Category: Cult Movie Essentials

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 […]

Surf Nazis Must Die (1987)

Peter George’s Surf Nazis Must Die stars Gail Neely, Barry Brenner, and Robert Harden. It was produced by The Institute, a production company formed by George, Craig A. Colton and Robert Tinnell, and distributed by Troma Entertainment. As the movie opens we learn that an earthquake has left the California coastline […]

Killer Condom (1996)

The rubber that rubs YOU out! Killer Condom aka Kondom des Grauens (Translated: Condom of Horror) is a 1996 German horror comedy directed by Martin Walz. It is based on the comic books Kondom des Grauens and Bis auf die Knochen (Translated: Down to the Bones) by Ralf König. It […]

Zombiegeddon (2003)

Directed by Chris Watson and distributed by Troma Entertainment, Zombiegeddon begins as Satan creates a human-like race called zombies. When the zombies begin taking over the world, dirty cops Jeff (Paul Darrigo) and Cage (Ari Bavel) find themselves in the unenviable position of stopping them before it’s too […]

Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

Tromeo and Juliet is a  loose adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet from Troma Entertainment. The film was directed by Lloyd Kaufman from a screenplay by Kaufman and James Gunn, who also served as associate director. Set in modern-day Manhattan, the film begins with the narrator (Lemmy […]

After The Dark (2013)

Mr. Zimit (James D’Arcy), a philosophy teacher at an international school in Jakarta, has been challenging his class of twenty with thought exercises to prepare them for their future. On the last day of school, he holds an exercise in which he posits an oncoming atomic apocalypse. There […]

Curse of the Fly (1965)

Written by Harry Spalding and directed by Don Sharp, Curse of the Fly has been criticised for the fact that it does not match the continuity of the first two films. It does, however, build its narrative on elements and characters from those films. In Curse of the Fly […]

The Alligator People (1959)

Directed by Roy Del Ruth, The Alligator People is a CinemaScope science fiction horror film; it was distributed by 20th Century Fox on a double bill with Return of the Fly. As the film opens we meet nurse Jane Marvin (Beverly Garland) who is being administered the drug sodium pentothal […]

Return of the Fly (1959)

Return of the Fly is the first sequel to The Fly (1958). It was directed by Edward Bernds. It was released in 1959 on a double bill with The Alligator People. In the sequel we meet the now adult Phillipe Delambre (Brett Halsey) who is determined to vindicate his father by […]

Space Master X-7 (1958)

Written by George Worthing Yates and Daniel Mainwaring and directed by Edward Bernds, Space Master X-7 follows a space probe that returns to Earth covered with a mysterious fungus, which, when accidentally tinged with human blood, transforms into an ever-growing pile of space rust. If not stopped, this infection may […]