Space: 1999 (1975) – Alpha Child, and Dragon’s Domain

Moonbase Alpha continues it’s not exactly lonely journey through space – there is a lot of life out there apparently, and all so conveniently close for storytelling purposes. First up this week, Koenig (Martin Landau), Dr. Russell (Barbara Bain) and Professor Bergman (Barry Morse) meet the Alpha Child. Written by Christopher Penfold and Edward di…

Black Hollow Cage (2017) – Sadrac Gonzalez-Perellon

Opening today at the Carlton theatre here in Toronto is this slow-burn of a sci-fi drama from writer-director Sadrac Gonzalez-Perellon. Set in the not so faraway future, the story follows a young girl, Alice (Lowena McDonell) who lives in a remote house in the forest with he father, Adam (Julian Nicholson) and a dog she…

The Shape of Water (2017) – Guillermo del Toro

del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water is very much a fairy tale for adults, as well as sharing a kinship with the horror films of the 1950s, specifically, 1954’s The Creature From the Black Lagoon (as well as to Abe Sapien as seen in del Toro’s own Hellboy series). But in this film,…

The Twilight Zone (1963) – Mute, and Death Ship

Paramount Pictures’ The Twilight Zone: The Complete Series continues to delight, terrify, creep out, and amaze and this week is no different as I dig into the next two episodes of the fourth season. Up first is Mute, written by Richard Matheson. This episode first aired on 31 January, 1963. It follows the tale of…

The Great Silence (1968) – Sergio Corbucci

The recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Once Upon a Time in the West have all been previously covered, except for The Great Silence. Loco (Klaus Kinski) is stirring up lots of trouble in the Utah mountains. He and his band of bounty killers are cruel,…

Star Trek: The Original Series (1968) – The Empath and Elaan of Troyius

Captain’s log: stardate 5121.5 The Empath is an interesting episode, written by Joyce Muskat and with an original airdate of 6 December, 1968, this one uses a bit of minimalist set design to give it an almost surreal feel. Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) find themselves trapped in…

The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) – Freddie Francis

  I spend some more time with the Frankenstein mythos as I continue to delve into the fantastic Sci-Fi Chronicles book. This time around, I found that The Evil of Frankenstein seemed to be the weakest installment in the Hammer series (that I’ve seen so far) and seemed almost to be a mirror of some…

The Brother From Another Planet (1984) – John Sayles

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brought me this one that I had never seen before, and it works because of one simple fact. Joe Morton is awesome. Always has been, always will. The story, written and directed by John Sayles, follows the adventures of anĀ unnamedĀ alien, simply referred to as Brother (Joe Morton), who crashes off…