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Monster Bugs and Monster Monsters

Posted in Giant Monsters, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in


Upcoming camptacular movies like Monster-Zilla and Bugs 3D are like prepackaged snacks: cheap, momentarily satisfying and very cheesy. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. If you walk around being smart and brain-like all day long, it’s nice to park your particulate matter every once in a while and just live in the moment.

So in the immortal words of Sir Clint Eastwood, “Was I in focus? Then let’s move on”…

In Monster-Zilla, easily the worst if not laziest titled movie of the year, “two Navy SEALS are sent to an abandoned island in search of a “package,” but instead of being the hunters, they find they are being hunted by a creature that’s big and hungry.” I guess the island isn’t quite abandoned after all.

Bugs 3D

Bugs 3D, with no more effort put into its title as well, is a little more promising: “In the near future, due to huge demand for protein, synthetic protein is rapidly developed around the world. A fanatic geneticist has managed to raise super bugs that can provide high-quality protein at low-cost. But the bugs break out, devour scientists, and turn into giant monsters. Numerous monster bugs hankering after flesh and blood swarm into the sea and wait to rage a holocaust.”

They’re not far off on that whole “bugs providing protein” thing; watch Snowpiercer (2013) and tell me you’ll continue eating protein bars. Sure, the package lists the ingredients as grains, fiber and chocolate chips. But according to the future, it’s all ground up dung beetles mixed with flavor.

That should bother me, but it doesn’t. I’ve probably eaten worse.

Sci-Fi Amtrak

Posted in Asian Sci-Fi, Foreign Horror, Nature Gone Wild, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2013 by Drinkin' & Drive-in


An advance sneaky peek at the upcoming futuristic sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer, courtesy of the French, all of whom I probably owe francs to. (Money, not hot dogs.)

Big expectations surround Snowpiercer, a cautionary tale of global warming and future violence as it pertains to my personal entertainment. Bong Joon-ho, the South Korean filmmaker behind the superior giant monster movie The Host (2006), is helming this one. Makes perfect sense that a Korean director would be making an English sub-titled sci-fi movie based on a French graphic novel that no one can read except the French.


Based on Le Transperceneige, the F.G.N. (figure it out), Snowpiercer is “set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.”


Curse my sub-standard language interpretation skills – I could have sworn Snowpiercer was a story about a vigilante hunter of vampire snowmen/women, a sort of Van Helsing in stylish ski wear. But a future choo-choo works for me just as well.

Snowpiercer comes out sometime in le future.