First Thoughts: Arrival

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I always love the sense of awe and dread whenever I see giant space ships silently hovering over the Earth, humans helpless to stop them, unable to communicate with them, at the mercy of inhuman alien minds…and…

Arrival starts out right on target. Twelve enormous alien ships hover […]

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

Directed by Curtis Harrington

Written by Steven Karpf, Elinor Karpf

Run Time: 95 minutes

25 Words or Less:

Cute demon-puppy grows up to be a real pain in the ass.

I love 70s TV movies. I’m a child of the 70s so it just makes […]

First Thoughts: Skull Island

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This is a bit of a round-table effort. Dennis starts off and then Sean joins in at the second half…enjoy!

I finally got my butt off the sofa and drove into town to see this movie today…yes, I could have waited until it came out on iTunes, but […]

Spider-Man : The Dragon’s Challenge (1979)

Directed by Don McDougall

Written by Lionel E. Siegel

Run Time: 93 (70’s filled) minutes

The Dragon’s Challenge (alternatively titled “Missing in Action”) was released way back in 1979 as a made-for-TV movie comprising of 2 previously unreleased Spider-Man episodes. It’s a colorful story full of 70’s swagger, but unfortunately it’s […]

In the Year 2889 (1967)

Written by Harold Hoffman

Directed by Larry Buchanan

Run Time: 80 minutes

Bravely reviewed by Karl Hoegle

Reviewer’s note: With a paltry $20,000 budget, AIP gave the stalwart Buchanan a title that was already registered (In the Year 2889) and a copy of Roger Corman’s 1955 “The Day the World […]

Darth Cripple

What with The Force Awakens and Rogue One, the Star Wars universe is again invading planet earth! A life-long fan who saw the Star Wars movie 12 times when it came out in 1977, I think this is great. BUT, we also have a problem, a very, very serious problem, which comes from […]

Shin Godzilla (2016)

Directed by Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi

Written by Hideaki Anno

Run Time: 120 minutes

Thanks to Sean for this review of “Shin Godzilla”, a movie that stars our favorite green mountain of doom! It’s not released out here in the Scandinavian wilds, but I’m sure keeping my eyes open for it…thanks […]

The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Written by Steve Binder, David Acomba

Run Time: 96 (painful) minutes

A long, long time ago, in a decade far, far away called the 70’s, a movie named “Star Wars” was released…You may have heard of it. To call it a “hit” would be an understatement. It took over the popular culture […]

Top 5 Most Incompetent Invasions

Written by Sean Ledden

 

Those whom the Gods would destroy, they first send to invade earth.

Newly discovered piece of ancient wisdom

Aliens make terrific villains. Just by virtue of travelling all the way to earth, they prove themselves to be very intelligent and very powerful. At least that’s how it should […]

Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (2014)

Written by H. Perry Horton

Directed by Emile Edwin Smith

Run Time: 85 minutes

Ouch. Yeah, you read the title correctly. Another inspired addition to the Megalodon franchise for us to enjoy. And let’s agree to no "jumping the shark" jokes, ok?

Yep, we’re up against yet another Megalodon movie, […]

Killdozer (1974)

Written by Theodore Sturgen, Ed MacKillop

Directed by Jerry London

Run Time: 73 minutes

Any movie involving killer construction equipment must open in outer space, naturally, and this movie is no exception. It just makes sense, right? Scary music plays while a blue styrofoam asteroid hurtles towards Earth. Again, it just […]

Pulgasari (1985)

Written by Kim Se Ryun

Directed by Shin Sang-ok

Produced by Kim Jong-il

Run Time: 76 minutes

 

PUGASARI INVADES BROOKLYN!

I recently plucked up my courage, gathered my travel papers, and left Manhattan for Brooklyn, located on fabled Long Island, which lies just off America’s […]

Octaman (1971)

Written and Directed by Harry Essex

Run Time: 76 minutes

25 Words or Less:

Sequences of boring talky scenes interspersed with a pissed off octopus-man flailing at people with flaccid rubber tentacles.

The Cast

Dr. Rick Torres (Kerwin Mathews)

Dr. Torres, convinced that atomic tests are the cause […]

Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe (1990)

Written and Directed by Damian Lee

In a nutshell: Middle-aged actors portray Cyborg cops from the planet Sardacian fighting over the Anti-Life Equation.

Run Time: 90 minutes

Classic Quote:

Father So what makes you think you can locate my 4-by-4?

Abraxas My box has VD.

Mother What?!

Abraxas VD: Vibrational Detection.

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Phantom from Space (1953)

Directed by W. Lee Wilder

Written by William Raynor, Myles Wilder

In a nutshell: A radioactive alien menaces Santa Monica…but oh, it’s invisible, so don’t get too excited.

Run Time: 73 minutes

Tagline: “His secret power menaced the world!”

Classic Quote:

Dr. Wyatt : My theory is that […]

The Sacrifice (1986)

Written & Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Alexander – Erland Josephson

Adelaide – Susan Fleetwood

Otto – Allan Edwall

Victor – Sven Wollter

Maria – Guorun Gisladottir

PROLOGUE

I’m about to do something very, very bad. So bad, in fact, it may be blasphemous. I’m about […]

Machine Head (2000)

Directed by Leonard Murphy, Michael Patrick

Written by Leonard Murphy, Michael Patrick

In a nutshell: An amusing mixture of Re-animator and small engine repair.

Run Time: 80 minutes

Tagline: “Recycling has a whole new meaning!”

Here comes yet another item from the infamous "Catacomb of Creepshows" boxed set…marketed […]

Sean reports on Godzilla from the field!

Late last night my morse-code receiver started beeping like crazy so I dashed up and decoded his hurried message:

The Return of the King

Knowing I planned to see the new Godzilla on opening weekend, Dennis asked me for some impressions – and here they are: Wow! Hollywood finally got it right. This is […]

Godzilla (1998)

Directed by Roland Emmerich

Written by Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin

Run Time: 132 minutes

Tagline: “1998. The year of GODZILLA!”

Like most Godzilla fans, I remember the 1998 Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich (D&E) version with loathing. So enraged was I after sitting through the damn thing in the theater […]

The X from Outer Space (1967)

Other Titles: (Giant Space Monster: Guilala

(宇宙大怪獣:ギララ)

Director: Kazui Nihonmatsu

Producer: Wataru Nakajima

Screenplay:

   Eibi Motomochi

   Moriyoshi Ishida

   Kazui Nihonmatsu

SFX: Hiroshi Ikeda

Art Direction: Shigemori Shigeta

Music: Taku Izumi

CAST:

   Toshiya Wazaki – Captain Sano

   Peggy Neal – Lisa

   Itoko Harada – Michiko

   Eiji Okada – Dr. Kato

   Franz Gruber – […]