Author Archives: Robert Hood

It Came From the Desert

Giant ants on a rampage! No, it’s not the 1950s’ classic monster film Them! It’s a popular Amiga computer game that was brought out by Cinemaware in 1989 — and it’s soon to be reborn as a Finnish feature film … Continue reading

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See the Hellyfish for Halloween!

Remember Hellyfish (US-2014; dir. Patrick Longstreth and Robert McLean)? It’s an  short indie monster flick the Backbrain revealed a while back. Synopsis: America’s only missing nuclear weapon is leaking radioactive material into the ocean just off the coast of Tybee … Continue reading

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On Daikaiju Eels and Doctor Who

Between 2010 and 2014, James Iles was the storyboard artist on 15 episodes of the new Doctor Who and concept artist on five others. He has also worked on the BBC Sherlock Holmes series. Now he and musician Alastair Jenkins … Continue reading

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The Weed Spreads

The good news is that Ryan Cauchi and Nick Stathopoulos’ superlative, low-budget, practical FX-driven, monster plant flick, It Grows!, is sending out its tendrils, and taking root in film festivals worldwide. The short film had its world premiere on October … Continue reading

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Hellyfish Slouches Towards Us?

As the poet Yeats asked: “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” Well, folks, it’s a giant jellyfish. It may not be slouching towards Bethlehem, but it is heading towards a … Continue reading

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New: Evala, The Land Mine Daikaiju

The details of this new daikaiju clip are sketchy to say the least, but for what it’s worth Evala, The Land Mine Daikaiju came to the attention of News Hound Supremo, Avery Guerra via the following Youtube clips — marked, … Continue reading

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Favourite Horror Film Theme Songs

Films in the horror genre — particularly films that can be described as exploitation horror comedies, even if they’re only incidentally funny — seem to inspire excellent theme songs. For the purposes of this list — let’s call it My … Continue reading

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It Grows! Has Grown Bigger

The film, It Grows!, by Ryan Cauchi (director/editor) and Nick Stathopoulos (writer, producer, director, SFX, art design, star) — first introduced to the world by Undead Backbrain back in February 2012 — was originally made as a 7-minute short. It … Continue reading

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New Issue of Dimension6 Speculative Fiction E-zine Available Free

Issue 2 of Keith Stevenson and Coeur de Lion Publishing’s amazing (and free) speculative fiction e-zine, Dimension6, is now out! In this issue: ‘At Dawn’s Speed’ by Dirk Strasser Swift and her tribe have been running their whole lives, because … Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Monster: New Swedish Horror

Nordic Noir (as crime fiction from the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden is being tagged) already has a strong presence on the Backbrain’s TV must-watch list (not to mention reading list). But there’s also been a … Continue reading

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