This is a strange one. We start out with grainy and badly-scratched black and white footage of legendary horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft talking into an old-fashioned radio microphone about his work. It seems for a moment that we’re in a documentary about Lovecraft as he talks at length about the type of stories he writes […]Read more "Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998)"
What a strange film. And I don’t mean that in a good way. Gintama is the live action film adaptation of one of the many anime series out there, this one about an Edo era Japan where space aliens have come to Japan. While they originally came as visitors, that slowly changed and the Samurai […]Read more "Gintama (2017)"
This was Andrew Bellware’s first science fiction film. I’d long had the impression that Millennium Crisis was his first, but three years earlier, he made this cyberpunk detective story about a cop and his partner trying to find an important politician’s murderer in a dystopian future. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Bellware is one […]Read more "Pandora Machine (2004)"
Honorable Mention (Spoilers ahead) Sometimes one just doesn’t know where to file some films. But it’s even worse when you get the impression that even the director didn’t know. Not long before his success with the TV series Miami Vice, Michael Mann directed this strange, moody and very artistic horror film. The Keep is awash […]Read more "The Keep (1983)"
Let’s get this straight: this one doesn’t make a lot of sense. But I still managed to enjoy it. What we’ve got here is a dark, cyberpunk future, where London is flooded and Rutger Hauer is a seriously disturbed policeman on the track of a particularly nasty serial killer. It is also a buddy cop […]Read more "Split Second (1992)"
(Warning: Mild Spoilers) Tim Holt is best remembered as a Cowboy star (and, curiously, as the son of Cowboy star Jack Holt). it really comes as no surprise to find him in the lead in a Fifties monster movie because those films tended to feature the sort of second string stars who could just as […]Read more "The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)"
This one is beyond me. Perhaps it all gets summed up in the first few moments of the film. On an alien world we see some sort of moon base with a huge laser cannon or possibly an antenna. The model is obviously meant to look like a model, the sort of lightly detailed model […]Read more "TerrorVision (1986)"