I’ll confess that the part of this film I enjoyed more than anything else was the film the official brilliant scientist, Professor Diaz, shows to his handpicked expedition crew, which shows what life was like in prehistoric times. We get a quick and truly wacky montage of fighting lizards with fins glued on from One […]Read more "Aventura al centro de la tierra [Adventure at the Center of the Earth] (1965)"
One of the most curious aspects of the British film industry is how easily British actors move from films to stage and television work. Such moves are incredibly rare here, thanks largely to the fact that the film industry and the theater world are on opposite sides of the continent. But it comes as a […]Read more "National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011)"
Honorable Mention This one is strange. And rather disturbing. A young man keeps having these weird seizures where he howls and jumps about uncontrollably. It’s as if something is taking him over and it keeps getting worse. Then he starts transforming — at first just an arm or a leg — during these fits into…something. […]Read more "Henge [Metamorphosis] (2011)"
I have no idea what this film is trying to be. There are so many elements which just don’t mesh together. It’s set in a tiny Gold Rush era town which has been restored to its former glory by a wealthy historian, Charles Silverdale. He envisions a town where people live the way they did […]Read more "Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)"
Not every film has to be a huge film. Particularly not when it is a conceptually interesting creature feature. I’ll admit it is familiar territory: a research project, trying to create a living creature from scratch, is a little too successful. While we’ve seen it before, there are some nice touches like the rather quirky […]Read more "KillerSaurus (2015)"
(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)"
Bragging rights. That was how Jamie Lee Curtis summed up her role in Virus: when a fellow actor complains about how awful the bad film they did was, she can always show off her clips and say, oh yeah? I was in Virus! Now I’m not convinced Virus ever reaches such epic heights of badnesss. […]Read more "Virus (1999)"
This is a strange and decidedly eccentric film, crammed full of odd bits and pieces which do not necessarily appear to belong in the same movie. I like it. New Year’s Eve, 1999: a family travels deep into the mountains to avoid the chaos the so-called Millennium Bug might cause. Unfortunately, they run afoul of […]Read more "The Millennium Bug (2011)"
The Asylum is one of those names which is instantly familiar to those of us who’ve spent far too much time in video stores. Their specialty is what are known as “Mockbusters,” movies which are more or less similar to current or upcoming hit movies and which usually feature roughly similar artwork to the real […]Read more "Monster (2008)"
After Godzilla: Final Wars brought Toho’s Millennium series to an end, with no future Kaiju films in sight, a number of small, giant monster films came out. Most of these, like The Return of Monster X: Attack the G8 Conference or Gehara: the Dark & Long Hair Monster, are parodies. So it is a welcome […]Read more "Wakusei daikaijû Negadon [Negadon: The Monster from Mars] (2005)"