Back in 1977, a group of young special effects artists got together to make a science fiction film, Planet of Dinosaurs. Now this is one of those films you can’t watch with any illusions: they didn’t have much cash, their no-name cast isn’t particularly good, the script is just as bad, and there’s a lot of […]Read more "Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)"
There was a short film by Andy Kumpon some years ago called “Last Stop Station” which ends with an memorable final declaration: “This project was made for less than $1000 dollars, shot on video, and edited with scotch tape, so what’s your excuse;” It’s one of those statements I think about a lot, particularly when […]Read more "Razorteeth (2005)"
It’s one of those urban legends that’s been around forever. Supposedly the government created a super strain of Marijuana: someone stole it and secretly leaked it to the public. Like any good conspiracy theory, it really isn’t clear why they’d develop it, although one hears talk of it being used to track drug trafficking, or even worse, that they laced […]Read more "Bite Me! (2004)"
Let’s get one thing straight from the start: A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell was NOT Brett Piper‘s title for this film. I’m not even certain what it’s original title was (Dark Fortress, or possibly Lost Fortress, depending on who you are talking to) The title was slapped onto this film by Troma when they released it. […]Read more "A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990)"
Brett Piper For some of you, that one name on a film should be enough reason to run out and see it. For those of you coming in late, Brett is one of the true, hidden treasures of B-Cinema, a dedicated craftsman who has been hard at work making the sorts of excellent bargain basement […]Read more "Mutant War (1988)"
This one bugged me so much I had to write about it. I’ve had some experience with Troma Films and by now I know what to expect: just enough halfway decent films mixed in with the garbage to convince you that maybe you should try this one. You might get lucky, you never know. Think of […]Read more "Actium Maximus: War of the Alien Dinosaurs (2005)"
“Don’t do that! Didn’t you see The Blob?” This one, despite a title which suggests something more Romero is actually Brett Piper‘s loving homage to The Blob. Not that he doesn’t get more than a touch of George Romero in there as well. Of course, this is the Blob by way of the 1988 remake, a […]Read more "Bacterium (2007)"