Archive for the Sci-Fi Category

The Curse of the Fly (1965)

Posted in Cult Movies, Sci-Fi with tags , , on January 3, 2020 by MONSTERMINIONS

I’m reviewing this film as packaged in the new 5-film The Fly Collection blu-ray box set. This is the third film sequel and the second re-working of George Langelaan’s short story The Fly. The film gets a bad rap, but I enjoyed it and thought it to be an improvement over the inept, but entertaining Return of the Fly (1959), and a notch or two below the original Vincent Price-David Hedison vehicle. Curse of the Fly (1965) holds its own in having nothing to do with a human-fly hybrid —or Langelaan’s story for that matter, and being a character study of three doomed people: Henri Delambré (Brian Donlevy), Martin Delambré (George Baker), and Patricia Stanley (Carol Gray). Here, the Delambré curse is passed on to Martin in the form of a cancerous autoimmune disorder requiring periodic serum injections by father Henri. Sound familiar? Yeah, some of that storyline was heisted for the Cronenberg remake (1986). Patricia is along for the ride as the love interest, but she also has a story to tell. The film is well-acted by several familiar faces —and voices. Thunderbirds and Jerry Andersen fans will immediately recognize Inspector Ronet (Jeremy Wilkins) as Virgil Stacey and disguised as Cary Grant as Captain Scarlet. Burt Kwouk is also present in a minor lab tech role.

The black and white cinematography by Basil Emmott is striking. Thematically the film looks like a Val Lewton picture, but contains several notable grotesqueries that make this worthwhile for monster fans. Some of the imagery is really weird and surreal. Check out how many body contortion sculptures and paintings are present in the Delambré trappings.

The film was well-helmed by Tasmanian-born director Don Sharp, that genre fans probably know best for Kiss of the Vampire (1963), Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), and various 1960’s Fu Manchu films.

This is a well-crafted horror film with gothic elements. I don’t know of too many films quite like it in terms of horror-pathos —the ending is quite startling and I decided to run the whole thing back and rewatched it with an informative audio commentary.

This box-set is loaded with features and the prints look sublime.

RIP Syd Mead

Posted in RIP, Sci-Fi with tags , on December 31, 2019 by MONSTERMINIONS

Visionary artist and industrial designer has passed.

Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019)

Posted in Cult Movies, Documentary, Horror, Sci-Fi with tags , , , on October 10, 2019 by MONSTERMINIONS

This new documentary by director Alexandre O. Philippe is about as good as it gets for a synopsis on the making of Alien (1979). Only aspects on the mechanical designs by Italian prop wizard Carlo Rambaldi and the man-in-suit performance by Nigerian Bolaji Badejo, and perhaps a segment on the scoring (Jerry Goldsmith) are lacking from the otherwise nearly complete documentary. I found the comparisons to films of Robert Altman absolutely fascinating. This film includes anecdotes from several cast members. The focus is on the origin and genesis of the story, by Dan O’Bannon, and his collaboration with surrealist H.R. Giger.

There’s also a segment referring to the inspiration of the chest-burster being paintings by Francis Bacon (1909-1992), especially Three Studies of Figures at the Base of a Cruxifixion (1944).

This was a top-notch documentary that fans of Alien will absolutely devour.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8974964/

RIP Stan Friedman

Posted in Flying Saucers, RIP, Sci-Fi, Sky, UFO with tags , , , on May 14, 2019 by MONSTERMINIONS

Early pioneer in UFO research Stanton Friedman has died.

RIP Peter Mayhew

Posted in RIP, Sci-Fi, Star Wars with tags , on May 2, 2019 by MONSTERMINIONS

Obit

Saucerman!

Posted in Collectibles, Sci-Fi with tags on January 25, 2019 by MONSTERMINIONS

The Blob Italian Style!

Posted in Film Noir, Sci-Fi with tags , , , on June 25, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS