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Def-Con 4 (1985) dir: Paul Donovan Blu Ray (Arrow)

This low-budget apocalyptic Canadian sci-fi adventure starts out ok but then plummets down to Earth (in more ways than one) and becomes a dull Mad Max clone. It stars Lenore Zann, Maury Chaykin, Kate Lynch and Tim Choate.

Kate Lynch in Def-Con 4

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Who? (1974) starring Elliott Gould Blu Ray (Indicator)

This Cold War-era tale of a cyborg scientist who is passed across the Iron Curtain has some interesting ideas and good acting but falls short in terms of overall execution. It stars Elliott Gould, Trevor Howard and Joseph Bova in a silly metal mask.

Who? starring Joseph Bova and Elliott Gould

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Black Moon Rising (1986) starring Tommy Lee Jones Blu Ray (Arrow)

This sci-fi action-thriller is notable for being one of John Carpenter's writer-only credits. It's not bad but it's hard to escape the feeling that he should have directed it too. It also stars Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel and Bubba Smith.

Robert Vaughn in Black Moon Rising

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Class of 1999 (1990) Blu Ray (Vestron Video/Lionsgate)

Mark L. Lester's magpie-like blend of elements from other hit sci-fi films amounts to a competently enjoyable piece of straight-to-video era trash. It stars Malcolm McDowell (spot the A Clockwork Orange reference), Stacy Keach and Pam Grier.

A robot in Class of 1999

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Rats: Night of Terror (1984) Blu Ray (88 Films)

Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso's sci-fi horror cheapie fails spectacularly in its endeavours to make rats terrifying. On the other hand, it's often accidentally hilarious and never boring. The cast, adopting anglicised pseudonyms, includes Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Geretta Geretta and Massimo Vanni.

Rats: Night of Terror (1984)

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Night of the Creeps (1986) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Fred Dekker's directorial debut is an affectionate, gory, predictable but likeable homage to sci-fi, zombie movies, frat boy comedies and umpteen other genres besides. Tom Atkins is the undoubted highlight here as the film noir style detective investigating the mysterious goings-on.

Jason Lively in Night of the Creeps

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Xtro (1982) Blu Ray: Limited Edition Box Set (Second Sight)

Harry Bromley Davenport's cult sci-fi horror amounts to a disjointed collection of weird and gruesome scenes. For all that, it is good fun. If you've ever wanted to see a woman gruesomely give birth to a fully-grown man and an Action Man figure come to life to murder a neighbour, then this is for you.

The alien creature from Xtro (1982)

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The Super Inframan (1975) Blu Ray (88 Films)

This Shaw Brothers-produced homage to the Japanese tokusatsu superhero subgenre makes up for its rubbery monsters and lack of characterisation with well-staged fights and tonnes of imagination.

Super Inframan can handle himself in a fight!

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Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Blu Ray & DVD (101 Films)

A series of star-studded comedic skits from five directors (including Joe Dante and John Landis) which mocks the experience of flicking through channels on late-night TV. While some are funnier than others, they are all over so quickly that the inconsistency doesn't matter so much.

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

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Starcrash (1978) Blu Ray (Stratx)

Luigi Cozzi’s cheap, batshit-crazy Star Wars rip-off starring Caroline Munro is so insanely inane that it’s in its own class of fascinating folly.

Stop-motion and Hasselhoff in Starcrash


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