Blade Runner

1982 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah Words – Nathan Scatcherd Unquestionably one of the greatest and most influential sci-fi films of all time, Blade Runner takes on a whole new dimension this year, specifically in November. Yes, Ridley Scott’s future-noir classic is set in November…

Cult Corner: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

1971 Director: Lucio Fulci Starring: Florinda Balkan, Stanley Baker, Leo Genn, Jean Sorel, George Rigaud, Anita Strindberg Words – Nathan Scatcherd A little-seen entry in the filmography of Italian director Lucio Fulci (his better known films include The Beyond, Don’t Torture a Duckling and Zombi 2), A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin carries the classic…

Cult Corner: Beyond The Black Rainbow

2010 Director: Panos Cosmatos Starring: Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, Scott Hylands, Marilyn Norry, Rondel Reynoldson Words – Nathan Scatcherd To celebrate the release of the beautifully insane-looking Mandy on October 12th, this instalment of Cult Corner is looking at director Panos Cosmatos’ previous film, the bewitching and bewildering Beyond the Black Rainbow. A trancey, druggy…

Halloween (1978)

1978 Director: John Carpenter Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kyes, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, P.J. Soles, Tony Moran Words – Oliver Innocent To say there’s excitement surrounding the release of 2018’s Halloween is something of an understatement. The return of masked maniac Michael Myers to the big screen after 9 years’ absence would…

Cult Corner: Friday The 13th

1980 – 2009 Words: Oliver Innocent Comprising eight films between 1980 and 1989 (and a further four entries in the decades that followed), Friday the 13th is one of the defining franchises of the ‘80s. Rivalled in popularity only by the Nightmare on Elm Street series, the Friday movies perfectly encapsulate ‘80s horror with teen-friendly…

Cult Corner: Friday The 13th (2)

1980 – 2009 Words: Oliver Innocent Released the year following Friday the 13th, Part 2 is the movie where Jason Voorhees takes centre stage as the killer in question. He’s not, however, the same Jason we would come to know and love. Part 2 sees Jason finding his feet as the series’ central icon. In…

Cult Corner: Friday The 13th (3)

1980 – 2009 Words: Oliver Innocent Often seen as the nadir of the series, Friday the 13th Part V enraged long time fans as – Spoiler alert – Jason isn’t actually the one doing the killing this time round. In one of the most disappointing denouements in horror movie history, it turns out the guy…

Cult Corner: Aelita, Queen of Mars

1924 Director: Yakov Protazanov Starring: Nikolai Tseretelli, Valentina Kuindzhi, Pavel Pol, Yulia Solntseva, Konstantin Eggert, Nikolai Batalov Words – Nathan Scatcherd Aelita, Queen of Mars is a rare beast – a silent, dreamlike Soviet sci-fi romance, splitting its time between two distinct settings. The first is set in contemporary Soviet Russia, examining the struggling marriage…

Cult Corner: The Ship of Monsters

1960 Director: Rogelio A. González Starring: Eulalio González; Ana Bertha Lepe; Lorena Velázquez; Heberto Dávila Jr.; Manuel Alvarado Words – Nathan Scatcherd La Nave de los Monstruos (or ‘The Ship of Monsters‘) is a rare breed; a sci-fi comedy Western romance hybrid (with musical interludes!), displaying contemporary US genre tropes filtered through gonzo Mexican sensibilities…

Cult Corner: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

1988 Directed by – Stephen Chiodo; Charles Chiodo; Edward Chiodo Starring – Grant Cramer; Suzanne Snyder; John Allen Nelson; John Vernon; Michael S. Siegel; Peter Licassi Words – Nathan Scatcherd In the hallowed garden of 80’s sci-fi comedies, Killer Klowns from Outer Space seems like some particularly low-hanging fruit. The name alone is enough to…