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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Critters: A Fun Bite of B-Monster Movie Nostalgia

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 […]

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Psycho Goreman: The R-Rated Family Horror Movie You Never Knew You Needed

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 […]

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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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Horror Franchises: Ten of the Best Movie Series in the Genre

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 […]

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Assimilate ‘Clones’ Better Sci-Fi Thrillers For Netflix

Since Jack Finney published his science fiction novel, The Body Snatchers in 1954, Hollywood has adapted it, in one way or another, several times. To date, four direct adaptations have been produced between 1956 and 2007. Don Siegel’s 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the 1978 remake are considered science-fiction classics. Moreover, Finney’s themes […]

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Beware of The Blob: Sixty Years Later

Audiences love a good creature feature. Whether it’s just regular sharks, aliens, or over-sized insects, we can’t get enough of big monsters destroying famous landmarks. Sixty years ago, teens crowded drive-in theaters to see one of Hollywood’s best creature-features – The Blob. It’s the perfect midnight movie and a testament to a way of film-making […]

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Haven’t Seen Predator?: You’re In A World of Hurt

On this day, in 1987, 20th Century Fox released the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Predator. Little did film-goers at the time know but Predator was much more than just another Schwarzenegger vehicle. One of the best mixes of action, horror, and science fiction genres, Predator is widely regarded today as a classic from the decade. Time, a mixed […]

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