Komodo vs Cobra (2005)

2 10 2009

"The Ultimate Battle" apparently“These aren’t the work of Hollywood Special FX wizards!” warns TV reporter Jerri Manthey who then goes on to make quips about being voted off ‘this island reality show’. Some IMDB digging reveals that Manthey was a contestant on Survivor making that in-joke possibly the cleverest bit of Komodo vs Cobra.
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New Doctor Who animation channels THEM!

1 10 2009

Phil Ford the writer of the new Doctor Who animation ‘Dreamland‘ talking about 50s monster movies and how his characters are definitely not cliches (ahem).





Ray Harryhausen at Forbidden Planet

30 09 2009
Ray Harryhausen's new book

Ray Harryhausen's new book

We’re absolutely over the moon about this. The MAN HIMSELF Ray Harryhausen will be coming to Forbidden Planet in London on the 24th of October. This blog wouldn’t be here without and him so would so many classic moments of cinema.

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Primeval returns

29 09 2009
One of Primeval's cast members

One of Primeval's cast members

Well knock us sideways with Hannah Spearritt’s panties, ITV has done a deal with Watch (home of Dancing with the Stars and endless Doctor Who repeats) to keep making the previously thought dead Primeval. Good news for monster fans, Primeval languished in the shadow of it’s bigger competition on BBC 1 for some time, but more dinosaurs on telly is definitely a good thing, as is more home-grown genre drama. Well done ITV!





The Hive (2008)

24 09 2009
Control Centre in The Hive

Jessica Reavis does some keyboard acting in The Hive

Once upon a time a bloke named TS Cook wrote a fantastic little movie called The China Syndrome (1979) with Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda and helped launch the career of Michael Douglas. it dealt with nuclear paranoia and the power of the media. Fast forward to 2008 and he’s supplied the script for a movie in which ants become self-aware and work together to attack humans who kill them with laser guns. A step backwards? Read the rest of this entry »





GAMERA: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

24 09 2009
Gamera 1995 poster

Gamera 1995 poster

AKA Gamera daikaij├╗ kuchu kessen

Gamera is legend in the world of kaiju. He has twelve movies under his shell and continues to delight audiences well into the twenty-first century. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe begins the nineties trilogy all directed by Shusuke Kaneko who cut his directorial teeth on Japanese soft-core erotica and written by Kazunori Ito who scripted anime favourites such as Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell and Dirty Pair. Neither of the pair fail Gamera and his relaunch is a great success.
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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

22 09 2009
Valley of Gwangi poster

Valley of Gwangi poster

Gypsies. Self-appointed guardians of mystical mumbo-jumbo, heather and big-hooped earrings. In fact there’s a scene where the main characters of Gwangi attend a gypsy shindig that looks like it’s straight out of From Russia with Love, though without the girl-on-girl action. The gypsies also, as it turns out, guard a valley where the cataclysmic events of sixty-five million years ago never happened and evolution slowed-down, sped-up and went down a dead-end. The plot is more or less King Kong and The Lost World all over again. Man encounters dinosaurs, man captures dinosaur, dino runs amok in civilisation. Read the rest of this entry »