Scifi books reviews

Beyond re-animator Review and Opinion

2019/06/12

Beyond Re-Animator (2002)
Director: Brian Yuzna

review by Tom Matic

The Re-Animator sequence appears to be following the pattern of the Hammer Frankenstein films, with the coldly amoral antihero (Jeffrey Combs' Herbert West and Peter Cushing's Frankenstein) recruiting a naïve new acolyte

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Re-animator 2 Review and Opinion

2019/05/31

Bride Of Re-Animator (1990)
Director: Brian Yuzna

review by Ian Shutter

Bride Of Re-Animator (aka: Re-Animator 2) is a wickedly amusing sequel. Brian Yuzna, the producer of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator, pulls double duty here producing and directing, and follows his successful

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Re-animator Review and Opinion

2018/06/07

Re-Animator (1985)
Director: Stuart Gordon

review by Jeff Young

"You once did me a favour by letting me into your medical school... Welcome back to life!" This is classic low-budget comedy horror with tongue-in-cheek perversity and one of the great splatter finales, based on stories by H.P. Lovecraft.
   Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs, lately a malicious

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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.
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Junk Review and Opinion

2018/10/22

Junk: Dead Evil Hunting (1999)
Director: Atsushi Muroga

review by Jeff Young

Three masked men pull off a jewellery shop heist and flee the scene in a getaway van driven by the girlfriend of one of the gangsters. The successful thieves plan to meet with some Yakuza guys, to fence the swag, at an old disused factory site. Of course, that's where the US

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Complete lovecraft filmography Review and Opinion

2019/04/25

The Complete Lovecraft Filmography
Charles P. Mitchell
Greenwood hardcover £62.50

review by Tony Lee

Author Charles Mitchell tackles a subject long overdue for serious study, and the result is this fine companion volume to the recently published An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia by S.T. Joshi

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Starship troopers 2 Review and Opinion

2018/03/18

Starship Troopers 2: Hero Of The Federation (2003)
Director: Phil Tippett

review by Steven Hampton

This belated sequel to Paul Verhoeven's brilliant sci-fi satire of 1997 is the directorial debut of special effects' animator Phil Tippett, the creator of memorable visuals for The Empire Strikes Back (1980), RoboCop (1987), Jurassic Park

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Dagon Review and Opinion

2019/04/08

Dagon (2001)
Director: Stuart Gordon

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

When Stuart Gordon made Re-Animator, he selected the ideal candidate for his style of gore and humour driven storytelling. As a result, even Lovecraft purists (myself included) found the proceedings perfectly reflected the overall

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Call of cthulhu Review and Opinion

2017/08/31

Call Of Cthulhu (2005)
Director: Andrew Leman

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Lovecraft's had something of an uneven history when it comes to movie adaptations of his work. Despite being credited as a writer on almost 60 films, with the exceptions of 2001's cruelly overlooked Dagon, and 1985's

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Thunder cops Review and Opinion

2018/02/13

Thunder Cops (1987)
Director: Lui Chan Wai

review by Richard Bowden

Thunder Cops (aka: Meng Gui da Sha, Operation Pink Squad Part 2) is a frenetic horror farce, on the edge of genre expectations for western audiences. It's a film characteristic of cut-rate Hong Kong exploitation cinema, where wacky comedy and slapstick farce frequently

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Frank book by jim woodring Review and Opinion

2019/01/03

The Frank Book
Jim Woodring
Fantagraphic hardcover $39.95

review by Amy Harlib

I am very excited to share information about and my opinions of The Frank Book a showcase for the astonishing work of Jim Woodring, an award-winning American cartoonist (with animation experience). Here he gets all the adventures of one of his well-known and most

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Mind game Review and Opinion

2016/12/12

Mind Game (2005)
Director: Masaaki Yuasa

review by Amy Harlib

The 2005 New York Asian Film Festival, 17 June to 2 July, offered a special treat: the international premiere of a new animated Japanese feature from the prominent, up and coming, independent Studio 4 degrees C (boasting the recent Steamboy and

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Brother bear Review and Opinion

2017/09/09

Brother Bear (2003)
Directors: Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker

review by Amy Harlib

Two experienced animation supervisors, Aaron Blaise and Robert Walker, team up to make their co-directorial debut for the Disney Studios' latest animated feature and they go for bear (pun intended) in a charmer that proves that there's still life left in the Mouse House

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Negadon attacks Review and Opinion

2016/11/25

Negadon Attacks (2006)
- three animated odysseys from Japan

review by Amy Harlib

A New York-based media company, Central Park Media, that imports Japanese manga (comics) and anime (DVDs) for sale in the USA, arranged for limited theatrical distribution for a 90-minute presentation of a trio of its best offerings under the title 'Negadon Attacks: three

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Blood junkies Review and Opinion

2017/09/17

Blood Junkies (1999)
Director: Bruce Naughton

review by Paul Higson

Bruce Naughton's Blood Junkies has built up a short-stack good reputation since its completion but has yet to make it into general circulation. To see the film is to spell out the reasons for its obscurity. It has clearly had a problematic production history as evidenced by variations

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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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Black scorpion Review and Opinion

2017/09/23

Black Scorpion (1995/ 6/ 9)
Creator: Craig J. Nevius

review by Ian Shutter
Spoiler Alert!It all began in 1995 with Joan Severance (Bird On A Wire, Lake Consequence, Angel Of Desire, Hard Evidence, The Last Seduction 2), director Jonathan Winfrey, and legendary producer

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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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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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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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