Memoirs of An Invisible Man (1992)

In the early 90s, John Carpenter, after a break from filmmaking following the commercial ambivalence indie productions Prince of Darkness and They Live were met with in cinemas, decided to take a punt on directing a studio flick again.

The film, Carpenter’s first studio effort since the mid-eighties, was a mainstream Hollywood movie, produced by Chevy Chase, which the actor was using to springboard into drama. Chase wanted the film to have a solemn flavour. So he brought in gun-for-hire John Carpenter to direct, who was hired in the wake of Ivan Reitman, who reportedly disagreed with Chase on what the tone of the film should be […]

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The Borrower (1991)

In many ways The Borrower is a low-budget derivative of Jack Sholder’s 1987 sci-fi horror The Hidden, one that proves infinitely less successful in its comical aspirations, but that’s not to say it is completely without its charm.

By 1991, production company the Cannon Group was way past its peak following a misguided plunge into the realms of blockbuster extravaganza, but this particular movie is evidence that those at Golan-Globus could still attract their fair share of household names, even if the stars in question were a half decade past their commercial prime […]

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The Glimmer Man (1996)

Seagal has starred in so many second-rate movies during the past two decades you sometimes forget he was once a rather formidable action star.

Back in his early to mid-90’s prime, he starred in some pretty decent efforts, the kind with enough of a budget to attract some top-level acting talent. Take The Glimmer Man for example. Keenan Ivory Wayans may not be first choice when it comes to a humorous, street-talking sidekick, but he’s too good for the kind of bargain-basement efforts Seagal now stars in. Similarly, Manhunter’s Brian Cox and The Shawshank Redemption’s Bob Gunton are both very fine actors whose mere presence can elevate any old nonsense you care to throw at them […]

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American Cyborg: Steel Warrior (1993)

Back in the summer of 1991, James Cameron’s Terminator 2 blitzed the mainstream movie industry.

Not only was it the most expensive and impressive looking film in history, it was a breathtaking exercise in action as terrifying as it was ironic, taking an already winning formula and flipping it on its head. Not only would this ingenious turnabout wow audiences the world over, its influence would inspire a multitude of low-budget production companies looking to cash in on its popularity […]

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