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Star Trek: Renegades
(2015)

please stop corrupting Star Trek franchise with such insipid releases.
The Renegades makers fan-amateurs must have concluded that their Star Trek fandom celebrity reputations and egos were now on the skids and that they had to make themselves stars before making this turkey. With no real production value to speak of, this Z-movie amateur home movie cheapie was a lame excuse to develop a shocky video by hijacking and pirating a multi billion $ beloved copy-righten & trademarked science fiction genre wholly owned and protected by CBS/ViaCom, called Star Trek. Their lack of ethics and anti-Star Trek motivations are obviously showing. They are hurting the franchise. Anyone look up the court copyright and trademarked matter called Axanar (alec peters) VS CBS/Paramount matter ?

As earlier commentators have noticed, their is no action at all in this incredibly bad video series; their scripts, unless you give credit to people walking aimlessly -- sometimes running, even -- around present day crew members homes and neighborhoods with a total lack of sets or even futuristic locations, or appearing on terribly lighted 'green screen' pirated backgrounds from other I.P. owner's software computer programs, or engaging each other in trivial or laughable dialog conversations preaching 'pet' leftists 'woke' agendas. Nothing much to engage the audience's emotions or attention. Had to stay awake during one of those diatrabes.

Consequently, it was impossible not to doze off for about 5 minutes during the beginning of this stinker, awaking only to witness the unsatisfactory pacing and arthritic performances of amateurs. When the words, "The End," finally appeared, I discovered that I was minutes closer to death with nothing positive to show for that realization.

La lupa mannara
(1976)

Don't expect much.
*Spoiler/plot- La lupa mannara ('Werewolf Woman'), 1976, A young woman suffers from a delusion that she is a werewolf based upon a family legend. Due to her past horrible mental treatment by men, she travels the country side seducing & murdering all the men she meets, Finding a kind man, she falls in love. His life looks like it's going to be better, but her new love is killed by thugs. She returns to her violent ways seeking revenge.

*Special Stars- Anne Norel.

*Theme- Superstition and fantasy can be laughable.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Terribly funny due to major plot holes and extremely very bad continuity. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- Supposed to be a tragic tale. This is a pure exploitation horror and not a very good one. The cast is all European actors with no relatability and no pathos. A lot of blood & mutilation with screaming and predictable violence on screen. Don't expect much.

*Based On- European fantasy about werewolf.

I nuovi barbari
(1983)

Italian aesthetics make the film look interesting with action.
*Spoiler/plot- Warriors of the Wasteland ('Nuovi Barbari') aka The New Barbarians), 1983, In a post apocalyptic future some weary survivors are faced with relentless attacks of strange 'Templars' bandits crews. Two men rivals by their nature but forced to help each other for the human race's survival.

*Special Stars- Fred Williamson, Timothy Bent.

*Theme- Earth's future won't be anything like this fantasy.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Italian, many re-titled. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- Italian aesthetics make the film look interesting. The one dimensional plot is only accented nicely by outrageously complex motor vehicles and futurist costumes for the cast. Much action and moves along well.

*Based On- Post apocalyptic low budget 'Mad Max' rip-off of Mel Gibson's fine film or Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'.

The Alpha Incident
(1978)

A good cast and plot that suffers from extremely low budget film production standards.
*Spoiler/plot- The Alpha Incident, 1977, A Mars space probe returns to Earth and brings a martian micro-organism back home. An accident on a train, causes a rush to find a cure.

*Special Stars- Ralph Meeker, John Goff, Stafford Morgan.

*Theme- Govt 'black Ops' are always evil.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Color, Sorta low budget 'Andromeda Strain'. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- A good cast and plot that suffers from extremely low budget film production standards. So the film becomes unwatchable for the audience. Some of the big issues about Govt secrecy during crisis are lost in the crud.

*Based On- Martian sci-fi "First Contact' stories.

Alien Species
(1996)

A very very bad film with schlocky Amiga video 'toaster' Efx.
*Spoiler/plot- Alien Species, 1996, A fleet of alien UFOS are circling the Earth. A top scientist tries to discover the UFOS intentions. After the UFO attack, the scientist himself thrown in with a sheriff, and deputies transporting some prisoners to jail. The group goes into a local cave to survive the planetary attack.

*Special Stars- Charles Napier.

*Theme- Extra terrestrial beings have no imagination.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Schlocky formulaic alien invasion film. Grind house level. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- A very very bad film with schlocky Amiga video 'toaster' special effects. Plot is full of horror and sci-fi cliches'.

*Based On- sci-fi "First Contact' stories.

