I’m trying to figure out what signals so clearly that this is a super cheap film. I mean, I’ve seen worse monster makeup in far more expensive films. Nor does the film quality look that much worse than most Eighties horror films. Perhaps it is the lack of music most of the time and the […]
Read more "Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984)"
(aka, The Star Diaries) This is frustrating. Here we have a brilliant and extremely funny Science Fiction television series, one which ranks right up there with the best science fiction comedy series ever made, like the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf, and yet… No one knows about it. Not in the […]
Read more "Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot [Ijon Tichy: Space Pilot] (2007)"
After watching the outrageous and deliberately old school Rat Scratch Fever (2011), I’ll confess that I found myself wondering whether any of its director, Jeff Leroy’s other films had achieved that same blissful level of absurdity. I’d seen his later film, Giantess Attack (2017), which had much of the same goofy, old school, retro feel, as […]
Read more "Creepies (2004)"
I am posting this one as more of a curiosity than something I would recommend. I’ve posted several Soviet era and post-Soviet animated films on the blog side of my efforts lately, with more to follow whenever I get around to it. In fact, the Soviet Bloc produced vast quantities of animation, most of it […]
Read more "Mezhplanetnaya revolyutsiya [Interplanetary Revolution] (1924)"
I loved this one. Wow, I didn’t expect. that. Now there is something here that I need to point out right from the start. After all, I know a lot of you out there don’t get it. They look at a film like this and immediately start complaining about the effects. All I can say […]
Read more "Rat Scratch Fever (2011)"
A group of thieves carry out a daring jewel robbery, and go to meet their fence in a deserted factory. Unfortunately, they don’t realize that the gangster they’re dealing with plans to rob them. Or that the United States Army has been conducting some rather nasty off-the-books experiments in that old factory. Which, unfortunately, have […]
Read more "Junk: Shiryô-gari [Junk] (2000)"
I’ve been looking for this one for a while. Back in 2011, Jeff Waltrowski released an interesting microbudgeted faux-Thirties film called It Came from Yesterday which riffed on the old adventure serials. Jeff himself starred as Professor Jack Cranston, genius inventor and the head of the crime-fighting Electric Club, which was a sort of cross […]
Read more "Project: Valkyrie (2002)"
Look, let’s be honest. This is one of the so-called “Zen Movies” Donald G. Jackson and his star and co-writer (if that phrase has any real meaning here) Scott Shaw made together. They are called Zen movies because they had no script. Yep, no script. Nada. Nothing. They started with some general idea what the […]
Read more "Guns of El Chupacabra (1997)"
This is a singularly dark and disturbing film, one which may haunt you long after you think you’ve forgotten it. It is also an animated film, a type of film we tend to associate with Children. Which may be why it is so disturbing. And, if you haven’t guessed yet, it is one of the […]
Read more "Labirynt [Labyrinth] (1963)"
It’s amazing that it took until 1997 — a full thirteen years — for someone to figure out that the one thing that was missing from The Terminator was… Dinosaurs. One of the best parts of low budget films is that they don’t have the studio hanging over their shoulder, making demands and telling them […]
Read more "Future War (1997)"