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.
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.