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: The Revenge Thriller Gets a Gets a Software Update

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 budget earlier in April (Box Office Mojo, nd). Later this year Blumhouse still has the latest Halloween sequel […]

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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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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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Annihilation: A Challenging Science-Fiction Classic

For whatever reason, Annihilation was a film that slipped completely under my radar. I have never read Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy upon which the film was based. To be honest, I hadn’t even seen the trailers or any promotional materials. I went into the theater this past weekend with no expectations. The only thing I knew before […]

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The Cloverfield Paradox: Netflix Fumbles a Franchise

Super Bowl LII turned out to be an exciting, surprising affair. The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off the upset and the Han Solo teaser trailer finally debuted. To top it off, Netflix shocked film nerds by debuting the The Cloverfield Paradox immediately following the game. The Cloverfield Paradox was originally intended for a theatrical release later in March. […]

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