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…

Batman Forever (1995) – Joel Schumacher

  As I continue my time with the Dark Knight via the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, I think it was after Batman Returns that someone at Warner Brothers wanted to get away from the darker, more adult ideas Tim Burton’s films were starting to introduce and perhaps push the series in a more ‘family-friendly’ way. Enter…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Gun On Ice Planet Zero

This week’s installment of my look back at Battlestar Galactica features the two-parter, The Gun On Ice Planet Zero written by Bellisario, Michael Sloan and Leslie Stevens, from a story idea by John Ireland, Jr. The first episode aired on October 22, 1978, with its conclusion airing the following week on the 29th. The fleet appears to be in trouble as…

5-25-77 – Patrick Read Johnson

Every now and then a movie comes along that speaks to you, that defines you. A movie, that as you watch you can not only relate to the characters of the film, you recognize yourself upon the screen. On this site I’ve told the tales of my first experiences that helped define the movie geek…

Silent Running (1972) – Douglas Trumbull

Special effects genius Douglas Trumbull takes on directorial duties for this classic from the 101 Sci-Fi movies, aided in the special effects department by the legendary skills of John Dykstra. Bruce Dern plays Freeman Lowell a caretaker/gardener on the Valley Forge, an American Airlines Space Freighter. Fans will recognize a number of models and sets…