I am in the minority on this one. Ghost Source Zero has generally received rather poor reviews and I’ll admit you could list quite a catalog of flaws if you chose. But then, that’s true of a lot of low-budget and Independent films. However, this is a remarkably intelligent film, filled with all sorts of […]Read more "Ghost Source Zero (2017)"
Let’s see: Comedy legend, on the downhill side of his career, makes a comedy featuring some of the classic Universal Horror Films’ monsters. Sounds vaguely familiar. Of course, this one was made in Mexico, and featured Tin Tan (Germán Valdés) instead of Abbott and Costello. But, hey, Lon Chaney Jr. shows up as the Wolfman […]Read more "La casa del terror [ House of Terror] (1960)"
It came as a bit of a surprise that I actually liked this one. I didn’t think much of Joe Begos’ first film, Almost Human, about a man who is abducted by aliens then returns years later as something no longer human. It was meant as an homage to those old Eighties unstoppable killer films, […]Read more "The Mind’s Eye (2015)"
This one was a pleasant surprise. I’ll confess I didn’t expect too much of it: it was produced by Robert Emenegger, who made a whole bunch of super cheap movies within a year or two of each other in the early Eighties. He also gave us Warp Speed (1981), a creepy haunted space ship movie which […]Read more "PSI Factor (1980)"
As strange as it may seem, there are a few Classic science fiction films I have not seen. This was one of them. Blame it on that final gruesome scene, a fragment of which I saw on cable TV while someone was flicking around the dial. Or blame it on the disturbing storyline, which I […]Read more "The Fly (1986)"
Wow. I really miss Sam Raimi. You have to wonder what happened: one day, you are making some of the most insane, whacked out and totally unique movies ever and the next?… You look just like everyone else. Now, I know the cynical among you will say that this is because someone in Hollywood waved […]Read more "Darkman (1990)"
(aka Atomik Circus – Le retour de James Bataille) Luc Besson created a new school of French film when he made The Professional. In fact, there are times when it seems that France no longer makes any films other than extravagant thrillers with more flashy style than substance. Think Diva, The Fifth Element and Crimson […]Read more "Atomik Circus [The Return of James Battle] (2004)"
This one is fun. In fact, it rates right up there with some of my favorite Fifties SF films. At least where the fun is concerned. Curiously, most of the film isn’t even about giant, fifty-foot women. In fact, it is mostly familiar Film Noir territory, with the scorned neurotic wife, the cheating gigolo, his […]Read more "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)"
I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for this one. I’ll admit it. I suspect the inspiration here may have been It Came from Outer Space: It starts about the same way, with a bright light falling from the sky and landing in the desert with a big explosion. We hardly need to be […]Read more "The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)"
(aka Demon) This one is almost impossible to sum up. This is partly because any attempt is going to carry even the most circumspect summary into spoiler territory. However, it is also because this is a film that starts in one place and then moves into stranger and stranger places which seem to have little […]Read more "God Told Me To (1976)"