Film Reviews and Commentary

These reviews are sometimes comprehensive, sometimes genre commentary, sometimes short summaries, serving as an archive for future reference. Some include additional material (such as interviews with the creators). Further film reviews can be found on the main website.

Reviews | Genre Film Commentary/History



30,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2007)
Attack of the Slime People
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)
Big Man Japan (2007)
Damned By Dawn
Day of the Dead
Destroy All Planets
[aka Gamera tai uchu kaiju Bairasu; trans. Gamera vs the Outer Space Monster Virus] (1968; dir. Noriaki Yuasa)
Dracula (US-1931; dir. Tod Browning)
Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone (Japan-2007; dir. Masayuki Yamaguchi, Kazuya Tsurumaki and Hideaki Anno)
Fallen Angel (1945)
Ghost in the Shell 2.0 Redux (orig. Kôkaku kidôtai; Japan-1995; dir. Mamoru Oshii)
Godaizer (Singapore-2011; short [18:43 min.]; dir. Hillary Yeo)
Home (Australia-2010; short [approx. 11 min.]; dir. Cameron McCulloch)
The Horseman (2008)
I Am Omega (US-2007; dir. Griff Furst)
In the Winter Dark (Aust-1998; dir. James Bogle)
The Land Has Eyes [aka Pear ya ma’on maf] (Fiji/US- 2004; dir. Vilsoni Hereniko)
The Land That Time Forgot (2009)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky [original title: Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta] (Japan-1986; dir. Hayao Miyazaki
The Mechanical Man [aka L’Uomo Meccanico] (1921)
Megafault (2009)
Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (US-2009; dir. Ace Hannah)
The Midge (UK-2010; short [11:22 min.]; dir. Rory Lowe)
Monster From Bikini Beach (2008)
Monster Island (2004)
Monsters (US-2010; dir. Gareth Edwards)
Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit! (2008)
Muckman (US-2010; dir. Brett Piper)
Nosferatu: eine Symphonie des Grauens (Germany-1922; dir. F.W. Murnau)
Ogre (2008)
Onechanbara (2008)
Prom Night (2008)
Razortooth (2006)
Red Cliff (Full two-film version, 2008; dir. John Woo)
Sherlock Holmes (Asylum, US-2010; dir. Rachel Goldenberg)
Showdown of the Godz (2008)
Snuffin’ Zombies (2008)
Solstice (US-2008; dir. Dan Myrick)
Suicide Club (Japan-2001; dir. Sion Soro)
Tokyo Gore Police (2008)
Trailer Park of Terror
(US-2008; dir. Steven Goldmann)
Transmorphers: The Fall of Man (2009)
Trespassers (2006)
Wake in Fright (Australia/US-1971; dir. Ted Kotcheff)
Whirlpool (1949)
Zombie Strippers (2008)

Genre Film Commentary/History:

Dai-ing to be Kaiju: Non-daikaiju films that really should to be daikaiju films [Twister and Moby Dick (1956)]
Divided Kingdom: King Kong vs Godzilla
— from King Kong Is Back! edited by David Brin (BenBella Books, 2005)
Early Vampire Cinema 1916 to 1974: Part 1:

Early Vampire Cinema 1916 to 1974: Part 2: From Lugosi to Lee
A Giant Against Giants: Ultraman for the New Millennium [from Ultraman Cosmos to Ultraman Mebius]
Man and Super-Monster: A History of Daikaiju Eiga and its Metaphorical Undercurrents [1954-2006]
More Than One Iron-Eater: the three versions of Pulgasari (prepared by Avery Guerra for Undead Backbrain)
A Potted History of Godzilla
Tentacles, Ancient Whispers and Monstrous Gods: An Overview of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos on Film
Unmade Classics: King Kong vs Frankenstein

3 Responses to Film Reviews and Commentary

  1. Karla Elsasser says:

    I really like your site. I have an addition you may want to make. A TV movie from 2006; The Curse of King Tut. It’s kind of in the Indiana Jones mold, but it has fine effects and at least one big monster you may want to put in your list.

  2. Karla Elsasser says:

    um, oops, sorry, I was wrong, you do have it. Still like the site, though

  3. Robert Hood says:

    Thanks for the thought anyway, Karla. I really value additions suggested by visitors to the site!

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