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)"
I love this film. I mean, where else are you going to find an epic, post-Apocalyptic, science fiction, Western vampire hunting martial arts film. It even starts with an animated sequence directed by Gennady Tartakovsky. Yep, the guy who created Samurai Jack. That Gennady Tartakovsky. In fact, the vampires are monstrous creatures, a separate, intelligent […]Read more "Priest (2011)"
It’s hard to believe that this is a Fifties film. It certainly doesn’t look like most of your typical Fifties SF films: for one thing, it is in color. I’ll admit that is hardly unknown, and even some fairly early films like Flight to Mars (1951) were in color, but it is certainly rare for that staple SF […]Read more "4D Man (1959)"
It’s all in a days’s work. Dr. Marek is out on a routine ambulance run with his driver Mima, a reckless young woman who wanted to be a race car driver — and whom Marek loves somewhat hopelessly. A woman in a sinister black race car nearly causes an accident then asks […]Read more "Upír z Feratu [Ferat Vampire] (1982)"
Honorable Mention (Spoilers ahead) Sometimes one just doesn’t know where to file some films. But it’s even worse when you get the impression that even the director didn’t know. Not long before his success with the TV series Miami Vice, Michael Mann directed this strange, moody and very artistic horror film. The Keep is awash […]Read more "The Keep (1983)"
It isn’t enough to say they don’t make movies like this anymore. The only place anyone ever made films like this was in Mexico, and even they didn’t make that many. This is one of the silliest movies ever made. Ever. It is also a lot of fun. I think the general idea here must […]Read more "La nave de los monstruos [The Ship of Monsters] (1960)"
The OVA is one of those curious formats found only in Japan. Originally they were VHS tape single “episodes” of an Anime series, sold directly to consumers (for rather exorbitant prices) and generally fairly short – a half-hour to an hour. They generally had a higher budget and production values than TV animation (often rivaling […]Read more "Cyber City Oedo 808 [Saiba shiti oedo 808] 1990"