Tag: Fantasy

English-dubbed ONE PIECE FILM GOLD in theaters from Funimation Films in January

Released this past July so significant success in Japan, the thirteenth adventure in the One Piece theatrical saga will soon be setting sail on US screens. Funimation Films will screen Hiroaki MIYAMOTO’s One Piece Film Gold in a limited theatrical engagement from January 10th through January 17th 2017. From […]

Live-action ATTACK ON TITAN part 1 – new film clip from Funimation

There are plenty of criticisms to be leveled at HIGUCHI Shinji’s widely lambasted live-action Attack on Titan films, but a new clip posted by Stateside distributor Funimation wisely sticks to their most favorable aspect – their phantasmagoric and fantastical special effects production. The clip shows the early stages of the titan advance, […]

Saturday Monster Matinee: Virgil Vogel’s ‘The Land Unknown’

Saturday Monster Matinee: Virgil Vogel’s ‘The Land Unknown’

A trio of naval researchers and an intrepid journalist find themselves lost in a prehistoric oasis after their expedition crash lands while investigating a mysterious warm water region in Antarctica. There they must contend with voracious dinosaurs, killer plants, and one crazed survivalist, all while trying to […]

MOSS Swap Meet: The Hell (1982)

MOSS Swap Meet: The Hell (1982)

Do you like movies about hell? Sure, who doesn’t! This month a certain Mysterious Order is engaging in a review swap meet, and you can find my entry cluttering up the hallowed halls of Teleport-City. It’s about pain and suffering and filial duty, but mostly […]

Byzantium (2013)

Byzantium (2013)

Neil Jordan’s Byzantium (based on a script by Moira Buffini that doesn’t feel stagy at all despite being based on her stage play) is the kind of film that really needs quite a different writer than I am to be properly appreciated. A shot-by-shot analysis combined with a […]

大蛇王 / King of Snake (1984)

大蛇王 / King of Snake (1984)

After producing a few fantasy efforts like Tsu Hong Wu and Monster From the Sea in the decade prior, the middle 1980s saw the Taiwanese film industry make one more go at that particular brand of giant monster cinema indigenous to the Japanese islands. With Toho in […]

비천괴수 / Bicheongoesu: The Flying Monster (1984)

This article was originally published as “The Flying Monster” at Wtf-Film in August 2010, and now seems as good a time as any to resurrect it. There is still no official copy of the film to recommend to those curious, but a trailer has been made […]

ウルトラQ Episode 1: ゴメスを倒せ! / Defeat Gomess!

Legendary prehistoric monsters interrupt a tunneling operation in this, the first episode of Tsuburaya Productions’ seminal tokusatsu television series Ultra Q (ウルトラQ). Tsuburaya’s series may not have been the first to bring giant monster thrills to Japanese television screens (it was preceded by the obscure 1960 series Monster […]

The Harryhausen Legacy: Mysterious Island (1961)

1961′s Mysterious Island begins with one of the great scenes of fantasy-adventure cinema. Imprisoned by Confederate forces in the midst of the Siege of Richmond near the end of the Civil War, Union Captain Cyrus Harding and his underlings, freed slave Corporal Neb and the cowardly Herbert Brown, decide […]

Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012)

Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012)

A long time ago, a secondary world fantasy continent was kept under the thumb of the exceedingly evil followers of the Book of Vile Darkness, a tome made of bits and pieces of an evil necromancer. This reign of terror ended when a new order […]