Michael Thielvoldt

The End of the World Through Rose Colored Glasses: Teasing the Animated Feature COCOLORS

The End of the World Through Rose Colored Glasses:  Teasing the Animated Feature COCOLORS

In a world where everyone is encased in dehumanizing, space-like suits, the helmets of which create a mirrored barrier between faces, COCOLORS searches for alternative avenues of expression.

Unearthing Jason Voorhees: Camp Letter From a Young Jason to his Mother

Unearthing Jason Voorhees: Camp Letter From a Young Jason to his Mother

The following letter was discovered during Michael's annual pilgrimage to the long defunct Camp Crystal Lake. It appears to be a letter written by a young Jason Voorhees to his mother, Pamela Voorhees.

My Island Bro, Dr. Moreau

My Island Bro, Dr. Moreau

Now, with a whole band of animal-creatures and a little bit of persistent prodding, I’m sure I could convince the cat-people population to help me realize my long-gestating, live-action, Old Hollywood-stylized musical adaptation of Thundercats: “A Snarf is Born.”

Half and Half: A List of the Ten Best SciFi/Horror Films from the First Half of 2017

Half and Half: A List of the Ten Best SciFi/Horror Films from the First Half of 2017

2017 is proving to be yet another domino in a building line of high-caliber annual film fare. Not restricted to budget size or genre classification--high budget and low budget, genre films of all stripes or films that avoid genre classification all together---the last few years have been defined by unrelenting quality that is pushing forward to the present day. With the first seven months officially under our belts, I am going to take a look back at seven of the best SciFi and Horror films from the first half of the year.

Cream and Sugar with That?

Cream and Sugar with That?

Other Worlds Austin’s next Orbiter screening is the Texas premiere of DAVE MADE A MAZE on Wednesday, July 19 at Flix Brewhouse.

In the film, Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.

The Biggest Little Show on Earth

The Biggest Little Show on Earth

It was about three weeks ago when I first started watching my neighbor across the way. He looked like any other person in the neighborhood--maybe a little beardier than most--but a regular guy all the same. Normally, I wouldn’t have given him a second thought, only he crossed my sights more than the others.

Munchie Junkies

Munchie Junkies

In honor of the SciFi comedy FUTURE ’38, which screens Wednesday, May 17 at Flix Brewhouse, the OWA staff is creating a Time Capsule to be opened in 80 years.

FUTURE ’38 is a Technicolor valentine to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and ‘40s, with a SciFi twist. It’s a time-travel adventure which presents the exotic future-world of 2018 A.D., as imagined by the filmmakers of 1938!

An Ewokian Recipe from Far, Far Away: FORCEJOADA

An Ewokian Recipe from Far, Far Away: FORCEJOADA

The following recipe has been translated into Galactic Basic from it’s native Ewokian and adapted to suit a more universal palat by Michael Thielvoldt, Editor-chef of Cooking Lightsaber Magazine and Film Programmer for Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival.

If Kelsey Went Over the Edge, Let's Start Drowning Our Sorrows

If Kelsey Went Over the Edge, Let's Start Drowning Our Sorrows

Though a longshot...literally...there is a chance that the Kelseios, with its hyperdrive burning at full throttle and leapfrogging through every available wormhole to further and further reaches of the universe, has not only reached but my have also gone right over the edge of the universe.

Kris Kelvin Cuts Short

Kris Kelvin Cuts Short

This is Other Worlds Austin Programmer, Michael Thielvoldt, reporting live from the OWA Interstellar Radio Broadcasting Station. I’m speaking today with renowned psychiatrist/cosmonaut Dr. Kris Kelvin, who--as I’m sure our listeners already know--has just reached the orbit of Solaris. Good morning, Dr. Kelvin.

Dan O'Bannon: the Man Who Inspired the OWA Filmmaker Grant

Dan O'Bannon: the Man Who Inspired the OWA Filmmaker Grant

Dan O’Bannon’s story is one of unabashed creativity and generic infusions, both in terms of hybridization and innovation.  It is with this consideration and ambitions toward new horizons that we introduce the “Dan O’Bannon Other Worlds Austin Filmmaker Grant,” which we hope will allow burgeoning local voices representing the genres of SciFi, horror, and fantasy, an opportunity to bring those voices to fruition.

So You Like to Watch People Die?: The Appeal of Freddy Krueger

So You Like to Watch People Die?: The Appeal of Freddy Krueger

To this day, the visage of Freddy Krueger peers down at me while I sleep. A poster of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street signed by Wes Craven himself adorns the wall space above my bed, a meta-reconstruction of the famous scene from the film in which Freddy presses his face through the back Nancy’s bedroom wall. Yes, if I had to pick one of the many horror personalities and series that I devoured in my youth, Freddy and his nightmares on Elm Street would be hands-down my number one choice.

SciFiHybridity

SciFiHybridity

The definition of science fiction, perhaps more than other genres, involves a high degree of subjective reading. The question: “What is SciFi?” begs a multitude of answers.  SciFi purists might argue that Alien and The Fly are horror films, more specifically monster movies, or hybrid narratives, at best, but not strictly science fiction. Yet, I posit horror and science fiction have been inextricably linked since at least the classic period. Furthermore, I would argue that SciFi has always assumed a hybridized stance.

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