Uchu kara no messeji
DIRECTED BY: Kinji Fukasaku
FEATURING: Philip Casnoff, Peggy Lee Brennan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Masazumi Okabe, Vic Morrow, Makoto Satô, Etsuko Shihomi, Sonny Chiba
PLOT: A race of evil robotic samurai conquer a peaceful tribe of leaf-headed aliens, who send out eight magic space nuts to track down reluctant heroes to save their planet.
. . . → Read More: CAPSULE: MESSAGE FROM SPACE (1978)
An alien race comes to Earth to rid everyone of their opposable thumbs, but their plan doesn’t go so smoothly when they have a run in with a Texas Sheriff.
DIRECTED BY: Don Coscarelli
FEATURING: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, Doug Jones
PLOT: A young paranormal investigator relates his strange and twisted backstory to a skeptical reporter. It involves alien creatures, a drug that gives its users heightened senses and psychic abilities, and a parallel universe whose . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: JOHN DIES AT THE END (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Russell Mulcahy
FEATURING: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Michael Ironside, Virginia Madsen
PLOT: Opposed by a ruthless corporation, an Immortal investigates whether it’s time to remove the ozone shield blanketing the Earth, while he’s being hunted by another Immortal.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Highlander II is just crazy enough that it . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: HIGHLANDER II: RENEGADE VERSION (1991)
“Adventure Time”‘s creator Pendleton Ward teamed up with Breehn Burns to start the web series Bravest Warriors. In this first episode, the team must save the planet of Glendale from the Fartsparkles Effect.
AKA The Last Days of Man on Earth
DIRECTED BY: Robert Fuest
FEATURING: Jon Finch, Jenny Runacre, Sterling Hayden
PLOT: Scientific genius, billionaire playboy, rock star, and international man of mystery Jerry Cornelius (no relation whatsoever to Buckaroo Banzai, though it’s probably not coincidental that he has the same initials as Jesus Christ) searches . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE FINAL PROGRAMME (1973)
Reader review by “Count” Otto Black.
AKA Pánico en el Transiberiano/Panic on the Trans-Siberian Express
DIRECTED BY: Eugenio Martin
FEATURING: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Alberto de Mendoza, Telly Savalas
PLOT: In 1906, an archaeologist discovers a frozen two-million-year-old ape-man in China. While being transported on the Orient Express, it turns out to be not only . . . → Read More: READER RECOMMENDATION: HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
DIRECTED BY: Kazuyoshi Katayama
FEATURING: Brina Palencia, Patrick Seitz (English dub)
PLOT: A group of randomly chosen global volunteers are cryogenically frozen to escape a petrification virus, but wake up to a world overrun by monsters.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: King of Thorn falls afoul of the anime conundrum: . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: KING OF THORN (2009)
DIRECTED BY: Harmony Korine, Aleksei Fedorchenko, Jan Kwiecinski
FEATURING: Val Kilmer, Igor Sergeev, Rachel Korine
PLOT: An anthology of three stories: a lecture by an American motivational speaker; a man invents a time machine but can only watch events through someone else’s eyes; and four Poles party in a town that’s been evacuated ahead of . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE FOURTH DIMENSION (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
FEATURING: Klaus Löwitsch, Mascha Rabben, Barbara Valentin, Karl-Heinz Vosgerau
PLOT: A computer programmer assigned to run a virtual reality world after his superior goes insane finds himself paranoid about the motives of his government bosses, and wonders if someone else might ultimately be behind the project. WHY IT MIGHT . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: WORLD ON A WIRE (1973)