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Atlantis Review and Opinion

2019/06/28

Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)
Directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

review by Michael Lohr

Although this movie was utterly pounded by Shrek at the box office, it is still a wonderfully entertaining movie that both children and adults will enjoy. Atlantis: The Lost Empire uses mainly traditional animation in its production, but does

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Atlantis, 1990 Review and Opinion

2017/10/13

Atlantis (1990)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Heck and a half! The Italians provided Michael J. Murphy with the example that convincing costumes, sets and effects weren't essential to a film sale. So busy had Murphy been in the 1980s that, come the end of the decade, perhaps

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Riverworld Review and Opinion

2018/05/17

Riverworld (2002)
Producers: Janine Dickins, Mary Kahn

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel has set about the task of adapting Philip José Farmer's Hugo Award winning novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go into movie format and possibly a television series. A daunting task indeed, but after watching the two-hour movie, it is a challenge that

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Third black book of horror Review and Opinion

2016/05/04

The Third Black Book Of Horror
editor: Charles Black
Mortbury paperback £7.50

review by Mario Guslandi

Charles Black, the man who single-handed is re-launching the horror anthology in the UK (and whom some critics are already calling 'the new Herbert Van Thal'), presents us with

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Power girl Review and Opinion

2015/08/13

Power Girl
Paul Levitz, Geoff Johns, and others
Titan graphic novel £7.99

review by J.C. Hartley

The blurb on the back of this book asks, "Who is Power Girl? ... Superman's cousin? ... Granddaughter of an ancient Atlantean sorcerer? ... Pawn in a game of cosmic chess?" My wife suggested there was another question that might be posed about the super

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Land's end, labrador Review and Opinion

2015/10/22

Land's End - Labrador
John Russell Fearn
Battered Silicon Dispatch Box paperback $15.95

review by Andrew Darlington

In 2000 AD, Judge Dredd's Megacity One is linked by tunnel beneath the toxic 'Black Atlantic' to Europe. A decade earlier, Harry Harrison had already engineered his own undersea link between the continents when he wrote A TransAtlantic

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Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne Review and Opinion

2015/11/02

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth
Jules Verne
Penguin paperback

review by Andrew Darlington

Did Jules Verne invent science fiction? Perhaps, but there are other contenders, as far back as Mary Shelley... What Verne did do was seize upon the era's taste for mechanical miracles, social progress and limitless optimism, opening up the world, and the places

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Avalon 1988 Review and Opinion

2017/10/10

Avalon (1988)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Have to admit, sword, sandal and sorcery fare never really excited me, what with all those clean conditioned locks, anachronistic fabrics (polyester tunics, anyone?), cagey dialogue, unacceptably bad optical effects and face muck

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Book programme: dennis wheatley Review and Opinion

2017/05/29

The Book Programme: Dennis Wheatley
- A Letter To Posterity (2005)

review by Andrew Darlington

As a human being, Dennis Wheatley was a fake. A fluent chancer, a self-promoting story spinner in slicked-back hair and a foppishly camp, velvet bow tie... and also an advocate of a hideous and repellent elitism. Although now neglected and seldom read

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Death run Review and Opinion

2017/06/30

Death Run (1987)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson
Spoiler Alert!"Dear Sir,
Thank you for your interesting and informative magazine. I particularly appreciated your 'Best of '86'

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Essential fantastic four Review and Opinion

2019/02/08

The Essential Fantastic Four Volumes 1 and 2
Stan Lee
Marvel Comics paperback £11.99 each

review by Patrick Hudson

In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics launched a series of titles that changed the face of the superhero genre. Before then Marvel - a venerable member of the funny book trade with roots in the post-pulp, pre-Superman four-colour books

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Thir13en ghosts Review and Opinion

2019/08/07

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Thomas Cropper

Looking at Thir13en Ghosts there is no mistaking what you're gonna get. There will be screaming, there will be ghosts (13 at the very least) and there will be girls in tight tops running down corridors and screaming. (I mention this because in movies of this genre you should

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13th warrior Review and Opinion

2019/08/06

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Ian Shutter

Ever since the mega-hit of Jurassic Park ensured every preteen kid wanted a cuddly dinosaur for Christmas, Hollywood's profit-hungry moguls have been falling over themselves to option Michael Crichton's older novels for the big screen. This tenth century tale of an Arab living

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One more for the road by ray bradbury Review and Opinion

2019/08/05

One More For The Road
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Ray Bradbury's name conjures recollections of greatness in the average science fiction reader. He is the author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, principally, and of a great deal of other work as well, much of it short stories. However, very

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One million years bc Review and Opinion

2019/08/04

One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Director: Don Chaffey

review by Ian Shutter

A British remake of Hal Roach's 1939 classic One Million BC, this prehistoric adventure was produced by Michael Carreras for Hammer and it became the studios' biggest ever success, making an international sex symbol of its star, Raquel Welch.
   The story of primitive

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2001: a space odyssey Review and Opinion

2019/08/03

2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Christopher Geary

A handy special edition in hardback format, this timely reprint of the novel that evolved alongside the screenplay of Kubrick's classic, is likely to have become a collectors item already. In addition to the diversive main text's variations on the film's narrative

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28 days later Review and Opinion

