(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)"
I keep finding, when I re-watch some of the films I grew up with in the Eighties, that I see them in a new and unexpected light. Frequently I find myself liking them more than I did back then. I suppose that’s because I no longer expect each new science fiction film to be the […]Read more "The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)"
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)"
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)"
The giant bug comedy is one of those sub-sub-genres which seems to produce consistently poor results. True, there have been a few sterling examples (well, mostly Brett Piper’s Arachnia. And Eight Legged Freaks) and a few quite entertaining lesser films (Lavalantula, Mosquito). But for the most part, it is a vast, bug-filled wasteland. So, after recent […]Read more "Infestation (2009)"
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)"
This is an incredibly lush and detailed anime movie, with tons of action, some truly imaginative imagery, and a unique, densely imagined – if somewhat repulsive – alternate history world. But it’s just too darn long. It just seems to go from climax to bigger climax – and even when it finally reaches the end, it […]Read more "Shisha no teikoku [The Empire of Corpses] (2015)"