What exactly makes someone a cult filmmaker? Let’s face it, the whole question of what makes a film a cult film is poorly defined — and I really don’t see that it is possible to come up with a really good definition. After all, I’ve seen the label slapped on a lot of filmmakers and […]
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There are some movies where it comes as no surprise that Troma films decided to distribute the film, even though they didn’t actually make it. I mean who else in their more or less right state of mind would ever decide to distribute a film like Nightmare Weekend? I’m not sure there is any right […]
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I loved this one. Wow, I didn’t expect. that. Now there is something here that I need to point out right from the start. After all, I know a lot of you out there don’t get it. They look at a film like this and immediately start complaining about the effects. All I can say […]
Read more "Rat Scratch Fever (2011)"
Look, I know there were a lot of these. After all, the video market had created a huge demand for new science fiction movies, and as a result you didn’t have to look too far to find a cyberpunk action movie at your local Mom and Pop video rental place. There must have been dozens […]
Read more "Replikator (1994)"
You need to pay attention to Ed Kirk. If you haven’t noticed him yet, he just released Future Soldier, a beautiful micro-budgeted feature film which is more polished and better constructed than a lot of the science fiction films out there — including some which are far more expensive. While this is his first feature […]
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(aka, Giantess Attacks) I thought I would love this film more than I do. After all, I love Kaiju Eiga films — and treasure Kaiju Eiga parodies nearly as much. Okay, I’ll admit it, Giantess Attack is technically not in either category, as it is focused more on the sorts of people-blown-up-to-giant-size films made by […]
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A group of thieves carry out a daring jewel robbery, and go to meet their fence in a deserted factory. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that the gangster they’re dealing with plans to rob them. Or that the United States Army has been conducting some rather nasty off-the-books experiments in that old factory. Which, unfortunately, have […]
Read more "Junk: Shiryô-gari [Junk] (2000)"
Some short films are like an entire feature film packed into a small package. And that is perhaps the best description of Specimens: it may only be fifteen minutes long, but it feels like some lost Sci Fi feature film you know you’ve seen but can’t quite remember. Mind you, you probably haven’t ever heard […]
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Halfway into this creepy little black and white horror film about a witch, her magic mirror, and the ghost of her murdered Goddaughter, it abruptly changes course and becomes… A mad scientist film? Really? Only in Mexico. The director, Chano Ureta, is probably better remembered for The Brainiac, a film about an evil count resurrected […]
Read more "El espejo de la bruja [The Witch’s Mirror] (1962)"
My first thought when I saw the opening of this movie was that The Son of Dr. Jekyll must have been the sequel to a version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Louis Hayward. Well, that isn’t the case. Nor does Columbia Pictures appear to have made such a film without Hayward, prior to […]
Read more "The Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951)"