Sense of Wonder

The voice of Cinefantastique Online. Updates about what is happening on the website, along with opinion and analysis of the state of the horor, fantasy, and science fiction genres.

Sense of Wonder: James Bond at 50

Sense of Wonder: James Bond at 50

James Bond is 50.1 Wow, who thought the old boy would ever make it this long? After all, the “misogynistic dinosaur” should have been irrelevant after the end of the Cold War, right? Apparently not. In fact, James Bond is probably the longest running franchise in the history of cinema: beginning way back in 1962 [...]

Sense of Wonder: Zombie Apocalypse Averted

Sense of Wonder: Zombie Apocalypse Averted

I haven’t been paying close attention, but if media reports are accurate, the U.S. just averted the Zomney Apocalypse.
Hopefully, Joss Whedon will not be too disappointed, even though Spam has its own key.

Sense of Wonder: Night of the Living Dead and the Riddle of Racism

Sense of Wonder: Night of the Living Dead and the Riddle of Racism

While posting “Anatomy of a Horror Film: Night of the Living Dead” yesterday, I was struck by something that has occurred to me several times over the years. In case you have not yet read the article (which was originally published in the printed version of Cinefantasitque magazine – Volume 4, Number 1 – back [...]

Sense of Wonder: Olympic Anticipation Edition

Sense of Wonder: Olympic Anticipation Edition

Show of hands:
Watching the Olympic gymnastic events on NBC tonight, how many of you could not help thinking of this sequence from FINAL DESTINATION 5?

When Sense of Wonder meets Senseless Tragedy: Thoughts on the Dark Knight Rises Massacre

When Sense of Wonder meets Senseless Tragedy: Thoughts on the Dark Knight Rises Massacre

I might as well warn you up front that I have nothing original or perhaps even very insightful to say about the terrible tragedy that took place at 12:39am on the morning of Friday, July 20, when James Eagan Holmes opened fire on audience members watching a midnight premier of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in [...]

Sense of Wonder: The Exorcist Today

Sense of Wonder: The Exorcist Today

Last night I attended one of the nationwide Fathom screenings of THE EXORCIST (1973), featuring the new documentary TO HELL AND BACK, which charts the making of the classic horror film. Never having attended a Fathom event before (it’s a bit like watching television in a theatre, with digital image projected on select screens around [...]

Sense of Wonder: Hatchet II & Horror Movie-Going as Tribal Identifier

Sense of Wonder: Hatchet II & Horror Movie-Going as Tribal Identifier

Back in a review of VAMPIRES SUCK, I noted that we are in the era of movie-going as tribal identifiers. Purchasing a ticket is less a matter less of seeking entertainment than of supporting the group with which you self-identify. The problem manifest in this approach is clear: bad STAR WARS prequels, indifferent HARRY POTTER [...]

Sense of Wonder: The Real Vampire Files on History Television

Sense of Wonder: The Real Vampire Files on History Television

In November of last year, I was contacted by representatives of Canada’s History Channel to be interviewed for a documentary they were making about vampires. At long last, the project has come to fruition: THE REAL VAMPIRE FILES will air Tuesday, September 7 at 8:00pm. I haven’t seen it, and the last time I was [...]

Predators: The Summer's Best Sci-Fi Action Horror Flick - A Sense of Wonder Appreciation

Predators: The Summer’s Best Sci-Fi Action Horror Flick – A Sense of Wonder Appreciation

Debased franchise yields a startlingly brilliant gem

With all the artificial hype designed to sell PIRANHA 3D as the horror hit that delivered for audiences (despite a sixth place bow that barely topped $10-million), now is a good time to pay homage to the film that truly delivered for fans of cinefantastique: PREDATORS. Thought the film [...]

Sense of Wonder: The Exorcism of Emily Rose - Fact or Fiction?

Sense of Wonder: The Exorcism of Emily Rose – Fact or Fiction?

This upcoming release of THE LAST EXORCISM on Friday has fans of cinefantastique thinking back, inevitably, to THE EXORCIST (1973), the Oscar-winning horror classic that really upped the ante in terms of mainstream movies willing to pull no punches when it came to shocking viewers. (THE LAST EXORCISM even contains a clever dialogue reference to [...]