Author: Darren Slade

Acting scary: The performers who made horror convincing again

Acting scary: The performers who made horror convincing again

Good horror needs convincing actors. Hammer Films delivered. Read More »

Setting the Tone for Superhero Movies

Setting the Tone for Superhero Movies

1978's Superman movie got the tone right. Read More »

NOT Star Wars With Jokes – Revisiting The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

NOT Star Wars With Jokes – Revisiting The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

Science fiction has inspired plenty of mockery over the years. I'm sure we've all seen countless sketches parodying Star Trek, for example. But real science fiction comedy – comedy that takes an SF premise and mines it for laughs – is hardly ever see... Read More »

To Show Or Not To Show? Horror and the ‘Power Of Suggestion’

To Show Or Not To Show? Horror and the ‘Power Of Suggestion’

HOW much horror should you depict and how much should you leave to the imagination? It is a dilemma that has confronted anyone who has ever attempted to scare people in the name of entertainment. The question is particularly relevant for film-makers,... Read More »

Spanning Generations:  SF That Can Excite Everyone

Spanning Generations: SF That Can Excite Everyone

Darren Slade posits that one of the best features of science fiction is it's potential to appeal and engage audiences, regardless of their age. Read More »

The Curse Of the Karnsteins: Hammer’s Other Vampire Franchise

The Curse Of the Karnsteins: Hammer’s Other Vampire Franchise

Hammer Films had been the leading horror producer for 13 years, but by the dawn of the 70s, the studio sometimes gave the impression that it was flailing around like a vampire in a shaft of sunlight. Read More »

UNHAPPY ENDINGS: DO HORROR MOVIES HAVE TO BE SO HOPELESS?

UNHAPPY ENDINGS: DO HORROR MOVIES HAVE TO BE SO HOPELESS?

Do horror movies have to end hopelessly? And if they do - what's wrong with that? Read More »

Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Star Wars?

Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Star Wars?

Darren Slade explores the dangers inherent in an ever-expanding Star Wars universe and asks if George Lucas will ever get to make his art films? Read More »

Hot Enough For You? Science fiction, the Weather And Anarchy In the UK.

Hot Enough For You? Science fiction, the Weather And Anarchy In the UK.

In the UK, hot weather is so remarkable that we have even been known to make science fiction films about it. Read More »

“Will people be in costume?” How mainstream media sees SF fans.

“Will people be in costume?” How mainstream media sees SF fans.

Maybe it's time for fans to relax about how the mainstream media sees us. We do sort of rule the world. Read More »

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