If you’ve read any of the books on SF film published before Star Wars came out, then you’ve heard of this film. As there hadn’t been too many SF films made by the mid-Seventies — not by today’s standards, at least — those books used to list just about every SF film made, including quite […]Read more "La brûlure de mille soleils [The Heat of a Thousand Suns] (1965)"
It’s a familiar situation. Beloved local doctor wants to cure his wife of the deadly disease that has left her slowly wasting away, so with the help of his hunchbacked lab assistant, he’s been stealing the bodies of dead young girls from the hospital so he can extract what he needs from their bodies. We […]Read more "El baúl macabro [The Macabre Trunk] (1936)"
Now, I have to admit that I am fond of “B” Monster movies. It isn’t exactly one of the most demanding of sub-genres: after all, one doesn’t expect that the creatures be perfectly realistic, or that the plot be hole-free, or that the acting,dialogue or depth of characterization be more than average. After all, it […]Read more "Bering Sea Beast [Beast of the Bering Sea] (2013)"
I am a little amused to note that by 1942, Boris Karloff’s run of mad scientist films was already ripe for a bit of mockery. Self mockery, at that. His character in The Boogie Man Will Get You could easily be seen as a distillation of all those mad scientists he’d played: the kindly, genial and […]Read more "The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)"
No one has ever made a creature feature quite like the original King Kong. Well, except perhaps the silent version of The Lost World. Legendary stop-motion animator, Willis O’Brien, used a method for Kong that has never been used in any film since. And there is a reason for that. He created miniature sets for […]Read more "The Black Scorpion (1957)"
“I…am DJ Apocalypso. (It’s not my real name) I’m the Leader here.” “I’m Kate. (It is my real name.)” Martin Gooch is one of those directors who’s got a lot of attention from this site and there’s a reason for that: his incredible first film, After Death (2012). It is a lovely mix of ghost […]Read more "Black Flowers (2018)"
(aka Blood Type: Blue, UFO Blue Christmas, The Blue Stigma) This one really isn’t what it appears to be. After all, when one hears about a Toho film about Flying Saucers, one more or less assumes that it’s going to be one of their many special effects laden Tokusatsu films. Even the knowledge that it’s […]Read more "Burû Kurisumasu [Blue Christmas] (1978)"