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The Stepfather is a 1987 horror film that spawned two fairly campy sequels and one remake; it was Stepfather II that first introduced me to the franchise. At the time, covertly watching late-night cable at a friend’s house, I was just a young sprog with little…

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The Golden Bat / Ôgon batto (1966)

The Golden Bat (the bat) is a new species discovered in Bolivia last year. But The Golden Bat (the immortal caped being with an unconvincing skull-face) is a comic creation from 1930 known to be the first Japanese superhero –…

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

Described as “an Iranian Western vampire film, directed by a woman!!!”, this film’s supposed novelty should in no way prejudice a moviegoer from viewing it. The film is at once fresh and familiar, combining sparse elements of 80s and millennial noir, a kick-ass…

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)

A B-grade Spanish horror film that went on to spawn three sequels, TotBD starts out slow, delivers a promising middle act, and deteriorates in the final third. Great-looking – if slow-moving – zombies (or vampires, or ghouls, or whatever you’d…

RoboCop (1987) vs. RoboCop (2014)

You either believe a sleazy 80s cop action rated-R satire can be genius – or you don’t. I do. I do believe in fairies, I do! And Robocop (1987) has it all. It’s as if someone made a version of all those…

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

As far as I know, Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) is the first cinematic version of Jules Verne’s 1884 novel Voyage au centre de la terre. The book, which has not held up as well (scientifically) as Verne’s other…

Silent Running (1972)

I watched this film many years ago, and recently re-watched as homework for the Bmoviecast podcast. Seeing it as a child, it seems it was one of those films that contributed to my impression of the seventies being an uninspired,…

Inherent Vice (2014)

There was so very, very much to enjoy about the first few moments of this film that I was uniquely disappointed to watch it fall apart. This is a drug-fueled neo-noir with a lot of star power, and lead actor…

Zontar: The Thing From Venus (1966)

> At first Zontar: The Thing From Venus (1966) directed by Larry Buchanan and starring B- and Z-grade sci-fi perennial John Agar, seems a straight-forward alien-monster-invades-Earth-using-mind-control film. We’ve got a couple scientist dudes arguing about how to deal. Some ladies are…

TV Time! A Few Bad Cops

You may or may not know that here at B-movie BFFs I do, now and then, watch a little contemporary television – top-drawer television. Lately I seem to vacillate between implausibly-parochial BBC parlor-room murder mysteries, some surreal and dark comedy – and…

La Cabeza Viviente (1963)

What can I say – I enjoy Mexican horror films, and I enjoy mummy films. It’s hard to displease me if you’ve got both of those going on. It is hard to find a good print of this film, but…

When Worlds Collide (1951)

When Worlds Collide is a lot less sci-fi and a lot more of a science-drama. The plot, briefly: courier pilot David Randall (Richard Derr) is our everyman, at film’s opening transporting valuable information from one group of scientists to the next.…

Journey To The Seventh Planet (1962)

When you pick your hotshot astronaut team for a flagship mission, you probably don’t need to screen them *that* well. I mean, you get three out of five good men and you’re golden – right? Journey to the Seventh Planet, a…

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

I enjoy this film so much it’s almost embarrassing how much I could write about it. I’ll restrain myself. The basic premise introducing the film can be lifted from the Wikipedia article on Jules Verne’s source book: “In the year…

Baffled (1973)

This isn’t actually a film; it’s a television pilot that didn’t go anywhere, really. As a film, there’s not much to recommend it. As a television show, it’s a shame it didn’t happen, because the premise is kind of cute.…

Angry Red Planet (1959)

Touted by vintage cinema buffs as a favorite piece from director Ib Melchior (R.I.P. this last week), The Angry Red Planet nevertheless has widely disparate reviews. Many of these discussions seem to hinge on whether the special effects are “so bad…

Black Sunday (1960)

A life tip: it’s all well and good to round up, torture, condemn, and execute witches – but you don’t want to be the guy whose name is on the memo. In this film, 17th century witch Asa vows revenge on…

The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971)

A lot of this genre of film reads as follows: exotic, misogynistic murders and attacks, kind of cobbled together with multicolored bits of cinematic Playdoh for story. This film is no exception, but is executed poorly enough it was pretty hard…

WolfCop (2014)

Some reviews online disparaged the lack of subtlety in elements of this film. Really? What exactly were you expecting? I will sum up the story: an alcoholic and morally degenerate sheriff’s deputy visits the woods while chasing a bad guy. He…

The Invisible Ray (1936)

Boris Karloff is back, and boy is his mustache startling! Top-notch caterpillar form! It haunted my dreams last night! No joke! That said – The Invisible Ray is a great sci-fi classic from Universal; the story of a scientist –…

The Black Cat (1934)

You’re on your honeymoon, traveling by the Orient Express. Just getting ready for sexytimes in your private train compartment. *knock-knock*, who’s there? Oh, only BELA LUGOSI – can he share your compartment for the trip? Sheesh! Talk about a figurative…

