Author: Darren Slade

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 »

How Did Fans of Literary SF React to Star Wars?

How Did Fans of Literary SF React to Star Wars?

What did "real" fans think of Star Wars in an era "a long time ago..."? Read More »

The Trouble With Close Encounters: Why It’s So Frustratingly Close To Being A Classic

The Trouble With Close Encounters: Why It’s So Frustratingly Close To Being A Classic

Here's why Close Encounters of the Third KInd will never be a classic. Read More »

The Amicus anthologies: from Dr Terror to Beyond the Grave

The Amicus anthologies: from Dr Terror to Beyond the Grave

For around a decade, the only consistent rival to the supremacy of Hammer Films in the genre was Amicus, best-known for its seven ‘portmanteau’ stories of short horror stories Read More »

Star Wars Episode VII. Everybody stay calm

Star Wars Episode VII. Everybody stay calm

It's time to take a chill pill when it comes to Episode VII Read More »

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