Category: Cult Movie Essentials

El Orfanato (2007)

Written by Sergio G. Sánchez, El Orfanato (aka The Orphanage) was the directorial debut of J.A. Bayona. The Spanish horror begins in the year 1975 where we see a young Spanish girl named Laura being adopted. Years later, adult Laura (Belén Rueda) returns to the closed orphanage, accompanied by her […]

Black Samuari (1977)

Directed by Al Adamson, Black Samurai stars Jim Kelly as Robert Sand, an agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations), who when we meet him is playing tennis on vacation with a beautiful  girl. He is soon interrupted when his commanding officers who ask him to save a Chinese girl […]

The Dynamite Brothers (1974)

Directed by Al Adamson, The Dynamite Brothers (aka Stud Brown aka East Meets Watts)  opens with Chinese martial arts expert Larry Chin (Alan Tang ) sneaking into  the United States at a San Francisco port. Larry is looking for his brother Wei Chin (played by Hero of Cult James Wong) who disappeared […]

Abar: The First Black Superman (1977)

Dubbed by many as “the first black science fiction film”,  Abar: The First Black Superman (aka In Your Face) follows Dr. Kenneth Kinkade (J. Walter Smith) and his family who move into a bigoted neighbourhood and are targeted by their neighbours. In a bid to protect themselves the Kinkade’s […]

The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)

Written by Mikel Angel and directed by Matt Cimber, The Candy Tangerine Man follows successful Los Angeles-based businessperson Ron Lewis (John Daniels) who is leading a double life! By day he is a doting father of two and a loving husband but at night he is totally different. By […]

Ghoulies IV (1994)

Written by Mark Sevi and directed by Jim Wynorski, Ghoulies IV remains the final chapter of the Ghoulies franchise. The film has Peter Liapis returning as Jonathan Graves – now a retired occultist turned police officer! Graves’ latest assignment finds him battling his former girlfriend Alexandra (Stacie Randall), who has escaped […]

Ghoulies II (1988)

Directed by Albert Band, Ghoulies II begins with the Ghoulies from the first film escaping the manor and hiding in an amusement park funhouse called Satan’s Den. Satan’s Den soon becomes a smash hit when visitors believe the little demons are part of the attraction – that is […]

Ghoulies (1984)

Ghoulies was written by Luca Bercovici and Jefery Levy and directed by Bercovici, it follows Jonathan Graves (Peter Liapis), a young man who uncovers his late father’s (Michael Des Barres) occult paraphernalia in his family’s mansion. Graves tries to summon up the demonic forces his father dabbled with, in hopes of gaining […]

Walking the Edge (1985)

Written by Curt Allen and directed by Norbert Meisel, Walking the Edge introduces us to a criminal gang led by the evil Brusstar (Joe Spinell) who are in the process of breaking into a home to kill someone. A housewife, Christine (Nancy Kwan), survives the hit that kills her husband […]

The Dungeon Master (1984)

The Dungeonmaster (aka Ragewar: The Challenges of Excalibrate aka Digital Knights), was produced by Charles Band, and consists of seven distinct story segments, each written and directed by a different person: Dave Allen, Charles Band, John Carl Buechler, Steven Ford, Peter Manoogian, Ted Nicolaou, and Rosemarie Turko. In the film […]

The Alchemist (1983)

Distributed by the legendary Empire Pictures and directed by Charles Band, The Alchemist begins in the year 1955 where we meet a young waitress named Lenora Sinclair (Lucinda Dooling) who finds herself inexplicably driving down the California highway to an unknown destination. On her journey she picks up a […]

Raising Cain (1992)

Written and directed by Brian De Palma, Raising Cain was a twisting and turning psychological thriller that verged on horror! In the film we meet respected child psychologist Dr. Carter Nix (John Lithgow) whose wife Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) is having an affair with Jack Dante (Steven Bauer), the widower of a former patient. She […]

Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

Based on Judith Rossner’s best-selling novel of the same name, Looking for Mr. Goodbar was written and directed by Richard Brooks and starred Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld, Tom Berenger, Levar Burton, William Atherton, and Richard Gere. The novel and the film were inspired by the 1973 murder of New York City schoolteacher Roseann Quinn. It […]

Alienator (1989)

Kol (Ross Hagen) is an alien criminal who manages to escape from a spaceship and land in the woods an American suburb. His escapes causes concerns that lead to The Commander (Jan-Michael Vincent) dispatching The Alienator (Teagan Clive) — a deadly gynoid, to capture Kol. Later Kol meets up with some […]

Moon Zero Two (1969)

Moon Zero Two was Hammer Film’s attempt and joining in on the sci-fi market. The year is 2021, and the moon is in the process of being colonised with a number of different settlements including Moon City and Farside 5. Two such denizens of this rough and tumble lunar […]

My Name is Bruce (2008)

My Name Is Bruce is a cult movie classic starring the King of the B flicks, Bruce Campbell.  The film received a theatrical release in October 2008. Initially when I saw this film I wasn’t that enamored with it but it grew on me with repeated viewings. One […]

The Guardian (1990)

Co-written and directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist,  Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, Killer Joe), The Guardian opens with an explanation regarding ancient druids and how they worshiped trees, sometimes offering them human sacrifices. It explains how many of […]

Nemesis (1992)

Co-written and directed by Albert Pyun, Nemesis is an American cyberpunk action movie which stars Olivier Gruner, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brion James, and Tim Thomerson. It would go on the spawn three sequels: Nemesis 2: Nebula, Nemesis 3: Prey Harder and Nemesis 4: Death Angel. The film takes place in the near future […]

Dollman (1991)

Directed by Albert Pyun, Dollman follows Brick Bardo (Tim Thomerson), a rough around the ages cop on the planet Arturos. Note: This Brick Bardo is no relation to the Brick Bardo is Albert Pyun’s previous movie Bloodmatch. Opening with a hostage situation that Bardo resolves by humorously entering the laundry, and […]