(aka Enemy from Space) This is one of the lost treasures of the Fifties SF boom. I suppose it doesn’t help that the original Quatermass serials never played in the United States, or that the most successful and highly regarded film in the series, Quatermass and the Pit (renamed Five Million Years to Earth in […]Read more "Quatermass 2 (1957)"
Strange things start happening around an atomic research center on a US Air Force base in Canada. Before you know it, there are grisly and mysterious deaths they can’t seem to stop — and which seem to be the work of invisible creatures… This one has the strange distinction of being a British film, pretending […]Read more "Fiend Without a Face (1958)"
Monsters, Inc. is a science fiction film. There, I said it. I’m sure that it would come as no surprise if I called Monsters, Inc. one of the best children’s films ever made, or one of the best animated films, or best Disney films, or one of Pixar’s greatest accomplishments. But a science fiction film? Now, […]Read more "Monsters, Inc. (2001)"
It’s rare to find a remake that many think was better than the original film. In the world of science fiction, there are perhaps a handful of such films, like the 1988 remake of The Blob, John Carpenter’s The Thing, David Cronenbergs’s The Fly, and, of course, the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Now […]Read more "Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)"
It was perhaps the finest moment in John Carpenter’s career. Just three years after the surprise success of his genre-defining serial killer film, Halloween, with a couple of TV movies and an interesting ghost story (The Fog) in between, John made one of his most famous films, the Eighties movie of Eighties movies, Escape from New […]Read more "Escape from New York (1981)"
It was one of those rare, surprise successes. But could it be repeated? In 1953, BBC staff scriptwriter, Nigel Kneale, convinced the Beeb to let him write a SF/horror play to fill an empty Saturday night slot. It was a huge success, drawing a record audience, and inspired their competitors to make their own SF […]Read more "Quatermass II (1955)"
This post marks a particularly auspicious moment for me: it is my Five-Hundredth review since I began this site back in February 2016. It seemed an impossible goal back then, but somehow, it happened anyway! Thank you to all my readers, and to the many filmmakers and producers who have given me the opportunity to review […]Read more "Solaris [Solyaris] (1972)"