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Water-Proof UFOs

Posted in Giant Monsters, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction, UFOs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2017 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Sphere

A gigantic UFO is discovered in the middle of the ocean. Actually, under the middle of the ocean. It’s determined that the spaceship, which is the size of downtown Manhattan, has been there for 288 years, give or take a work week. A team of specialists has been called in to see what up. Transported via a mini-sub several miles beneath the surface, the military has already built an aqua habitat, so that they may study and blog about the UFO.

Sphere

All the scientists put on high-pressure swim-suits and find their way into the spacecraft. That’s weird—there are recycling bins and uneaten packs of Smokehouse Almonds™ laying around. They find the ship’s log and, upon playing it back, discover the craft experienced an “unknown event,” which looks like they got sucked into a Black Hole. (Holes don’t come in any other color except black.) Exploring further, they find a gigantic gold sphere, the surface of which undulates and looks like rich man’s bath water. It doesn’t do anything except float. All that trouble and expense to find it, and the darn thing just sits there. Stupid aliens. Or are they?

Sphere

A binary message transmitted from the UFO is translated and they’re being greeted by an alien named…Jerry. I can believe a giant UFO has been at the bottom of the ocean for nearly 300 years, but an alien named Jerry? That’s just weird. Even more weird undersea weirdness happens: one million poisonous and extra-large jellyfish sting one of the habitat divers into swollen pudding. Then a football field-sized squid attacks the habitat and breaches the hull’s integrity. Then the place catches on fire and roasts the face off the astrophysicist. Then the Navy captain is severed in half. Then more messages from Jerry. And he’s not happy.

Sphere

To go any further would cause YOU mental grief as I’d have to wreck it all by telling you the spaceship is not alien, but rather a vehicle from our future and… Crap, sorry. Sphere (1998) gets really intense, and while you have to pay the heck attention, clues are all over the place to explain the monster squids, toxic jellyfish, and trillions of fish eggs that look like and are the size of sea potatoes.

Sphere

There’s a tedious subplot involving the psychologist and the marine biologist, who had an affair (another clue). But since they don’t show any sea boobies, it’s just something you’ll have to put up with. The movie will hold your interest, though. And after you’re done, go stick your head in a sphere…it’s fun!

Ghosts Seeking Therapy

Posted in Classic Horror, Ghosts, Giant Monsters, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction, Werewolves with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Backtrack

Of all the horror genres begging for my attention/fun coupons, the ghost category has always been a fav. Not sure why. Sure, I dig giant monsters, werewolves and nature gone wild flicks. But ghosts – friendly or anti-friendly – just seem to put frills in my chills.

So my innards are always happy when a new ghost movie comes down the paranormal pipe, the latest  being Backtrack, featuring of – get this – ghosts of dead people! I’m gasping as we speak.

Backtrack

Here’s what we’re being told about Backtrack: “Psychologist Peter Bowers’ life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that his patients are the ghosts of people who all died in an accident twenty years ago. Afraid of losing his mind, Peter returns to his home town where he uncovers a terrifying truth which only he can put right.”

I could help him if he wants. I have years of dealing with spirits. Heck, I had an entire bottle of spirits last night. So yeah, you could say I’m an expert of some sort.

Backtrack is described as a “spine-chilling supernatural thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense and What Lies Beneath.” No specific release date yet, but the movie’s website is saying sometime in 2015.  It’s mid-September as of this digital posting, so they better get to ghostin’.

Backtrack

Note of some noteworthiness: This Backtrack should not be confused with 2014’s Backtrack (aka, Backtrack: Nazi Regression). A psychological thriller, Backtrack: Nazi Regression features Nazis. Didn’t see that coming.

Backtrack

Also, avoid getting wires crossed with 1969’s Backtrack. That one features cowboys. Ghosts are way more scarier than cowboys. Unless it’s a ghost cowboy coming back from the dead to make you stain your saddle.

Extraterrestrials vs. Over-Priced Psychiatry

Posted in Aliens, Science Fiction, UFOs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

The Fourth Kind

If you live in Nome, Alaska and turn up missing, chances are you got drunk and lost in the woods and eaten by a bear. Or you were abducted by extraterrestrials. I’m split down the middle on this one, mostly due to the alleged true events The Fourth Kind (2009) proposes.

The Fourth Kind

Reportedly using actual archival video interview footage of psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, whose distraught patients are being visited nightly by an owl (not a real one, but probably evil all the same), we’re led to conclude aliens are probing for something more than oil deep within their personal tundra.

The Fourth Kind

And the recollection of which is so horrifying, they suppress it, thereby causing paranoid schizophrenia. This results in messed up sheets, vomiting towards the floor, and levitating from one’s bed. Might as well throw suicide into the mix as well.

The Fourth Kind

Dr. Tyler has a bunch of patients experiencing the same nightmare. The local sheriff wants Tyler to stop stirring up the bees in people’s heads, as it’s making them freak out even more. But Tyler has her own bees to deal with – a short while back her husband was murdered in the bed next to her, the trauma of which left her young daughter blind and her son full of rage unexpressed rage. (He’ll be OK once someone buys him a toy, something in the $30 price range.)

The Fourth Kind

A clue as to WTF in the form of a tape played back after she fell asleep reveals that while she was screaming her freakin’ head off, another voice – using ancient Sumarian – spoke and did “things” to her body. I’m overflowing with theories.

The Fourth Kind

Up front they tell you they’re portraying a reenactment, mixing footage together split-screen style (pioneered by the 1973 sorta horror movie, Wicked, Wicked.)This is kind of cool and gives the movie a nice creepy “real” feel, but the story unravels to the point where you’re not sure if it really was aliens doing the dirty work, or just a smokescreen for bigger issues, like bears eating drunks lost in the woods. Like I said, split down the middle.