The Lost Missile (1958) *

There were three ways that filmmakers could capitalize on the Sputnik crisis: they could appeal to the issue through marketing without actually saying anything about it, as was the case with The War of the Satellites (1958) or Satan’s Satellite (1958); they could use the whole issue to scare the bejesus out of their viewers […]

Rocket Attack USA (1958) *½

Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) have become such an icon of the Cold War that it’s easy to forget that for the first decade of the conflict the United States had little interest in developing or building them. There was simple no need, the American bomber fleet was the best in the world, and the American […]

The War of the Satellites (1958) **½

Knowing Roger Corman’s legendary reputation as a savvy businessman and even savvier exploitation filmmaker, it should come as no surprise that he managed to capitalize on the Sputnik scare of 1957. The endless parade of news broadcasts relaying breathless coverage of the red satellite, and politicians denouncing Eisenhower’s stingy missile budget meant plenty of free […]

Eight Legged Freaks (2002) ***

Those readers who recall my review of Earth Vs. The Spider, will remember that I made a point of dwelling on the monster’s ridiculous scream. Indeed, that indescribably wail was a big part of the reason why I loved that crappy movie as much as I did, the rest can be pinned on director Bert […]

The Thing With Two Heads (1972) ***

This review contains spoilers for Get Out (2017). The Blaxploitation Horror films of the 1970s were generally modern twists on classic horror stories. Blacula (1972), Blackenstein (1974), and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) for instance, were adapted from the three most famous horror novels of the 19th century. Abby (1974) the black sheep of subgenre […]

The Manster (1959) ***½

Common knowledge has it that the 1950s were a more innocent, conservative time than our own. Nestled in between the cynicism of the 30s and the 40s, and the revolution of the 60s and 70s, the 50s existed as a kind peaceful island. While a gross oversimplification, there was some truth to this notion. People […]

The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant (1971) ****

There is no shortage of exploitation and horror movies made about American counter cultures. From the wonderfully titled beatsploitation movie Kitten With a Whip (1964); to the hippie exploitation films like the Love-Ins (1967); through the bikersploitation movies like The Cycle Savages (1969); and onto the punksploitation movies of the 1980s like Class of 1984 […]