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Why Won’t Hollywood Make War of the Worlds Victorian?

Last night, I was watching George Pal’s 1953 version of War of the Worlds. Like nearly everyone, I have always loved this film, and can remember the loathsome horror I felt when, at the age of five, I watched it…

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Star Wars Home Theater

Obsessive sci-fi home decoration is nothing new. After all, with the curtains properly drawn, your home is the only place short of a convention center where you can wander around in your Ensign uniform and not attract shifty stares…

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Horror Surfer: The Signal, The Happening, and The Big Freaking Monster

Free screening of The Signal.  Click here for details. John Leguizamo joins the cast of The Happening.  "Holy toledo, that’s a big freaking monster!"…

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Final Destination 3 is Important!

While some of us are slurping up poutine in the Great White North, the rest of us are baking in the humidity factory men call Gotham.  No better place to cool down than the theater, and no cooler theater…

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The 10 Most Miserable Performances in Film History

In Annie Hall, Woody Allen famously distinguished between the ‘horrible’ and the ‘miserable,’ but in the case of this top ten countdown, forget about the ‘horrible’ as we concentrate on the ‘miserable’ defined as ‘wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable; habitually morose;…

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Classic Sci-Fi Films As Atari Games

In the 80’s, video gaming was rife with terrible games based on movie licenses, and, well, nothing’s changed since then. But as an 80’s kid I can say with authority that we loved every crappy cash-in. For example, consider…

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Free Issues of F&SF To Bloggers

I have to give credit to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction: while they’re not quite embracing the web, they are making the first faltering steps in trying. A few weeks ago, I criticized them for not going far…

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Cyberman Radio For TARDIS Showers

For the man who has everything: a decapitated Cyberman head to perch in your shower’s soap dish. It is perhaps not the geekiest accouterment for a science-fiction nerd’s bathroom. I once had a friend who redid his shower in the…

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Fantasia: The Last Winter is Frighteningly Real

Monday turned out to be a day light on horror for me at Fantasia, despite the world premiere of Jean Rollin’s new film (with the director in attendance), which I did not attend simply because it was playing without…

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The Untouchables: An Instant Classic

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since The Untouchables became a hot, hit movie starring Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness, Sean Connery as Jim Malone and Robert DeNiro as Al Capone. (What a dream cast it…

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