In the climactic moments of the film, Dave goes through what is probably a wormhole (the film never directly states), which was once again a recent scientific theory, and the kaleidoscopic lights that fill the frame invented the visual language for wormholes that has been repeated in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Contact, and Interstellar, just to name a few. Click the button below to start this article in quick view. It captures space realistically with slow, patient movements and the total absence of sound. According to common horror movie logic (which Halloween helped usher in), the more of a prude you are, the more likely you are to make it through the night. The complete extra 19 minutes was thought lost until 17 minutes of footage were found, preserved in a salt mine in Kansas, in 2010. It gave credence to the idea that “HAL” is a sly reference to “IBM,” since each letter in the evil computer’s name is one alphabetical letter away from the letters in the computer company’s name. After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. Many reviewers complained that the plot made no sense, and some balked at Kubrick’s explanation, “I wanted to make a non-verbal statement, one that would affect people on the visceral, emotional and psychological levels.” But Variety predicted it could be “the first ‘serious’ or ‘intellectual’ pic to (become a hit) sans significant critical support.” As a safety measure, Metro wanted to build word of mouth for the film, which was slowly opening around the U.S. Both places are fictional, but Smiths Grove, Kentucky, is close to where John Carpenter grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, and Leonard Rossiter, and directed by Stanley Kubrick with a budget of $10,500,000, "2001: A Space Odyssey" was released in 1968. —Michele Debczak, Senior Staff Writer, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s 2004 Swedish novel chronicles the friendship of a young boy named Oskar and his enigmatic new friend, Eli, who happens to be a very old vampire. While this is all happening, the Trenton family moves into the seemingly idyllic town only to realize it isn't as lovely as it appears. Get exclusive deals, product news, reviews, and more with the Mental Floss Smart Shopping newsletter. We watch a six-year-old Myers put on a clown mask that’s been discarded on the floor in the earliest Halloween scene, before he tragically kills his own sister Judith. Of course, there have been intelligent science fiction films released recently, including Ex Machina, Annihilation, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049, and the genre has been popularized with multi-billion-dollar franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek; even the MCU can be considered science fiction.
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