The Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951)

My first thought when I saw the opening of this movie was that The Son of Dr. Jekyll must have been the sequel to a version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring Louis Hayward. Well, that isn’t the case. Nor does Columbia Pictures appear to have made such a film without Hayward, prior to […]

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Back to the Moon (2018)

(aka, 360 Google Doodles/Spotlight Stories:  Back to the Moon) Honorable Mention George Melies holds a special place in the history of Science Fiction film, as his legendary short film, A Trip to the Moon is generally held to be the first Space flight movie. It is often called the oldest science fiction film as well, […]

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Melchiad Koloman (1920)

Just a few days ago, Janne Waas, the brilliant young film reviewer behind what is the best science fiction movie review site on the Web today, Scifist, published his list of The Ten Worst Science Fiction Films Pre-1950. A list like this is always a lot of fun, as it gives us a wonderful opportunity […]

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Vicious Lips (1986)

(aka, Pleasure Planet, Lunar Madness) [Spoilers Ahead] Who knew the future had Eighties’ Girl Bands? Not to mention big hair, wild New Wave fashions and an incredible club scene. Look, some of these movies, you look at them and wonder, what were they thinking?  There’s an interesting movie here somewhere, but it just didn’t get […]

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Earth vs. the Spider (2001)

I’ve ignored this one for years because it it isn’t what it is supposed to be. Well, at least if you judge it by its title. Now my previous attitude wasn’t entirely unfair: after all, that title is borrowed from Bert I. Gordon’s 1958 cheapie about teenagers, a cave and a giant spider. Which is […]

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Edge of Sanity (1989)

Anthony Perkins as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Well…let’s just say it sounds like a better idea than it is. I suppose the real shame is that we are talking about a lavishly produced period film, which looks and feels like a trip through Victorian London (with an emphasis on some of the nastier parts) […]

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The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

(aka, The Creeping Unknown) “Let me tell you something, Blake: they’ll fire the imagination so there’ll be a hundred men begging for the same privilege when we launch the second one.  You can’t stop it now.” “You mean I can’t stop you now.” “That’s right.” It starts with nervous violins playing against a dark sky. […]

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Urutoraman Mebiusu ando Urutora kyôda [Ultraman Mebius and Ultra Brothers] (2006)

Back to the basics. I suppose, after Ultraman: The Next failed to revamp the venerable franchise with a grittier reboot, it does seem an obvious move: bring back four of the most popular Ultramen and put them in an adventure featuring the current Ultraman.  As this was also Ultraman’s Fortieth anniversary, it made a lot of sense […]

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