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 […]Read more "Snatchers (2020)"
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)"
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)"
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 […]Read more "Proteus (1995)"
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)"
It is the year 2025, and the biggest sport on TV is the endless series of competitions called “Endgame“, where a man is pursued by three hunters and has to either escape or kill them. Now, if this sounds familiar, most of you will probably assume that they stole it from The Running Man. Which […]Read more "Endgame – Bronx lotta finale (1983)"
(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 […]Read more "Galaxy of Terror (1981)"
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, […]Read more "Deadly Friend (1986)"
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 […]Read more "Escape from New York (1981)"