(aka Hellfire) I’ve given a lot of attention over the last few years to small films — whether SOV, DIY, or low budget Indies from dedicated creators and production companies — and to their special place in the film world. But I haven’t written much about the role played by small distribution companies who put […]Read more "Primal Scream (1987)"
(aka Dinosaur Activity) You are cleaning out your storeroom at the University and you find a pile of film cans full of unused 16mm film stock. What do you do? Well, if you are Mark Polonia, you use them to make a movie about a guy who finds a stockpile of 16mm film stock and […]Read more "Monster Movie (2008)"
Triclops has what must be Brett Piper’s finest hour. Now, for those of you who haven’t been paying attention, Brett is the last of the great stop-motion animators, a meticulous craftsman who creates some of the finest B-Movies anyone has made since the Fifties. And in Triclops, we get to see the titular beast — […]Read more "Triclops (2016)"
It’s a strange world. After all, there is our long history of encounters with Kaiju, those pesky giant monsters who have emerged from the Earth after disasters and nuclear war, or whom we’ve found while exploring other worlds. …And in case we had any trouble deciding just which strange world we’re supposed to be in, […]Read more "ZillaFoot (2019)"
The giant bug comedy is one of those sub-sub-genres which seems to produce consistently poor results. True, there have been a few sterling examples (well, mostly Brett Piper’s Arachnia. And Eight Legged Freaks) and a few quite entertaining lesser films (Lavalantula, Mosquito). But for the most part, it is a vast, bug-filled wasteland. So, after recent […]Read more "Infestation (2009)"
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)"