The Arrival and Dune director will tackle one of the longest-gestating films in the genre, Arthur C Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama. Morgan Freeman has been trying to get a movie made for a very long time and is still attached as a Producer.
If you haven’t read the classic yet, I highly recommend it. But beware of books purporting to be sequels. These are lies. Rama stands alone as a singular novel and needs nothing else.
Universal has made multiple, generally unsuccessful attempts to revive their classic movie monsters as something other than nostalgic Halloween images. Their forthcoming Renfield, a dramatic/comedic, modern-day exploration of the toxic relationship between the vampire and his underling, may be the most unusual to date. The film will star Nicholas Hoult, who has appeared in some X-Men films as Hank McCoy, turned up in Mad Max: Fury Road, and played Tolkien in the eponymous biopic. Awkwafina, fresh from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has also landed a key role.
Most of the attention, however, has gone to the decision to cast Nicholas Cage— he of intense and decidedly mixed past performances– as the Count.
Star Trek: Discovery needs another episode before the next review– this week’s (somewhat disappointing) installment was too much a chapter– so here’s a review of a recent thriller. It’s not exactly our genre, but it does start with a classic suspense premise, and the plot turns on multiple applications of technology.
For our final October Countdown Review, for the Big Day itself, we have the 2019 adaptation of the middle grade books accused of warping the minds of a generation, the late-twentieth-century “Tales from the Crypt,” Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell presented the collections as folk literature, drawing on urban legends, old yarns, and local folklore, and the books have become classics, despite the concerns of some parents and school boards.1
The movie creates a larger frame in which to place the horror. It begins Halloween Night, 1968, in a small town haunted by a mysterious figure known for her scary stories…. And alleged to have been a killer of children.
Okay, this one isn’t a horror movie (though it does feature some scary worms that tend to be a little on the large size). This October sees the release of the highly anticipated, third adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 SF classic.
The first adaptation (1984) featured spectacular production and design, but it lurched into incoherence.
The second (2000), a TV miniseries, stuck to the script, but production and performances were not consistently stellar.