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. […]Read more "Virus (1999)"
It’s a familiar situation. Beloved local doctor wants to cure his wife of the deadly disease that has left her slowly wasting away, so with the help of his hunchbacked lab assistant, he’s been stealing the bodies of dead young girls from the hospital so he can extract what he needs from their bodies. We […]Read more "El baúl macabro [The Macabre Trunk] (1936)"
The 1940s were not a great era for Universal Studios cycle of horror films. To be fair, they did produce a number of quite good films, but they also made several very strange films and quite a few that were basically…there. It was also their era for sequels. Not only did their classic characters like […]Read more "The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)"
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 […]Read more "The Devil Bat (1940)"
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)"
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. […]Read more "Frankenstein Island (1981)"
(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 […]Read more "Shock Waves (1977)"
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. […]Read more "The Astro-Zombies (1968)"
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 […]Read more "Konga (1961)"
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 […]Read more "Jungle Captive (1945)"