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 reports about the red satellite and politicians denouncing Eisenhower’s stingy missile budget meant plenty of free advertising for sci-fi […]

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 […]

The Brain (1988) **½

The Televangelists who fleeced cash from their guileless flocks were only half the story. While the religious right was peddling lies on the airwaves, a crop of self-help psychologists descended on daytime TV, targeting those who were ideologically, but crucially not intellectually, immune to seduction by televangelism. By the 1980s many American had turns away […]

Donovan’s Brain (1953) **

The Thing From Another World (1951) was a temporary game changer for the way that Hollywood approached the sci-fi/horror genre. Producer (and director in all but name) Howard Hawkes brought his customary rapid-fire, overlapping dialogue into the world of aliens and mad scientists. Suddenly, it was acceptable for Hollywood elites to try their hands at […]