The Return of the Living Dead (1985) – Dan O’Bannon

Dan O’Bannon who helped write Ridley Scott’s Alien, worked with John Carpenter on Dark Star, wrote the super helicopter fave, Blue Thunder, the original Total Recall, the questionable, but imminently enjoyable Lifeforce, ushers me into the next chapter in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book, Zombies! Using Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead…

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…

Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013) – Frank Pavich

The most influential science fiction never made. There’s no other way to put it. The names involved with this film resonate across all of pop culture, and specifically the sci-fi films that followed this film, that never shot a single frame… I wanted to see this one as soon as I heard about it, the…

Alien (1979) – Ridley Scott

I love this movie, and I’m so glad the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brought it to me! Any excuse to throw this on the blu-ray is a good one, so I was quite happy to spend some time with the ill-fated crew of the Nostromo again. Alien is essentially a haunted-house story, and nothing really scary…

Dark Star (1974) – John Carpenter

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings us some John Carpenter (and my fave ones are coming up a little later in the list as well!). Dark Star is an odd little film, featuring discussions of philosophy with self-aware bombs, attacks by an alien that is literally a beach ball with feet, and some really goofy effects….

Heavy Metal (1981)

I remember seeing the covers for these magazines when I was a kid, collecting my first Star Wars comics, and even then at age 8, I was suitably intrigued by the covers. They gave me funny feelings in my tummy with all the babes, and all the cool sci-fi weapons, swords, robots and aliens that…