Cabin fever Review and Opinion

2019/05/18

Cabin Fever (2002)
Director: Eli Roth

review by Eric Turowski

I was very excited to see this film, as the hype promised a gore-filled return to horror flicks of the 1970s and 1980s, a la George Romero, Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, et al. Five college students venture into a secluded woodland cabin to party. Sounds familiar, already, right?
   Bert (James

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Cantata-140 Review and Opinion

2019/05/17

Cantata-140
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

Looking over the list of Dick novels on the inside cover, I see that Cantata-140 was written the year of my birth, 1966. I realise also that I have actually read (and enjoyed) a lot of this prolific author's output - but I am always left with a slightly sour taste in

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Cape wrath by paul finch Review and Opinion

2019/05/16

Cape Wrath
Paul Finch
Telos paperback £8

review by Paul Higson

Prior to the turning of his attentions to feature-length fiction Paul Finch had careers in real policing and in the phoney constabulary, latterly as a regular contributor of scripts to television's The Bill, and the depiction

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Cats &, dogs Review and Opinion

2019/05/14

Cats & Dogs (2001)
Director: Lawrence Gutterman

review by Emma French

Funny and diverting, Cats & Dogs never quite lives up to the excellence of its high concept. Two species secretly battling for world supremacy via an ultra-sophisticated underground espionage network is a terrific pitch, and though there is plenty done with it, flaws in both

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The cell Review and Opinion

2019/05/13

The Cell (2000)
Director: Tarsem Singh

review by Jeff Young

Serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio) was raised and still lives in a world totally without love of any kind. We enter his subconscious via the familiar SF devices of virtual reality and brain-reading machinery to discover there's a timid young boy lost in the torture chambers and hellish

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Charlie's angels 2 Review and Opinion

2019/05/12

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Director: McG

review by Rob Marshall

A rogue agent is out to steal a pair of rings (a token Tolkien mcguffin), which provide the key to a secret Federal database of new identities created under the US witness protection programme. A top government official (well, Robert Forster on a big TV screen, at least) hires

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Changing planes by ursula le guin Review and Opinion

2019/05/11

Changing Planes
Ursula Le Guin
Gollancz hardcover £8.99

review by Peter Schilling

So there you are, stuck at the airport. Your flight is delayed, the arrivals and departures boards read like Klingon to your migraine blurred eyesight, the incomprehensibly accented reverb-static PA system assaults your

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Charmed Review and Opinion

2019/05/10

Charmed (1999)
created by Constance M. Burge

review by Phil Emery

Once upon a time there were three little girls... Aaron Spelling's latest TV offering, Charmed, stirs up yet again the urge to go all structuralist and point out the female trinities that thread through almost all Spelling's concepts. (Even The Love Boat, with its three couples

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Chasm city by alastair reynolds Review and Opinion

2019/05/09

Chasm City
Alastair Reynolds
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Tanner Mirabel is a mercenary from the war-torn planet of Sky's Edge on a mission of vengeance to make up for the death of the employer he failed. He follows aristocrat Argent Revich to Yellow Stone, a desolate planet

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Children of the corn Review and Opinion

2019/05/08

Children Of The Corn (1984)
Director: Fritz Kiersch

review by Jeff Young

As with Wes Craven's earnest Deadly Blessing (1981), this horror thriller - based on a short story by Stephen King - features murder and terrorism by a maniacal religious sect, with elemental supernatural mayhem in a rural setting. Unlike that earlier film, this one steals

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Childhood's end Review and Opinion

2019/05/07

Childhood's End
Arthur C. Clarke
Gollancz hardcover £14.99

review by Tony Lee

First published in 1953, this is rated by many as Clarke's finest work, and one of the very best SF novels ever. It certainly does explore many eternally popular genre themes - from humanity's first contact with extraterrestrials, to directed evolution, and the time-dilation

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Children of dune Review and Opinion

2019/05/06

Frank Herbert's Children Of Dune (2003)
Director: Greg Yaitanes

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel got something right. With all the recent controversy and hub-bub over the Battlestar Galactica miniseries, people may forget that Children Of Dune was also released this year. This sequel to Frank Herbert's

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Chimera Review and Opinion

2019/05/05

Chimera (1991)
Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark

review by Tony LeeSpoiler alert!While working in a busy NHS hospital, nurse Tracy Pickford gets a better job in a private fertility clinic. Travelling up from London to North Yorkshire, she's leaving behind boyfriend Peter Carson, a journalist heavily

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Chronicle Review and Opinion

2019/05/04

The Chronicle (2001-2)
Created by Silvio Horta

review by Michael Lohr

The Sci-Fi Channel's original series, The Chronicle (aka: News From The Edge), was a promising addition to their line-up with a talented cast, creative scripts and a unique spin on the tabloid world. Given the proper time to develop it might have proved to be solid show for

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Chronicles of riddick Review and Opinion

2019/05/03

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)
Writer and director: David Twohy

review by Amy Harlib

When emerging genre director/scripter David Twohy, maker of The Arrival (1996) and Below (2001), unleashed his SF-horror film Pitch Black, the modestly-budgeted, taut, science fiction tale

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Church Review and Opinion

2019/05/02

The Church (1988)
Director: Michele Soavi

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

Having worked as an actor with the likes of Lucio Fulci (Gates Of Hell) and as a second-assistant then first-assistant director with Dario Argento (Tenebrae as the former, Creepers as the latter), Milan-born Michele Soavi made his directorial début on the documentary

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City hunter Review and Opinion

