Snatchers (2020)

I’ll confess:  I have a weak spot for little films. I suppose it’s because we’ve seen so many overblown big tentpole films with skybeams surrounded by swirling clouds of rubble and impossible CGI stunts.  Let’s face it, those things are made by committee and it really doesn’t matter where in the world they shot it […]

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The Mind’s Eye (2015)

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, […]

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Proteus (1995)

This is basically the cheap Nineties direct to video version of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Well, one of them. It starts a little differently, at least:  a group of losers trying to carry off a heroin deal accidentally blow up their own boat and end up stranded on a deep sea oil platform.  Only it’s […]

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The Fly (1986)

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 […]

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Galaxy of Terror (1981)

(aka, Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror Planet of Horrors, Quest) This one was Roger Corman’s first attempt to make an Alien rip off.  it would not be his last. But it is also one of the better ones. A hand-picked crew is sent on a rescue mission by the Master of their planet.  A spaceship […]

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Deadly Friend (1986)

A genius teenager with a cute but highly intelligent robot.  What could possibly go wrong? Well, for one thing you can end up in the wrong movie.  Before you know it, the crazy neighbor has blown away the robot, and the cute teenaged girl next door has been killed by her abusive father. So naturally, […]

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Escape from New York (1981)

It was perhaps the finest moment in  John Carpenter’s career. Just three years after the surprise success of his genre-defining serial killer film, Halloween, with a couple of TV movies and an interesting ghost story (The Fog) in between, John made one of his most famous films, the Eighties movie of Eighties movies, Escape from New […]

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