A gripping Stranger Things broadens its danger and its genre influences

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Stranger Things has proven itself adept at crafting scenes of dread rich in horror and sci-fi allusions without letting its inspirations overwhelm the show’s own distinctive style. It’s managed to turn initially sketched-out characters into a portrait of early-’80s small-town life that’s believable even when…

Let's imagine Jurassic Park 2 going the Aliens route, and also starring Bruce Willis

Jurassic Park’s 1997 follow-up, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, is a polarizing movie. On one hand, it finds an excuse to put Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcom in the starring role; on the other, it ends with a left-turn bizarre enough to include a Tyrannosaurus stomping around SoCal, eating house pets and drinking pool…

The 35 best science-fiction movies since Blade Runner

The most widely admired science-fiction film to come out of the 1980s, Blade Runner reimagined the nocturnal, seductive, and pessimistic qualities of film noir and its ’70s derivative, neo-noir, for the paranoid cityscape of the future: a dark, rainy, multi-lingual Los Angeles where a detective in a trench coat trails…

Here are a bunch of new, disturbing Rick And Morty claymation shorts

Rick And Morty’s long-awaited third season is set to finally come out (deep breath) July 30. While most of the cause of the delay has been, according to creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, because of their meticulous writing process, they’ve also kept busy with comic books, a VR game, video-game de-makes, and a…

Catch up on the Alien series by rewatching all of its disgusting death scenes

We liked Alien: Covenant, the sixth filmic entry in Ridley Scott’s long-running story of a rascally alien species that just can’t stop finding itself in over its head on ships full of humans that don’t want them there. What ensued, at least over the course of the original quadrilogy of films, was sometimes…

The Xenomorph Queen meets her cardboard match in this homemade Aliens scene

Last month, CineFix’s Homemade Movies series called upon the power of Grayskull for a goofy recreation of the intro for the He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe cartoon. The results that time around were respectable, but the source material wasn’t exactly very interesting to begin with. For the latest installment,…

Aliens is nothing like Alien—and all the better for it

Alien is not an action movie. You probably already knew this. It’s also only barely a sci-fi movie. Instead, Ridley Scott’s 1979 original is a primal-horror movie, a movie about confronting death and the vast, screaming unknown. It’s about being forced, in an instant, to contemplate the idea that there are forces at…

Star Trek and a Wacom tablet: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to…