2019/05/01

City Hunter (1992)
Director: Wong Jing

review by Steven Hampton

Hired to find a runaway heiress (Goto Kumiko, a former Miss Japan beauty) for a wealthy tabloid newspaper owner, private eye Ryu (Jackie Chan) traces the girl to a pleasure cruise ship, and is forced to stowaway in order to keep track of her...
   City Hunter is based on a popular

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Cleopatra 2525 Review and Opinion

2019/04/29

Cleopatra 2525 (2001)
Created by Robert Tapert and R.J. Stewart

review by Ian Shutter

Remember that classic science fictional song, 'In The Year 2525', by Zager & Evans? It was a number one hit back in 1969, so when the millennium arrived it was probably inevitable there would be something to revive its SF theme - but I doubt the songwriters could ever

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Coalescent Review and Opinion

2019/04/28

Coalescent: Destiny's Children - Book 1
Stephen Baxter
Gollancz hardcover £17.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Coalescent shows signs of a new departure for Stephen Baxter, integrating the present day with his grasp of long time scales. It combines George Poole's contemporary investigation of a family mystery with a story that begins 1600 years ago

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Collected stories of arthur c. clarke Review and Opinion

2019/04/27

The Collected Stories
Arthur C. Clarke
Gollancz paperback £9.99

review by Tony Lee

This huge volume brings together about 100 short stories from the vaults of the world's most famous living genre writer and, as such, it's a genuine historical document alluding to and commenting upon the phenomenal development and explosive growth of science fiction

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Collected stories by peter carey Review and Opinion

2019/04/26

Collected Stories
Peter Carey
Faber & Faber paperback £8.99

review by Debbie Moon

Booker Prize winner Peter Carey is not a name immediately associated with genre writing. But, judging from this collection, he's actually one of the finest genre writers at work today.
   The 27 stories in this volume cover a wide range of styles and settings, from

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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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Core Review and Opinion

2019/04/23

The Core (2003)
Director: Jim Amiel

review by Debbie Moon

On an ordinary day in an ordinary American city, dozens of people suddenly drop dead. Pigeons in Trafalgar Square start re-enacting Hitchcock. Crack NASA pilot Beck Childs finds herself landing the space shuttle hundreds of miles off course after the instrumentation fails.
   Madcap geophysicist

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Corsair by chris bunch Review and Opinion

2019/04/22

Corsair
Chris Bunch
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Paul Broome

Things don't begin too well with Chris Bunch's latest standalone fantasy pirate epic, Corsair. Within the first few pages we've already been exposed to two of the biggest clichés in the realm of fantasy fiction: first of all the main character's parents are killed by marauding nasty

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Cosmonaut keep by ken macleod Review and Opinion

2019/04/21

Cosmonaut Keep
Ken MacLeod
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Cosmonaut Keep is the first part of the Engines of Light trilogy and a new beginning for Ken MacLeod. In the first chapter it looks like a massive departure. This is set on Mingulay, a planet on the edge of the Second Sphere, one hundred light years from Nova Sol.

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Court of the midnight king Review and Opinion

2019/04/19

The Court Of The Midnight King
Freda Warrington
Pocket paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

This book retells the story of the Wars of the Roses (the English wars of succession between 1432 and 1485, not the film with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) with a touch of added mysticism, in the style of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists Of Avalon

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Cowl by Neal Asher Review and Opinion

2019/04/18

Cowl
Neal Asher
Tor hardcover £17.99

review by Christopher Geary

Polly is a young junkie and whore caught up in assassination and industrial espionage. Tack is a U-Gov hitman programmed to murder without hesitation or remorse. They are among thousands of innocent, and initially helpless, victims

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Crash Review and Opinion

2019/04/17

Crash (1999)
Director: David Cronenberg

review by Steven Hampton

Based on J.G. Ballard's cult novel, this is about a mixed group of accident victims who become obsessed with car crashes. Nominal leader, Vaughan (Elias Koteas, from Exotica and, bizarrely, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), goes so far as to recreate the fatal wrecks that killed

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Creepshow 2 Review and Opinion

2019/04/16

Creepshow 2 (1987)
Director: Michael Gornick

review by Ian Shutter

A horror story anthology based on tales by Stephen King, this sequel to George Romero's entertaining genre portmanteau took five years to get made, and has cameraman Michael Gornick at the helm, with Romero serving as screenwriter. It isn't as good as Creepshow, and it's not hard

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Creepshows Review and Opinion

2019/04/15

Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide
Stephen Jones
Titan paperback £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

The majority of Stephen King's works have been adapted, with variable success, for the big and small screens so it's about time that someone tackled this subject anew in book form. This comprehensive yet concise survey of cinema and

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Crescent city rhapsody Review and Opinion

2019/04/14

Crescent City Rhapsody
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Millennium paperback £6.99

review by Ceri Jordan

It would seem that our American cousins have inherited a good deal of that famed British 'stiff upper lip'. Over here, we're reduced to panic by petrol shortages or even heavy snow. But, faced with a series of electromagnetic pulses originating from outer space

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Crime studio by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2019/04/13

The Crime Studio
Steve Aylett
Orion paperback £6.99

review by Trent Walters

Looking for a good mystery? Keep looking - unless you consider a police chief, who consumes the donut evidence that had nothing to do with the crime, a mystery (Donut Theory). Looking for a space lark as good as

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Cubby house Review and Opinion

2019/04/11

Cubby House (2001)
Director: Murray Fahey

review by Denise Wayne

Australian terror can occasionally be exceptional and innovative but, sadly, this is not one of those rare cases. Following a prologue about child murders by drugged out hippies back in the 1960s, the film opens with a dodgy estate agent (played by Craig McLachlan from TV series, Bugs

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