The Vault of Horror (1973) – Roy Ward Baker

Taking its cue from the EC and Horror comics of the 1950s, The Vault of Horror is an anthology film and is the next stop in John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies book, available now from DK Canada. While I’m still in the Vampire section of the book, this film only features one vampire tale,…

Superman: Miracle Monday (1981) – Elliot S. Maggin

Superman has always been a hero of mine, and when Christopher Reeve brought the character to the big screen back in 1978, I was a fan for life. At that age, I was completely enchanted by the first film, and it’s follow up in 1980, Superman II. I had the Superman: The Movie Book, I…

The Shape of Water (2017) – Guillermo del Toro

del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water is very much a fairy tale for adults, as well as sharing a kinship with the horror films of the 1950s, specifically, 1954’s The Creature From the Black Lagoon (as well as to Abe Sapien as seen in del Toro’s own Hellboy series). But in this film,…

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) – Joe Johnston

Before Joe Johnston directed one of my favourite comic book movies, The Rocketeer, he directed this Disney film that took the b-movies of the 1950s into the late Disney-fied 80s. There are nods to films he hasn’t made yet (which is really fun) and dialogue lifts from classic films and a playful sense of fun….

Fences (2016) – Denzel Washington

Paramount Pictures proudly ushers in the release of Denzel Washington’s Fences today on blu-ray. The Academy Award winner directs, working from August Wilson’s adaptation of his own Pulitzer Prize winning play. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, Washington pulls double duty, serving not only as director, but in the lead role of Troy Maxson a former ball…

Quantum Leap (1991) – 8 1/2 Months and Future Boy

Sam (Scott Bakula) leaps into a very pregnant teenager this week in the episode 8 1/2 Months. It was penned by Deborah Pratt and had an original airdate of 6 March, 1991. It’s 15 November, 1955 and Sam is Billie Jean Crockett, 16 years old. And he’s there to not only make sure the baby…

It Came From Outer Space (1953)

This entry is an unusual one in the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list, set in the 50s as the Cold War was ratcheting higher and higher, it’s actually a rather positive story, despite the fact that none of our heroes seem to initialy realize it until the end. Based on a story by Ray Bradbury, it’s…

When Worlds Collide (1951)

  When Worlds Collide, brought to us by a very familiar name to 50s sci-fi, George Pal, is a frightening take on a theme that seemed to permeate the culture of the time. Taking the idea of nuclear destruction one step further with not only one or two countries being destroyed, but our entire planet, the film…