On a Saturday night, back in the 80’s, six-year-old me and my much older, much more mature cousin (he was almost eight) sat down in front of the television, he picked up the remote, and turned the channel to KTVT out of Dallas.
Dan O’Bannon’s story is one of unabashed creativity and generic infusions, both in terms of hybridization and innovation. It is with this consideration and ambitions toward new horizons that we introduce the “Dan O’Bannon Other Worlds Austin Filmmaker Grant,” which we hope will allow burgeoning local voices representing the genres of SciFi, horror, and fantasy, an opportunity to bring those voices to fruition.
The definition of science fiction, perhaps more than other genres, involves a high degree of subjective reading. The question: “What is SciFi?” begs a multitude of answers. SciFi purists might argue that Alien and The Fly are horror films, more specifically monster movies, or hybrid narratives, at best, but not strictly science fiction. Yet, I posit horror and science fiction have been inextricably linked since at least the classic period. Furthermore, I would argue that SciFi has always assumed a hybridized stance.
Evil computers have been a staple of SciFi films since NOVAC (Nuclear Operative Variable Automatic Computer) in the film GOG (1954). On Thursday, September 17, Other Worlds Austin will screen the award-winning NIGHTMARE CODE, which features R.O.P.E.R., a top secret behavior recognition program. Definitely evil.
In honor of R.O.P.E.R., we’ve been counting down the most evil movie/TV computers by giving them each a “baseball card” with their vital info. Click here if you’d like tickets or to find out more about NIGHTMARE CODE. Enjoy the countdown and leave us a comment with your thoughts on the list.
"And get this—after nine films, they had a new concept: Jason Voorhees… in space... Would horny teenagers played by actors in their late twenties still be punished for exploring their new found hormones in the future? Would Jason find new and inventive ways to use home gardening tools and kitchen utensils in zero gravity?"