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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Color Out of Space: Lovecraftian Horror Goes ‘Full Cage’

After years away from feature narrative film-making, director Richard Stanley is back in a big way. Stanley’s early eclectic work included bizarro cult classics Hardware and Dust Devil. Sadly, film-goers most likely recall Stanley from his very brief work on the disastrous The Island of Dr Moreau. New Line Cinema notoriously fired Stanley just days […]

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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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Planet of the Apes: Take Your Stinkin’ Paws Off My Franchise

Before George Lucas introduced the world to Star Wars, there was the Planet of the Apes franchise An iconic twist, ground-breaking special effects, and deeper philosophical questions all made Planet of the Apes a highly successful series. In the 1970s and 1980s, all five movies regularly turned up on television marathons. Based on Pierre Boulle’s […]

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Stranger Things Welcomes You Back to Hawkins for Season 3

The Duffer Brothers made us wait a long time. Almost two years. But good things come to those who wait. And Season 3 of Stranger Things was definitely worth the wait. Netflix debuted its original sci-fi horror series in the summer of 2016. Almost instantly, the 80s-centric show became a pop culture sensation, inspiring a […]

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Await Further Instructions: An Uninspired Twilight Zone Episode

British science fiction-horror hybrid Await Further Instructions has finally arrived on Netflix. To date, I’ve seen no marketing materials outside of a handful of trailers. Nonetheless, the British sci-fi thriller promises to mix Black Mirror ideas with the familiar narrative of a handful of survivors trapped and pitted against one another in a confined space. […]

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Empathy, Inc: A Tense Tech Noir Thriller

Empathy, Inc marks the second collaboration between director Yedidya Gorsetman, writer Mark Leidner, and producer Josh Itzkowitz. It’s a clever ‘tech noir’ thriller that blends elements of science fiction, psychological thriller, and film noir. The film made its east coast premiere earlier tonight at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to […]

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Upgrade: Revenge Gets An ‘Upgrade’ in Clever Action-Thriller

Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but in Hollywood, it’s a dish best re-heated and re-served. Jason Blum continues to tighten his grasp over the horror corner of the box office in 2018. While Truth or Dare received tepid reviews, it still grossed just north of $40 million on a tiny $3.5 million production […]

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Event Horizon: A Criminally Under-Appreciated Gem

Everyone has that movie that they absolutely love, only to be shocked when they discover that critics hated it. Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon is that movie for me. Released on August 15, 1997, critics generally hated this sci-fi/horror film. Audiences just collectively shrugged their shoulders – it was a box office dud. But I’m […]

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Tau On Netflix: Can Alexa Give It a Better Script

Science fiction and horror films have a long tradition of exploiting our fears about technology. In spite of our use and reliance on technology, we have such little understanding of how it works. With Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, we’ve witnessed significant advancements in Artificial Intelligence. We’re not quite at Skynet yet, but I still […]

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