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…

Alien: 40th Anniversary

1979 Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Bolaji Badejo Words: Nathan Scatcherd Living as we do in the year 2019, it’s difficult to imagine the sheer force Alien must have had upon audiences when it was released back in 1979. Coming seemingly…

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…

The Predator

2018 Director: Shane Black Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Sterling K Brown, Thomas Jane, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes Words – Nathan Scatcherd When Shane Black was announced as the director of the new film in the Predator franchise, it seemed like a simultaneously strange and fitting choice. After all, he’s mostly well known…

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…

Annihilation

2018 – UK, USA Director: Alex Garland Starring: Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny Words: Josh Senior It’s safe to say the release of Annihilation has caused some controversy, so let’s address the issue head on. Paramount’s decision to deny the film a worldwide theatrical release and dump…

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…

The Cloverfield Paradox

Director: Julius Onah Starring: Gugu Mbatha‑Raw, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Zhang Ziyi, Daniel Bruhl, Chris O’Dowd Words: Christian Abbott The Cloverfield franchise, as it seems appropriate to call it now, has been something of a mystery since its debut in 2008. Director Matt Reeves and producer J.J. Abrams created the original Cloverfield as America’s own…

Predator

1987 Director: John McTiernan Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Richard Chaves, Sonny Landham, Shane Black, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall Words – Nathan Scatcherd “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” “I ain’t got time to bleed.” “GET TO THE CHOPPER!” I’m willing to bet that if you’re reading this, you…

Blade Runner 2049

2017 Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista Words: Christian Abbott With the original Blade Runner, Ridley Scott created a dark, art deco infused world. A world bathed in rain and neon in equal measure, defining the now prominent sub-genre of…