Gargoyles

The years were not exactly kind to this film. “Scary” gargoyles and a cliche plot line sums up this horror flick quite well. The biggest problem for me was that the film was not bad enough to be funny. For the entire length of Gargoyles I was waiting for the film to get better but it really never did. However there are some redeeming features a few plot devices did remind me of classic black and white science fiction films and a little bit of Evil Dead. If you’re looking…

Phantasm

Phantasm is a great science fiction and horror film. While some of the special effects and plot devices are some what cheesy, it just adds to the overall atmosphere of the film. It is easy to see how Phantasm gained cult status from the iconic and menacing stare of Ken Jones. It makes the film for me and it deserves to be watched multiple times. Although I did criticized some of the special effects there were others that did blow me away and how well they were executed. As a…

12 Monkeys

This Terry Gilliam classic about a rather disturbing dystopian future is an unique film. At first it took quite awhile to get into the meat of the film. While the plot is paced and written well, the beginning does leave the viewer a little lost as the atmosphere and background is built. However once the film gets to the bread and butter the acting really shines. Both Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt create great chemistry which will captive the viewer. The time travel plot does have holes in it, but…

Stargate

Stargate is a giant in the science fiction world and lead to several spin off shows on TV. Is the praise the film receives deserved? I think the answer is yes.  The acting is great for the most part. The plot is great and at times feels like a UFO theorist dream, but that is what makes it amazing is out outlandish and over the top it is. The most surprising factor to me was the special effects I was expecting poor animation and instead was greeted by a visually…

Uncanny

There are several movies dealing with intelligent A.I. however Uncanny deals with it a unique way. The film plot felt too predictable for most of the movie however it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. The issue for me was that by the time they had gotten to the meat of the movie felt too long and boring to care about the characters involved in the film. It is an interesting premise and could have more potential, but the character development was slow and rather boring. The special effects…

Monsters Dark Continent

This film departs from its predecessor and takes on a much darker tone. It involves a group of soldiers who have found themselves placed in the middle of combat with the aliens and rebel forces. There is a film noir style of narration for the main character. The acting is good but the plot really kills the film. There is a coherent story line but the main point of the film gets lost through all the chaos. The pacing of Monsters Dark Continent is either painstakingly slow or action happening…

Monsters

Monsters is a sci-fi film which focuses on aliens who come from space and have spread into what they called the infected zone. The plot unfortunately is pretty generic. It literally is an alien version of Jurassic Park. The acting is mixed causing very weird dynamic which made me not care about the romantic story line at all. The beast are not original but the animation on them is fantastic. It was really cool to watch the creatures move and interact with the world. If you are jonesing for a…

ARQ

ARQ is a like a sci-fi Groundhogs Day. It is very hard to repeat the same situation over and over again while keeping it interesting, but this film does a decent job of doing that. However the film does start dragging on near the end. The special effects are good and there are plot twist galore in the film. The plot held my interest for most of ARQ. The character development and acting is rather flat but it does pick up during certain times. Camera angles and cinematography is very…

Spectral

Honestly I have to say I really didn’t have high hopes for a Netflix Original sci-fi film. However I was actually amazed by this film. The plot is solid, there is some great depth to the characters and I found myself getting pulled into the film and caring for the characters. What really sold me on this film was the special effects of the film. I was expecting some made for TV film, but they were great. It really helped push this film into a great film not just another…

Let’s Be Evil

This is one of the most creative and enjoyable first person horror films I’ve ever seen. The special effects on this film are incredible. The plot is original and creepy. This sci-fi horror film is a must watch. There are so many levels to this film that it merits watching again. Let’s Be Evil  is what the first person horror genre needed to bring it new life. I normally hate first person films, but this one is fantastic. The acting is great and helps bring the world and characters to…