Proteus (1995)

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 […]

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Pursuit (1972)

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 […]

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Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)

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 […]

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Priest (2011)

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 […]

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The Power (1968)

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 […]

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