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.

Retrospective

35 years ago, the most obscure sci-fi movie tried (and failed) to redefine alien cinema

Several movies inspired Men in Black. You definitely haven’t seen this one.

The Inverse Review

Meet Cute reinvents time travel — and Pete Davidson’s persona

The time travel is thoughtful, and Davidson is tolerable.

Retrospective

25 years ago, David Fincher made his most absurd conspiracy thriller ever

Fincher went on to say he regretted making this movie, but The Game has plenty of redeeming qualities

Hey Siri?

Review: Margaux proves smart-house thrillers don’t have to be dumb

A Gen Z friend group’s vacation trip goes horribly wrong in this VOD release.

Retrospective
Retrospective

20 years ago, Al Pacino's best sci-fi satire predicted a terrifying modern trend

Few films have possessed such an uncanny ability to predict where the fame game is heading.

Retrospective
Retrospective

30 years ago, a sci-fi flop beat Marvel to its smartest story idea

Once dismissed as unremarkable, this send-up of ‘90s television now looks disturbingly prescient.

Retrospective

25 years ago, the worst sci-fi TV pilot ever launched a pop culture phenomenon

Revisiting South Park’s first episode, the cutout animation comedy showed little of the genius ahead.

Retrospective
Retrospective
Retrospective

15 years ago, Danny Boyle made the most scientific space thriller ever

The British director hasn’t returned to science fiction since. Maybe that’s for the best.

Retrospective

45 years ago, the worst Exorcist sequel almost killed the franchise forever

The Heretic was conceived as nothing more than a “low-budget rehash” heavily reliant on unused footage from The Exorcist.

Retrospective

15 years ago, Fox made the best Fantastic Four movie ever — it still stunk

The last gasp for pre-MCU superhero movies is better than you remember.

Retrospective

5 years ago, Ryan Reynolds made the best Alien rip-off ever

Smart twists and a surprisingly deep cast bring this thriller to, well, you know.

Retrospective

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.

Retrospective

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.

Retrospective

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.

Retrospective

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