Author: Darren Slade

Altered states: why we’re suckers for different cuts of the same films

Altered states: why we’re suckers for different cuts of the same films

There's something almost religious about this phenomenon – the knowledge that there was a select group of disciples to whom the truth had been revealed. Read More »

‘Must see’ genre movies? I’ll pass on that

‘Must see’ genre movies? I’ll pass on that

Great genre films of the past were not part of a franchise strategy. Read More »

How Star Wars charmed Britain on its first release

How Star Wars charmed Britain on its first release

British fans get to go first this time. That wasn't so back in 1977. Read More »

Why is Britain So Scared of Horror?

Why is Britain So Scared of Horror?

Why has the home of Shelley, Stoker & Stevenson forsaken Halloween? Read More »

The Best Doctor Who in a Long Time

The Best Doctor Who in a Long Time

It is a pleasure to report that I thought the first story of the new series was the best Doctor Who I have seen in a long time Read More »

Ant-Man: a small step in the right direction for Marvel

Ant-Man: a small step in the right direction for Marvel

Getting tired of superhero films? Don't go to sleep before you see Ant-Man Read More »

Were Fans Cheated By Spock’s Death?

Were Fans Cheated By Spock’s Death?

The most satisfying films are often the ones which take us to a point where we can see no need for a sequel. Read More »

Literary Critics Do Judge a Book By Its Cover

Literary Critics Do Judge a Book By Its Cover

Maybe it should be the goal of mainstream literary editors to find at least one genre novel a week that deserves a lengthy review Read More »

The Genre Movies That Lose EVERYTHING On the Small Screen

The Genre Movies That Lose EVERYTHING On the Small Screen

Sometimes the medium the message is delivered through can drastically alter the experience. Read More »

Cat Girl (1957): A Forgotten Landmark of UK Horror

Cat Girl (1957): A Forgotten Landmark of UK Horror

Barbara Shelley comes alive in the under-appreciated Cat Girl (1957)   The premise might be a shameless re-hash of the American classic Cat People, but the 1957 film Cat Girl can claim to be an under-appreciated landmark in genre cinema, at leas... Read More »

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