If there is one thing in this world which is guaranteed, it is that, if you watch enough Eighties Science Fiction films, you are going to see an Alien rip-off. And, apparently, this was also true when it comes to Japanese Anime. After all, we have this OVA from 1987, about a spaceship responding to […]
Read more "Hell Target [Heru Tageto] (1987)"
If there was ever a movie with an identity crisis, it must be Strange Behavior. It is set in Illinois, with a largely American cast, director and writer, but they couldn’t find a town that looked like a small-town in Illinois in the United States, so they filmed it in New Zealand. But it is […]
Read more "Strange Behavior [Dead Kids] (1981)"
Now most of Dean R. Koontz’s fans will tell you that the movies based on his books are all terrible. I haven’t read his work, beyond a graphic novel adaptation or two, so I’m not in a position to comment on how well they capture his work, but I found both Sole Survivor and Phantoms reasonably […]
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The general opinion on this one is that it is pretty terrible. I honestly don’t understand why. It may not be brilliant, or what anyone expected, but it is a pretty decent thriller film, even if it must have cost a ton of money for all the special effects that went into it. Now I […]
Read more "Hollow Man (2000)"
You never know what you’ll find next on Tubi. In this case, it was a very strange animated film which was almost entirely the work of a single — and singularly whacked out — creator, Frank Sudol. It’s quite difficult to explain his films. All but one of them were made in an odd but […]
Read more "Shock Invasion (2010)"
(aka, The Lucifer Rig) One way to tell how old you are is how you react to the moments when everything pauses in films like this and the screen blacks out for an instant. Now if you shrug, say “it’s a TV movie,” and ignore it, then you probably grew up in the early days […]
Read more "The Intruder Within (1981)"
We start out in a gentle sort of way, with the passengers and crew aboard an airliner en route to its destination, whom we get to meet and know before… (Drum roll) The sky sharks arrive! Which we knew was coming, even before we saw the trailer. And it’s even cooler that there are Nazi […]
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(aka Dead City) There are, of course, various levels of cheap. At the bottom, we have the sort of thing so many directors started out doing, using their phones or home video cameras (or, back in the ancient past, Super 8) without much in the way of props or costumes, while the films made by […]
Read more "Legion of the Night (1995)"
If you were to ask me what was the most bizarre recent moment in Hollywood history, one of my leading candidates would have been that announcement a decade or so ago that a studio had spent millions of dollars buying the rights to a bunch of Parker Brothers’ Board Games — a decision which gave […]
Read more "Mafiya: Igra na vyzhivanie [Mafia: Survival Game] (2016)"
This is one of those films I love for its ambience and design — and the way it hearkens back to one of my favorite Sixties Science Fiction classics — more than I enjoy the film as a whole. Hey, it happens. Now I’m sure a lot of you might describe Bloodsucker’s Planet as a […]
Read more "Bloodsucker’s Planet (2019)"