science fiction

*contains spoilers Forbidden Planet (1956) strikes at the heart of the climate change debate with a metaphor of angst being at the heart and its ‘sequel’ The Invisible Boy (1957) hints at drones, the internet and a supercomputer… and robots saving the innocence of children around the house. And time travel is in there too…

Read more The Cult of Robby the Robot in Forbidden Planet (1956) and others (Part One)

“I’ll leave my Supermen to the comic strips,” says Holliman’s character about this supposed Nietzschean murderer whose evolution sees him disrespect the lessons of The Bible and its parables as well as psychology and the law itself. He or she can get away with killing anonymously… Hamilton doesn’t agree but he listens and understands his…

Read more The Nietzschean Superman’s Cross to Bear in The Power (1967) Part Two

*contains spoilers There is a tale behind the making of the Australian science fiction movie The Time Guardian (1987) and it is not a pretty one. I credit the film to director Brian Hannant (1940-) but he more or less disowns the final product… his only venture into fully-fledged feature directing. In fact, Hannant wouldn’t…

Read more The Cult of Director Brian Hannant’s The Time Guardian (1987)

*contains spoilers There are a trio of “Body Snatcher” type sci-fi movies which all seem to have snatched source material from all over the place making them not quite original, but their melting pot of ideas have produced something aficionados of the genre may cherish. It Came from Outer Space (1953) is the first movie…

Read more They Came from Outer Space!