Retro genre films seem to be on the rise. We’re not talking remakes here, but rather films that deliberately take on the aesthetic and narrative characteristics of past B-film types, usually for humorous effect. One example that springs to mind is Monster From Bikini Beach; another is The Ghastly Love of Johnny X. Then there’s Alien Trespass. The retro craze covers everything from 30s black-and-white monster flicks right through to 1980s teen horror musicals.
One of the most impressive-looking I’ve come across lately is Max Neptune and the Menacing Squid (directed by Colin Fleming and John Garside). Described as a “throwback to the scifi serials of the 40s and 50s”, this film references such space heroics as those of Flash Gordon and Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen.
Max Neptune and the Atomic Space Patrol face their biggest threat ever. The evil genius Dr Agotch has build his greatest creation, a giant mechanical Menacing Squid! Agotch forces Max to make a choice – save a spaceship filled with ambassadors from all over the galaxy or save Atomic Space Patrol’s Mara Shore. Mara and Max both know he must save the ambassadors. Meanwhile, Agotch tries to claim the peaceful city of Whittier as his own … by force!
And here’s a rather nicely exciting “chase” sequence:
Below are some images from the film, as well as promotional artwork.
More can be found on the official website.
Source: via Kaiju Search-Robot Avery