Contamination
(1980)

A funny & schlocky 'full of jump scares' and bloody messes
*Spoiler/plot- Contamination (Alien Contamination), 1980, A cargo from South America mysteriously drifts into N. Y. city harbor and the police enter the ship to discover what happened to the crew. Finding the crew dead apparently from internal organs bursting out of their bodies, the reason is finding mysterious eggs in the cargo bay. The origins of the eggs tracks down a former astronaut who was part of a recent Mars mission.

*Special Stars- Ian McCullach, Louise Marleau. DIR: Luigi Cozzi.

*Theme- Space travel causes problems.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Italian German horror film. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- A funny & schlocky 'full of jump scares' and bloody messes in this film. Film scenes and situations and full of not wanted hilarity. Plot holes are huge and kill the film plot. Obviously dubbed. Dull.

*Based On- International germ warfare fears, a rip-off of the film 'Aliens'.

End of the World
(1977)

Not worth your time
*Spoiler/plot- End of the world, 1977, A scientist discovers space signals that appear to carry information about a series of global natural disasters. the scientist and his wife seek the origins of the signals. They find a remote priest and nun's convent on Earth with people who are not what they seem to be.

*Special Stars- Christopher Lee, Sue Lyon, Kirk Scott,Dean Jagger, Lew Ayres, MacDonald Cary.

*Theme- Planetary sciences can be fascinating to study.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Color, Sci-fi thriller. shot inLos Angeles area. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- I enjoy seeing the great classical character actors working on camera late in their careers; Chris Lee, Lew Ayers, Dean Jagger and all. This bit of nostalgia introduced into the low budget film was welcome, but doesn't help this film's schlocky & flat plot. Not worth your time to even enjoy your camera performance heroes.

*Based On- Ecological fears spread in the press.

Embryo
(1976)

A film dealing with HUGE issues and societal mysteries.
*Spoiler/plot- Embryo, 1976, A research scientist is experimenting with human DNA to create the perfect human after his wife dies from miscarriage. In his grieving process, he experiments with a dog fetus to solve the miscarriage problem. He is successful. Then, he can take a human fetus and accelerate it's growth to adulthood in a few days. His creation is a lovely woman but the side effects is she can be a deranged killer from the experiment.

*Special Stars- Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, Roddy McDowell.

*Theme- Life and all it's mysteries cannot be quickly solved by schlock science.

*Trivia/location/goofs- BTW- an ole school melodrama. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- A film dealing with HUGE issues and societal mysteries. Hardly a light film plot romp?

*Based On- A spin-off Frankenstein story. Recent DNA and abortion fears.

Death Warmed Up
(1984)

Mostly schloch, not shock.
*Spoiler/plot- Death Warmed Up, 1984, A deranged scientist on a remote island working on human brain experiments. Many patients suffer side effects that transforms them into zombies. a group of young island visitors arrive causing the brain experiment chief rival. The son has arrived to track down the scientist that hypnotized the son in order to murder his own father.

*Special Stars- Michael Hurst, Margaret Umbers, William Upjohn

*Theme- Life's an adventure for the fittest.

*Trivia/location/goofs- A New Zealand 'Kiwi' horror bloody film shot in Auckand sewers. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- If you enjoy a a New Zealand filmmaker sprayed movie screens with brains, blood and bizarre body fluids for the first splatter movie in Kiwi history: Director David Blyth launched his genre career with this graphic story of mad doctors, nude teens, psychotic mutants, shotgun murders, power drill lobotomies, explosive action and punk attitude. I didn't enjoy..YUK !

*Based On- A slasher exploitation genre.

The House of the Dead
(1978)

Good film because of the ensemble cast
*Spoiler/plot- The House of the Dead ('Alien Zone'), 1978, A man is in town for a convention but gets lost trying to return to his hotel. A woman finds him and takes him to a mortician until a bad storm blows over. To pass the time, the mortician tells him about the lives of four of his latest clients and occupants in his coffins.

*Special Stars- John Ericson, Ivor Francis, Judith Charles Aidman, Bernard fox.

*Theme- Life is crazy some times.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Color, Now public domain intellectual property. A series of horror stories contained into an allegory film.

*Emotion- Good film because of the ensemble cast in the many stories in this bigger tale of life's craziness.

*Based On- Sorta like a 'Twilight Zone' series of mysterious vignette tales.

Good Against Evil
(1977)

A flat and toneless film about supernatural matters
*Spoiler/plot- Good against Evil, 1977, A unused pilot for TV. A young couple confront the ultimate evil when Satan claims the women for his own. The boyfriend gets two priests to do exorcisms to save the woman. But Satan battles for the woman's soul with his clan of evil worshipers.

