We’ve all had a movie that’s scared us to death. You may hate horror films, but chances are you had to watch at least one to discover you dislike them, and chances are also that the reason you dislike them is because that film terrified you. The io9 staff is no different—and these are the movies that taught us to be…
If these were actual stamps, it might make a trip to the post office bearable.
Cell phones have done many things to our lives, but one that gets overlooked is erasing the memory of a long distance phone call. Twenty years ago, receiving or making a long distance call was a big deal. And taking that into account, one company has figured out how much it would have cost E.T. to phone home.
When we hear the phrase “science fiction,” most of the time, we focus on the second word. That’s the fun part, right? The stuff that’s impossible? Well, a new art show is flipping that on its head.
In the latest teaser for LEGO Dimensions’ season two content, the girl from Krypton introduces us to a stranded alien botanist in search of a phone. Perhaps there is one in that odd blue box.
Quotes are the currency by which we pay respect to our favorite movies. If you can spout off a one-liner from a movie, odds are it has a special place in your heart, and that belief drives an awesome looking new art show in Los Angeles this weekend.
Back when Aliens was the number one movie in America, Sigourney Weaver took to Saturday Night Live for their 12th season opener, and took part in an Aliens spoof. The skit is... sort of interesting, but the joke on Ripley randomly removing her jumpsuit for no reason is pretty classic.
There are few films out there that have had as much an impact on the movie-going public as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. On Wednesday, Melissa Mathison, who authored the screenplay passed away at the age of 65 due to complications from cancer.
Science fiction has rocked cinemas for a century, and the genre has produced many undisputed classics during that time. But which movies are essential viewing for anyone interested in the genre? We broke down the 50 must-watch science fiction films.
Steven Spielberg called the alien puppet for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial "something that only a mother could love." And a good deal of concept art went into creating that cute and ugly creature and getting its expressions just right.
You may not know John Alvin's name, but you've admired his work. Along with Drew Struzan, he's one of a few great poster artists who've shaped your love of science fiction and fantasy movies with some indelible images. Check out an exclusive gallery from his new art book.
For a whole generation of video-game-playing kids, The Last Starfighter represents a special kind of wish-fulfillment: a down-on-his-luck kid becomes a video-game champ, only to find himself recruited to fight in an interplanetary war. How did something so perfect get made? Here's the whole, fascinating story.
The influence of classic Spielberg movies is all over Earth to Echo. The plot is lifted from E.T., but the movie also borrows heavily from Goonies and other 80s movies about kids hanging out. But stylistically, this movie borrows nothing. In fact, it shows how to conjure the "80s kid movie" vibe without wallowing in…
It's summer movie season, which means lots of effects-heavy, big budget romps. And it's easy to feel numbed by all this digital overkill. But when visual effects are used well, they can tell the story instead of distracting from it. Just check out our list of 12 movies that use VFX purely as a storytelling tool.
Today, diggers unearthed a cache of Atari 2600 game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Game aficionados have told the urban legend around the buried games for decades. Now I'm wondering: in a world of digital-only media, will this sort of discovery cease to exist? What do you think?
In 1983, the failing Atari video game company allegedly dumped millions of unsold E.T. the Extra Terrestrial cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Ever since, game nostalgists have tried to track them down. Today, screenwriter Zak Penn's documentary crew begin digging, and our friends at Wired got a sneak peek at the…
Our favorite science fiction and fantasy films seem to have burst into existence fully formed, already perfect. So it's weird when you realize that a lot of the best movies had the biggest false starts and dead ends. Here are 12 much-loved movies that had very different storylines early on in their creation.