For anyone who might be curious about me, or why I began this blog: I’m a visual artist and educator who’s been a fan of Horror and Sci-fi cinema since childhood. In addition to the sort of movies I review here on the blog, I also enjoy “good” films in these genres – Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) are two that come immediately to mind. However, I’ve always had a special affection for the bad ones. A bad romantic comedy or historical drama – well, they’re just bad. Somehow, a grade-Z stinker of a Horror or Sci-fi tale can still be entertaining for me. I appreciate the refreshing inventiveness and sheer nerve of a host of (mostly) unknown writers, directors, and actors who put it all on the line to get these films made. Whether they did it for love of the medium, a misguided attempt at wealth and fame, or simply because they didn’t know any better – you have to admire their chutzpah.
Why is it called The 39¢ Movie Review? Simple mathematics! A few years ago, I purchased a boxed set of 50 films – Sci-Fi Invasion, from Mill Creek Entertainment. The price of the set was $19.99, which amounts to about 39¢ per feature. After suffering through several of the movies in the set, my kind spouse suggested that I needed to do something constructive with my appreciation for these lesser-known films; I began the blog shortly after.
I also blog about another of my great passions – music. If you like, you can check it out here. Comments, questions, and feedback are always welcome… I’d love to hear from you!