Radiation. We’ve all seen those Fifties movies. We know what radiation can do: make things bigger or smaller or smarter or more savage or whatever else the plot requires. And, hey, if there’s a hole in the ozone layer then we’ll be getting more radiation… What a great idea for a movie! Now, if you’re […]Read more "Day of the Animals (1977)"
“FOREWARD: Every scientific fact accepted today once burned as a fantastic fire in the mind of someone called mad. Who are we on the youngest and smallest of planets to say that the INVISIBLE RAY is impossible to science? That which you are now to see is a theory whispered in the cloisters of science. […]Read more "The Invisible Ray (1936)"
There is one thing about this film which makes no sense whatsoever. As strange as it may seem, Nicholas Meyer wrote the script for this film. Yes, that’s the same Nicholas Meyer who almost single-handedly saved the Star Trek Movie Franchise as the writer/director of The Wrath of Khan, who wrote the novel The Seven […]Read more "Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)"
(aka, Cage of Doom) This is your basic, low-budget, black-and-white, late Fifties B-Movie Sci-Fi horror film from AIP. And not, I should add, one of the better ones made by Roger Corman, Edward L. Cahn, or Bert I. Gordon. Like a lot of these AIP films, it’s pretty much only known from its appearance on […]Read more "Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)"
While exploring a cave (which is never shown), scientists at the Jackson moon base have found a long dead alien plant. Unfortunately, once exposed to warmth and air in the station, the plant wakes up and kills one of the crew with a sudden spray of deadly spores. Only he isn’t quite as dead as […]Read more "Attack of the Moon Zombies (2011)"
(Dis)Honorable Mention Yes, this is the legendary bad film with the walking tree monster. Not that it is as bad as the legends suggest. It’s actually fairly good as low budget Fifties horror/SF goes. Except for that tree monster, which is just absurd. The thing can barely move and the rest of the cast are […]Read more "From Hell It Came (1957)"
Okay, we know what to expect. A mad-scientist figures out a way to make the dead walk, and the villain backing his crazed experiments uses them to kill off his enemies. Except, of course, that it is nothing at all like that. Mind you, the summary is accurate: but somehow, this one refuses to fit […]Read more "Creature with the Atom Brain (1955)"
It’s hard to write about this one. Part of the problem is that it is deliberately structured as a bit of a shaggy dog story – but at the same time it isn’t shy about telling us that. Of course, the title – and J.J. Abrams’ publicity leading up to its release – suggests that […]Read more "10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)"