When someone says “a science fiction film produced by Dino De Laurentiis,” I’m sure none of the images that come into your mind look anything like Il Disco Volante. I suppose that’s not an entire surprise as it would be four years before he would make Danger: Diabolik and Barbarella, and eighteen before Flash Gordon. […]
Read more "Il disco volante [The Flying Saucer] 1964"
When you have spent as much time as I have in chasing down lesser-known science fiction films (because I’ve seen nearly all the good ones) one starts developing a bit of affection for certain of the purveyors of “bad” films because there is something about their work that distinguishes it and makes it fascinating and […]
Read more "Laboratory (1983)"
Girl drowns while at a party, bright lights appear and save her, and the next thing you know she’s on the road with her old boyfriend trying to get somewhere…important. And that pretty much sums this one up. Mind you, the girl, Alex, is now telekinetic. And dangerously radioactive. Sean, her ex, is getting sicker […]
Read more "First Light [At First Light] (2018)"
Look, there are some films which aren’t for everyone — And there are a few which are only for a few weirdos, oddballs, fanboys and movie reviewers. That is the sort of film Damon Packard has been making over the course of his odd independent film career, and Foxfur is no exception. It’s hard even […]
Read more "Foxfur (2012)"
As I’ve noted before, the Seventies were the age of the paranormal documentary, with more cheap films about Bigfoot, UFOs, Noah’s Ark and the Bermuda Triangle than you could shake Leonard Nimoy at. It was also the age of Bigfoot: the legendary Patterson footage of the beast was shot in1967 and sparked a wave of […]
Read more "Sasquatch [Sasquatch: The Legend of Bigfoot] (1976)"
You have to remember that the Seventies were the decade of the UFO documentary. I suppose one minght point out that it was also the age of the Bigfoot documentary, The Noah’s Ark documentary and even the TV show equivalent of all these, In Search Of… It’s not too hard to see why they proliferated […]
Read more "UFO: Target Earth (1974)"
There is nothing I can think of which more clearly shows just how widely accepted flying saucers had become by the 1970s than this film: a children’s film featuring benevolent aliens. Of course it is a very Disney-fied take on UFOs, one which has a lot in common with the sort of films Disney was […]
Read more "Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)"
(aka Blood Type: Blue, UFO Blue Christmas, The Blue Stigma) This one really isn’t what it appears to be. After all, when one hears about a Toho film about Flying Saucers, one more or less assumes that it’s going to be one of their many special effects laden Tokusatsu films. Even the knowledge that it’s […]
Read more "Burû Kurisumasu [Blue Christmas] (1978)"
This one has long been one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Now, as I’ve pointed out before, the true guilty pleasure film is not the terrible film we laugh at and enjoy because it is so awful. It is a film which we know is not a great film — or perhaps even a good […]
Read more "Starship Invasions (1977)"
Honorable Mention This is one of those films that attracted a lot of attention on the Indie circuit, yet never really got the wider audience it deserved. It’s good enough — and so closely linked to another film they made — that it gets a mention here, even if it seems unlikely that it is […]
Read more "Resolution (2012)"