Day of the Animals (1977)

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 […]

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The Invisible Ray (1936)

“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. […]

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Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)

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 […]

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From Hell It Came (1957)

(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 […]

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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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 […]

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