As teenage boys, these gritty prison dramas and brutal tales of youths fighting the system and getting banged up were all the rage in our VHS rental days! The grand daddy of these was the notorious savage borstal prison TV play and later, film Scum which starred Ray Winstone. A few other titles around the time were Made In Britain, McVicar and even the girls had a go in Scrubbers. Yeah we really were way too young to watch these films but I guess in a strange way that rather than make us into raging psychotic hoodlums, I think they put a terrifying fear into you that there’s no way you going to end up in the clink. Continue reading “Bad Boys (1983) America’s Own British Borstal Prison Drama “Scum””
I always manage to leave just enough time between viewings of Outland for it to still give me an exciting fresh feeling. Probably watch it every six years since my first viewing in the late 80’s. Actually, I could watch it on Earth, then squeeze myself into the Galileo spacecraft, go into hypersleep for the six year trip to Jupiter I, wake up and watch it on the space station, return home and repeat.
Continue reading “Outland (1981) Sean Connery In Space With A Shotgun! Nuff Said!”
Disclaimer, I was extremely drunk when watching this, my first film of 2018! Started the New Year with a some cheese but very entertaining cheese I must add, think maybe a piece of Monterey Jack? An American semi hard cheese. New Years Eve was all done and dusted, the guests had gone home, the family tucked up in bed. This here Wolfman needs to unwind, time to sit back, chill with a coffee and a bourbon. Fired up the classic section on Netflix and there sitting right at the bottom was Assassination with BRONSON in big letters above it. Sold. Continue reading “Assassination (1987) Charles Bronson Vs One Mamma In The Line Of Fire”
Oh if only this movie had taken the tongue in cheek route and had fun with itself rather than playing it with a deadpan serious tone. At least then you could forgive the wooden acting and lethargic pace. Strange Invaders is a homage, satire to the 50’s sci-fi films of yesterday. Bringing nostalgic vibes of 50’s classics like Invaders from Mars and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I also got a vibe for 60’s Earth takeover series The Invaders which starred Roy Thinnes.
Continue reading “Strange Invaders (1983) RoboCop’s Partner Smokes Her Way Through Alien Invasion”
After seeing the trailer to the new Netflix science fiction movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton called Bright, the comparisons reminded me so much to the 80’s cult favourite Alien Nation. With that memory sparked I fancied watching that movie again. Continue reading “Alien Nation (1988) 80’s Sci-fi Interspecies Conflict In The Buddy Cop Formula”
First up! How the festive giblets could I have ever missed this prized turkey cult classic science fiction film before! Seriously this must of been at eye level in every VHS rental store in the 80’s. I bet my grubby teenage hands would of even picked it up and pondered renting it before something else took my attention. In a way I’m so glad I did miss it, as what an absolute treat to find it now. Oh my days, what 5 star fun that was and unintentionally stumbling upon an alternative christmas flick in the mix. It’s the season to be jolly for sure. Continue reading “Trancers (1984) Happy Christmas Sci-Fi Zombie Cult B-Movie Festive Fun”
Only have myself to blame for this prime piece of stinky stilton! Wow what a turkey. Whilst being faced with a monster hangover on Saturday I knew I needed a distraction. What better way could help than a cheesy 80’s action film, preferably one I hadn’t seen before. With a quick search, I noticed the intriguing title of Black Moon Rising.
Tagline – From the mind of John Carpenter comes the towering adventure that thunders across Los Angeles and explodes 30 stories above it!
Continue reading “Black Moon Rising (1986) Supercar, Sarah Connor and Tommy Lee Jones In 80’s Nonsense.”
I try to read as little as possible when searching for a new film to watch. I like to see the movie poster, find out the director, give the cast a quick scan, a quick glance at the IMdB score (a healthy 7.2) and maybe a quote of the plot.
“A quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene”.
Continue reading “Out of the Blue (1980) Dennis Hopper & The Working Of A Post”
From the poster image I went in thinking this was a post-apocalyptic film and even after watching I’m not a 100% sure if it was or wasn’t! It might of well have been, it certainly looked like they lived in some bleak desolate god forsaken place. Unbelievably this is set in New Zealand and not the beautiful settings we are used to from the likes of Peter Jackson’s band of bare footed Hobbits stomping around the Shire. This hamlet, where are story is set, is awash with piles of mud, slush, muck and dirty dank puddles and sad pained faces. Continue reading “Vigil (1984) Bleak New Zealand Surreal Coming Of Age Drama”
Down on his luck musician Bobby Sinclair (Robert Carradine) drowns his sorrows at a LA bar and meets oddball girl Iris Longacre (Cherie Currie) who likes to narrate the scene in the style of a 40’s private-eye monologue.
Iris Longacre – “My problem is I can spot tormented souls at a distance of about 500 yards… I got, I guess you could say, I got a sense for somethings.”
Continue reading “Wavelength (1983) Extraterrestrial Alien Whale Children”