You may have missed the news, but this is the 50th anniversary of a cheap, scrappy British science fiction series called Doctor Who. Like a fair number of folk my age, I first stumbled across Doctor Who one Saturday afternoon on PBS, back when PBS was able to air things like Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and it being cultural and all, Benny Hill. Unlike many, however, I seem to be one of the few people who came into the show not during an airing of the iconic Tom Baker years, but rather during the tenure of the man with the velvet smoking jackets and Venusian aikido. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was my introduction to Doctor Who, and he remains my favorite. Continue reading…
In 1965 CBC Radio adapted John Wyndham’s alien invasion story,”The Kraken Wakes.” Keep watching the skies as you listen here.
There were not three Brontë Sisters, but four. Only Linda knew the future we all face.
At Fangoria, Sean Abley interviews Joe Gage, director of the Gay porn “Working Man Trilogy” (L.A. Tool and Die; Kansas City Trucking Co.; and El Paso Wrecking Co.) as well as a bunch of low-budget horror movies under the name, “Tim Kincaid.” (Thanks, Matt!)
Grady Hendrix reads London Free Press editor William C. Heine’s The Last Canadian, a plague-driven, apocalyptic pulp set in Montreal. Unfortunately, the protagonist’s citizenship papers haven’t come through before the plague hits. For Canadian pulp fiction featuring full Canadian citizens, check out Tales from the Vault, curated by own own Screen Editor Emeritus, Ian Driscoll.
It’s the beginning of January, cold and dark where I am. The critics are all putting out their best of year lists, and maybe you’re looking for something to read. So here’s my entry into annual lists: 10 comics I liked in 2011 that I haven’t written about. Well 9 comics I haven’t written about […]
A thorough and well-illustrated look at Soviet science fiction, from the 1920s through the 1980s. (via SF Signal)
Cracked presents 10 deleted scenes–with video clips–that would have ruined movies, from the very good, Alien, to the very bad, Revenge of the Sith.
The line-up for the Midnight Madness Programme at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and the Gutter has some trailers and images for the films! Smuggler (directed by Funky Forest‘s Katsushito Ishii); The Day; Livid (from the directors of A L’Interieur/Inside); Kill List; The Incident; God Bless America (directed by Bobcat Goldthwait); Lovely […]
It’s summer time and instead of beer bottles exploding out of coolers in a shower of refreshing ice, bikini-clad hotties and fireworks as we know it should be, everything is wilting and perhaps even melting. As far as I can tell there are only two possible explanations—Hot Lava Monsters have readjusted the earth’s thermostat to […]
The Gutter will help you get ready for the Rapture in Chicago with Gutter Founding Editor Jim Munroe’s Therefore, Repent! (free here) and the sequel set in Post-Rapture Detroit, Sword of My Mouth, featuring excellent art Shannon Gerrard. The Rapture isn’t what we think it is. (Full disclosure: Carol was an editor on both and […]
The Center for Disease Control has some tips to help you survive a zombie apocalypse (or more prosaice emergency).
Every zombie death in The Walking Dead. 42 deaths in 1:09. (via @SFSignal)
Meanwhile, Annalee Newitz presents, “A Brief History of Zombies in America.”
Here’s the opening 2 minutes of the new live-action Space Battleship Yamato. (I grew up with Space Battleship Yamato as Star Blazers). (Thanks, August Ragone!)
Yan Basque is troubled by the gender dynamics and female characters in The Walking Dead. Kelly at She Has No Head takes a look at 10 female characters and tries to see the shining moments in characters she’s not entirely comfortable with.
Gamma World unboxed and Gamma World reviewed. It’s all part of the fallout at New York Comic Con 2010.
Here are trailers for 6 of the 10 movies at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness program this year: Fubar II; The Vanishing on 7th Street; The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman; Red Nights; Fire of Conscience; and Stake Land. (SUPER, Insidious, Bunraku and John Carpenter’s The Ward don’t have trailers yet).
Katie Doyle doesn’t want there to be a zombie apocalypse….
Shaft vs. Scarface, and other comics based on (mostly 80s) movies that should be.
Bladewood provides us all a much needed timeline of the events in the Doctor Who season/series 5 finale. Watch your head, please.keep looking »