The Fly (1958) – and The Fly (1986)

As per my (new) Letterboxd persona, I briefly reviewed versions of the sci-fi horror The Fly. Both films are great, and I’m so glad I watched them back-to-back. The original film, directed by Kurt Neumann, is a simple story; it reminded…

Coogan’s Bluff (1968)

A Killer With No Fear! A Manhunt With No Rules! Clint Eastwood, punching people right in the face! I know – weird, right? 6 PM PST this Friday, February 27th join me for 1968’s Coogan’s Bluff – and see Dirty…

Alien Outlaw (1985) – Rifftrax version

I ain’t gonna lie – 1985’s Alien Outlaw looks like some tortuous viewing. Predicated on a “wild west” modern-day shoot-’em-up involving a few scantily clad nymphs and a trio of ex-television cowboys, the few viewer responses one can find online certainly don’t…

Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)

We are back from our vacation – and we are back with a BANG! I’m going to be honest. Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is awful. Not even like – “cute” awful. Just really horrible, with some of the most…

November 4th: Godzilla (1954)

Celebrating sixty years yesterday, Godzilla is one of the first of the blockbuster giant monster films, following close on the heels of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. The franchise now consists of 28 feature films, has been followed by countless knock-offs, and…

October 28th: Blacula (1972)

This post is not only our feature for our Tuesday night B-movie viewing (see the comments for viewing transcript), but is also the twenty-eighth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. “An ancient African prince, turned into a…

October 27th: Vamp (1986)

This post is the twenty-seventh in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. 80s horror-comedy Vamp boldly goes where pretty much every 80s horror-comedy has gone before. Three college students Keith (Chris Makepeace), AJ (Robert Rusler) and Duncan (Gedde Watanabe)…

October 23rd: Dracula 3D (2012)

This post is the twenty-third in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. I have struggled valiantly this month to say something constructive, or at least not be cruel, while reviewing these various and sundry vampire films. SOME FILMS (not…

October 22nd: Byzantium (2012)

This post is the twenty-second in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. Director Neil Jordan’s pieces remind me of some of Christopher Nolan’s work; dark, atmospheric, romantic – and a wee bit more clever than first appearances. Despite the deadly…

Swamp Thing (1982)

You ready to get swampy wit’ it? A special 9:30 late-night edition of Swamp Thing is happening! And it’s happening tonight! And we will probably end up sad and sorry! 1982’s Swamp Thing: yet another film here on B-movie BFFs…

October 21st: Lifeforce (1985)

This post is the twenty-first in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. Based on a 1976 novel called The Space Vampires, this science fantasy nugget stars Steve Railsback, newcomer Mathilda May, and liberal dash of British acting talent: Patrick…

October 20th: Blade II (2002)

This post is the twentieth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. Blade II, released four years after the first film, received a significant update in style. The action film is stocked with a whole new cast of creepy monsters,…

October 19th: Blade (1998)

This post is the nineteenth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. Do you like The Matrix? Sure, we all do!* Well, Blade reminded me of The Matrix (they came out a year apart). Certainly it’s easy to get the ethos mixed…

October 18th: 30 Days Of Night (2007)

This post is the eighteenth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. The premise of this film, born of a screenplay-pitch-cum-comic series, seems solid: Barrow, Alaska, America’s northernmost town, plunges into its yearly month of total darkness. At which…

October 17th: Thirst (2009)

This post is the seventeenth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. It’s probably best to watch Thirst without knowing a single thing about it before you dive in – except, perhaps, the rating (this one’s definitely not for…

October 15th: Nosferatu (1922)

This post is the fifteenth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. Perhaps silent films are made more effective by the fact that, as a modern audience, an unusual amount of our undivided attention, and mindfulness, is required to…

Tuesday, October 14th: Intermission!

This Tuesday night we will be taking the rare hiatus from our 7 PM gig – as I am just now getting into my rehearsal schedule for a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar! It has been a dream of…

October 14th: Fright Night (2011)

This post is the fourteenth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. The 1985 original Fright Night – which I quite enjoyed – flew under the radar a bit. I hadn’t tracked anything about the remake but I found myself…

October 12th: Cronos (1993)

This post is the twelfth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. In Cronos, director Guillermo del Toro’s first full-length film, we can see why the man continues to get good work. It is a perfectly lovely, and very…

October 10th: Night Watch (2004)

This post is the tenth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. Night Watch, a Russian science-fiction/science-fantasy film from 2004, certainly gets points for creativity. It is so far the least-vampiric film I’ve reviewed this month, featuring vampires only…

October 9th: The Lost Boys (1987)

This post is the ninth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. 1987 brought us two Western-ethos vampire films tapping into a darker, contemporary treatment of the fanged undead: Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark and Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys. In my opinion,…

