‘The Man from Planet X’ (1951): Hollywood’s first take on America’s UFO/alien fascination

Scream! Factory and M-G-M have released on Blu-ray THE MAN FROM PLANET X, the 1951 sci-fi/horror grade Z programmer from indie producers Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen (released by United Artists), directed by cult helmer Edgar G. Ulmer, and starring Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Raymond Bond, Roy Engel, David Ormont, Gilbert Fallman, and William Schallert.

‘When Eight Bells Toll’ (1971): Acceptable Alistair MacLean spy thriller escapism

With it being summer and all, my movie-watching habits are now directly connected to my crushing need to escape while watching whatever it is that I’m watching. I’m not going to survive 90 degree heat and 100% humidity in my “Love Pink” short-shorts and tank top (mesh, you noisy bastards) by cueing up a double… Read More ‘When Eight Bells Toll’ (1971): Acceptable Alistair MacLean spy thriller escapism

‘Deadman’s Curve: The Story of Jan & Dean’ (1978): Richard Hatch’s finest moment

When I heard recently that actor Richard Hatch had died of pancreatic cancer, my thoughts went immediately not to his time on Battlestar Galactica (arguably his main claim to fame for most casual audiences), but rather to his fine performance in EMI Entertainment’s Deadman’s Curve: The Story of Jan and Dean, a made-for-TV movie biopic… Read More ‘Deadman’s Curve: The Story of Jan & Dean’ (1978): Richard Hatch’s finest moment