This is basically the cheap Nineties direct to video version of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Well, one of them. It starts a little differently, at least: a group of losers trying to carry off a heroin deal accidentally blow up their own boat and end up stranded on a deep sea oil platform. Only it’s […]Read more "Proteus (1995)"
Honorable Mention This interesting TV movie marks Michael Crichton’s first directing job. We tend to forget that he actually directed a few movies — including the classic Westworld (1973), Runaway, and The Great Train Robbery — although this one is intriguing because he was filming his own novel, Binary. At the time he still planned to […]Read more "Pursuit (1972)"
Back in 1977, a group of young special effects artists got together to make a science fiction film, Planet of Dinosaurs. Now this is one of those films you can’t watch with any illusions: they didn’t have much cash, their no-name cast isn’t particularly good, the script is just as bad, and there’s a lot of […]Read more "Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)"
Okay, let’s see if we can make some sense of this: A-Ko and C-Ko are best buds, while their fellow student B-Ko lusts after C-Ko. This naturally takes us into the familiar territory of all those little school girl triangle animes out there. I have to confess that I’ve never really appreciated the Japanese sense […]Read more "Project A-Ko [Purojekuto A-ko ] (1986)"
I love this film. I mean, where else are you going to find an epic, post-Apocalyptic, science fiction, Western vampire hunting martial arts film. It even starts with an animated sequence directed by Gennady Tartakovsky. Yep, the guy who created Samurai Jack. That Gennady Tartakovsky. In fact, the vampires are monstrous creatures, a separate, intelligent […]Read more "Priest (2011)"
I”m not a big fan of Soviet era animation. Now I’ll admit I haven’t seen much of it. And one does have to make exceptions for films like Fantastic Planet, which a French director made in Czechoslovakia because it was cheap. And, of course, there is The Fabulous World of Jules Verne and all the other incredible […]Read more "Uzniki Yamagiri-Maru [Prisoners of Yamagiri-Maru] (1988)"
This was one of George Pal’s last SF films, and opinion is greatly divided on it. I am in the camp that thinks it is a minor classic. It was one of the first — or perhaps the first — of that now familiar subgenre, the paranoid thriller about rogue telepaths. One of the scientists […]Read more "The Power (1968)"