There sure were an awful lot of action heroes trying to hunt down unstoppable androids during the Nineties. It’s a wonder any of us survived. It is mildly surprising to see Gregory Hines as the usual “The one man who can stop it.” He was a tap dander and stage performer who starred in a […]Read more "Eve of Destruction (1991)"
The biggest claim to fame of The Flying Ghost Ship is that Hayao Miyazaki served as one of the key animators and designed the giant, city-trampling robot. Its opening sequence reminds me a lot of the original Scooby Doo: Where Are You?: it starts with Hayato and his family out for a cruise in their […]Read more "Sora tobu yûreisen [The Flying Ghost Ship] (1969)"
There sure were a lot of post-Apocalyptic films in the Seventies! I really wouldn’t even want to guess how many. We tend to think of the genre as starting with Mad Max and The Road Warrior, but it goes the whole way back to the silent era, and they were pretty heavy on the ground […]Read more "Ravagers (1979)"
It goes something like this: The science teacher at an exclusive girls’ school has made an important discovery, one that the scientific establishment refuses to credit, a discovery that could power the world and make all weapons obsolete. Now, if you haven’t guessed, this all has to do with the power of the mind, although, […]Read more "Blood of Dracula (1957)"
The 1940s were not a great era for Universal Studios cycle of horror films. To be fair, they did produce a number of quite good films, but they also made several very strange films and quite a few that were basically…there. It was also their era for sequels. Not only did their classic characters like […]Read more "The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)"
Curt Siodmak is best remembered for writing Donovan’s Brain. He actually had a rather long and busy career writing screenplays with the occasional novel or short story thrown in, but let’s face it, people rarely notice who actually wrote their favorite movies — even though we pay a lot of attention to who may have […]Read more "Hauser’s Memory (1970)"
(aka Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear) If there’s one thing we need to learn from this film, it is that jealous monkeys are bad news. Looking at Monkey Shines, I find that it seems to have hit almost every horror movie trope of the Eighties. We have our serial killer, our dream scenes, the […]Read more "Monkey Shines (1988)"
I have to admit I find the whole notion of Lionel Barrymore as a mad scientist rather…odd. Yes, he was a member of the legendary Barrymore family of great actors, and was considered to be one of the greatest actors of his age. But, he is best remembered for the grouchy old men he played in […]Read more "The Devil-Doll (1936)"
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)"
This one is strange. The basic description looks very familiar: a millionaire’s friends and associates gather on a secluded island for the reading of his will. They have to stay overnight in the Castle to find out what they’ve won, but someone — or something — is trying to kill them off one by one. […]Read more "Castle of Evil (1966)"