Virus (1999)

Bragging rights. That was how Jamie Lee Curtis summed up her role in Virus: when a fellow actor complains about how awful the bad film they did was, she can always show off her clips and say, oh yeah? I was in Virus! Now I’m not convinced Virus ever reaches such epic heights of badnesss. […]

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The Devil Bat (1940)

Things are a lot harder than they used to be. At least if you are a mad scientist. These days you have to do a lot more research, talk about quantum mechanics or string theory and expect the legion of fanboys out there to complain if you get your formulas wrong.  But back in the […]

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Return of the Ape Man (1944)

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 […]

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Frankenstein Island (1981)

Some people just don’t know when to quit. Take Jerry Warren, for instance: He started out making low budget genre movies, but wasn’t very good at it.  He then moved to importing foreign genre films and adding additional scenes to them for the American market.  If anything, these were even worse than his own efforts. […]

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Shock Waves (1977)

(aka, ALMOST HUMAN; DEATH CORPS) This is one of those eerie and effective minor films that stick with you long after you’ve seen them. A small boat on a pleasure cruise encounters a strange orange mist and a mysterious, rusting hulk of a ship.  They run aground, the captain vanishes, and the passengers and crew […]

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The Astro-Zombies (1968)

What we have here is a Drive In movie, loaded with zombie creatures, a topless dancer, screaming girls (most of them in their underwear), gruesome heaps of body parts, a bit of blood, John Carradine as a mad scientist, and even Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!‘s Tura Satana. And despite all that, it is basically dull. […]

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Konga (1961)

This one reminded me of nothing so much as those old Monogram and PRC mad scientist films from the Forties. Dr. Charles Decker (Michael Gough) returns after being lost in the jungle for a year, with a baby chimp, a collection of carnivorous plants, and a bunch of secrets he learned from the local witch […]

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Jungle Captive (1945)

This is one of those films that leaves you wondering why. I mean, Captive Wild Woman, the first of Universal’s horror films about “Paula Dupree”, an ape transformed into a girl, wasn’t one of their great entries into their horror cycle.  In fact the most interesting part of it was that they had managed to transform […]

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