Category Archives: Review

Review: Snuffin’ Zombies

Snuffin’ Zombies (US-2008; dir. Karl Benacci) The opening scene of Snuffin’ Zombies offers hope that this no-budget zombie film might be a relatively classy affair. The rattling passage of a train and the effective music on the soundtrack are atmospheric … Continue reading

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Review: Ogre

Ogre (Canada/US-2008; dir. Steven R. Monroe) Looking like something Hammer Films might have concocted as their take on the giant monster sub-genre in the Age of CGI — replete with overt melodrama, an effectively used mini-budget, second-tier but professional actors … Continue reading

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Review: Attack of the Slime People

Attack of the Slime People (US-2008; dir. Martin King) Buddy Flavenoid (Robert Tiffi) is a lot of things — a Ed-Woodesque writer and director of B-horror films in 1950s Hollywood, a delusional auteur, a dab hand with a baseball bat, … Continue reading

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Reviews: Preminger Film Noir

Fallen Angel and Whirlpool, two fine, though minor, examples of film noir, were directed by Otto Preminger, whose Laura (1944) retains its classic stature within the genre while these lesser efforts are typically relegated to a critical backwater. Nevertheless both … Continue reading

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Review: Tokyo Gore Police

Tokyo Gore Police [orig. Tôkyô zankoku keisatsu] (Japan-2008; dir. Yoshihiro Nishimura) In future Tokyo, the law-enforcement agencies have been privatised and a zero-tolerance approach to violent crime sees the police executing serial killers live, on the streets, as part of … Continue reading

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Review: 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea

30,000 Leagues Under the Sea (US-2007; dir. Gabriel Bologna) This 2007 offering from low-budget exploitation champions, The Asylum, is a take on Jules Verne’s classic novel. What it isn’t is any sort of retelling of the original, so there’s no … Continue reading

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Review: Transmorphers

Transmorphers (US-2007; dir. Leigh Scott) Though sporting a title that suggests that this “mockbuster” from the notorious Asylum was intended to be an exploitative take on the big-budget Transformers (2007), Transmorphers has very few “more than meets the eye” moments … Continue reading

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Review: I Am Omega

I Am Omega (US-2007; dir. Griff Furst) “The Last Man Alive Must Battle a Planet of the Dead” With its main protagonist the (apparently) lone survivor of a global plague that has turned the rest of humanity into murderous corpses, … Continue reading

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Review: Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus

Mega-Shark vs Giant Octopus (US-2009; dir. Ace Hannah [aka Jack Perez]) The tradition of pitting one giant monster against another may have been developed within early SF novels such as Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth (where … Continue reading

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Review of Creeping in Reptile Flesh

My short story collection, Creeping in Reptile Flesh (published by Altair Australia, 2008) has just been reviewed very positively — and dare I say insightfully — by Keith Stevenson for Aurealis #43. Here is the review: In the Collection shortlist … Continue reading

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