(aka The Mark of Death) I have to admit, I’m beginning to become fond of Mexican Horror films. Now I’ll admit that’s because I’ve been steered towards some of their best, like El Monstruo resucitado, The Black Pit of Dr. M, The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales, and The Macabre Trunk, not to mention such silly but wildly […]Read more "La marca del muerto (1961)"
I quite like this one. Yeah, I know it gets its share of mockery — well, more than its share — thanks to the less than special “special effects” of its climax, but The Trollenberg Terror (better known here as The Crawling Eye) is actually a tense little horror film if you ignore the effects. […]Read more "The Trollenberg Terror [The Crawling Eye] (1958)"
After nearly forty years, from their classic silent horrors of the Twenties through the golden era of the Thirties, the endless sequels of the Forties and the Jack Arnold Fifties, the Universal Horror cycle finally ground to a halt with a film more like what they might have made in the Forties than anything they’d […]Read more "The Leech Woman (1960)"
This film was one of two which taught me back in the Eighties that Spaghetti Sci Fi has the unique gift of being as bad as you think it is. The first was War of the Robots, a typically cheap Star Wars rip off. We were came in late on it and someone asked why […]Read more "Starcrash (1978)"
You just can’t escape One Million B.C. Now we all know that a vast number of cheap SF films have pillaged that classic 1940 film for its enthusiastic giant lizard effects, but who in the world would want to make what is virtually a super-cheap remake? Okay, the details are mildly different. No “dinosaurs”, for […]Read more "Prehistoric Women (1950)"
Let’s make this clear: this one has nothing whatsoever to do with Bela Lugosi’s 1943 film from Monogram, The Ape Man. This is hardly unheard of when we are talking about horror films from the Thirties and Forties, as neither Doctor X nor The Spider Woman had much to do with the “sequels” that bore […]Read more "Return of the Ape Man (1944)"
(aka The Incredible Invasion) I’ve mentioned before that “Firsts” tend to be disappointing. In fact, their greatest virtue is generally that they are a first. But, sadly, “Lasts” are nearly always painful, and not just because they are the last. All too often, directors, writers and actors fall out of fashion or find it harder […]Read more "Alien Terror [Invasión siniestra] (1971)"
(aka Enemy from Space) This is one of the lost treasures of the Fifties SF boom. I suppose it doesn’t help that the original Quatermass serials never played in the United States, or that the most successful and highly regarded film in the series, Quatermass and the Pit (renamed Five Million Years to Earth in […]Read more "Quatermass 2 (1957)"
Strange things start happening around an atomic research center on a US Air Force base in Canada. Before you know it, there are grisly and mysterious deaths they can’t seem to stop — and which seem to be the work of invisible creatures… This one has the strange distinction of being a British film, pretending […]Read more "Fiend Without a Face (1958)"
(Spoilers ahead, but who cares?) I think the operative word here is “mess.” I mean, I assume that someone making this thing had some idea of what it was all supposed to be about, but unfortunately, he didn’t chose to share with us. A grave breaks open, and a giant bird-man thing bursts out. The […]Read more "The Vulture (1966)"