Star Trek: Enterprise (2001/2002) – Cold Front, and Silent Enemy

Captain’s log: 12 September, 2151 Robert Duncan McNeill directs this episode which sees another piece in the temporal war puzzle play out. Written by Stephen Beck and Tim Finch, this episode first debuted on 28 November, 2001. The Enterprise is serving as host to a delegation observing a comet, when Captain Archer (Scott Bakula) is…

The Little Vampire (2000) – Uli Edel

Even family films get into the vampire act as I learn with the next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, the coffee table tome by legendary director John Landis. That film is The Little Vampire, based on the book by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. Starring Jonathan Lipnicki, following his endearing turn in Jerry Maguire, the…

Lifeforce (1985) – Tobe Hooper

Special effects wizard John Dykstra, legendary composer Henry Mancini, Alien scribe Dan O’Bannon, Sir Patrick Stewart, and the lovely Mathilda May are all part of Tobe Hooper’s sci-fi vampire movie. And you’d think that with credits like that, including Steve Railsback and Peter Firth would make this a solid entry in the Monsters in the…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1994) – Masks, and Eye of the Beholder

Captain’s log: stardate 47615.2 Joe Menosky pens this less than stellar episode that sees Data (Brent Spiner) taking on the role of the villain in the story. This story first aired on 21 February, 1994. The Enterprise comes across a comet that contains a hidden 87 million year old alien archive which begins to redesign…

Doctor Who (Sylvester McCoy ) – Silver Nemesis

This three part tale, returned the monstrous threat of the Cybermen to the world of the Doctor (McCoy). Running from 23 November to 8 December, 1988 this story was penned by Kevin Clarke. The Doctor and Ace (Sophie Aldred – who wears a fez for a moment or two in the story, because they’re cool)…

Deep Impact (1998) – Mimi Leder

Releasing the same year as Michael Bay’s big budget, small story, extravaganza, Armageddon, Deep Impact got a little lost in the rubble. But with Steven Spielberg’s name attached to it as executive producer, it’s my next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles. Eschewing the flash-bang, style over substance, popcorn nature of Bay’s film, Deep Impact, ably…

Maximum Overdrive (1986) – Stephen King

So while I’ve been re-reading a lot of Stephen King, I thought it would be fun to revisit his only directing credit, an adaptation of his short story¬†“Trucks” into the funhouse ride that is Maximum Overdrive. This is a movie you either like or hate,¬†and while it is fun, there are tons of plot holes,…