A gripping Stranger Things broadens its danger and its genre influences

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…

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…

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