Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

I feel a strong sense of deja vu, almost as if I’m reviewing the same movie twice. Welp, I essentially am. Both this film and Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet are re-edited from the same film, Planeta Bur (Storm Planet or Planet of the Storms). Both are produced by Roger Corman. How and why this happened I am unsure. If I had to guess, Roger Corman may have needed some money. A cheap way to get some back then was re-releasing a film rather than produce a new one. But you only re-released a film that you though enough people would go see to recoup distribution costs. New films typically did better. Thus, we have this anomaly, produced just two years later. Continue reading “Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)”

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Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)

In the 1960’s, America and the Soviet Union were engaged in a “space race”. Both wanted to be the first to make it to the moon. Both countries were very interested in space at this time, and popular culture was heavily influenced by this interest. This was reflected in the films and programs of the time. In the Soviet Union, one such film was made. Planeta Bur (which basically translates to Storm Planet), a 1962 film about Soviet astronauts searching for and finding life on Venus, fell into the hands of one Rodger Corman, notable film producer. The picture was re-cut, dubbed over, and re-titled to Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet. All references to the Soviet Union were omitted and the Soviet actors were given American names. But this is only one half of the story. Continue reading “Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)”

Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)

In the 1950’s America had much to fear. Vagrancy. Depravity. Communists. The enemy was on every street corner. But all of these horrors paled in the face of America’s true bringer of ruination: teenage rebellion! The 50’s had seen the rise of the teenager. They had new agency and independence when compared to decades previous. No longer were they simply “kids”. They belonged in their own category. Their generation rebelled against the status quo. They were rowdier, more sexually liberated, more passionate yet lazier, and all over just a pain in behinds of older folk. No, I’m not talking about millennials. Teenagers in the 50’s paved the way for youthful subversiveness, and now they complain about those damn kids that have no respect for authority. Teenagers from Outer Space promised audiences “Thrill-Crazed Space Kids” and “Teenage Hoodlums from Another World” that isn’t really what the film gives us though. Continue reading “Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)”

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)

Christmas comes incredibly early this year. I open up this freshly gift-wrapped turd and was confronted with mind-numbing stupidity. After watching this tripe, I had to take a nap, and I cried myself to sleep. I’m not sure, but I think this film has given me permanent brain damage. I still see them when I close my eyes. Green leotards. Brown face paint. Illogical head apparatuses. But all of that pales in comparison to that unearthly laughter. Santa has come to town, and he’s kind of scary. Continue reading “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)”

Killers from Space (1954)

I’ll be brief. I don’t have much to say about this one. It’s a snore. The only aspect of this film I am likely to remember is the titular Killers from Space, with their big bulging eyes, bushy eyebrows, and full body leotards. One has to wonder how the people in charge of designing the aliens thought they looked at all intimidating. Continue reading “Killers from Space (1954)”

The Crater Lake Monster (1977)

In 1977, a film came out that was the pinnacle of special effects technology, and it redefined what a film could be. That film. . . was Star Wars. Today I am reviewing this garbage, The Crater Lake Monster. I’ll give it one thing: with the subject matter and score, it emulates a 1950’s B-movie far better than The Giant Spider or Demon with the Atomic Brain, albeit mostly accidentally.  Continue reading “The Crater Lake Monster (1977)”

Demon with the Atomic Brain (2017)

After my last review, I was curious enough to check out another film by Christopher Mihm, the director of The Giant Spider. Being that this film was more recent, I expected the craft of Mihm and all those involved to have been more honed and thus making for a more entertaining watch. What I got was a movie by a crew that has made several of these at this point, and now they are simply going through the motions. You could tell that there was fun being had when they were filming The GiantSpider. Demon with the Atomic Brain is devoid of any such fun.

 

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The Giant Spider (2013)

The Giant Spider is a film that was released in 2013 but was an homage to 1950’s B-movies. Part of me wants to give it a pass for the sentiment, but unfortunately, it’s not a very good homage. The filmmakers try too hard be authentic, yet don’t succeed in that goal. It’s too self-referential. Too much winking at the camera, like, “Hey, this is what social interaction and gender politics were like in the 50’s.” It’s overcooked and overdone. However, there’s a lot about this movie to admire. It’s not a terrible little film, but I wouldn’t call it good.   Continue reading “The Giant Spider (2013)”

Monstroid (1980)

On June 1971 in the small fishing village of Chimayo, Columbia, a terrible mutated monster ravaged the village and terrorized the townsfolk. The filmMonstroid, is based on those very real events. . . At least that’s what this garbage movie ludicrously claims anyway. I don’t know what’s worse, the movie or the asinine idea to try to pass this dumpster fire off as being “based on true events”. Which of the events were true? There isn’t a Chimayo, Columbia. This wasn’t even filmed in Columbia. It was filmed in Chimayo, New Mexico. These events, so true, much accuracy.  Continue reading “Monstroid (1980)”

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