This was Andrew Bellware’s first science fiction film. I’d long had the impression that Millennium Crisis was his first, but three years earlier, he made this cyberpunk detective story about a cop and his partner trying to find an important politician’s murderer in a dystopian future. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Bellware is one […]Read more "Pandora Machine (2004)"
It’s one of those urban legends that’s been around forever. Supposedly the government created a super strain of Marijuana: someone stole it and secretly leaked it to the public. Like any good conspiracy theory, it really isn’t clear why they’d develop it, although one hears talk of it being used to track drug trafficking, or even worse, that they laced […]Read more "Bite Me! (2004)"
This is a strange one. For a brief moment, Carlos Atanes had a certain cult-y sort of reputation, thanks to a series of odd, surreal shorts and his first two films, FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions and Proxima (2007). Perhaps he still has that reputation in certain quarters: it is hard to be certain when you have a […]Read more "FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004)"
(AKA Sea Ghost) What did I do to deserve this???? I’m tired of cheap monster films. I really am. This one was just too much. And, surprise, surprise, who directed it but our old friend Jim Wynorski? For those of you fortunate enough not to have encountered him, Jim has made a career of directing the […]Read more "The Thing Below (2004)"
This was the final Godzilla movie. The third final Godzilla film, to be precise. And, ironically, the big green guy’s Fiftieth anniversary bash. The original series had ended on a decidedly low note when it just ran out of gas with The Terror of Mechagodzilla. The first revival, the so-called “Heisei era” ended with Godzilla’s death in Godzilla […]Read more "Godzilla: Final Wars [Gojira: Fainaru uôzu] (2004)"
This is probably the best Polonia Brothers film I have ever seen. Okay, that’s not saying a lot. But it does help define exactly what kind of terrible we’re talking about. And, let’s face it, it’s an interesting kind of terrible. Yes, we know we’re talking about amateurish acting, silly props (come, on! we all know […]Read more "Preylien: Alien Predators (2004)"
Hmmmm….Does this film actually belong here? After all, there have been plenty of routine horror films which have tied zombies to flying saucers (something the creators of this film actually have the nerve to point out by including a few snatches of Ed Wood’s classically bad Plan Nine from Outer Space in the opening scene). But […]Read more "Hide and Creep (2004)"