Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a freelance entertainment writer from North West England who covers movie history for Inverse. He's written about film and television for Esquire, Billboard, Vulture, New Scientist, i-D, The Guardian, and Paste. He's also a soccer enthusiast, garage drummer, Icelandophile, and carrot cake connoisseur.


25 years ago, Bruce Willis made the most divisive sci-fi movie ever

Whether you think it’s one of the best sci-fi movies ever or one of the worst, you’re never going to forget it.


20 years ago, the Friday the 13th franchise succumbed to a pervasive sci-fi cliché

When there’s nowhere left for a franchise to go, it goes to space.


Moonshot HBO Max review: Cole Sprouse’s trip to Mars never takes off

The new sci-fi romantic comedy stars Lana Condor and Cole Sprouse.


20 years ago, Aaliyah made a cult classic that almost ruined vampire movies forever

Vastly inferior to Interview with the Vampire before it, this clunky sequel isn't without its strange charms


5 years ago, Resident Evil made the most uninspiring post-apocalypse movie ever

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is undeniably a Resident Evil movie.


25 years ago, this Alien knockoff spawned a monstrous sci-fi trend

This forgotten '90s sci-fi thriller has aged surprisingly well.

The Inverse Review

Encounter review: Amazon’s most ambitious sci-fi thriller of 2021 is here

Riz Ahmed sees aliens in Amazon's intriguing new sci-fi movie.

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Finch review: Tom Hanks plays the hits, with a dystopian sci-fi twist

Tom Hanks treads familiar ground in the new Apple TV+ original movie.

Time Warp

How 'The Island of Dr. Moreau' became the most notorious film shoot of the ’90s

25 years later, let’s revisit the troubled production of the 1996 H.G. Wells adaptation.

Scary stories

How Stephen King made one of the worst sci-fi movies of all time

The horror writer’s first (and last) stint in the director’s chair was doomed from the start.

"Kill her mommy"

How Friday the 13th Part 2 accidentally created horror’s biggest franchise ever

It wasn’t supposed to be a sequel at all, but it launched an unkillable series.

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How the weirdest sci-fi thriller of the '80s predicted Netflix

Before TV "binging," this underrated 1986 classic skewered our collective obsession like only a great B-movie could.

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The most confusing Philip K. Dick movie ever is also the most faithful

"We heard the screaming, then they got very quiet. Nothing except the smell of death."


How a '90s sci-fi comedy became one of the worst movies ever made

Dumb and dumberer (Stephen Baldwin and Pauly Shore) star in one of the worst movies ever made.

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How a 2001 techno-thriller predicted Bill Gates conspiracy theories

Antitrust has never been more relevant, and it's streaming for free online right now.

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How a rock opera director made the trippiest sci-fi movie of the 1980s

The film that inspired Stranger Things and Fringe deserves a closer look.

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How a master of sci-fi horror made Transformers before Michael Bay

Stuart Gordon's forgotten "kids' movie" deserves a second look.

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You need to watch this twisted new time loop movie ASAP

Released in early November, Koko-Di, Koko-Da puts a fresh spin on this classic sci-fi subgenre.