10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System

10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System

10 Films Set Beyond Our Solar System first published by BFI, 15 Dec 2022 Includes capsules of: Forbidden Planet, Planet of the Vampires, Solaris, Fantastic Planet, Dark Star, Star Wars, Flash Gordon, Dune (1984), Alien 3, Hard To Be A God In James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), tiny islands float over the jungle moon Pandora, sending…

13 Great Horror Films

13 Great Horror Films from 1922 to 2022

My 13 contributions to A Great Horror From Every Year from 1922, first published by BFI, 28 October 2022 Includes capsules of: Nosferatu, The White Reindeer, Carnival of Souls, Onibaba, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Possession, Re-Animator, Cronos, Cure, A Tale of Two Sisters, Rec, Let The Right One In, Berberian Sound Studio  Nosferatu (1922)…

LFF Cult 2022

Primal scenes and personal perspectives: LFF Cult 2022

Primal scenes and personal perspectives: LFF Cult 2022 first published by BFI Includes capsules of: You Won’t Be Alone, The Origin (retitled Out of Darkness), Attachment, The Kingdom Exodus, New Normal, Linoleum A film’s cult status is normally defined by a peculiar kind of audience reception (repeat viewings, fanatical audiences) that has been acquired over…

10 Traumatic Treats from FrightFest 2022

10 Traumatic Treats from FrightFest 2022

10 Traumatic Treats from FrightFest 2022 first published by BFI, 23 Aug 2022 Includes capsules of: The Last Client, Sissy, New Religion, Control, Cerebrum, Hypochondriac, A Wounded Fawn, The Ones You Didn’t Burn, The Leech, The Harbinger Now, perhaps more than ever, we live in traumatic times. For as we see Roe v. Wade exploding…

10 Robot Films

10 Robot Films

10 Robot Films published by BFI, 7 July, 2022, timed with the UK theatrical release of Jim Archer’s Brian and Charles Includes capsules of: The Golem How He Came Into The World, Metropolis, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Stepford Wives, Demon Seed, Alien, Blade Runner, Ghost In The Shell, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Ex…

Nunsploitation

10 Nunsploitation Films

10 Nunsploitation Films first published by BFI, 13 April 2022 Includes capsules of: The Devils, School of the Holy Beast, Alucarda, Love Letters of a Portuguese Nun, Behind Convent Walls, Killer Nun, Dark Habits, Nude Nuns With Big Guns, St Agatha, Agnes Where exploitation films occupy the nether regions of cinema’s margins, taking advantage of…

Dystopian

10 Dystopian TV Shows

10 Dystopian TV Shows first published by BFI, 7 April 2022 Includes capsules of: The Prisoner, Threads, Twin Peaks, Serial Experiments Lain, Dead Set, 3%, The Handmaid’s Tale, SS-GB, Watchmen, Squid Game While by no means the only, or even the first, dystopian novel, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four – first published in 1949 – has…

10 Autumnal Horror Films

10 Autumnal Horror Films

10 Autumnal Horror Films first published by BFI, 21 Oct 2021 Includes capsules of: To Kill A Mockingbird, Symptoms, Halloween, Children of the Corn, Ghostwatch, The Blair Witch Project, Monster House, Trick ‘r Treat, Hellions, November Spooks love thresholds, gateways and portals. They famously congregate on Walpurgis Night, the evening before May Day that marks…

10 Sci-Fi Adaptations

10 Sci-Fi Adaptations

10 Sci-Fi Adaptations first published by BFI, 14 October 2021, to coincide with the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Includes capsules of: Frankenstein, Forbidden Planet, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Horror Express, Starship Troopers, War of the Worlds, A Scanner Darkly, 1, The Congress, Aniara With its immense world building, vast ensemble of characters, and complicated…