Hot Picks

- There's No Such Thing as Zombies 2020

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- The Culture of Hip Hop: The Staten Island Story - Part 1 2024

- #ChadGets-TheAxe 2022

- The Guyver 1991

- Double Exposure 2024

- Live One 2024

- Queen Rising 2024

- The G 2023

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Midnight Feature 2024

- Deadland 2023

- The Red Lips of the Octopus 2023

- A Gangster's Kiss 2024

- Homework 1982

- Vindication Swim 2024

- Bermondsey Tales: Fall of the Roman Empire 2024

- As I Believe the World to Be 2023

- 2015: Future Uncertain 2024

- Guy Friends 2024

- A Rocky Mountain Affair 2024

- The Moor 2023

- Insane Like Me? 2024

- Grandma's Cookies: A Christmas Tale 2024

- The Keepers of the 5 Kingdoms 2024

- Arena Wars 2024

- Static Cling 2024

- Realm of Shadows 2024

- The Girl in the Trunk 2024

- Buying Time 2024

- 4 Minutes of Terror: Death Throes 2024

- Lost in Tomorrow 2023

- Ufologists 2022

- Rhapsody in Justice 2024

- Life of Belle 2024

- Unspeakable: Beyond the Wall of Sleep 2024

- Princess Halle and the Jester 2024

- Tormented 1960

- Sira 2023

- MR-9: Do or Die 2023

- Homesick 2015

- Exteriors 2023

- Brotherly Lies 2022

- Pandemonium 2024

- All the Fires 2023

- Isleen Pines 2023

- I Was a Soldier 2024

- The Seductress from Hell 2024

- Dreaming of the Unholy 2024

- Part-Time Killer 2022

- Ruby's Choice 2022

- Cosmos 2021

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Shin Urutoraman

Shin Ultraman

Japan 2022
produced by
Hideaki Anno, Takehiko Aoki, Minami Ichikawa, Tomoya Nishino, Takayuki Tsukagoshi for Tsuburaya Productions, Khara Corporation, Cine Bazar/Toho
directed by Shinji Higuchi
starring Takumi Saitoh, Masami Nagasawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Daiki Arioka, Akari Hayami, Tetsushi Tanaka, Kyusaku Shimada, Ryo Iwamatsu, Toru Masuoka, Keishi Nagatsuka, Hajime Yamazaki, Masami Horiuchi, Go Riju, Soko Wada, Yutaka Takenouchi, Bin Furuya, Hideaki Anno, Issey Takahashi (voice), Koichi Yamadera (voice), Koji Yamamoto (voice), Kenjiro Tsuda (voice), Edward L. Holland, Katsuya Kobayashi, Yukio Tsukamoto
written by Hideaki Anno, music by Shiro Sagisu

Ultraman

review by
Mike Haberfelner

As Japan is pretty much overrun by giant monsters that can't be fought with conventional weapons, the gouvernment has formed a special monster fighting unit, the SSSP, a group of specialists who develop new weaponry to defeat this new threat. But even these guys are at their wits' end eventually - so enter Ultraman, a mysterious metal giant who battles monsters on humankind's behalf. Of course, soon all world gouvernments try to get hold of Ultraman ... and then aliens attack. The first attacks are fairly conventional, nothing Ultraman can't handle - but then there's alien Mefilas (voiced by Koji Yamamoto), who to demonstrate his power creates a second, evil Ultraman, then grows a member of the SSSP, Asami (Masami Nagasawa) to giant size, and asks for absolute power. One ought to mention here Ultraman is secretly a member of the SSSP, Kaminaga (Takumi Saitoh), merged with an alien symbiont, and the whole team soon finds out the power of Mefilas originates from his Beta Box, so when Mefilas and Ultraman fight, the SSSP somehow manages to steal the Beta Box, and Mefilas gives up and promises to leave earth (and keeps his promise) in return of the Beta Box. With Mefilas gone, the next alien visiting earth is Zoffy (voiced by Koichi Yamadera), a being from Ultraman's home planet who claims earth has become too dangerous to be allowed to exist and thus installs a destruction machine in earth's orbit. Ultraman tries to destroy the machine, but to no effect. But what plays in the hands of our planet is that the machine takes a few days to develop its full potential, so it's up to the specialists from the SSSP to drop it into another dimension before it can cause any actual destruction ...

 

From the team that gave us the brilliant Shin Godzilla (that movie is actually mentioned in the opening credits), Shin Ultraman is pretty much similar in tone, inasmuch as it mixes loving references to the source material with satire and outright comedy. Unfortunately, Shin Ultraman isn't quite as good as the earlier movie as it spins a tale that's a bit too complex and also repetitive to really keep one at the edge of one's seat throughout. There's of course still enough monster destruction, fights and action involved, so the film keeps one entertained, mostly, it's just a tad too long and could have done with a more streamlined script. It's still worth a watch, especially for genre fans as in many of its monster scenes it's just so lovingly old school, it's just not a masterpiece, not even a genre masterpiece.

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

The Addams Family

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Deerslayer

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

The Munsters

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Philo Vance

Quatermass

Robin Hood

The Saint

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
(commissions earned)

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Shin Ultraman
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports?
Find Shin Ultraman here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

In times of uncertainty of a possible zombie outbreak, a woman has to decide between two men - only one of them's one of the undead.

 

There's No Such Thing as Zombies
starring
Luana Ribeira, Rudy Barrow and Rami Hilmi
special appearances by
Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry

 

directed by
Eddie Bammeke

written by
Michael Haberfelner

produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Luana Ribeira and Eddie Bammeke

 

now streaming at

Amazon

Amazon UK

Vimeo

 

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!