A critical discussion of the 1982 John Carpenter remake, based on the short story Who Goes There? Billson supports the film’s then-still growing reputation, contextualises it to SF and horror cinema of the late 70s/early 80s, and plays with a Freudian reading. Lots of fun throughout.
A critical discussion of the 1980 Kubrick adaptation of the Stephen King novel. And a fine thing, too. Though the film is well-trodden territory, Luckhurst’s approach draws fresh attention to the contexts of the work, its many borrowings, as well as to the potential value of a Freudian reading.
The author comments on a favourite and formative film (and reading) experience. Like a transcribed audio commentary, or a fledgeling BFI Classics monograph that didn’t make it. An odd little book, but one that’s at least well-written and engages with the flick interestingly, even if it takes unprofitably to snark on occasion.
An overview of the 1979 Ridley Scott-directed space horror movie. And a fine thing too, discussing the project’s inception, its plot and its main characters (Jones the cat included). Engages well with existing criticism of the movie; a fine addition to the series and to the discussion of Alien and its sequels.
Epigrams on screenplay construction, by the co-writer of Blade Runner, among others. Useful little nuggets of wisdom. Not for the general reader (it’s like Bresson’s Notes on the Cinematographer, but for movie writing), though some good stuff here nevertheless.
Genre authority Newman’s monograph on the third – and best – Quatermass movie excellently places the film in its series, cycle and genre contexts, and isn’t afraid to be both critical and celebratory of the flick. Recommended.