An all-star cast gets caught in “The Devil’s Rain” (1975)…

Drive-in delight. I remember going to see “The Devil’s Rain” at a local drive-in sometime in autumn of 1975. A warm breeze (and lots of cheese) was in the air that night. My then-8 year old self took in an unhealthy number of demographically unsuitable movies in those days, but I didn’t care. I loved…

Star Trek: Discovery, S3.2: “Far From Home” returns to tomorrow…

Last time on Star Trek: Discovery. *****SPACE ICEBERG-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!**** Last week’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery, S3.1: “That Hope is You, Part 1,” saw Michael Burnham and the USS Discovery propelled 930 years into a 32nd century where the Federation had fallen over a century earlier due to a galaxy-wide event known as “The…

“Re-Animator” (1985) is still kicking and screaming after 35 years…

Forbidden Treat for Halloween. In the fall of 1985, I remember watching famed TV movie critics Roger Ebert & Gene Siskel reviewing a new horror movie called “Re-Animator” (based very loosely on H.P. Lovecraft’s 1922 serialized story, “Herbert West, Re-Animator”) which was apparently so grisly they could only show a couple of very short, innocuous…

Still going ‘a little mad sometimes’ for 1960’s “Psycho”…

*IF YOU’VE NEVER SEEN “PSYCHO”, READ NO FURTHER! THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!* Had to get that out of the way, because it’s pretty much impossible to write a meaningful essay about Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic, “Psycho” without spoilers. I grew up with this movie; probably first saw it sometime before my teen years, but always…

Netflix’s “Ratched” (2020) flies around the Cuckoo’s Nest…

Nursing Ratched. ***** SPOILERS AHEAD! ***** 1975 saw the release of director Milos Forman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The movie went several Oscars, including Best Picture (beating “JAWS”–blasphemy!) and a well-deserved Best Actress award for Louise Fletcher for her iconic performance as the cold, dominating Nurse Mildred…

Why Mr. Spock truly is the center of the Star Trek universe…

“Spock, Serial number S179-276SP. Verified.” The following is not just the opinion of a huge fan of the character of Mr. Spock (I am, but that’s another story). It is intended to be a quite logical analysis of Mr. Spock’s very central role in the Star Trek universe, and how he has a splay-fingered hand…

“ALIENS” (1986) took a lone monster and turned it into an army…

Haunted House In Space. Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror masterpiece “ALIEN” took a simple, 1950s ‘monster on a spaceship’ B-movie story and wrapped it in glossy, A-movie production design and quality. Its status among fans has since become legendary, on a par with horror films such as “The Exorcist” and “Psycho” as well as sci-fi…