Author Archives: Robert Hood

An Unexpected Chat with Alex Caine

Some days shriek off in unexpected directions almost from the word go. I was all set to get back into some semi-serious blogging — tossing up between, on the one hand, reporting on the rumour that Donald Trump had threatened … Continue reading

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Yi zhong: Monsters … the Fear of Rats and Elevators

Information regarding a Chinese horror film that had its cinema release in June last year has recently crept onto IMDb. Though details remain scarce and rather opaque, the Backbrain has pieced together what is so far available, thanks to expert … Continue reading

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Music To Die By: Indie Schlock Soundtracks (Part 1)

Over the years I’ve written about a large number of independent, low-budget exploitation flicks, and have been extremely impressed when, amid the mediocrity and failed ambition, there appears a real gem, a film that stands up well under fire, despite … Continue reading

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Who Says the Space Monsters Must Die?

So what do you get when you toss a gaggle of giant monsters into the one film? Pacific Rim? Well, yeah, but not this time. Destroy All Monsters? That’s more like it, at least according to the director of a … Continue reading

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It’s Never Gonna Be Safe To Go Back In The Water…

Just when you thought the assorted permutations of cinematic Selachimorpha [aka sharks], post-Jaws, must come to an end, some mad filmmaker always seems to release another one into the wild. Do We Really Think The Possibilities Are Exhausted? Okay, no … Continue reading

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Rise of the Vorehemoth and the Reign of the Vore King

Fancy getting eaten by a giant monster? A new feature-length micro-budget giant monster movie going by the title Vorehemoth is to be directed by the so-named Godfather of Vore and creator of La Vore Girls, Raymond P. Whalen (R.P. Whalen … Continue reading

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Space Monster Numagirasu is Coming

Space Monster Numagirasu is clomping into view, though only the vibrations of his coming are being heard so far. Charming chap, isn’t he? Space Monster Numagirasu (a title which can also be transposed from the Japanese as “Space Monster Numaguirus”) … Continue reading

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Mega Shark’s Attack on Titan

It began when low-budget, exploitation production company, Asylum, released Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (US-2009; dir. Ace Hannah) [Backbrain review]. Back in May 2009, Undead Backbrain was the first to reveal a still of the giant shark eating the Golden … Continue reading

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A Ghost Story Collection: Peripheral Visions

Robert Hood’s definitive collection, Peripheral Visions: The Collected Ghost Stories, is released both virtually and physically in April 2015, published by IWFG Australia Publishing. It is available in a signed, limited edition, single volume (824 pages), deluxe hardcover edition, a … Continue reading

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The Coming of Peter Cottonhell May Spoil Your Easter Break

Back in the dark days of 1972, Night of the Lepus (US; dir. William F. Claxton) tried to envisage a bunny apocalypse in which hordes of large mutated rabbits re-enact Hitchcock’s The Birds,  to lesser effect. It’s a bit of … Continue reading

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