Josh Bell

Josh Bell is a freelance writer and movie/TV critic based in Las Vegas who covers sci-fi cinema for Inverse with a weekly column recommending lesser-known films to watch online. He's the former film editor of Las Vegas Weekly and has written about movies and pop culture for Syfy Wire, Polygon, CBR, Film Racket, Crooked Marquee, and more. With comedian Jason Harris, he co-hosts the podcast Awesome Movie Year.

Retrospective

The First 'Hellrasier' Sequel Turned a Personal Artistic Vision Into a Viable Franchise

We have such profits to show you.

ByJosh Bell
Retrospective

The Best Zombie Christmas Musical is One of a Kind

This Scottish indie production brilliantly executes an unlikely combination of genres.

ByJosh Bell
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One of the Most Entertaining Creature Features Does a Lot With a Silly Premise

Alexandre Aja's alligator attack movie rises above its B-movie origins with genuine suspense and compelling characters.

ByJosh Bell
Last Call

Sylvester Stallone’s Ridiculous Time Travel Romp is Still a Blast to Watch Today

Two of the 1990s' biggest action stars face off in a future full of smart satire.

ByJosh Bell
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'Dune' Is Denis Villeneuve’s Biggest Sci-Fi Movie, but It’s Not His Best

Villeneuve got his sci-fi start with this sensitive and cerebral masterpiece.

ByJosh Bell
Culture

With 'Antiviral,' A New Cronenberg Legacy Was Born

Starting with his debut feature, Brandon Cronenberg proved to be the perfect heir to his dad's body-horror throne.

ByJosh Bell
Retrospective

10 Years Ago, An Apocalyptic Comedy Predicted Lockdown Hostilities

If you or someone you know went squirrelly in 2020, this will look familiar.

ByJosh Bell
Retrospective

35 Years Later, 'Beetlejuice' Still Makes Tim Burton’s Style Feel Fresh

The entire Burton empire can be traced back to this wonderfully morbid comedy.

ByJosh Bell
Retrospective

25 Years Later, 'The Big Lebowski' is an Elegy for the ‘60s — and a Compelling Mystery

Both the Dude and The Big Lebowski contain multitudes.

ByJosh Bell
Retrospective

'Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man' Was the 'Batman v Superman' of the 1940s

Two iconic monsters made a mediocre movie and created the cinematic universe.

ByJosh Bell
Retrospective

Zombies Used to do More Than Eat Brains, and Wes Craven Showed Us How Scary Their Masters Could Be

Forget George Romero -- Craven's take on zombies recalls something more primal and real.

ByJosh Bell
Last Call

Wednesday has become a smash hit, but it owes much of its success to its ‘90s predecessor

Apparently, you can’t tell an Addams Family story without a dance scene.

ByJosh Bell
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How Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds made a shockingly good Alien ripoff

This take on the claassic is shamelessly derivative and totally thrilling.

ByJosh Bell
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Sick of Marvel? This understated thriller provides a refreshing take on superheroes

This Blumhouse production perfectly combines superhero action, coming-of-age drama and, of course, street magic.

ByJosh Bell
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Steven Soderbergh’s best thriller you’ve probably never heard of is streaming now on Netflix

ByJosh Bell
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James Cameron already made the greatest sci-fi action sequel of all time

No matter how Avatar: The Way of Water turns out, this 1991 movie secured Cameron's place in cinema history.

ByJosh Bell
Last Call

If you’re tired of sprawling superhero franchises, a Netflix indie has the antidote

Forget cinematic universes. Sit down for a fascinating and heartfelt standalone superhero story.

ByJosh Bell
Retrospective

Ellen Ripley deserved better than Alien Resurrection

ByJosh Bell
Retrospective

Steven Soderbergh’s only sci-fi movie is better than you remember

The filmmaking icon proved himself a master of any genre with this 2002 film.

ByJosh Bell
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You need to watch the most thrilling Star Trek movie on HBO Max ASAP

Out of all the Trek movies, this one set the stage for the mix of sci-fi ideas and action thrills that has since defined the franchise.

ByJosh Bell