February 2002 SF Movie Previews by David Marsh


2 22 Queen of the Damned
3 5 Time Machine
3 22 ET: Digital Enhanced 20th Anniversary Version

Guy Pierce enters the realm of the Morlocks...let's hope theirs a light at the end of this tunnel.About the only thing I have to look forward to is the opening of the remake of George Pal's 1960 version of  H.G. Well's The Time Machine, starring Guy Pearce as Alexander Hartdegen, the Time Traveler. I don't expect it to do all that well, as anyone who remembers the original is going to compare it badly, and anyone who hasn't seen it already is going to think it's pretty old hat. I expect to like it though, but heck...I liked A.I.

OK, so after you're through deciding what you think about the Time Machine, travel back to yesteryear with the new digitally enhanced version of ET: Digitally Enhanced Spec. Ed. Drew Barrymore will once again torment the alien by making him dress up in doll clothes, and for once, any fat she may show will be baby fat.

imageI guess it's only fair to include the Anne Rice based Vampire thriller, Queen of the Damned, even though I hate Vampire Movies. For some reason, the vampire Lestat awakens the baddest vampire bitch of all time, and then the forces of evil and not so evil have to get it together to put her back to sleep. This was a reasonably cursed movie from the start; they couldn't get Tom Cruise to play Lestat, Anne Rice wanted to do the screenplay so badly she offered to do it for free, but they wisely decided that they couldn't afford her, and shortly after principal photography wrapped, Aaliyah, who plays the title role, died in a plane crash. They called in her brother, Rashad Haughton, to overdub her voice during editng. Film of the Damned, seems more like it.

 David Marsh 

2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu