The Power (1968)

This was one of George Pal’s last SF films, and opinion is greatly divided on it.  I am in the camp that thinks it is a minor classic. It was one of the first — or perhaps the first —  of that now familiar subgenre, the paranoid thriller about rogue telepaths.  One of the scientists […]

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Scanners (1981)

This is a movie that gained instant notoriety for a single moment. I refer, of course, to that infamous scene where, as a result of an attack by a powerful telepath, or “Scanner”, a man’s head explodes in a gory spray of blood and flesh. Which is somewhat ironic as that only happens once, even […]

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Quatermass 2 (1957)

(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 […]

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Fiend Without a Face (1958)

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 […]

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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

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, […]

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