Let’s see if we got this right: The zombie Apocalypse is caused by… Pumping water into the ground. Ummmmmmm… Right. Okay, it’s referred to as “POLAR FRACKING” (cue sinister organ chord) and is meant to be be scary. Really scary. Somehow it changed the Earth’s rotation. But ultimately that’s all fracking is: Pumping water into […]Read more "The Dead Don’t Die (2019)"
Black Wake is one of those films that arrives in a swirl of the strange and half-hinted: a mysterious young drifter, a book filled with madness and delusion that seems almost to make sense, murders, parasites, unconnected events that might be part of some incomprehensible pattern. It is also one of those films that could […]Read more "Black Wake (2018)"
Ahhh, yes. There was a time when you could count on the Italian film industry to produce some of the most bizarre and absurd science fiction movies anyone ever made; the sort of films that leave you wondering “What th’ *bleep* do they think they’re doing?”; films like The Giant of Metropolis, Wild, Wild Planet, The Raiders of […]Read more "Rats: Night of Terror [Rats — Notte di terrore](1984)"
John ‘Bud’ Cardos gets a certain amount of attention for his handful of Eighties Horror and SF films – although mostly for Kingdom of the Spiders, which is, admittedly one of the better “nature gone wild” films of the seventies. Here, he offers us one of the most atypical zombie films of the era — if […]Read more "Night Shadows [Mutant] (1984)"
I find myself thinking of 28 Days Later. Not because this film particularly resembles it, but because both are exceedingly well made British efforts which offer new – and surprisingly realistic – variations on the old zombie film. Not that Hide and Creep‘s supercilious Video Clerk Chuck would call either one a zombie film. Instead, The […]Read more "The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)"
Director John Johnson somewhere commented that he’d thought about what it would be like if someone tried to remake Ed Wood’s “classic”, Plan 9 from Outer Space as a serious film. This isn’t that film. Although, let’s face it, it isn’t the laugh-a-minute romp the notion of a Plan 9 remake would suggest. In fact, […]Read more "Plan 9 (2015)"