*Special Stars- Dan O'Herlihy, Elyssa Davalos, Kim Catrail, Dack Rambo, Richard Lynch.

*Theme- Evil is all around us, stay good.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- A flat and toneless film about supernatural matters acted by all you recognizable soap opera and TV actors. Waste of my time. So predictable, is hurts.

*Based On- the box office ticket huge sales of 'Rosemary's Baby'.

House of the Living Dead
(1974)

An rich and watchable attempt at a Gothic elegant colonial horror film.
*Spoiler/plot- House of the Living Dead, 1974, An insane scientist experiments with the transfer of souls between human beings. The crazed doctor has conducted these action on his own family members. Including transfering his own soul into his brother's body. With his own soul in a new body, he mistaken thinks about continuing his sadistic experiences on all others.

*Special Stars- Mark Burns, Shirley Anne Field, David Oxkey, Margaret Inglis, Dia Dydow.

*Theme- Noblemen might not have noble ethics and actions.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Color, A South African production, Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- An rich and watchable attempt at a Gothic elegant colonial horror film, if you like that sort of thing for entertainment. The film is badly titled.

*Based On- Rip off from 'Upstairs, Downstairs' crossed with TV's 'Dark Shadows'.

La furia del Hombre Lobo
(1972)

no relate ability and no pathos.
*Spoiler/plot- The Fury of the Wolf Man ("La furia del Hombre Lobo"), 1972, While mountain traveling, a man is attacked by a mysterious creature that promptly departs the attack, leaving no trace of it's presence. Unbeknownst to the victim, he has been attacked by a werewolf and now he's inherited the werewolf curse. Now our hero must race against time to rid himself of this dreaded affliction before the next full moon.

*Special Stars- Paul Naschy, Perla Cristal, Verónica Luján and Miguel de la Riva.

*Theme- Superstition and fantasy can be laughable.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Italian and Spanish co-production. A famous film for being one of the Spanish surrealist films. Terribly funny due to major plot hoes and very bad continuity. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- This is a pure exploitation horror and not a very good one. The cast is all European actors with no relate ability and no pathos. A lot of blood & mutilation with screaming and predictable violence on screen. Don't expect much.

*Based On- European fantasy about werewolf.

The Lost City
(1935)

charming and unsophisticated for Saturday matinee kiddie crowd.
*Spoiler/plot- The Lost City, (parts 1 & 2) 1935, Scientist Bruce Gordon develops a machine that track the electrical disturbances causing problems on the Earth. His device leads him to a remote Central African region called the Magnetic Mountains. There is a hidden city with a mad scientist who wishes to use his own electric machine to take over the world with artificially caused disturbances. Gordon and his crew try to stop the madman while also liberating the creator of the electrical machine and his beautiful daughter.

*Special Stars- William 'Stage' Boyd, Kane Richmond, Claudia Dell, Josef Swickard, George "Gabby" Hayes, Billy Bletcher, Eddie Fetherston, Margot D'Use and Jerry Frank.

*Theme- Science can be misused.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- Just more of the unbelievable and compromised production values of most theatrical serials of that era. The film is charming and unsophisticated for Saturday matinee kiddie crowd.

*Based On- The early 30's sci-fi theatrical serial. Flash Gordon' rip off.

This Is Not a Test
(1962)

A well done and produced thriller and tale about the Cold War era
*Spoiler/plot- This is not a Test, 1962, A Californian brutish deputy sheriff is told to setup a roadblock on a mountain pass highway leading to a city. He stops many vehicles and their owner motorists only to find out an atomic missile bomb is heading for the same city. All involved struggle to figure out about taking steps to find atomic shelter inside their truck or head to the wilderness mountains to face their impending atomic radiation doom.

*Special Stars-Seaman Glass, Thayer Roberts, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Mike Green, Alan Austin, Carol Kent, Norman Winston, Ron Starr, Don Spruance, Ralph Manza.

*Theme- You must learn to cope with disaster of modern society.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Sorta film noir style. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- A well done and produced thriller and tale about the Cold War era in USA. The ensemble cast is very watchable and believable. Very watchable and well produced. Reminds the audience of the paranoia and depression of the time period.

*Based On- 50's era atomic war fears.

The Lost World
(1925)

immensely watchable for the HUGE film pathos & charm
*Spoiler/plot- The Lost World, 1925, The jungle expedition is lead by Proffer Challenger and a newspaper reporter, big game hunter & his servant and the daughter of the original plateau discoverer, who is still stranded in the uncharted land. After a long journey the group finds the prehistoric land and encounters all kinds of memorable plants, dinosaurs, and tribal ape-like men.

