I’ve been looking for this one for a long time. Robert Holmes was one of the greatest — if not the greatest — writer who worked on Doctor Who. He was script editor during the classic Phillip Hinchcliffe era and wrote some of the series best episodes, including Carnival of Monsters, Pyramids of Mars, The […]Read more "The Nightmare Man (1981)"
There have been quite a few interesting genre films coming out of Korea over the last decade or so, including a few truly incredible films like The Host [Gwoemul] and the wacky revisionist Western, The Good, the Bad and The Weird. While they often borrow a bit from Western or Japanese film, they do so with a […]Read more "Manyeo [The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion] (2018)"
“Realism is a form of hypocrisy. We are telling stories that take place in simulated worlds. Genre films like scifi, fantasy or horror are just more honest about that.” “I wanted to make A LIVING DOG not only because I love genre films and independent films but also because I admire silent movies and the […]Read more "A Living Dog (2019)"
[Also referred to — inaccurately (even if it is in bigger type on the DVD cases and posters and advertised that way on Amazon) — by its tagline, Live, Die, Repeat] Tom Cruise isn’t normally a star one associates with science fiction film, so it is remarkable, to say the least, that he made two […]Read more "Edge of Tomorrow (2014)"
(aka Blood Type: Blue, UFO Blue Christmas, The Blue Stigma) This one really isn’t what it appears to be. After all, when one hears about a Toho film about Flying Saucers, one more or less assumes that it’s going to be one of their many special effects laden Tokusatsu films. Even the knowledge that it’s […]Read more "Burû Kurisumasu [Blue Christmas] (1978)"
What was it? A meteorite that fell to earth? Or a visitation from outer space? Whatever it was, there appeared in our small land a miracle of miracles—the ZONE. We sent in troops. None returned. Then we surrounded the zone with police cordons… We did right… Although I’m not sure… The quote above is not […]Read more "Annihilation (2018)"
(aka Lea, an Angel in the House) “Science sans conscience n’est que ruine de l’ame” (Science without conscience is the death of the soul.) — François Rabelais During the few odd moments when we have an Amazon Prime free trial, I like to explore the free SF and fantasy films they offer. Here and there, among […]Read more "Lea: Light Engineering Android [Léa, un ange dans ma maison] (2014)"
This one has been compared to District 9, although I suspect that is because both were made in South Africa, and that there is, admittedly, a similarly gritty quality to both films (although, in many respects, it reminds me a bit more of Skyline). A soldier wakes up in a jail cell, with no memory […]Read more "Revolt (2017)"
Not long ago I reviewed a movie directed by Stargate Atlantis Alumnus David Hewlett. This time, it’s a film directed by former Doctor Who companion Noel Clarke. Somehow a lot of actors who’ve done extensive work in the world of SF seem drawn to the genre and end up writing, directing or producing more SF. […]Read more "The Anomaly (2014)"