Honorable (mostly) Mention Now there’s a rare piece of truth in Advertising. I know it is hard to believe, but this poster sums up Terminal Entry with uncanny accuracy. After all, right up front, we have soldiers and explosions. Then, in the center a giant computer screen. And looming over that… A kid in […]
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[Mild Spoilers] To start in a less than obvious place: This happened back in 1986, when CBS announced their latest TV movie, a version of Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue starring, of all people, George C. Scott. Yes, the same George C. Scott who seems to be playing the same stolid and […]
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I sometimes wonder, when I am watching a children’s film, whether any child out there would actually be entertained by it. That is certainly my reaction to Supersonic Saucer. Mind you, I may just be grumpy because the same footage of the eponymous “Saucer” keeps getting reused over and over. With the exact same music […]
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I suppose you could call this one a scientific vampire story. Or perhaps a women in prison film. Although to be fair the prison is more of a low-security home for wayward girls sort of place, more like one of the old State Hospitals than anything the word “Prison” would conjure up, with several separate […]
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Hoo Boy. Some of these films, I tell you… Now I suppose it’s worth noting that this one was directed by Kenneth J. Hall, a long-time special effects guy who worked on a lot of movies, including Critters but is also remembered for directing a rip-off of The Wasp Woman for Fred Olen Ray called […]
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The first warning, of course, was seeing Eddie Romero’s name emblazoned proudly at the beginning of the credits. Back in the Seventies, Eddie had this incredible epiphany which revealed to him that the Philippines had one incredible selling point for film makers and investors: You could make movies there really, really cheaply. So he churned […]
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This is the Sci Fi network’s take on Species. As with any big generalization, that statement isn’t entirely true. But it works as a quick summary. And yes, it did come out not too long after the second Species film. Luke and Roger are students at a small college in Canada who are both hard […]
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A few words about Piotr Szulkin are in order: Piotr made four blackly comic political satires disguised as Science Fiction comedies in Poland during the 1980s, at a time when the Polish government was one of the most oppressive on Earth. You don’t have to squint too hard to recognize that, whether he’s talking about a […]
Read more "Ga, Ga – Chwala bohaterom [Ga-ga: Glory to the Heroes] (1986)"
Jackson is having a very bad day. The kind of day where your attempt to commit suicide fails because your ceiling fan just isn’t up to the job. So she decides this is the perfect time to get in touch with her long, lost Father — even though he has no idea he has a […]
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It’s strange, but I’ve seen a lot of films which try to offer us scientific explanations for vampirism or ghosts, but I can’t remember too many that try the same for werewolves. I’m sure there are a few examples, like those mad scientists in the later Universal Horror films — the ones where they dumped […]
Read more "Lycanthropus [Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory] (1961)"