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 […]

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 – […]

Godzilla Trailer Review by Sean Ledden

Godzilla Official Trailer Review

By Sean Ledden

The 2nd trailer for the new Godzilla is out, and I’m officially psyched! Here’s why:

No Odious Comic Relief

It was clear from the teaser trailer, but amplified here, that we will go back to the super serious mood of the 1954 original. Gone is the “light-hearted […]

Midnight Movie Massacre (1988)

Directed by Mark Stock

Run Time: 85 minutes

Other Titles: ATTACK FROM MARS

PRODUCTION CREDITS: A.K.A. The Perp Walk

Screenplay by: Roger Branit, John Chadwell, David Houston, Wade Williams

Produced by: Wade Williams

Directed by: Mark Stock

CAST:

Robert Clarke

Ann Robinson

And a sorry group […]

Troll Hunter (2010)

Troll Hunter (2010)

Directed by André Øvredal

Written by André Øvredal, Håvard S. Johansen

Run Time: 103 minutes

Starting this review by saying that “Trollhunter” is like “The Blair Witch Project” meets “Cloverfield” gives the impression that this is a true Suck Fest. But it’s not – a Suck Fest, […]

Monster (2008)

Monster (2008)

Directed by Erik Estenberg

Written by

Erick Estenberg & David Michael Latt

Run Time: 90 minutes

 

In 2008 Cloverfield took the concept to new “heights” (sarcastic laughter) with an estimated budget of $30 million, a very cool monster design, and a cast of plastic […]

Highlander 2 (1991)

Directed by Russell Mulcahy

Written by Gregory Widen

Run Time: 109 minutes

A guest review by Karl Hoegle

Connor Macleod (Christopher Lambert)He must have really needed the money, or failed to read the script before agreeing to this turkey. Hmmm… Was there a script? Juan Sánchez Ramírez (Sean Connery)3.5 million […]

Mercury Men (2009)

From the Better Late Than Never Department:

The Monster Shack takes great pride in trashing the (gag) “Syfy” channel, but I was recently shocked, yes shocked!, to find it presenting something genuinely good. Thrilling even! And that thing is…..drum-roll….. The Mercury Men. It is, to quote it’s very cool retro poster, “The return of […]

Waterworld (1995)

Directed by Kevin Reynolds

Writer by Peter Rader and David Twohy

Run Time: 135 minutes

A guest review by Karl Hoegle.

Mariner (Kevin Kostner)So many fish jokes and puns that I could use here, but I will refrain. Deacon (Dennis Hopper)So over the top, I wonder if he read […]

The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955)

Directed by David Kramarsky

Screenplay by Tom Flier

Effects by Paul Blaisdell

Run Time: 78 minutes

The Monster Shack happily presents a guest review by Randy Landers.

Summary: In an inhospitable wasteland far from civilization, a powerful alien touches down and begins tampering with nature, turning calm animals like […]

Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus (2010)

Directed by Christopher Ray

Screenplay by: Naomi Selfman

Tagline: Whoever wins…we lose!

Run Time: 88 minutes

A guest review by Sean Ledden

Our story begins in an African diamond mine where a white trash guard insists the impoverished black workers stay on the job even when a […]

Behemoth (2011)

Directed by David Hogan

Written by Rachelle Howie

Run Time: 90 minutes

Guest review by Sean Ledden

The 1950’s had the drive-in theater, and today we have the “Syfy” Channel. Its motto is “imagine greater,” which is astonishing given how much the people who run the channel evidently hate and […]

Lost In Space (1998)

Directed by Stephen Hopkins

Written by Akiva Goldsman

Run Time: A whopping 130 minutes! [Dennis: Ouch!]

Tagline: Danger, Will Robinson!

Budget: 75 million Total US Gross: 69.102 Million (136 Million worldwide)

A Guest Review by Karl Hoegle

John Robinson (John Hurt)Super Dad! Maureen Robinson (Mimi Rodgers)The glue that […]

The Giant of Metropolis (1961)

Directed by Umberto Scarpelli

Written by Gino Stafford, Sabatino Cuiffini, Oreste Palella, Amabrogio Moltaeni, Umberto Scarpelli, and Emimmo Salvi (whew!)

Run Time: 92 minutes

Tagline: See! The Dwarfs of Death! See! The City Destroyed by Cataclysm! See! Women Who Live Forever! [NOTE: There are no women who live forever in […]

Kronos (1957)

Directed by Kurt Neumann

Run Time: 78 minutes

Tagline: PLANET ROBBER TRAMPLES EARTH…STEALING ENERGY FOR OTHER WORLDS!

Kronos is a little 50’s sci-fi treat that I somehow missed earlier in my misspent life. And since I thoroughly enjoyed it I’m going to feel a little guilty as I make fun of […]

Lady in the Water (2006)

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Written by M. Night Shyamalan

Co-Starring M. Night Shyamalan

Produced by M. Night Shyamalan

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Tagline: Time is running out for a happy ending.

Like most people on the planet, I was terrifically impressed by M. […]

Latitude Zero (1969)

Directed by Ishiro Honda

Run Time: 89 minutes

Tagline: Discover the incredible world of tomorrow…15 miles straight down at LATITUDE ZERO!

The sci-fi world of the late 60’s saw a number of weird Anglo-Japanese mutations spring to life, like the terrifying space-born menace, The Green Slime. And just as wondrously, the […]

Attack From Space (1964)

Directed by Ishii, Akira Mitsuwa, Koreyoshi Akasakai

Written by Ichiro Miyagawa

Tagline: “When evil Space Nazis from the Sapphire Galaxy seek to destroy the earth, only a Japanese man of steel in white tights can save us!” (OK, I made that up. I couldn’t find an official tagline.)

Run Time: […]