2019/08/01

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle

review by Paul Higson

Whilst Dog Soldiers and My Little Eye (both 2002) were winners, the former did load both barrels of the shotgun with cartridges of comedy and horror

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4 sided triangle Review and Opinion

2019/07/30

Four Sided Triangle (1953)
Director: Terence Fisher

review by Tony Lee

Speculative SF (predating The Fly, 1958) in which scientist Bill (Stephen Murray) and old friend Robin (John Van Eyssen) build a homemade reproducer machine that can duplicate an object (a watch chain, a signed cheque) in

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6th day Review and Opinion

2019/07/29

The 6th Day (2000)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode

review by Steven Hampton

Here you get two copies of 'der Arnold' for the price of one, as a sinister tycoon clones Schwarzenegger - to mask his own illegal carbon copy resurrection after being assassinated.
   A helicopter pilot is shocked and disturbed to find an identical 'twin' has taken his place

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8 mm Review and Opinion

2019/07/28

8MM Eight Millimeter (1999)
Director: Joel Schumacher

review by Steven Hampton

A rich widow discovers a reel of Super-8 millimetre film in her late husband's safe at home. The footage appears to be an authentic 'snuff movie'. Wary of this traceable evidence of a serious crime, she hires a reputable private investigator, Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), and

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Abominable snowman Review and Opinion

2019/07/27

The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Director: Val Guest

review by Steven Hampton

Another DVD release from Anchor Bay's 'Hammer Collection' that's certainly an uncharacteristic offering from the famous British studio's heyday. A monster hunt set in high Himalayan mountain valleys instead of their favourite locale - a European castle, and very much happening

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Affinity trap Review and Opinion

2019/07/25

The Affinity Trap
Martin Sketchley
Simon and Schuster paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

In a future of colonisation and contact with alien races, Earth has become a major player, throwing its weight around to prevent interstellar conflicts that might be bad for trade. To stabilise a potential flashpoint, tyrannous General Myson plans to father

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Airwolf Review and Opinion

2019/07/24

Airwolf (1984)
Director: Donald Bellisario

review by Mark J. Cairns

Airwolf was a futuristic action adventure from the mid-1980s about a sleek, awesome, Mach 1+ chopper that could 'kick butt' (via 14 firepower options), and its loner, cello-playing, hotshot pilot, Stringfellow Hawke (played perfectly by Hollywood hellraiser, Jan-Michael Vincent

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Akira Review and Opinion

2019/07/23

Akira (1988)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

review by Porl Broome

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is a classic of the modern-cinema. When I say that I don't mean it's a classic amongst other animated films, I mean it's a classic amongst all films, be they animated, or live action. The plot is huge, the storyline is intricate, the characters are complex, and

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Alien hunter Review and Opinion

2019/07/21

Alien Hunter (2003)
Director: Ron Krauss

review by Rob MarshallSpoiler alert!Julian Rome is a languages teacher and former cryptologist. He receives a call from NASA for help, after a GM research project in Antarctica detects signals coming from an object buried in the ice. Flying south through a blizzard

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All tomorrow's parties by william gibson Review and Opinion

2019/07/20

All Tomorrow's Parties
William Gibson
Penguin paperback £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

All Tomorrow's Parties concludes the popular trilogy that includes Virtual Light (1993) and Idoru (1996) - set towards the close of the 21st century. As much character-driven as plot-driven, the story focuses on the approach of what celebrated, American

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Alsiso project Review and Opinion

2019/07/17

The Alsiso Project
editor: Andrew Hook
Elastic Press paperback £6

review by Christopher Geary

An anthology with a difference, this intriguingly titled volume is not centred on a single genre trope or particular theme, it's a bundle of short fiction that's all inspired by a typo! Yes, the nonsense-word 'alsiso' (attributed to Marion Arnott), is used

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Altered carbon by richard morgan Review and Opinion

2019/07/15

Altered Carbon
Richard Morgan
Gollancz paperback £10.99

review by Christopher Geary

Richard Morgan's debut SF novel is a genre-breaking, hardboiled noir murder mystery, with body-swap identity crises and plenty of ingenious gadgetry that's used, and abused, in the service of mass slaughter and cyberpunk adventure.
   Takeshi Kovacs was an agent

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Amelie Review and Opinion

2019/07/14

Amélie (2001)
Director: Jean Pierre Jeunet

review by Thomas Cropper

This film came a year late when all is said and done, because it was last year when the Oscars were in the 'lets be nice to foreigners' mode, whereas this year they were closer to 'lets pretend we're all not racists.' As a result, the 'black Oscars' were to make a criminal oversight

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Ancient track Review and Opinion

2019/07/13

The Ancient Track: The Complete Poetical Works Of H.P. Lovecraft
editor: S.T. Joshi
Night Shade paperback $20

review by Steve Sneyd

Today, the 'cosmic horror' writer H.P. Lovecraft is the ultimate cult figure, acclaimed as the most read American writer of the first half of the 20th century, his Cthulhu Mythos of humanity as hapless prey to incomprehensible

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Andromeda Review and Opinion

2019/07/12

Andromeda (2000)
Sky One, Mondays, 8pm

review by Ceri Jordan

There's a story in one of the Dark Terrors anthologies about a studio that holds its most famous writer to his contract until he produces a final hit show - even though he died decades ago. You can't help wondering if Gene Roddenberry's contract read like that. And alas, judging by

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