Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) – Mel Brooks

It was going to happen sooner or later. I was going to come across the first of the parody/comedy films that sprang up around vampires as I continue to work my way through the highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies written by John Landis, and released through DK Canada. So it’s time to let Mel…

Serenity (2005) – Joss Whedon

  Ahhh, Serenity. I’m so glad I got a chance to watch this one again, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. I remember the year Firefly started, and the now legendary story of how Fox screwed everything up and didn’t give Joss Whedon and the show the support it deserved. Despite that of course, when…

Young Frankenstein (1974) – Mel Brooks

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book has been very enjoyable so far, and I’m still at the beginning of the massive tome! It was with great joy that I settled in to watch Mel Brook’s homage and send-up of the Universal Frankenstein films. Gene Wilder headlines a laugh-infused cast, that is just a joy to watch,…

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 Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) – Terence Fisher

  We jump across the pond for the next Frankenstein instalment for the Sci-Fi Chronicles. I’ve previously reviewed their first title, The Curse of Frankenstein, so today I’m looking at Hammer’s second Frankenstein film, which sees returning star Peter Cushing reprising his role as Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein escapes the guillotine with the aid of his loyal hunchback servant,…

Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – Charles Barton

  The Frankenstein cycle in the Sci-Fi Chronicles books takes a quirky turn (and not for the last time) into comedy as the Monster tests out his comedy feet in this Universal classic that was my introduction to the original monsters. Costello’s brain is up for grabs as Wilbur (Costello) is watched over by Sandra…

House of Frankenstein (1944) – Erle C. Kenton

  Boris Karloff headlines in this classic Universal film as I continue my exploration of Frankenstein on film for Sci-Fi Chronicles. Karloff plays Dr. Gustav Niemann, who, alongside his hunchback companion Daniel (J. Carrol Naish) escape from prison. It seems they were imprisoned due to experiments that were similar to those conducted by  Frankenstein, and hey,…

The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) – Erle C. Kenton

  Lon Chaney, jr. takes over the mantle of the Monster from Karloff in this next sequel in the Universal series. Ygor (Bela Lugosi), yet lives and is still causing problems for the hamlet of Frankenstein. The locals want to destroy the castle completely and the horrible creature still seeks revenge against the superstitious villagers….

Brazil (1985) – Terry Gillilam

  In this entry of the 101 Sci-Fi Movies we have illegal air conditioning repair, bureaucracy, vivid dreams, consumerism a keep calm and carry on attitude and mountains of paperwork. Terry Gilliam’s films have always been odd, eccentric, and you either like them or you don’t, there’s usually no two ways about it. Personally I…

The Invisible Man (1933)

We’re already into the talkies in the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list! What a film to start with! From the Universal vaults, who brought us the most reognized visions of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolf-man, the also gave us this version of H.G. Well’s story of The Invisble Man. Claude Rains, who will always be Casablanca’s…

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

I’ve jumped into a whole new decade in 101 Horror Movies, and I’ve come across the first Hammer film on the list. Hammer is an iconic studio name for horror fans, churning out some classics, some not so classics, and always colorful posters that highlighted the terror of the monster, and the curves of the…