My Influences

I wasn’t allowed to see Close Encounters of the Third Kind when it was first out. I was going on 14 and had cleverly bypassed my Dad’s edict against sci-fi and fantasy movies for me with Star Wars the summer before by getting my cousin to take me while we were visiting. I had no such foil for Spielberg’s first alien movie. The first time I saw the whole thing, however, I was struck by the feeling I had seen it before. Chris Carter is so lucky that Spielberg didn’t sue his arse.

The reason I was forbidden to go to movies like this was because my parents felt I had an unhealthy interest in all things they considered to be weird and likely to make it hard for me to ever meet someone who might consider marrying me (they didn’t have to add -” because you are already unattractive so try not to be odd too” but it was there).

I loved Dr. Who.

Believed in ESP and ET’s. Read everything I could about both subjects.

Watched every lame sci-fi television show that made it to the airwaves back in the 70’s like Planet of the Apes, Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run, The Tomorrow People, Kochak: The Night Stalker, Night Gallery.

Remember V? Awesome. Simply awesome idea though the movies themselves are beyond awful when viewed retrospectively.

Or Aeon Flux?

I devoured Frank Herbert and Tolkien.  Anne McCaffery’s Pern books line my shelves along with Stephen King and David Eddings.

I don’t know why the real world doesn’t interest me more. Perhaps it is too real? Or more likely I am a person who prefers being outside of the bounds that most people are most comfortable focusing on.

7 responses to “My Influences

  1. I’m not much into sci-fi, but I loved the Twilight Zone, Night Stalker, and the X-files. Currently enjoying The Eleventh Hour and Life on Mars because they sort of have that “out in left field” feel to them.

  2. I loved sci-fi — Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock were a big part of my TV life when I was a kid. I also enjoyed Star Trek. And oh yes, I still love scary movies. Being a Ray Bradbury fan, still, I find all of this very compelling. And fun!!

  3. Funny how our likes and dislikes are established at such a young age. I have always run in the opposite direction of all things sci-fi. The TV show “Twilight Zone” used to freak me out, and the theme music for “The Outer Limits” gave me goosebumps. The Star Wars movies are the extent of sci-fi I like to watch. Oh, I liked “ET.”

  4. So by denying you these things as a child you, naturally, ran to them at your first opportunity. Oldest story in the book! (By the way, when you said V was awesome, I initially thought you meant V for Vendetta, which is stinko. Glad I got that sorted out in my head.)

    • V for Vendetta, which is stinko

      Dude. What? V for Vendetta was a great flick, a rousing commentary on the state of current political affairs. That’s one movie where it’s the message, not the effects.

      I guess it’s clearly a matter of personal taste. I watched an episode or two of V and pronounced it “meh”.

  5. There was, if I’m not mistaken, an Aeon Flux live-action movie made recently, wasn’t there?

    I’m sort of with you, though you’re probably more versed than I am. I love sci-fi and all things weird and alien and fun.

    Speaking of aliens, Alien is my all-time favorite sci-fi movie, followed closely by 12 Monkeys.

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