Subscriptions held stable despite rising costs for 6 whole weeks now: Next issue in I didn't see anything of Friday evening's silly games and films, and instead seemed to spend hours running to and from my room to dispose of the mounds of fanzines everyone was giving out. Me too , and Tim Illingworth giving me the number of the Cambridge room party, which I then forgot until Judith came to lead me away to bed and it was too late What is his weird charismatic power, that at his bidding respectable fans will stand on their heads telling Irish jokes while miming word book titles and playing the kazoo? I think we should be told.
In the next instant, the loathsome beast is about to pounce on our unsuspecting innocent. From the moment this monster appears on the scene — and by now, viewers engrossed in the saga know precisely when that moment arrives — our surprise and revulsion are such that, considering the wild ride the movie ultimately takes us on, we can never be sure where or when that beast will turn up next. A Space Odyssey, Star Wars its immediate predecessor at Twentieth Century-Fox , The Exorcist, and, most logically, The Thing from Another World, this space opera-cum-creep show combines chest-bursting excitement with solid shock-value for the buck, albeit in slow, agonizing doses. In addition to the obvious horror elements there is plenty of artistry to admire, with a good deal of the credit going to two-time director Scott for his fine sense of the subtle: When the thrills do come, they literally jump out at you, thanks to a photogenic feline named Jonesy.