Revisiting . . . Jaws (1975)

Some films have such an influence on you it can feel like there was never a time in your life that you hadn’t seen it; you’d been born knowing its nuances and meanings, almost like a parent in the way it helped to form your beliefs.

I’m sure I’m not the only one for whom Jaws was their first experience in true terror. After its release, a whole generation of kids were suddenly petrified of going into the sea and an entire species was vilified, but as well as bringing horror into the family home, Jaws gave birth to the modern blockbuster […]

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Hologram Man (1995)

If Hologram Man had been made in the early 1980’s, it may have been deemed futuristic.

Unfortunately it was made in 1995, a whole year after the original PlayStation was released, and the special effects on show are closer to Sega’s short-lived Mega-CD. This movie is about as high-tech as an episode of Quantum Leap. You know the kind of production, those where four-inch video phones and bogus Virtual Reality constitute the furthest reaches of technological advancement […]

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Revisiting . . . The Shining (1980)

There is a sense of inevitability about The Shining that grabs you by the throat and never lets go.

The movie is a grandiose exercise in terror which favours stark imagery and subliminal horror over traditional storytelling. It is an experience that possesses you from the very beginning, and from the seemingly innocuous overhead shots of Glacier National Park, Montana, you are saturated with a sense of inescapable doom […]

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Retro Gaming Archives – Winter/Spring 1984

1984 was a tough year for video gaming releases.

For many of us it was just another year and the words “video”, “game” and “crash” were never uttered consecutively. There was still a plethora of Atari, Intellivision and Colecovision consoles and games available in toy stores across the United States, Europe and other parts of the world. The advent of home computer gaming was as mainstream as it had ever been […]

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Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)

You can’t keep the dead down for good.

In 1985, writer Dan O’Bannon put an interesting spin on the zombie genre with The Return of the Living Dead. Mixing humour with horror and adding a dash of punk to the film’s style and soundtrack, Return satirized the films of George A. Romero by insinuating that Night of the Living Dead was based on true events. It also proved to be a capable zombie picture in its own right […]

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Shocker (1989)

By 1989, the horror genre had become rather tepid.

Thanks to the chastening whip of the MPAA and BBFC during the mid-1980s, the genre would descend into cartoonery as a way to reach a broader audience. Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn would lead the way in that respect, and some movies were able to pass explicit gore based on absurdity, while others, such as Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, added depth as a way to counterbalance the meaningless nihilism that would outrage a generation […]

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Super Metroid – SNES

Today, Super Metroid is not only considered one of the best games for the Super Nintendo, but one of the best games ever made.

When I bought my copy back in 1994, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was no longer a subscriber to Nintendo Power, so I didn’t have the luxury of Pak-Watch (I know that probably didn’t still exist in 1994) to tell me it was coming. All I can recall is I was browsing the SNES section of my local Best Buy when I noticed there was a new Metroid game available […]

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Revisiting . . . Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future is about change, about fate and destiny and the possibility of a second chance.

Those sentiments may smack of mawkish wish-fulfilment, and Robert Zemeckis’ cultural phenomenon is nothing if not idealistic, but there are ways to promote such romanticisms without descending into the sickly slush of blueprint Hollywood, and in December of 1985 Back to the Future showed us just how creative you can be […]

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