Like Father like son? Not necessarily, but David Cronenberg’s son Brandon does seem to have a fair amount of talent himself. Yes, I know when we think of the sons of superstar movie makers going into the family business, we do tend to think of Patrick Wayne or (*shudder*) Jaden Smith, but the truth is […]Read more "Possessor (2020)"
(aka Tomb of the Living Dead, Grave Desires, The Revenge of Doctor X) Some of you may note that the last name on that list looks rather…familiar. That is because, when the Ed Wood-penned Akuma no niwa (aka Venus Flytrap) was released on video, it came out as a double feature with its credits removed and the […]Read more "Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1968)"
(aka Escape 2000, Blood Camp Thatcher) Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Running Man is a copy of this film. Now we all know it didn’t have too much to do with the novel by “Richard Bachman” (aka Stephen King) as the plot, characters and settings are so different. Nor is it really all that close to Robert […]Read more "Turkey Shoot (1982)"
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)"
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)"
Wow. 2019 really was an epic year for Independent film. As I’ve noted, we had a ridiculous number of utterly amazing films playing this year, of which the best I’ve seen so far were The Tangle, Prospect, Das Letzte Land, A Living Dog and Cosmos. So I now have another film to add to the […]Read more "Color Out of Space (2019)"
Don’t be fooled by the VOD listing on Vimeo with the 2019 date. This is vintage Polonia Brothers, from 2001. If you had any doubts about that, you need only note that one of the three leads is John Polonia, who died in 2009. In fact, this is a fairly remarkable film for them because […]Read more "Dweller [Alien Dweller] (2001)"
It isn’t exactly what I would call an obvious idea. Combining a Kaiju Eiga film with…Jaws? I suppose Steven Spielberg’s big fish is technically giant and monstrous, but that isn’t quite the same thing. However, Jaws has one of those classic plots which has been borrowed and retooled so regularly that I suppose it was […]Read more "Kyôryû kaichô no densetsu [Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds] (1977)"
What a lovely film! I’ll admit it. I love it when I find a SF movie that is unique and unexpected, which finds some strange nook no one else has explored and settles down there for an hour or two. Which is what we have here, a very Japanese, sui generis alien invasion film. Only […]Read more "Sanpo suru shinryakusha [Before We Vanish] (2017)"
(Mild spoilers) You can’t say that the basic notion isn’t familiar: Child disappears, the Sheriff thinks the mother is responsible, mother goes off to find her child. Nor does it seem all that unusual that we have weird lights in the night, scratching sounds in the walls and other sinister goings-on. This could still just […]Read more "Dark Light (2019)"