October 8th: Habit (1997)

This post is the eighth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. Habit is one of those delicious independent pieces that proves you can make a genuinely effective horror film without the following: celebrity hype, a massive marketing campaign, exploitive content –…

R.O.T.O.R. (1989) – Rifftrax edition

Today – on a lark – we are departing from our formula. Instead of watching a relatively iconic or significant entry in the annals of B-movie film, we are hitting it old-school: a terrible terrible terribleness experience that has no…

October 7th: Horror of Dracula (1958)

This post is the seventh in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. 1958’s Horror Of Dracula – alternate title, Dracula – is the second in the famous Hammer Horror films, and Christopher Lee’s first turn as Count…

October 6th: Martin (1977)

This post is the sixth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. We’ve all got those weirdies in the family. The cousin who smells like feet. The in-laws who smack their lips when eating soup. The granduncle…

October 5th: We Are The Night (2010)

This post is the fifth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. I’d been meaning to watch We Are The Night for a while now, based on my recent exposure to the beautiful, compelling Nina Hoss in the…

October 4th: Near Dark (1987)

This post is the fourth in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. I had the singular pleasure of watching Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark knowing almost nothing about it. Over the years I’d spied a few images from…

October 3rd: Dracula (1979)

This post is the third in my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. 1979’s Dracula should have done well commercially. Director John Badham had scored a resounding success two years previous with Saturday Night Fever, and this follow-up effort certainly boasted…

October 1st: Fright Night (1985)

This post is part of my 31 Days of Vampires! series for October 2014. Teenager Charley just wants his girlfriend Amy to put out. C’mon guys, he’s waited a year already! Most school nights the two of them turn the…

Masters of the Universe (1987)

Believe it or not B-movie BFFs gets more “action” here (and on Facebook) when we show a little skin! Well, I’m happy to comply! Next Tuesday’s film features some blonde, buff, freshly-baked cheesecake! An astonishingly large number of straight men will…

Mazes And Monsters (1982)

Heads’ up – next week’s film will be 1987’s Masters of the Universe. Giving y’all a little over a week to get a legal copy. And – I’m working on a calendar. Any ideas for submissions for films can be…

Tuesday, September 9th: The Giant Claw (1957)

Tonight we say, “gobble! gobble! gobble!” as we belly up to the all-you-can-eat buffet of turkey featured in 1957’s The Giant Claw. From a reviewer on rottentomatoes.com: “This movie is amazing… It’s like like Plan Nine…only with Big Bird on PCP.”…

Drunken Master (1978)

We here at B-movie BFFs are in our infancy as a website and Facebook group – but already we’re doing big things! In three days we’ll be showing Miami Connection at the historic 7th Street Theatre. We are very busy…

Zardoz (1974)

I think some of my many readers* are starting to think this B-movie project is weaksauce. Here I am, watching B-movies, yes. Antiquated special effects, sure. Hackneyed plot premisses, okay fine. But in a sense – I mean several of…

The Crawling Eye (1958)

“A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious radioactive cloud.” And there you have it. Starring “F Troop”‘s Forrest Tucker and the beautiful Janet Munro, The Crawling Eye is generally regarded an effectively…

The Invisible Man (1933)

1933’s The Invisible Man was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It’s a chilling film that no resultant “invisible man” follower has been able…

Invasion Of The Saucer Men (1957)

Tonight we are about to be invaded by Saucer Men! & I’ve got the t-shirt, and the photobomb to prove it! That’s right people! It’s time to get weird! P.S. warning for unnecessary violence to cows. “All this makes it…

Them (1954)

“One of the first of the 1950s ‘nuclear monster’ movies, and the first ‘big bug’ film, Them! was nominated for an Oscar for its Special Effects and won a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing. The film begins as…

The Wolf Man (1941)

“After teasing his friends for believing in werewolves, Larry (Lon Chaney Jr.) is promptly bitten by a rabid wolf and faints. Horror superstars share the screen when Larry wakes to find a gypsy (Bela Lugosi) who moonlights as a werewolf.…

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

I feel like I’m leaving a world of untold tomorrows for a world of countless yesterdays.” (… what?) The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms is available to watch online via Amazon Instant Video, Google Play Movies (rent or buy), and YouTube…

the utterly total complete “Sea Hunt” episode thread

I’ve Disease set my mind Comercio on cheap nba jerseys watching, and reviewing, every episode 地肌の脂などの汚れを…。 of the action adventure “Sea Hunt” (1958 to 1961), starring Lloyd Bridges as Pauw scuba diving the hero cheap nfl jerseys Mike Nelson. I…

American Cyborg: Steel Warrior (1993)

“After the nuclear war people are sterile and wholesale nfl jerseys ruled by the artifical intelligences they created in cheap mlb jerseys this violent world. The only woman who was able to give life to a child has to take…

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