Il disco volante [The Flying Saucer] 1964

When someone says “a science fiction film produced by Dino De Laurentiis,” I’m sure none of the images that come into your mind look anything like Il Disco Volante. I suppose that’s not an entire surprise as it would be four years before he would make Danger: Diabolik and Barbarella, and eighteen before Flash Gordon. […]

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Leviathan (1989)

I’ll admit it, I have a weakness for Peter Weller. It’s mostly because he was Buckaroo Banzai, but he was also superb in Robocop and did manage to make quite a few interesting films — as well as a few where he’s the best thing in them.  But his characters always have a presence about […]

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Schlock (1973)

File this one under “you have to start somewhere.” In fact two well-known film professionals got their start with this one:  its director, John Landis, would go on to make such films as Animal House and An American Werewolf in London; while the apeman suit was the first of Rick Baker’s monster creations to reach […]

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King Kong (1978)

If you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly recommend that you check out the short film Super 8 Daze, by Rob Hampton. He’s a professional filmmaker who made a lot of short documentary films about pop culture, things like The Gong Show, The Planet of the Apes and  those classic Aurora model kits kids my age […]

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Firestarter (1984)

There seem to have been a lot of telekinetics running around in the Eighties. Particularly if you start looking a little early, at Carrie, in 1976, and The Medusa Touch, The Fury and Patrick in 1978.  Scanners appeared in 1981, with a horde of sequels to follow, The Sender came out in 1982, and Tobe […]

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The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Somehow, a quick description of this one would sound a lot like The Quatermass Experiment. We’ve got the astronaut who’s the only survivor from a space mission to the rings of Saturn.  The other members of his crew died, and he’s suffering from a horrendous condition which is causing horrible changes to his body. But that’s […]

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Flash Gordon Classic (2015)

This won’t take long.  Under four minutes, in fact. But, oh, what Robb Pratt manages to do in that four minutes! Pratt is a curious one-man band phenomenon, a master of hand-drawn animation who has made a series of deliriously brilliant short animated fan films, starting with Superman Classic. Here he created a stunning short which is […]

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The Rift [aka, Endless Descent](1990)

Supposedly, Dino De Laurentiis decided to make a ripoff of his own undersea mutation thriller, Leviathan, and hired a new writer to rework Colin Wilson’s original story into a new script. It isn’t too hard to believe when one remembers some of the other stories about Dino – like buying out Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed version of Dune to give his […]

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