Alone in the Dark (2005)

Uwe Boll was ahead of his time. Seriously. Here we have the second of his major films, a videogame adaptation like pretty much everything he’s made since, which consists of the barest of setups followed by action scene after action scene, complete with crashing through windows, bullet time, absurd wire-fu, and all chopped up in […]

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Run Away with Me (2015)

It starts with what sounds like the intro to an H.P. Lovecraft story. Not that it has anything to do with what comes next: a brutal, black and white sequence with a deadly hand-to-hand battle between the hero and the man who killed his son. Next it becomes a hard-boiled Blade Runner-esque story of a […]

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Mongolian Death Worm (2010)

Hey, these things happen: It’s a SyFy Network original that is actually a half-decent B-Monster movie. And believe me, those are quite rare, SyFy or no SyFy. But then, as far as I can tell, this one didn’t come from SyFy’s usual bulk “original” providers, like The Asylum, Roger Corman or Fred Olen Ray. Now […]

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Urutoraman Mebiusu ando Urutora kyôda [Ultraman Mebius and Ultra Brothers] (2006)

Back to the basics. I suppose, after Ultraman: The Next failed to revamp the venerable franchise with a grittier reboot, it does seem an obvious move: bring back four of the most popular Ultramen and put them in an adventure featuring the current Ultraman.  As this was also Ultraman’s Fortieth anniversary, it made a lot of sense […]

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Yonggary [Reptilian] (1999)

Yonggary is every Daikaiju Eiga movie you’ve ever seen. Seriously. Aliens use Giant Monsters to destroy the World [Monster Zero, Destroy All Monsters]. Yup. Got that. Ancient ruins, mystical powers and powerful artifacts [Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth]. Yup. That one, too. Inanimate version of the creature comes to life [Daimajin and its […]

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Wilder Napalm (1993)

Firestarter as a romantic comedy? Well, yes, more or less.  Although it is as much about the relationship between two feuding brothers as it is about the romantic triangle that kindles (sorry, you can’t help it with this sort of film) their long-smoldering (see what I mean?) resentment against each other. And I suppose it does […]

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Adventurados (2015)

The story goes that Berton Pierce was working on miniatures for the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel when he got the idea of making a science fiction film using some of the best model makers in the business, artists who had created models for everything from Flash Gordon and Space 1999 to Moon and the […]

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Missing Pages (2006)

The French Nouvelle Vague short film, La Jetee, occupies an interesting place in science fiction cinema. It is hailed as a great art film and formal experiment — and yet at the same time it is held to be a SF classic. There are only a few films you can say that about. It uses […]

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