Review of “Return of the Fly” (1959)

This is the black-and-white sequel to last week’s movie The Fly. We borrowed it too from our local library—and in the same collection, no less. Here, Philippe, the now-adult son of the unfortunate Andre Delambre from the first film, can’t leave well enough alone. Plot: The film opens with the funeral of Helene Delambre, theContinue reading “Review of “Return of the Fly” (1959)”

Review of “The Fly” (1958)

We borrowed this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering from the library. Plot: This 1958 color horror film is based on a short story by George Langelaan, first published in June 1957 in Playboy—yes, that Playboy. I guess someone read the articles. The movie opens with Gaston (an uncredited Torben Meyer), night watchmanContinue reading “Review of “The Fly” (1958)”

Review of “The Devil’s Rain” (1975)

This is this week’s Saturday night pizza and bad movie offering. And, oh, brother, was this puppy a stinker. Plot: The opening credits roll over various shots of the weirder scenes from Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych altarpiece, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Bosch even gets a mention in those credits. The viewer is treated to aContinue reading “Review of “The Devil’s Rain” (1975)”

Review of “House of Frankenstein” (1944)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. We watched it with Svengoolie and just about every frigging Universal monster. Plot: From the slot in his jail cell in Neustadt Prison, Doctor Gustav Niemann (Boris Karloff) grabs the throat of a jailer (an uncredited Charles Wagenheim) and demands chalk. From inside, the viewerContinue reading “Review of “House of Frankenstein” (1944)”

Review of “Frankenstein” (1931)

This week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering is a film about as classic as they come. The clip you’ve probably seen of Boris Karloff’s (as the monster) fingers twitching while Colin Clive, as Henry Frankenstein, dances around crying, “It’s alive!” is from this movie. The scene is imitated and parodied so often it’s easyContinue reading “Review of “Frankenstein” (1931)”

Review of “The Iron Woman” by Margaret Deland

Plot: Set some decades before the turn of the twentieth century, this follows the lives of four children who grow up in fictional Mercer, Ohio-ish, a stand-in for the author’s own hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, then an ironworks hub. The iron woman of the title is Sarah Maitland, mother and stepmother of two of theContinue reading “Review of “The Iron Woman” by Margaret Deland”

Review of “Optic Covenant” by Katherine Ley

Plot: There really isn’t a plot to this flash fiction piece. It’s a portrait of a person held captive by a robot who loves him. (I use “him” for the sake of simplicity. The character’s sex is never indicated.) It’s for his own good that he’s tied to a chair and fed spoiled Brussels sprouts.Continue reading “Review of “Optic Covenant” by Katherine Ley”

Review of “8-Bit Free Will” by John Wiswell

Plot:The Hollow Knight and HealBlob form a video game duo, one an attacker and the other a healer. Together, they fight players and usually die a quick death before they have a chance to become aware of themselves or each other. The player Trent flips back and forth between the game, IMs with his sort-of-not-reallyContinue reading “Review of “8-Bit Free Will” by John Wiswell”

Review of “Eyespots” by Shannon Fay

Plot:Aurea the alien is taking Entomology 101. To everyone else, she looks like a beautiful human. The guys all move in, but she rebuffs them. She only has time for Clara, a creative writing major. Aurea’s persona as an alien, while cute, begins to wear thin. Thoughts: This is an extremely short piece, with everythingContinue reading “Review of “Eyespots” by Shannon Fay”

Review of “Lost Continent” (1951)

This is this week’s Saturday pizza and bad movie offering. We watched it via Mystery Science Theater 3000. Plot: An unmanned experimental atomic-powered rocket has disappeared somewhere in the South Pacific. Major Joe Nolan (Cesar Romero) and Lieutenant Danny Wilson (Chick Chandler) are called upon to ferry a team of scientists responsible for the rocketContinue reading “Review of “Lost Continent” (1951)”