For the first part of our year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary, we tackled what we called our “core competencies”, that is, those topic areas we had in mind when founding our sites in the first place.

In this, not surprisingly, we dealt with material where there could well be overlap between our sites. For instance, El Santo reviewed From Hell It Came, a wacky walking-tree opus with plenty of mad science; so you would wouldn’t be surprised to find it over at AYCYAS! Likewise, Will tackled the first four parts of Shake Rattle and Roll, horror anthologies out of the Philippines, a country whose genre films Santo has examined on a fairly regular basis.

This time around, though, we’ll each be tackling what we’re calling our “special subjects”: those subgenres that each of us has pretty much entirely to themselves.

1000 Misspent Hours and Counting    
And You Call Yourself A Scientist! The Crowded Sky (1960) In fact – in a 105-minute movie – the actual disaster in The Crowded Sky occupies perhaps 15 seconds of screentime, with its consequences and resolution occupying a mere 7 minutes more. And yet no-one watching The Crowded Sky would dream of classifying it as anything other than a disaster movie. In this, it acts as the perfect illustration of my seemingly reductive definition of a disaster movie as “a movie about a disaster”, inasmuch as the 93 minutes that precede this film’s 15-second disaster exist purely in order to get us to that moment.
Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension    
The Unknown Movies

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