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.
"Kill her mommy"
How 'Friday the 13th Part 2' accidentally created horror’s biggest franchise ever
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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
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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
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"We heard the screaming, then they got very quiet. Nothing except the smell of death."
Bio-Don't
Bio-Dome: How a '90s sci-fi comedy became one of the worst movies ever made
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Released in early November, Koko-Di, Koko-Da puts a fresh spin on this classic sci-fi subgenre.
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Forget 'Freaky.' You need to watch this underrated sci-fi thriller ASAP!
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The latest scarefest from Blumhouse is nothing compared to the mind games of Joseph Kahn’s 2011 slasher.
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This forgotten Japanese horror movie is the scariest thing to watch in 2020
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Back in 2001, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Pulse' somehow predicted everything wrong with the world today.
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Re-animator: How a controversial Lovecraft movie became a sci-fi cult classic
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They don't make them like this anymore. Maybe that's a good thing.
Rewind
'Assassins': How the Wachowski's worst movie paved the way to 'The Matrix'
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You thought they came up with Neo on their first try?
I'm in...
Why 'Hackers' is still the best cyberspace movie of the mid-90s
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The cult classic may look stuck in the mid-’90s but its ideas still hold up today.
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Hardware: How a low-budget Terminator knockoff became a cyberpunk classic
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Richard Stanley’s directorial debut strips back the killer robot movie in nightmarish style.