The Puppet Masters: A Sci-Fi Thriller As Wooden As Its Alien Hosts

At face value, The Puppet Masters had a lot going for it. For starters, its source material was a well-regarded, influential novel. Donald Sutherland headlining your movie is never a bad thing. And its premise, while familiar, touched on themes that translate across time. Too bad none of these made The Puppet Masters a better […]

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V: The Sci-Fi Miniseries That Reminded Us It Could Happen Here

If you were a kid in the 1980s you probably remember the massive television event that was V. Originally, NBC aired the sci-fi story of seemingly benevolent aliens, or ‘Visitors’, taking over Earth on May 1 and 2 1983. When V lit up the ratings, NBC quickly commissioned a sequel, V: The Final Battle, which […]

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Body Snatchers: They Get You When You Sleep

When Jack Finney published his 1955 novel, The Body Snatchers, it touched a nerve. At the height of the McCarthy-era Communist witch-hunt, Finney’s story of emotionless aliens posing as family, friends, and neighbours was a powerful political allegory. Since its publication The Body Snatchers has inspired several film adaptations. Most critics consider Don Siegel’s 1956 […]

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Species: A 90’s Reminder That Alien and Human DNA Don’t Mix

Welcome to another addition of It Came From the 90’s. The year was 1995 – horror game-changer, Scream, was still a year away. On one hand, the year produced a few cult classics-in-the-making including Demon Knight and Tales from the Hood. But 1995 also disappointed with poor follow-ups like Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers […]

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Virus: Derivative Story-Telling … You Are Virus

Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Odds are that every big name actor or actress has one movie to their credit they’d wish away. George Clooney has Return to Horror High. Jennifer Aniston has Leprechaun. And Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger have Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. As one of horror’s favourite ‘Scream Queens’, […]

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Paranoia and Pods: Invasion of the Body Snatchers A Genre Classic

Contrary to popular opinion, Hollywood has been remaking movies for decades. Even Charlton Heston’s 1959 classic, Ben-Hur was a remake of a 1925 movie. Another case in point – 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. To date, Hollywood has adapted Jack Finney’s novel, The Body Snatchers, four times. In fact, director Don Siegel first adapted […]

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The Thing: Thawing Critical Reception After Over 30 Years

In 1982, upon its initial release on June 25, John Carpenter’s The Thing underwhelmed at the box office. It was met with with either indifference or derision from film critics. Today, The Thing is considered a classic in the horror genre and among the best works of Carpenter. What a difference a few decades make. With the […]

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