B-movie villainy rules Anaconda

The yellow eyes of a snake stare out of the darkness.

There are certain animals that simply creep people out. Endless documentaries on the Discovery Channel and PBS have shown us that sharks, spiders, and snakes are misunderstood creatures, but that doesn’t stop up from secretly worrying about being strangled in our sleep by giant reptiles. Anaconda (1997) exploits those fears with a film that pits … Read more

Don’t Uncover The Relic

The words "The Relic" written over a distorted, screaming red face. The face appears over a black background.

The Relic is a Alien-rip off creature feature with delusions of scientific authenticity, unlikeable characters, and an underwhelming monster. Its appearance on Netflix streaming may tempt you to watch it, but you’re better of watching one of the many Tremors sequels available on the service. The Relic (1997) was one of the many creature feature … Read more

Monster Week 2013

A bridge stands between a giant robot and his giant monster opponent.

Monster Week 2013 is here! In honor of the giant robot-vs.-giant monster smashfest Pacific Rim, Nuketown will be reviewing creature features all this week. We’re starting with, Pacific Rim itself and then moving on to a mix of great, not-so-great, and downright awful monster films.

Pacific Rim: Giant Robots vs. Giant Monsters

Three giant robots stand in a rain storm, ready to fight anything.

Pacific Rim is a movie that delivered exactly what it promised: giant robots fighting giant monsters on the eve of the apocalypse. It’s not great drama, it’s not mind-bending storytelling, it is giant robots fighting giant monsters, with enough story to keep the whole thing moving forward. The depth in the movie comes from Guillermo … Read more

Announcing Monster Week 2013

A bridge stands between a giant robot and his giant monster opponent.

Monster Week is returning to Nuketown. In honor of Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots-vs-giant monsters flick Pacific Rim’s release on July 12, we’re going to be talking monsters — and nothing but monsters — for a solid week. The event will run from Sunday, July 28 through Saturday, August 3, 2013. As with our last … Read more