A Brief History Of "Satanic Panic" In The 1980s

In the 1980s, allegations of ritual abuse at a preschool in Southern California led to the longest, most expensive trial in U.S. history. The McMartin Preschool case which resulted in zero convictions became emblematic of a much more widespread phenomenon known as Satanic Panic. » 1/20/15 11:00am 1/20/15 11:00am

How Rock and Roll Found Satan -- And Why That Was a Good Thing

Doctor Who Writer To Reboot The Metal Hurlant TV Series

Well, that was quick. Even though Syfy only began airing the 12-episode, French scifi TV series Metal Hurlant Chronicles (shown above) this past April, the channel has already hired Who and Being Human writer Jamie Mathieson to make its own adaptation. » 10/07/14 4:00pm 10/07/14 4:00pm

A Game Of Thrones Ballet Set To Metal Sounds Just About Perfect

If you're going to do a Game of Thrones inspired ballet, you could set it to traditional classical music. Or, you could do the right thing and perform it to music it deserves: savage, crushing heavy metal. Meet the Brutal Ballet company. » 9/22/14 3:40pm 9/22/14 3:40pm

How Will Fantastic Four Be Different from Other Comic Book Movies?

There are more comic book adaptations on the way: one movie, and two TV shows. Simon Kinberg talks the alternate 1980s in X-Men: Apocalypse. Dwayne Johnson teases Shazam yet again. Check out amazing Avengers 2 concept art. And American Horror Story adds a soap opera alum to its cast. Spoilers now! » 7/25/14 6:00am 7/25/14 6:00am

Rat Queens Is Going To Be A TV Show!

Image Comics' Rat Queens is being made into an animated series! Weta Workshop animation studio Pukeko Pictures will team up with Heavy Metal to adapt the comics series by Kurtis J. Weibe and Roc Upchurch into a 30-minute television show by the same name. » 6/14/14 1:15pm 6/14/14 1:15pm

The Heavy Metal TV series to bring scifi sex 'n violence to the U.S.

With its second season almost wrapped, the 2012 French TV series Metal Hurlant Chronicles — based on the adult scifi/fantasy magazine we know as Heavy Metal — will finally premiere on the Syfy Channel this April. There's slave girls, spaceships, and guys with swords trying to take out giant robots. Interested? » 2/26/14 1:44pm 2/26/14 1:44pm

Classic Sci-Fi Films Represented as Multicolored Barcodes

The Tumblr blog MovieBarcode offers us a very different look at some of our favorite films. Individual frames from each film are compressed into thin digital strips and compiled into barcode-like sequences, giving us a sense of how the color palette changes across a film and sometimes across a franchise. » 2/24/13 10:00am 2/24/13 10:00am

Voiceovers That Turn Into Conversations, And Weird Voiceover Spoofs

This is sort of a catch-all for two categories that didn't quite deserve their own pages: monologues that start out as a voiceover, and then turn into someone talking to the camera; and voiceovers that are just sort of demented, silly or satirical. They're both a bit different from your standard science fiction… » 12/11/12 1:27pm 12/11/12 1:27pm

Top 7 Most Metal Science Fiction Premises

Science fiction and heavy metal rub up against each other in many ways. They're both implicitly concerned with technology — metal has machine rhythms and electric instruments. They both grapple with difficult questions about human nature. And both canons include huge swathes of art that focuses on the grossest,… » 9/20/12 10:02am 9/20/12 10:02am

Why can't we see this trashtastic Heavy Metal TV show in the U.S.?

The classic pulp comics mag Heavy Metal is finally getting its own TV show... in France. Behold the first sex and violence-stuffed trailer for the new series. Syfy, it's time to stop production on Lake Placid 8 and pony up the cash to air this in the US of A! » 9/07/12 2:32pm 9/07/12 2:32pm

Behold, the Aztec mecha and Mayan cyborgs of our Mesoamerican future

The works of Mexico City artist Raul Cruz envision a far-off future where Aztec and Mayan aesthetics mesh with yet-to-be-invented technologies. » 2/14/12 8:25am 2/14/12 8:25am

The Cheesiest Thing You'll See Today: Piranha 3-D actress tweets from…

There's been talk for years about a live-action adaptation of Heavy Metal, the 1981 animated movie and long-running French comic magazine. And now, apparently, one is being filmed in Belgium — starring Piranha 3-D's Kelly Brook and Stargate's Joe Flanigan. » 11/02/11 11:43am 11/02/11 11:43am

Daffy Duck goes Heavy Metal, complete with scantily clad cartoon minions

Watch Daffy Duck transform into a Heavy Metal-esque Wizard with magic powers, bikini-ed groupies and his own guitar solo. We never thought we'd see fantasy style cartoon cleavage in the middle of a Merrie Melodies — well done, Looney Tunes. » 9/27/11 9:30am 9/27/11 9:30am

Holy hell, the 1970s Alien comic book was awesome

We recently ran an interview with Thor writer Walt Simonson in which he mentions an Alien movie adaptation he worked on for Heavy Metal back in 1979 with Archie Goodwin and John Workman. I'd never read it before, so I looked it up. And guess what? It's an absolute jaw-dropper. » 7/30/11 12:30pm 7/30/11 12:30pm

R.I.P. Jeffrey Catherine Jones, One of Fantasy's Greatest Artists

Jeffrey Catherine Jones was part of a group of artists who helped to redefine both book illustration and comics in the 1970s. Jones passed away yesterday at age 67, but her incredible artwork will live on. » 5/20/11 3:30pm 5/20/11 3:30pm

The ultimate 1980s scifi and fantasy movie mixtape

Science fiction and fantasy films of the 1980s were filled with a ton of memorable, iconic, and patently ridiculous music. Here are 30+ of the decade's finest (and most painful) movie tunes for your listening pleasure. » 12/15/10 12:37pm 12/15/10 12:37pm

Why doesn't more fantasy take place in the future?

It used to be, science fiction took place in the future and fantasy in the past. But lately, more science fiction takes place in the past. So we can't help wondering whether there'll be more fantasy set in the future. » 10/28/10 2:40pm 10/28/10 2:40pm

The Return of the Monday Commentary Twack!

Post Comic-Con insanity, we're back — taking it to the tweets to have a little fun with some genre "classics." Once again, you guys choose the Netflix-able movie and we'll bring the beer*. (No beer will be provided.) » 8/02/10 11:38am 8/02/10 11:38am

Heavy Metal Lives Again As Avatar's Legacy

One of the beneficiaries of Avatar's success could be the on-again, off-again Heavy Metal movie. Now there's talk it may be reborn as an all-3D, all-animated anthology with contributions from Avatar's James Cameron, Watchmen's Zack Snyder and David Fincher. » 3/15/10 8:40am 3/15/10 8:40am