*Special Stars- Wallace Beery, Paula White, Lewis Stone, Llyod Hughes, Bull Montana. EFX supervisor: Willis H. O'brien.

*Theme- Science must explore to benefit humanity.

*Trivia/location/goofs- (silent, Black & White) Original BIG lizards film. The first screen adaptation about prehistoric creatures still alive on a remote Amazon plateau. Now public domain intellectual property. This film has been remade many many times.

*Emotion- This film is immensely watchable for the HUGE film pathos & charm these fine actors impart to the adventure film. The fine production qualities still stand up. The stop motion effects are done by the originator and master.

*Based On- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adventure epic.

Prisoners of the Lost Universe
(1983)

Kidda dumb but watchable and fun.
*Spoiler/plot- Prisoners of the Lost Universe, 84, A scientist has developed a matter transmitter that he is about to demonstrate for two people when an earthquake occurs, disrupting the test and plunging the trio into a parallel universal plane. The trio must adjust to the new world, where Medieval weaponry is mixed with modern tech, all the while trying to find a way to get back home. The trio gets separated while a warlord is trying to stop their progress and take the young women for his own wife.

*Special Stars- Richard Hatch, Kay Lenz, John Saxon.

*Theme- Patience will win out in the end towards your goals.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Color, Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- I found this film better than most. Kidda dumb but watchable and fun. Solid recognizable lead actor cast. The combo of good production levels in casting, action, and location shooting make this film fun and a romp. Enjoy the diverse characters, funny cartoon effects, and unique aliens monster production ideas.

*Based On- Raw heroic adventure epics.

Purple Death from Outer Space
(1966)

More unbelievable and compromised production values of most theatrical serials
*Spoiler/plot- Purple Death from Outer Space, 1940. Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, and Dr. Zarkov must go to the planet Mongo and fight the evil emperor Ming when a deadly 'Purple Death' plague breaks out on Earth. Victims only have a purple spot on their foreheads. Tracing the source, our heroes find out that Emperor Ming is still alive after their last battle. Ming wants to take Earth with his 'Death Dust' spread by his spaceships that will eventually destroy everyone on earth.

*Special Stars- Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, Carol Hughes, Charles Middleton, Frank Shannon, Anne Gwynne, John Hamilton.

*Theme- Evil always loses in life.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Black & White. Re-edited theatrical serial episodes into for feature length film, Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- Just more of the unbelievable and compromised production values of most theatrical serials of that era. It might be charming for unsophisticated for Saturday matinee kiddie crowd of the WW2 era.

*Based On- 30's pulp sci-fi magazines and comics.

The Severed Arm
(1973)

Pure exploitation horror and not a very good one.
*Spoiler/plot- The Severed arm, 1973, A group of men trapped for a long time by a cave-in resort to desperate measures in order to survive. To stave off starvation, the group single out the weakest man and remove his arm to cook and eat. Years later the survivors of the cave-in who preyed on the innocent man begin to meet horrible ax related deaths.

*Special Stars- Deborah Walley.

*Theme- Do unto others and watch out. Karma is a botch.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Color, A 'Slasher' film. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- This is a pure exploitation horror and not a very good one. The cast is all TV actors with no relate ability and no pathos. A lot of blood & mutilation with screaming and predictable violence on screen. YUK !

*Based On- A exploitation grind house style film.

Men with Steel Faces
(1940)

Charming nostalgia and unsophisticated for Saturday matinee kiddie crowd.
*Spoiler/plot- Men with Steel faces ('Radio Ranch'), 1940, Gene Autry and his cowboy pals are amazed to discover a secret under ground civilization located under his ranch property. Periodically, secret city riders are seen and heard by local children which call their kiddie local horse riding club, The 'Thunder Riders'. Gene has a kiddie radio show promoting the growth of these clubs across the country. But the underground dwellers have advanced tech and intend to use it to conquer the surface world with radium use. Gene and his cowboy crew go to work to stop the take over of Earth.

*Special Stars- Gene Autry.

*Theme- Clean ranch living in the outdoors and singing can win the day.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Black & white, re-edited feature version of serial 'The Phantom Empire'. Now public domain intellectual property. Shot at the ole Iverson movie ranch Chatsworth Ca and Bronson Caves, Hollywood Ca.

*Emotion- Just more of the unbelievable and compromised production values of most theatrical serials of that era. The western cowboy music is charming and unsophisticated for Saturday matinee kiddie crowd.

