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DOs and DON’Ts of Horror: Movie Posters

We launch our Horror Do’s and Horror Don’ts feature with a comparison of two classic posters. Let’s say your goal is to create an image to promote a film in which two famous killers do battle.  How should you go…

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More Details on Farscape Webisodes

A week ago, The Sci Fi Channel announced that a series of Farscape mini-episodes would be released on the web. The news delighted me: I began slapping my hands together like an excited seal. Now there’s some more news on…

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The Jetpack: Fact Vs. Fiction in Sci-Fi Fashion

Fiction: The ubiquitous sci-fi jetpack. Pictured here, the jetpack of the Rocketeer. Strapped to his back and filled with explosive rocket fuel, the Rocketeer’s bronze, flame-belching jetpack allowed him to sub-sonically hurdle over the skyline of 1938 Los Angeles,…

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Classic Or Crap? YouTube Potter/Phoenix Parodies

Oh, you muggles.  Judging from the many Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix parodies on YouTube, everyone wants to be a director.  Or, everyone wants to be Harry Potter.  Or both.  I mean, wouldn’t you want to…

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Creepy Covers

I have to agree with Todd’s post about the superior effectiveness of monsters who are mad at each other on their movie posters, rather than chummy and convivial. In a world where so much Entertainment Weekly-style quasi-insider information floats around,…

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D’Oh! Simpsons Movie A Future Classic?

When The Simpsons Movie opens this weekend, I’ll be so there.  As I chomp Starburst fruit chews while I sit in the theater, I’ll be wondering, is Matt Groening’s big screen creation a future classic?  Groening and his cohorts…

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Frank R. Paul, The Father of Modern SF Illustration

One of my pet passions is early pulp science-fiction magazine covers. There’s just something so exhilarating about the garish splash of four color on glossy paper. The splendid scenes pulp covers reveal — tentacles aliens advancing upon platinum blondes,…

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Romero and Gordon at Toronto Midnight Madness

Why George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead is premiering in the Midnight Madness slot (programmed by Colin Geddis) in early September and not in the central programming is a question worth asking. Diary is about a group of…

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Shivers! John Saul’s The Devil’s Labyrinth

Yesterday, John Saul’s hot, new horror novel, The Devil’s Labyrinth, came to me by messenger.  From the first chapter (in which little kids bury a dead iguana only to find, well, a surprise), Saul slowly and masterfully builds a…

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School Shooting Scene in Terminator TV Pilot To Be Cut

During the Television Critics Association Press Tour on Monday, Josh Friedman — Executive Producer of The Sarah Connor Chronicles — announced that the opening scene of the pilot episode would be rewritten and reshot in the wake of the…

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