The Day Time Ended (1980)

Directed by John "Bud" Cardos (Yes, John "Outlaw of Gor" Carlos…) Run Time: 79 minutes Tagline: THEIR LIVES BECAME A LIVING HELL! Grant: "Steve, you know what this is don’t you?…It’s a Time Space Warp!" Steve: "I’m not sure I know exactly what that is." Grant: "I don’t suppose anybody really does." —————— Why? That [...]

Attack of the Monsters (1969)

Directed by Noriaki Yuasa Run Time: 82 minutes Other Titles: "Gamera vs. Guiron", "Gamera vs. the Devil-Beast Guiron" Yes, he’s back. Everybody’s favorite giant, flying, fire-breathing, child protecting, space turtle: Gamera. Created by the wild minds at Daiei Studios in an effort to cash in on Toho’s successful Godzilla series, Gamera has graced the silver [...]

War of the Worlds (2005) (plus bonus review! Independence Day (1996))

ATTACK OF THE SCI-FI SOAP OPERA SERIALPART THREE By Sean Ledden War of the Worlds – or – quality time with the kids And now, regrettably, we come back full-circle to Monsieur Spielberg. Remember how I complained in Close Encounters of the Third Kind of our long immersion into Neary household trauma? Well, now that [...]

Time of the Apes (1987)

Directed by Kiyo Sumi Fukazawa, Atsuo Okunaka Written by Sakyo Komatsu, Kouji Tonaka Run Time: 97 min “No!…I don’t wanna be killed by a monkey!”- Johnny Imagine yourself as a child at the zoo. The summer sun is high in the sky, the roars and cries of the animals fill the air, you’re eating ice [...]

Santa Claus (1959)

Written and Directed by Rene Cardona Tagline: “See All the Weird and Wonderful Characters of Make-Believe! The Fantastic Crystal Work-Room of the Happy Elves! The Fabulous Realm of the Candy-Stick Palaces!” Run Time: 94 min “This is Santa’s Magic Observatory. What wonderful instruments! The Ear Scope! The Teletalker, that knows everything! The Cosmic Telescope! The [...]

Destroy All Planets (1968)

Directed by Noriaki Yuasa Run Time: 75 minutes NOTE: This review assumes that you are already familiar with Gamera, the gigantic, flying, fire-breathing turtle. If that concept is new to you and makes you uneasy, or the thought of giant turtles battling giant squid-birds frightens you, then you should skip this review. OK, fine. In [...]