Zombie (1979) – Lucio Fulci

The next zombie movie to be featured in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable (and bloody) Monsters in the Movies book has been on the periphery of my life for a long time, though I had never seen it. I remember seeing the poster for Zombie aka Zombie Flesh Eaters aka Zombi 2 on the theater sheet…

War of the Worlds (1990) – Synthetic Love, and The Defector

The morthren are still up to no good, as the War of the Worlds continues. Synthetic Love first aired on 15 January, 1990 and was written by Nancy Ann Miller. The episode sees the aliens developing a new drug to enslave humanity, from our own brain tissue! We see that narcotics have been legalized all…

Star Trek: Voyager (1998) – The Omega Directive, and Unforgettable

Captain’s log: stardate 51781.2 Lisa Klink pens the teleplay for this episode from a story by Jimmy Diggs and Steve J. Kay. It first debuted on 15 April, 1998. Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) find themselves on opposite sides of an argument when a unique particle is detected. Under orders…

War of the Worlds (1989) – Doomsday, and Terminal Rock

The increasingly dark war for the planet continues this week, as Team Blackwood, and the entire planet suffer from a heat wave, and the aliens have cut off the water supply! Doomsday was written by Tony Di Franco and first aired on 16 October, 1989. The morthren, specifically Mana (Catherine Disher) discovers the bible, and…

From Beyond (1986) – Stuart Gordon

Cult favorite actor Jeffrey Combs is the mad scientist in the next title featured in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Based on the seven page short story by H.P. Lovecraft the story follows Crawford Tillinghast (Combs) and a group of scientists that have developed the resonator, an experimental machine that can allow…

Altered States (1980) – Ken Russell

William Hurt is on the search for the purest truth, and that, in this case, places him squarely in the mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s very enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Eddie Jessup (Hurt) is a scientist seeking the ultimate truth, and finds himself experimenting with isolation chambers and a ritualistic, possibly hallucinogenic…

Carry on Screaming (1966) – Gerald Thomas

The mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book continues as we skip across the pong to Jolly Ole England and join the Carry On gang (a successful series of British films that poke fun, while remaining very British) as they take on the horror genre with nods to all…

Dumbo (2019) – Tim Burton

I’m not sure how I feel yet about Disney’s apparent need to revisit their classic animated films and turn them into live-action films with computer-generated animation. Are they worried that the relevance of their classic films has reached an end and want to revitalize what they see as diminishing returns on them? I’m not sure….

Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx (1999) – Max McCoy

1934. The final Indiana Jones adventure set before the first trio of films is on the book shelf this week. It is also the shortest adventure in the series, not even breaking 200 pages, and the macguffin this time around is one created by the author, the Omega Book, though bases on things hinted at…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) -Jetrel, and Learning Curve

Captain’s log: stardate 48832.1 Jack Klein, Karen Klein and Kenneth Biller pen this Neelix (Ethan Phillips) episode from a story by James Thomton and Scott Nimerfro. The penultimate episode of the first season aired on 15 May, 1995. James Sloyan plays Jetrel, a scientist who comes aboard Voyager and delivers terrible news to Neelix. He…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – Caretaker

Captain’s log: stardate 48315.6 Micheal Piller and Jeri Taylor penned the series opener from a story they came up with alongside Rick Berman, and the Trek universe was introduced to its newest captain, Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) and her Intrepid-class starship, Voyager, NCC-74656. She and her crew, including a helmsman recruited out of a Federation…