Monday, June 27, 2011

The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)

This 2006 Sci-Fi documentary runs at about 80 minutes and during that time we have interviews with cult legend such as Peter Jackson (Bad Taste, Dead Alive), Roger Corman (A Bucket Of Blood and Death Race 2000), John Landis (American Werewolf In London), Rick Baker (The Howling) and many more.

Forrest J Ackerman, the writer and creator of Famous Monsters Magazine has a lot of screen time with many interviews and footage of his ridiculously huge home collection of props and memorabilia from science fiction films throughout history. A large portion of the documentary revolves around Ackerman and just about everybody in the movie was influenced by Ackerman and his contribution to the genre fan-boys. However most of the film was about the great Ray Harryhausen and his special effects work. I almost felt that the whole movie could have just been about Harryhausen with the amount of discussion time they gave him. There are also a bunch of short films created by young Sci-Fi nerds in the 50's some of which are pretty interesting to look at. One of which involves greaser werewolves. The documentary comes to a end with c.g.i. which I find pretty consistent to what computers have done to these sort of movies in the first place.

Sci-Fi Boys wasn't a bad watch for what it is. Especially if you only pay two bucks for the dvd as I did. Check it out for a closer look at silly animatronics and stop animation.

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