This is a classic sci-fi tale from shortly before World War II. An H.G. Wells story, this is a masterful story and film which is available freely from the wonderful Archive.org.
This is a definite must watch if you enjoy Science Fiction.
Watch it here at the Archive or right below with this embedded Youtube link here:
Terrorvision is weird, off the wall, semi-abstract comedy/science-fiction film from 1986 that might leave you wondering what you just watched. Mut if you’re anything like me, you won’t be wondering why you watched it. This is a film that I started watching on a couple of occasions but never got through the first few minutes – always because the person I was watching it at the time with always insisted that we stop it and watch something else… I said it was weird.
A groovy, dad gets a low budget satellite system for their weird high (80s) tech home. The low budget system has a weird ability to intercept alien energy transmissions (actually their interstellar garbage), and promptly does so – in effect beaming a weird, mutated ex-pet in to their home. This is no cute little fuzzy pet – it’s a slimy, fleshy blob that has an insatiable hunger… and it starts by eating the family’s weird , post traumatic stress suffering grand father. The only one that seem to see the true danger was Gandpa and the family’s young son, who no one takes seriously.
Here’s Wikipedia’s plot outline:
When Stanley Putterman installs a brand new, state-of-the-artsatellite dish in his backyard, his family ends up getting a lot more than just ESPN. Unfortunately for Stanley, his satellite is a perfect receptor for a load of extraterrestrial garbage that just happened to be converted into energy and zapped into his backyard: a hideous, two-ton alien blob with a never-ending appetite.
Only Sherman Putterman sees the menace of the alien. Try as he might to warn his family, Mom and Dad are too busy swingingwith another couple and totally 80s sister Suzy is going out on a date with her heavy metal boyfriend O.D. That is until the alien creature materializes out of their boob tube and gobbles up Mom and Dad. Sherman is forced to recruit his sis, his psychotic, lizard-loving Grampa, and the busty late night horror host, Medusa, to bring an end to the beast’s homicidal smorgasbord and finally turn off that TV!
That’s not 100% accurate, but close enough. This film garnered really lousy reviews, but I actually found it a really fun, quirky piece that I appreciated. I definitely recommecd it if you like off the wall comedy/horror/sci-fi. Unfortunately, it looks like the only legal way to watch it at the time of writing is through Netflix (unless yo9u want to buy a VHS copy through Amazon). I have no issues with Netflix other than the fact that their library varies depending on what country you live in. If you try hard enough though, I am sure you can find a copy (try Youtube or the like), if you don’t have a Netflix subscription.
Watch the Trailer here:
Just finished watching the Troma film, Father’s Day and my head is still spinning.This Canadian production is what I like to call Nouveau Grindhouse: new movies with an intentional gritty,dirty and cheap made for the 1970’s Drive-In feel.
This film is brutal, gory, gruesome and socially unnerving… and funny. A supernatural gore-fest sexual comedy? I don’t really know how else to describe it. The basics? fathers are being killed, a young punk that is being harassed by a jerk cop, , a young, confused and wimpy priest, an ex cop, just out of jail for a revenge killing that went wrong and his stripper/hooker sister have to defeat the Satanic killer of those fathers. Fill in the middle parts with gore, horror, incest, murder, rape and some laughs. Yeah… that’s the ticket.
Watch it if you like the movies I have suggested on this blog in the past. If you don’t like the movies I have blogged about, then don’t watch this: you’ll hate it (are you reading this, Tim?). I liked it.
Check out the trailer here:
Watched the 2009 Infected Zombie movie, Doghouse, last night. A fun film from Ireland, the gist of the story is that group of buddies decide to take their friend who is going through a divorce out for a guy’s weekend. They travel to a small town that supposedly has a ridiculously high women to men ratio, in the hopes of helping him forget his woes. When they arrive, they find a desolate village where the female population has been turned into man killing zombies. A weird film, and funny through out, It becomes almost crippled by a particularily stupid ending… In my opinion, at least. Would I recommend it? Maybe if you want a laugh. My only real issue with the film, as already stated, is the weak ending. Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP09u8X-pQA
Tonight’s movie is the 1981 classic, Scanners. That makes two David Cronenberg movies in less than a week.. Scanners, and if you haven’t seen it before is the story of a group of people with the ability to “Scan” other people minds. This allows them to read minds and cause all kinds of havoc (including some awesomely gruesome head exploding action). Staring Michael Ironside, this movie does not fail to deliver. Action, good acting, storyline and great direction makes this a must watch – and a possible re-watch if you haven’t seen it before.
Check out the trailer below:
We live in great times if you, like myself, appreciate B-Movies, because the Internet is polluted with these old, cheezy movies available for watching/downloading legally (in most cases).
Recently Google has expanded their movie service on Youtube. Now you can rent full length movies through the popular video service, but what many do not know is that there is a huge number of movies available for free also. I have watched several movies for free over the last few months on Youtube, including the notorious Ed Wood film, Plan 9 From Outer Space, the Filipino exploitation films, Brides of Blood and the Mad Doctor of Blood Island. There are lots more to come, I am sure as there are tons of B-Movies up there.
Another great source is the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is an organization that is indexing and archiving the Internet, as well as preserving media for the future. In their “Moving Images” section under Feature films you can find hundreds of public domain movies. I have watched quite a few Film Noir movies and a number of Science Fiction 50s B-Movies. There’s is whole lot more there too, including TV shows and music. This is actually my favourite spot on the Internet.
There are lots of other places too – all it takes is a Google search for Public Domain movies will reveal a plethora of sources. -Why not send me an email of your favourite, freely available movies on the Web? Email me at email@example.com and share?
Check out these links to get yourself watching free movies:
Youtube Free Movies:
Internet Archive Feature Films:
Last night we watched a New Zealand film, The Devil’s Rock. A story of a couple of New Zealand soldiers on the cusp of D Day who discover Germany’s plan to create/conjure a Paranormal Demon weapon to be used against the Allies.
A low budget film that gets the job done, The Devil’s Rock uses practical effects (masks, silicone and blood), instead of CGI, which is a breath of fresh air from low budget flicks that use special effects that lok like they were created on an under powered laptop from the 90s. Pretty good acting, gore and a great visual experience, we liked this movie. If you look it up on IMDB.com, they only give it a 5.1 out of 10, but if you look at the user reviews, it trends much higher.
Look for this film and buy it. Or… Hey! You can rent it on youtube.com at http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=lxLqwWWbb04&ob=av4n&feature=mv_sr
Here’s the trailer: