The UFO Incident (1975)
Producer: Joe L Cramer
Director: Richard A Colla
Screenwriters: Hesper Anderson and Jake Justiz (book: John G Fuller)
A middle-aged couple discoveres they were abducted by space aliens through hypnotism with lots of racial politics in the mix — sort of like the film is about something serious.
This made-for-television film is shockingly good. And though it is a drama with sciene fiction elements, it’s also scary.
The UFO Incident is under copyright. It’s been released on DVD a couple of times but is now out of print. You can find it floating around the internet.
Under the Skin (2013)
Producers: James Wilson and Nick Wechsler
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Screenwriters: Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer (book: Michel Faber)
Our review: Under the Skin
A space-alien woman drives around Glasgow, seducing young men who she lures into a trap. But one day, she seduces an unusual man who she frees. Thus begins her doomed adventure to connect with humanity in a less menacing way.
This is a deeply disturbing and compelling science fiction drama in the tradition of The Man Who Fell to Earth. Also: Scarlett Johansson naked.
The Unholy (2021)
Producers: Sam Raimi & Robert Tapert and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Director: Evan Spiliotopoulos
Screenwriter: Evan Spiliotopoulos (novel: James Herbert)
A witch from the 19th century is trapped in a doll. In modern times, her spirit is released and she uses a local woman to spread the word about her (pretending to be the Virgin Mary). A journalist reports the story but begins to have questions about her intentions.
This is a competent horror film with an outstanding lead performance. But it doesn’t have the gravitas of most of the Catholic horror we all know and love. The ending is quite impressive though. And despite being over-long, it is never boring.
9 January 2022
Unknown Visitor (2019)
Producer: Gloria Bueno
Director/Screenwriter: Isaac Rodriguez
After hearing sounds outside her new house, a woman has her boyfriend install a camera and intercom connected to her smartphone. Eventually, she finds that the noise is from a woman who is running from her boyfriend who took her child. And now they may both be in danger.
This is a found-footage film with everything seen from the perspective of the front door camera. The first half is kind of slow and overall, I think the film, at 52 minutes, would probably be better at 15 minutes. Still, the second half is surprisingly strong and by the end, I was won over.
Starring Brittany Dunk, Jason Scarbrough, and June Griffin Garcia. There is also an actor who plays a door-to-door salesman who is pretty funny but isn’t listed in the credits.
Unknown Visitor is under copyright. It isn’t available on disc but you can watch it on Amazon Prime.
8 July 2023
Unlisted Owner (2017)
Director: Jed Brian
Screenwriters: Jed Brian & Tyler Landers
A family moves into a new house and all of them are murdered. A group of young people camping nearby break into the house to investigate with predictable results.
This is a well-made found footage film. For my taste, it features far too much “boys being boys” content and lots of pointless arguing. But the acting is surprisingly good and it has some excellent moments.
Starring Jed Brian, Gavin Groves, Tyler Landers, Andrea Potts, Griffin Groves, Haidee Corona, and Tanner Hoke.
Unlisted Owner is under copyright. It is available on Blu-ray with an interview commentary featuring Brian and Landers along with almost 20 minutes of cut scenes.
31 January 2021
An Unquiet Grave (2020)
Producer: Christine Nyland & Terence Krey
Director: Terence Krey
Screenwriters: Christine Nyland & Terence Krey
A year before the film starts, a woman died and her husband and twin sister are still affected by it. The husband has learned of a way to bring the wife back but he needs her sister’s help. Unknown to the sister, he is going to bring his wife back into the sister’s body. It works but the wife is none too pleased with what’s been done.
I loved this film. It creates a great atmosphere and maintains suspense throughout. Everything works here and it deals with issues of life that mean a lot to me. Others find it boring. I don’t see why. I was riveted from the start.
Starring Jacob A Ware and Christine Nyland who are both superb.
An Unquiet Grave is under copyright. It is available on DVD.
30 July 2021
The Unseen (1980)
Producer: Anthony B Unger
Director: Danny Steinmann (as Peter Foleg)
Screenwriter: Michael L Grace (story: Michael L Grace and Kim Henkel & Nancy Rifkin and Danny Steinmann (as Peter Foleg))
Three young women come to a festival in Solvang but their hotel reservations have been lost and they have nowhere to stay. They accept the offer of a local museum owner to stay with his wife and him. Two of the women are killed by someone unseen. Will the third escape?
This is a good old-fashioned slasher film where there is no clever twist. And what makes this film really shine is the relationship between the older couple. It features an unexpected and heartbreaking ending.
17 June 2020