Category: Cult Movie Essentials

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 […]

Bloodmatch (1991)

Bloodmatch is written by K. Hannah and directed by Albert Pyun and follows Brick Bardo (Thom Mathews) who is out to avenge the death of his brother, who was set up in a scandal involving illegal fight fixing in a kickboxing circuit and was killed before he could expose the true […]

Cyborg (1989)

Written by Kitty Chalmers and Daniel Hubbard-Smith, and directed by Albert Pyun, Cyborg is an American martial-arts cyberpunk film which stars Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Gibson Rickenbacker – a mercenary who battles a group of murderous marauders led by Fender Tremolo (Vincent Klyn) along the East coast of the United States in […]

Down Twisted (1987)

Written  by Gene O’Neill, Albert Pyun and Noreen Tobin, and directed by Pyun, Down Twisted follows Maxine (Carey Lowell), a naïve, good-hearted Los Angeles waitress who does not think twice about helping her troubled roommate. The only problem is that her help lands her in Central America fleeing for her life with […]

Dangerously Close (1986)

Written by Scott Fields, Marty Ross and John Stockwell, and directed by Albert Pyun, 1986’s Dangerously Close opens at an elite school where a group of students who call themselves The Sentinels begin terrorizing their socially undesirable classmates. Soon, one of their targets ends up brutally murdered. An editor of the high school […]

Radioactive Dreams (1985)

Written and directed by Albert Pyun, Radioactive Dreams is a  post-apocalyptic science fiction-comedy film. In the film the year in 1996, nuclear war has broken out resulting in every country in the world expending its nuclear weapons. Only one missile remains.  Two children, Philip Chandler (John Stockwell) and Marlowe […]

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)

Written by Albert Pyun, Tom Karnowski and John V. Stuckmeyer and directed by Pyun, The Sword and the Sorcerer is a 1982 American sword and sorcery fantasy film which focuses on a mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovering his royal destiny. Spoilers follow… As the film opens we  meet King Cromwell (Richard Lynch) who alongside his […]