, Sheckley was one of the greatest science fiction short story writers of the Fifties and Sixties, and continued writing books well into the Millenium. He was a brilliant and wildly inventive satirist […]
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Stan Winston strikes again! As I noted in my review of Earth vs. the Spider (2001), back in 2001, Stan Winston spearheaded an intriguing project for Cinemax/HBO which he called “Creature Features.” Which, yes, is a somewhat overused name. Basically, he took a series of titles of classic Fifties horror films which were made by American […]
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I’ve ignored this one for years because it it isn’t what it is supposed to be. Well, at least if you judge it by its title. Now my previous attitude wasn’t entirely unfair: after all, that title is borrowed from Bert I. Gordon’s 1958 cheapie about teenagers, a cave and a giant spider. Which is […]
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Short films are so hard to find. There was a bit of word of mouth going around about this film and director Michael Pohl’s earlier short film, Extinct, when I first started looking for films online. And here it is, about Fifteen years since I first started looking for Vortex, and over Twenty years since […]
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Before I get started, there is one thing I think I need to make clear here: The main villain wears a toaster on his head. Now I’ve said this about Donyaye Ayandeh before. In fact, I’ve been saying it ever since I first saw stills from the film in Tars Tarkas.net‘s review. Although I had […]
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(aka, Ice Crawlers) One of the curious features of the modern B-Movie is the number of special effects experts who have gone on to direct movies. Offhand, one thinks of people like David Allen, Chris Wallas and Brett Piper, although their number even includes a legend like Douglas Trumbull, who worked on 2001, then went […]
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(aka, Nightworld: Survivor) [Spoilers ahead!] UPN. Remember them? I suppose more of you might remember Star Trek: Voyager, which was the cornerstone for their attempt to build a Fifth Network — and their strange mystery/adventure show Nowhere Man still has a culty following. Of course, they weren’t the only ones trying to set up Network […]
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I’ve wanted to see this one for a long time. Just not quite enough to go out and actually watch it. It seemed like a big deal at the time: it was the highest rated movie ever shown on the Sci Fi Network (still correctly spelled), and even beat out the Dune miniseries which ran […]
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Some movies can be summed up with a single sentence: Arachnid is better than I expected. There really isn’t much more to say about it. We’re in familiar B-Movie territory here: the team of scientists sent in to study a disease, the mercenaries hired to keep them safe, and an island full of mutant monstrosities, […]
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