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You think Star Wars ruined the possibility for "legitimate science fiction" to appear on the big screen? Darren Slade suggests that you think again.
Darren Slade was drawn in by Star Trek's physical universe, but stayed for the ideas.
Thirty-four years ago, Steven Spielberg created the just-about perfect family movie in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. So his reunion with that film’s screenwriter, Melissa Mathison,...
Darren Slade has come late to the Avatar party, and has mixed feelings about what he found there.
It used to be that if a genre movie didn't make sense to you on some level, you might just turn to someone afterwards and...
The legacy of Cushing, Lee and Price
DC characters ought to generate more compelling stories, but...
Inevitably, almost everything “predicted” in movies set in the near future doesn’t happen.
Those of us who like genre tales know that the boldest and most intelligent story-tellers often deal in SF and fantasy. In Hollywood today, many of them also work in animation.
There's something almost religious about this phenomenon – the knowledge that there was a select group of disciples to whom the truth had been revealed.
Great genre films of the past were not part of a franchise strategy.
British fans get to go first this time. That wasn't so back in 1977.
Why has the home of Shelley, Stoker & Stevenson forsaken Halloween?
It is a pleasure to report that I thought the first story of the new series was the best Doctor Who I have seen in a long time
Getting tired of superhero films? Don't go to sleep before you see Ant-Man
The most satisfying films are often the ones which take us to a point where we can see no need for a sequel.
Maybe it should be the goal of mainstream literary editors to find at least one genre novel a week that deserves a lengthy review
Sometimes the medium the message is delivered through can drastically alter the experience.
The premise might be a shameless re-hash of the American classic Cat People, but the 1957 film Cat Girl can claim to be an under-appreciated landmark in genre cinema,...
What did "real" fans think of Star Wars in an era "a long time ago..."?
Here's why Close Encounters of the Third KInd will never be a classic.
For around a decade, the only consistent rival to the supremacy of Hammer Films in the genre was Amicus, best-known for its seven ‘portmanteau’ stories of short horror stories
It's time to take a chill pill when it comes to Episode VII
I think Doctor Who's show-runner Steven Moffat is not quite managing to pull off one of the very tricky tasks facing a Who writer in the 21st century, which is this: How do you make the Doctor's companion strong, interesting and driven without overshadowing the Time Lord himself?
From cultural outcasts to cultural icons in one successful TV series?
Star Wars inspired a generation: John White started drawing the movie 37 years ago....
The Planet of the Apes franchise was once our biggest and brightest, until a little film called Star Wars came along.
Good horror needs convincing actors. Hammer Films delivered.
1978's Superman movie got the tone right.
Science fiction has inspired plenty of mockery over the years. I'm sure we've all seen countless sketches parodying Star Trek, for example. But real science fiction comedy – comedy that takes an SF premise and mines it for laughs – is hardly ever seen on screen or, indeed, on radio.