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Review: Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s

One of the best writers analyzing contemporary genre film and television is John Kenneth Muir. His new volume adds to an impressive body of work with Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s (The Lulu Show, 2013). In this volume he follows a template used in his previous work. Following a helpful Introduction to […]

Titles of Interest: Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s

I have previously enjoyed many of the volumes by John Kenneth Muir, and was even privileged to provide some content to his book Horror Films of the 1990s. He just released a new book titled Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s. The Amazon description reads: Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of the 1970s […]

Cinefantastique Podcast on ‘The Wicker Man’

I was invited as a guest participant in the Cinefantastique Spotlight podcast to discuss The Wicker Man in light of the release of the “restored version,” and Rialto Films’ re-release for its 40th anniversary. This film was shot in 1973 and released in 1979, and has since become a cult classic. The story revolves around a […]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978): Social and Theological Reflections of the “Me Generation”

I have been fortunate with the holidays to have a little extra spending cash that I have been able to put into adding to my video library. One of the films added to my collection was Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Of course, this film is based on the book by Jack Finney from […]

Amityville Horror Home and the Paranormal Entrepreneurial Mind

A few weeks ago it was announced that the house where the Amityville Horror events took place was up for sale. In 1977 Jay Anson wrote The Amityville Horror: A True Story which told the story of the Lutz family living in the home in Long Island, New York which was reportedly plagued by paranormal […]

Mark Dawidziak and Reflections on Kolchack: The Night Stalker

One of the enjoyable memories of frights for monster kids of the 1970s was Carl Kolchak who filled the role of The Night Stalker. Each week he used his journalistic skills and savvy to research the paranormal and the monstrous. I was privileged to learn more about this great series through an interview with Mark […]

Michael Karol: The ABC Movie of the Week

In my research on the fantastic I have come across a lot of good materials, and the individuals who bring these materials into being. Last year I came across Michael Karol and his book The ABC Movie of the Week Companion: A Loving Tribute to the Classic Series (IUniverse, 2008). Michael is an award-winning writer […]

Monster Kid Nostalgia: Vincent Price and Shrunken Head Apple Sculpture

TheoFantastique is usually the place for in-depth exploration of issues related to the fantastic. But the flips side involves a fan’s enjoyment as well. With this post I take a stroll down memory lane to fondly remember a toy that this monster kid had growing up in the 1970s. Those fascinated by the fantastic don’t […]

The Love War: A Legacy of the ABC Movie of the Week

The other day a memory of 1970s television came to mind in the form of a science fiction tale, but I couldn’t remember the name of the program. Thank goodness for the Internet and Google. A quick search under “Angie Dickinson” and “Lloyd Bridges,” connected to “1970s television” produced the result I was hoping for. […]

Westworld and Logan’s Run as Select 1970s Sci Fi Cinema

I’ve been reflecting on science fiction films recently in preparation for a future interview to be posted here. Years ago it was an encounter with science fiction, later fantasy films, and eventually horror, that produced a lifelong interest in the fantastic. For some reason two sci fi films from the 1970s have been on my […]

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