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 […]Read more "The Power (1968)"
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 […]Read more "Scanners (1981)"
Film — as an Avant Garde art form? That is essentially what the director, Marcel L’Herbier, is doing here. This film was made at the height of the Paris Avant Garde of the Twenties, with a handful of Marcel’s friends from the world of art providing the mise en scène — including Fernand Leger, René […]Read more "L’inhumaine [The Inhuman Woman] (1924)"
(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)"