It isn’t easy to find science fiction films made in the Thirties. It did show up in quite a few serials, but then those were aimed at kids. There were a few odd films with more developed SF elements — like Just Imagine — but for most part you were going to find it in horror […]Read more "Doctor X (1932)"
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)"
“FOREWARD: Every scientific fact accepted today once burned as a fantastic fire in the mind of someone called mad. Who are we on the youngest and smallest of planets to say that the INVISIBLE RAY is impossible to science? That which you are now to see is a theory whispered in the cloisters of science. […]Read more "The Invisible Ray (1936)"
You know the drill. Little girl’s father flushes her pet alligator down the toilet. It grows to incredible size and starts eating people. It’s even more familiar territory when you recognize that this is Jaws with thick scaly skin and yellow eyes. We also get that familiar addition, the company conducting illegal research which has […]Read more "Alligator (1980)"
I found this one rather odd. It is already a somewhat rarer offering as it was made by Paramount. They did put out quite a few horror films during the Thirties and Forties, but were never as prolific as Universal — although several of their films are notable, like Murders at the Zoo, The Uninvited […]Read more "The Monster and the Girl (1941)"
Film — as an Avant Garde art form? That is essentially what the director, Marcel L’Herbier, is doing here. This film was made at the height of the Paris Avant Garde of the Twenties, with a handful of Marcel’s friends from the world of art providing the mise en scène — including Fernand Leger, René […]Read more "L’inhumaine [The Inhuman Woman] (1924)"
This one wasn’t what I expected. The basic description was familiar. A commando team sent into a secret research facility. It brings to mind countless other similar films. But the beginning of the film is so radically different from something like, say, Aliens, that it comes as a real shock. This secret lab is not […]Read more "Scintilla [The Hybrid] (2014)"