This is a remarkably good Troma film. Which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. You’ve probably guessed what it’s about from the title: giant bugs However, we get off to a very slow start with one of the worst exposition and flashback laden sequences ever, as the representative of the company which needs to dispose of […]Read more "Bugged (1997)"
“Seth Ickerman” — who is really the French directing duo, Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard — first came to my attention with the “trailer” for a film called “Ickerman,” which featured a dazzling combination of a high-tech future, a touch of Film Noir, and a lot of movie nostalgia. I still hope they will get […]Read more "Blood Machines (2019)"
A T-Rex dancing the Cha-Cha-Cha? Now there’s something you don’t see every day, Chauncey. My first encounter with this film came when I watched Adventure at the Center of the Earth. The genius professor shows his team a film demonstrating the horrors of the prehistoric world which just happens to be a series of familiar clips […]Read more "El bello durmiente [The Beautiful Dreamer] (1952)"
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 […]Read more "Battle: New York, Day 2 (2011)"
What a lovely film! I’ll admit it. I love it when I find a SF movie that is unique and unexpected, which finds some strange nook no one else has explored and settles down there for an hour or two. Which is what we have here, a very Japanese, sui generis alien invasion film. Only […]Read more "Sanpo suru shinryakusha [Before We Vanish] (2017)"
Edward Everett Horton, one of the most avuncular actors of the Thirties and Forties, as a mad scientist? It’s one of those thoughts you can’t dwell on for too long for fear it’ll cause serious brain damage. I suppose we could argue that he’s not so much “mad” as a bit obsessive, but that doesn’t […]Read more "The Body Disappears (1941)"
Okay, I’ll admit it. I love Giant Robots. Particularly the monster-sized, city-destroying variety, complete with missiles, laser beams, giant power swords and lots of working parts. So I will admit to a certain weakness for this one. After all, we have not one, but two Monster Robots, which aren’t only enormously detailed, but which actually […]Read more "BraveStorm (2017)"
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)"