More than anything else, Stasis reminds me of Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter, a ghost film told from the perspective of the ghost. Which is an odd thing to be saying about a Time Travel movie. And yet it really isn’t that far from what we have here: One morning, after a particularly bad party, Ava wakes […]Read more "Stasis (2017)"
(aka, Deep Burial, Half Life) The real star of Atomica is the Cold War nuclear missile bunker where it was shot. It seems a particularly apropos setting as nuclear energy is a persistent theme throughout the film. A major nuclear plant disaster destroyed several cities and left the area around a devastated wasteland. But the […]Read more "Atomica (2017)"
I’m always on the lookout for something weird when it comes to movies. And believe me, I found it when I watched Mad Genius. I mean, this is a movie which is seriously strange on so many different levels. More than you can imagine. And it isn’t even about what you think it is. Vix […]Read more "Mindhack: #savetheworld [Mad Genius] (2017)"
They’re at it again. You’d think the aliens would have something better to do by now than invade the Earth, but I guess it must be a tempting prospect: after all, we have something every self-respecting alien race wants. Women. Lots of beautiful, genetically compatible females for them to breed with and produce a new […]Read more "Cute Little Buggers (2017)"
I’ll confess that I sometimes find myself wishing I liked some of these films more than I do. This is particularly true of no-budget DIY films which have nothing but sheer determination behind them. The sort of film which has no reserves of money or resources to pull it through. Or skill, for that matter. […]Read more "Revenge of the Lost (2017)"
More than anything else, Return of the Fly reminds me of those endless Universal Horror sequels of the Forties. Even though it was released by Twentieth Century Fox. I suppose it is inevitable: after all, you start such a series of films with some well-known novel (or in the case of The Fly, a short […]Read more "Return of the Fly (1959)"
I’m not sure what happened. Chris Wallas, the special effects master who was responsible for designing Joe Dante’s Gremlins, was acclaimed in the Eighties for his incredible creature effects. But by the mid-Nineties, he’d fallen out of favor and virtually vanished. I suppose, with the rise of cheap digital effects, movie makers just didn’t feel […]Read more "Journey to the Forbidden Valley (2017)"
There are times when the phrase “practical effects” hardly seems adequate. Take Maggots, one of the lowest budgeted films I’ve ever seen with Fred Olen Ray’s name on it (as producer, not director): there is a practical monster, and we see a lot of it. The only problem is that it is a hand puppet […]Read more "Maggots (2017)"
Okay, so a Florida couple decides to make an Indiana Jones-style action movie in their garage. No. Seriously. You know the sort of thing I mean, where our heroes travel around the world in search of a great treasure, while avoiding lethal traps?… Look, I said I was serious already! In this case, we’re talking […]Read more "Seekers of the Lost Worlds (2017)"
Wow. This is a strange one. Japanese strange at that. The future hasn’t worked out too well. The human race essentially lives forever, but it can’t reproduce anymore. Deep beneath their city is a vast network of tunnels and levels descending to unknown depths, and living in them are the mutant Maligans, who may possess […]Read more "Junk Head (2017)"