Category: Cult Movie Essentials

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 […]

Alien from L.A. (1988)

Written by Regina Davis, Albert Pyun, and Debra Ricci, and directed by Pyun,  Alien from L.A. follows L.A. social misfit Wanda Saknussemm (Kathy Ireland) who, after being dumped by her boyfriend for “not having a sense of adventure”, is informed by a letter that her father, an archaeologist, has died. As a […]

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 […]

Over The Top (1987)

Over The Top is the age old tale of a struggling directionless trucker, Lincoln Hawk (Sylvester Stallone),  who moonlights as an arm wrestler. I know what you are thinking… I have heard that before but this one is different… Hawk is trying to rebuild his life! In a totally […]

Omega Doom (1996)

At the end of a World War between humans and robots, a nuclear bomb was detonated and a Dark Age begun, without technology or electricity. Years later, the world has been cleared of humanity by the CDC, only the CDC’s cyborgs and robots remain… On the last day of […]

Under Jakob’s Ladder (2011)

Under Jakob’s Ladder is set in the Soviet Union prior to World War II and focuses on the lives of the ethnic minority Germans from Russia – specifically the true story of Jakob Seel, a teacher, who was arrested and thrown into a Soviet prison in 1938. As the film opens we […]

Rabid Grannies (1988)

Rabid Grannies aka  Les Mémés Cannibales is a 1988 Belgian horror film directed by Emmanuel Kervyn. It opens as two elderly sisters invite their nieces and nephews to a dinner party in celebration of the sisters’ upcoming birthdays. The one nephew who is not invited is the ostracized black […]

The Greasy Strangler (2016)

Bizarre, freaky, intriguing…The Greasy Strangler hit 2016 round the head hard and left it wondering what had just happened. Like a really, really, really f*cked up Steptoe & Son mixed with Napoleon Dynamite, this American black comedy horror film written by Jim Hosking and Toby Harvard and directed by […]