*Based On- 1940's theatrical Flash Gordon serials.

Bakterion
(1982)

A worse example of such Italian film making.
*Spoiler/plot- Panic ('Bakterion'), 1982, A brutish research scientist is working with various forms of bacteria when he accidentally exposes a deadly variety to an innocent lab assistant. The exposure transforms the scientist into a hideous flesh eating monster that rampages through the local community. The Govt officials debate on destroying the whole town or to contain the contagion.

*Special Stars- David Warbeck, Janet Agren.

*Theme- Medical researchers may not be an asset to society in it's darkest hour.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Color. Italian production. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- Made as sci-fi but this production comes across unexpectedly as rank comedy in many scenes. The actors in this film come off a wooden, one dimensional, and wordy in their dialog. The hard cut between scenes is jarring and makes the audience ill. Some scenes never pass scrutiny from astute sci-fi audience viewers and come off as silly 'slapstick' plot engines. A worse example of such Italian film making.

*Based On- Fantasy germ warfare scenarios.

How Awful About Allan
(1970)

extremely well made psychological thriller
*Spoiler/plot- How Awful about Alan, 1970, TV film, A man is unable to save his father from a fire that kills his father and disfigures his sister. Sent away to a mental institution for evaluation after the horrible event, the man returns later to take up residence at his sister's home. Psychoanalytically blinded by the incident, the man struggles with his daily life but finds things harder for him. Some strange incidents begin to happen to him that has people doubling his sanity.

*Special Stars- Anthony Perkins, Julie Harris, Joan Hackett.

*Theme- Trauma comes in many forms.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- An extremely well made psychological thriller with two of the best 'I play crazy very well' method actors on the planet. While not my favorite film genre, I was pleasantly surprised how well this TV film was expertly done.

*Based On- A some classic Hitchcock suspense film genre.

The Phantom Creeps
(1939)

I enjoy Bela Lugosi in all his films.
*Spoiler/plot- The Phantom Creeps, 1939, Dr. Alex Zorka is the creator of several wondrous devices that a former partner asks him to contribute to the U.S. government, but he decides to use devices for his own benefit and ultimately world domination. With foreign spies desperate to get their hands on Dr. Zorka's inventions. U.S. government sends Capt Bob West (military intelligence) to find the doctor who has gone into hiding after the death of his wife. Captain West is successful in saving the world from the evil plans of foreigners.

*Special Stars- Bela Lugosi, Robert Kent, Dorothy Arnold.

*Theme- Suspenseful detective story with the added entainment value of Lugosi.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Black & white. Feature film re-edited from 12 eps theatrical serial. Look for the neat robot. Stock footage helping to keep costs down. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- I enjoy Bela Lugosi in all his films. He keeps putting out film roles for decades even after his first international hits. He's a survivor. I can respect that.

*Based On- sci-fi stories of finding new elements in meteorites.

Piranha
(1972)

jungle scenes with very very little piranha matters.
*Spoiler/plot- Piranha, 1972, Two wildlife photographers (brother & sister) are traveling through the Amazon river basin on their latest assignment. While trying to capture wildlife they come upon a game hunter stalking animals for another reason. He's looking to eliminate witnesses to his illegal activities, the hunter decides to hunt the photographers in order to silence them forever.

*Special Stars- William Smith, Robert Cole.

*Theme- Be kind to all living things.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Another film of that era as a disaster movie riding on the coat tails of Speilberg's 'Jaws'. Nor the same film as the Roger Corman's or Joe Dante's films of the similar confusing title, different production release years. Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- This film is full of jungle scenes with very very little piranha matters. Too slow in pacing. Waste of time. A cheat film with puny TV actors.

*Based On- Rip off of 'Jaws'.

The Mistress of Atlantis
(1932)

An enjoyable desert adventure film with all elements of that fine genre.
*Spoiler/plot- The Mistress of Atlantis, 1932, Two French Foreign Legionaries are lost amid the Sahara sands when they stumble across the entrance to an underground world. Searching the newly found subterranean passage, our heroes are surprised to find the city of Atlantis. Ruling over the underworld world, an evil queen sets her evil sights upon the new strangers in her kingdom.

*Special Stars- Bridgette Helm.

*Theme- the thirst for mystery and knowledge is purely a human pursuit.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Black & white, Now public domain intellectual property.

*Emotion- An enjoyable desert adventure film with all elements of that fine genre. Good story telling, acting, and writing make this film equal to all African legendary

film plots. A popular film scenario so that it's been re-made several times.

*Based On- Atlantian legends

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