Trancers II (1991)

I’ll confess. I’ve avoided this film for a long time. After all, it was a sequel — and what’s more, a sequel made by Full Moon Features. Neither of those facts is exactly encouraging. Trancers actually came out under the Empire Pictures Banner, before Charles Band’s first production company went bankrupt. I suppose that’s why […]

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Space Ninjas (2019)

I’m really not surprised, after seeing Scott McQuaid’s name emblazoned across the top of the screen in letters only slightly smaller than those of the Title, “Space Ninjas”, to learn that the only thing Scott is notable for is… Directing Space Ninjas. I say that, not because Space Ninjas is obviously the work of a […]

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Trancers (1984)

At first glance, Trancers would seem a combination of a few high concept SF ideas with a mostly routine cop on the run drama. This is hardly an extraordinary combination and one might start wondering why this was one of Empire Pictures biggest hits — and why it spawned a long series of sequels, mostly […]

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Battle: New York, Day 2 (2011)

There’s a terrible flash of light and most of the people in New York City vanish all at once. The few who are left have become mindless drones following the instructions of the big machines which have just arrived. Except there are a few survivors who haven’t joined the ranks of the zombie-like drones. And […]

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Monster (2008)

The Asylum is one of those names which is instantly familiar to those of us who’ve spent far too much time in video stores. Their specialty is what are known as “Mockbusters,” movies which are more or less similar to current or upcoming hit movies and which usually feature roughly similar artwork to the real […]

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La marca del muerto (1961)

(aka The Mark of Death) I have to admit, I’m beginning to become fond of Mexican Horror films. Now I’ll admit that’s because I’ve been steered towards some of their best, like El Monstruo resucitado, The Black Pit of Dr. M, The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales, and The Macabre Trunk, not to mention such silly but wildly […]

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The Mind’s Eye (2015)

It came as a bit of a surprise that I actually liked this one. I didn’t think much of Joe Begos’ first film, Almost Human, about a man who is abducted by aliens then returns years later as something no longer human. It was meant as an homage to those old Eighties unstoppable killer films, […]

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Stranded (1987)

A sudden flash, like lightning, the sound of someone in the house, and an elderly woman and her granddaughter find themselves prisoners in their own home, at the mercy of a group of strange aliens. Before long, the neighbor’s son gets killed, the Sheriff’s department is called in, an angry mob of locals shows up, […]

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Syngenor (1990)

I think I can see why cult favorite David Gale appeared in so few science fiction films: After all, they had to build all that extra scenery for him to chew. In fact, this may be his single most manic performance in a horror film, which is saying quite a bit when you think of […]

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Dark Light (2019)

(Mild spoilers) You can’t say that the basic notion isn’t familiar: Child disappears, the Sheriff thinks the mother is responsible, mother goes off to find her child. Nor does it seem all that unusual that we have weird lights in the night, scratching sounds in the walls and other sinister goings-on. This could still just […]

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