It’s hard to believe that this is a Fifties film. It certainly doesn’t look like most of your typical Fifties SF films: for one thing, it is in color. I’ll admit that is hardly unknown, and even some fairly early films like Flight to Mars (1951) were in color, but it is certainly rare for that staple SF […]Read more "4D Man (1959)"
Curt Siodmak is best remembered for writing Donovan’s Brain. He actually had a rather long and busy career writing screenplays with the occasional novel or short story thrown in, but let’s face it, people rarely notice who actually wrote their favorite movies — even though we pay a lot of attention to who may have […]Read more "Hauser’s Memory (1970)"
I find it rather disturbing: We keep hearing, in movie after movie, TV series after TV series that we are on the brink of some massive ecological cataclysm that will wipe out the entire human race “Real Soon” (to quote Dr. Lizardo). And yet, even the most alarmist models of global warming usually end up […]Read more "Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)"
Don’t be fooled by the descriptions. For most of its running time Demonwarp is just a fairly routine Eighties Slasher film. The fact that the killer is a Bigfoot (sort of, more or less, well, that’s what it looks like) really doesn’t change things that much. While George Kennedy gets top billing, he actually only […]Read more "Demonwarp (1988)"
Honorable Mention (Maybe. I Think. Who can tell?) This is a seriously strange film. I have no idea what to think about it. But it has earned a mention here because it is a sequel — or more-or-less sequel, or some sort of strange alternate reality continuation or something even more tenuously connected — to […]Read more "The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (2014)"
Mulgoe combines two very different types of movies: the lavish historical epic of the sort that the Chinese film industry has been making lately, built around political machinations, a serious threat against Imperial power and a heroic figure who steps in to support the Emperor at great cost –and the monster movie. I have to […]Read more "Mulgoe [Monstrum] (2018)"
What amazes me most about this one is that Larry Buchanan did not recycle the creature mask he’d used in so many films before. I mean, it stood in for gill men in Creature of Destruction and Curse of the Swamp Creature, and even put in a stint as a dinosaur still alive after millions of years […]Read more "The Loch Ness Horror (1982)"