July 22, 2022.Reading time 8 minutes.
Finally. One of the most anticipated movies of 2022 has arrived in theatres. When your first movie secures an Oscar nomination, expectations tend to trend pretty high. Fortunately, Jordan Peele proved he was no one-hit wonder with his follow-up, Us. Both of Peele’s directorial efforts showed a filmmaker willing to take creative risks while simultaneously […]
July 17, 2022.Reading time 11 minutes.
Flyer saucers. Little green men. UFOs. From the early pulp adventures of Flash Gordon to the famous Orson Welles Halloween radio broadcast of War of the Worlds to Area 51, there’s a longstanding cultural fascination with aliens. In the 1950s, Hollywood cranked out alien invasion movies like The Thing From Another World, The Blob, It […]
March 11, 2022.Reading time 7 minutes.
With the current state of the world, escapist fare doesn’t sound like a bad idea. And what’s more escapist than a movie about aliens. Now for the second time in recent weeks, a new horror movie finds inspiration from past sci-fi horror classics, like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing. While The Changed […]
May 6, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
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 […]
April 14, 2021.Reading time 6 minutes.
No, they’re not Gremlins. Different movie. These are Critters … similar concept, different monsters. While Gremlins occupies a warm spot in movie fans’ hearts, Critters is a bit more niche. Even if director Stephen Herek intended no overlap – and the movies are in fact quite different – it’s not hard to see why some […]
April 11, 2021.Reading time 7 minutes.
Imagine if The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was an R-rated movie that was intentionally funny. Turning a children’s television show into a morbidly funny horror movie has plenty of potential. It almost worked in the hit-and-miss The Banana Splits Movie a few years ago. Though it’s not really a horror update of Power Rangers, Psycho […]
March 24, 2021.Reading time 8 minutes.
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 […]
April 30, 2020.Reading time 24 minutes.
They’re a Hollywood staple. Call them franchises or, the more en vogue term, ‘shared universes’. If you don’t have one, you want one. Already have one – develop more of them. Aside from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros has their DC Extended Universe and the MonsterVerse. But the horror genre has always had franchises […]