(Spoilers ahead!) The strangest thing about Universal’s horror output during the Forties is that they somehow managed to make one of their classics, The Wolf Man. The rest of their offerings seem mixed, at best, with a few truly strange offerings, like turning a Clyde Beatty animal training movie into a horror film (or any […]Read more "The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)"
This one is unique. Joseph Stefano, who wrote the script for Psycho and was one of the leading creative forces behind The Outer Limits, is probably the reason this film does not fit neatly into any of our familiar, ready-made boxes. It starts out as science fiction as doctors work to thaw out Caroline Carmichael, […]Read more "Live Again, Die Again (1974)"
Gray, a gifted mechanic who loves the old cars they built before everything was computerized, was left a quadriplegic after criminals attacked him and killed his wife. His best customer gives him a revolutionary new AI computer chip implant that will allow him to walk. But Gray discovers that the chip can talk to him […]Read more "Upgrade (2018)"
It’s all in a days’s work. Dr. Marek is out on a routine ambulance run with his driver Mima, a reckless young woman who wanted to be a race car driver — and whom Marek loves somewhat hopelessly. A woman in a sinister black race car nearly causes an accident then asks […]Read more "Upír z Feratu [Ferat Vampire] (1982)"
This was one of the selections from this year’s Sci Fi London Convention. Now as I’ve noted before, many of the most interesting Indie films have shown there including such impressive efforts as Resolution, Yesterday Last Year, Avalon, and Nydenion. So it is generally a good sign if a film becomes one of their official selections. Now, […]Read more "Precognition [App for Life] (2018)"
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 This is one of those films that attracted a lot of attention on the Indie circuit, yet never really got the wider audience it deserved. It’s good enough — and so closely linked to another film they made — that it gets a mention here, even if it seems unlikely that it is […]Read more "Resolution (2012)"