Duel (1971)

Even if Duel – the second feature by then-up-and-coming director Steven Spielberg – had only its tight B-movie style to distinguish itself, that would be enough. Crafted to elicit maximum visceral impact, with ingenious shifting between POV and wide shots stitched together through razor-sharp editing, this is a breathtaking thriller in which style is substance: … Continue reading Duel (1971)

Killdozer (1974)

Killdozer is two things at once: an amazing portmanteau and a lackluster TV movie. Seemingly inspired by the success of 1971’s Duel, ABC tried capturing lightning-in-a-killer-vehicle twice. Like Duel, Killdozer is based on a short story by a noted author; Theodore Sturgeon penned the sci-fi tale for Astounding Science Fiction in 1944. Director: Jerry LondonRuntime: 74 minutesUS … Continue reading Killdozer (1974)

Rubber (2010)

Rubber is one of those monster movies that manages to defy convention. For a genre defined by tropes and expectations, Rubber offers a breath of fresh air. It does not always work, however, and will certainly not prove everyone’s cup of tea. Director: Quentin DepieuxRuntime: 85 minutesUS Theatrical Release: February 25, 2011; Magnolia Pictures Quentin Depieux’s story about a killer tire … Continue reading Rubber (2010)