I’ve always loved animated science fiction films, particularly those which are set in outer space. Unfortunately, they are quite rare. Well, outside the world of Japanese anime, that is. Very few were made in the English-speaking world, but for some reason a number of quite interesting examples came out of Europe. Or it might be […]
Read more "Fiul Stelelor [The Son of the Stars] (1985)"
Wikizilla described this one as the first black and white Kaiju film since the original Gamera in 1965. Well…I guess. Maybe. You might call it that. If you absolutely had to. Now the reality is that this is instead a strange found footage film made during the height of the pandemic which just happens to […]
Read more "8-ka de shinda kaijû no 12-nichi no monogatari [The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8] (2020)"
This is the fourth of Alvaro Passeri’s films I have seen. And so far it is the only one which disappointed me. Passeri was a veteran special effects expert from the Italian film industry who decided in the mid-Nineties to make his own movies. The five he created were all made on ridiculously small budgets, […]
Read more "Flight to Hell (2003)"
This one wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Or maybe it was. I’m not sure. After all, I’ve been waiting for it a long time. It was announced, supposedly due to be released, delayed, delayed again, and finally came out — in Japan. More waiting. What I expected, when it was first announced, was a […]
Read more "Shin Ultraman (2022)"
As I noted in my review of The Man with Nine Lives (1940), the late Thirties and early Forties were one of the busiest moments in Boris Karloff’s career, as he took on an impressive number of projects at different studios. And many of these were mad scientist films. Before I Hang was one of six […]
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(Literal title: The Golden Grain) What would you get if you combined Star Wars with The Princess Bride? I don’t know, but it wouldn’t be Fantastic Games. Not even if you threw in a bit of The Neverending Story. Or switched out Star Wars for its extravagantly silly Italian rip-off, Starcrash (1978). Although you would […]
Read more "Il chicco d’oro [Fantastic Games] (1998)"
It’s good to see Neil Marshall back. Not that he exactly went away. But he’s had a hard time lately making the sorts of films which he loves to make. He vanished from the silver screen after his 2010 film Centurion into the world of television, and finally is making a comeback of sorts. His Hellboy […]
Read more "The Lair (2022)"
Wow. This is one of the strangest and most eccentric films I’ve ever seen. It boggles the mind with its sheer weirdness and its odd sense of style. I know it doesn’t get a lot of love from critics or the audience reviews, but there is something about this film that is so unique, so […]
Read more "The Mummy Theme Park (2000)"
Right. So this werewolf escapes from… Okay, okay, he isn’t a werewolf. This guy who turns into a wolf escapes from a prison somewhere in the future, so he can rescue his son from the clutches of the people who killed his wife, took away his son, and carried out all sorts of experiments on […]
Read more "Moonchild (1994)"
(aka, Creature dagli abissi) It’s a hallucination. It has to be. It’s the only explanation I can find that makes any sense. No, I’m not talking about the absurdities of Plankton’s overloaded plot, or the scenes which cannot be forced to make any sort of logical sense. I’m talking about the existence of this film. […]
Read more "Plankton [Creatures from the Abyss] (1994)"