Archive for "Sep 2010"

The Mummy (1932): Zita Johann and the Esoteric Tradition

A recent visit to my local library to peruse the shelves for horror and science fiction DVDs revealed a few treasures the other day, including a copy of The Mummy (1932) Special Edition. This is part of the Universal Legacy Series that I have yet to add to my collection. This 2-disc set includes bonus […]

Schumer Lecture on Jews and Comics at Rice University

Comic artist and historian Arlen Schumer will lecture at Rice University on "Jews 'n' Comics." Schumer's views on the subject as part of the upcoming lecture are described in Jewish Herald-Voice: According to Schumer, it’s no coincidence that several pioneers of the America comic book art form were Jews. A short list includes Jerry Siegel […]

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Available Sep. 28

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film is a feature-length documentary based on the book of the same name by Joseph Maddrey. It examines the idea that horror films reflect the times and places in which they are made – illustrating how classic monster movies exploited the anxieties of […]

Extraterrestrials and UFOs in the News

Two significant news stories surfaced over the last couple of days that involve extraterrestrials and UFOs. In the first story, several U.S. Air Force officers have come forward claiming that as recently as 2003 several bases with nuclear weapons were visited by and vulnerable to UFOs. As reports: Claims of UFOs circling nukes and […]

Horror Movie Freak - A Good Beginner's Guide to the Topic

I recently received a review copy of Horror Movie Freak (Krause Publications, 2010) by Don Sumner. The book is an enjoyable discussion of horror films for those fans obsessed with the genre. At one point early in the discussion Sumner provides a description of the purposes of the book: Horror Movie Freak is not a […]

The Walking Dead - Behind the Scenes Trailer

Graphic novels and comics continue to be a great source for contemporary fantastic film and television. On October 31 Robert Kirkman's graphic novel The Walking Dead comes together with the direction of Frank Darabont in what promises to be a great horror television series on AMC. You can visit The Walking Dead AMC Series website […]

Douglas Cowan on Sacred Space at The Atlantic

Douglas Cowan, author of Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television (Baylor University Press, 2010, has been interviewed by The Atlantic. In the interview he mentions his next book completing the trilogy on the fantastic titled Sacred Visions: Fantasy, Film, and Mythic Imagination. You can read the previous interviews with […]

Science Fiction in the News

This week has seen a few interesting science fiction items in the news. In the first instance, the astronomer for the Pope went on record stating that if alien life exists he would gladly baptize it “no matter how many tentacles it has.” See an example of this brief news item here. In the second […]

Richard Harland Smith and Our Inner Contagion

The other day I was following various research threads on the Internet and discovered the Turner Classic Movies blog titled Movie Morlochs, which classic science fiction fans will recognize as a takeoff from George Pal's The Time Machine. Unfortunately, despite the clever name, the blog is not solely devoted to science fiction films, but it […]

The Outer Limits Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the debut of The Outer Limits in 1963. This was part of a great collection of television programs that focused on tales of the fantastic, and although The Outer Limits did not capture my imagination with the intensity that The Twilight Zone did, I still remember getting scared to death […]

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