Archive for "Jul 2012"

Steampunk Edited Collection

Steampunk Edited Collection: Call for Papers Rachel Bowser and Brian Croxall contact email: We are seeking abstracts for inclusion in a proposal for an edited volume on the subject of steampunk. The anthology will present a varied look at steampunk culture and criticism, presenting a comprehensive look at the genre’s impact and development in […]

Call for Papers: Environmental Science Fiction Films

The 2013 Eaton/Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) Conference Riverside, CA 4/10/13-4/14/13 From reflection on species extinction in Silent Running (1972) and overpopulation and resource management in Soylent Green (1973) to the passing away of the last tree god in Hellboy 2 (2008) and the colonial acquisition and ecological devastation of Avatar (2009), science fiction film […]

Batman and Psychology: Podcast Interview with Travis Langley

Within moments of the Aurora, Colorado shooting at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, media speculation began as to alleged causes in popular culture that may have helped lead to this event. Some of the causes included aspects of fantastic popular culture, including The Dark Knight Rises, Batman, and dark fantasy films. But are […]

Call for Papers: Tim Burton: Works, Characters, Themes (collection)

CFP: Tim Burton: Works, Characters, Themes (collection) Johnson Cheu, editor ( Deadline for abstracts: 1 October 2012 Mark Salisburry writes of Tim Burton: “Burton’s characters are often outsiders, misunderstood and misperceived, misfits encumbered by some degree of duality, operating on the fringes of their own particular society, tolerated, but pretty much left to their own […]

Call for Papers: Horror (as/is) Humor, Humor (as/is) Horror: sLaughter in Popular Cinema (collection)

CFP: Horror (as/is) Humor, Humor (as/is) Horror: sLaughter in Popular Cinema (collection) Johnson Cheu ( and John Dowell (, eds. Deadline: 15 September 2012 In his review of Tavernier’s Coup de torchon, David Kehr wrote in When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade, Death, violence, and moral corruption aren't just slapstick props … but […]

It Came From Riverside: The Evolution of Science Fiction

Venture inside UC Riverside's Eaton Collection for a peek at some of its science fiction and fantasy treasures -- including fanzines, manuscripts, first editions, posters and more -- and an assessment of the collection's significance within popular culture and academia. This UCTV Prime original series ventures inside UC Riverside's Eaton Collection, the world's largest collection […]

Midnight Son: Indie Vampire Horror Film on DVD and Digital

A while back I came across an independent horror film, Midnight Son. I was intrigued by the different take on the vampire story, and that certain aspects of it reminded me of George Romero's "vampire" film Martin from the 1970s. Today I received an update from the makers of the film letting me know that […]

Millennials Don't Like 'old movies': Dire Implications for Classic Fantastic Film?

A piece in this weekend's Los Angeles Times website holds dire implications for classic fantastic films. It is titled “Perspective: Millennials seem to have little use for old movies” by Neal Gabler. The point of departure for Gabler's essay is the release of the new Spider-Man film, just a decade after the release of the […]

Kevin Wetmore Interview: Post-9/11 Horror

Kevin Wetmore returns to TheoFantastique to discuss his new book Post-9/11 Horror in American Cinema (Continuum, 2012). Wetmore is an associate professor of theatre at Loyola Marymount University, the author and/or editor of ten books including The Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films, and a contributor to numerous volumes on […]

Menstruation as Heroine's Journey in Pan's Labyrinth

There is an essay in the Journal of Religion & Film worth checking out in Volume 16, Issue 1 (April 2012). It is by Richard Lindsay, and the title is "Menstruation as Heroine's Journey in Pan's Labyrinth." Lindsay's article considers the myth of Pan's Labyrinth through the lens of Joseph Campbell's mythology, but one that […]

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