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An Interview with Director Liam O’Donnell, Beyond Skyline (Part II: Hydraulx VFX, Aliens vs. Predator)

Discussing Hydraulx VFX and Film/TV Influences with Director Liam O'Donnell, Beyond Skyline

Continuing from our previous interview, Attack from Planet B talked with Liam O’Donnell about his previous projects for Hydraulx VFX, and the various influences that have helped shape him as a filmmaker, and his well-received follow-up to Skyline; the aptly titled Beyond Skyline.

“You can’t really get away from Aliens when you are making a movie like this… There is a lot of the hive/powerplant sequence vibe with the eggs, the methylcellulose slime, and the latex webbing.”


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An Interview with Director Liam O’Donnell, Beyond Skyline

An Interview with Director Liam O'Donnell, Beyond Skyline

After co-writing and producing Skyline in 2010, Liam O’Donnell spent the better half a decade working on his directional debut; the well-received follow-up, Beyond Skyline. Attack from Planet B talked with Liam about his experience on both movies, and the challenges associated with making a hybrid genre film.

“In the first cut that I showed the producers, during the end fight scene – the martial art scene – they were like, this is just alien knife porn!”


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Beyond Skyline (2017, USA) Signature DVD Review

Beyond Skyline (2017)

Released in 2017, seven years after it’s predecessor Skyline, the aptly titled Beyond Skyline sees Liam O’Donnell take over the directorial reigns from Greg and Colin Strause, in his directional debut.

Beyond Skyline was unwarranted. It is a sequel no one expected, and perhaps, a sequel no one wanted. Even as someone that appreciated the first movie, Beyond Skyline went beyond (pun intended) my expectations entirely. It works because it is so wild…so out there… Beyond Skyline is an experience.

“Survive? We did a hell of a lot more than survive… We evolved.”


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Fright-Rags Phone Home with E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL Collection

Fright-Rags' E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Collection

It is hard to believe that it been 35 years since E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released. Today, the magic of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic still resonates with me, despite having first watched it over two and a half decades ago. So, what better way is there to commemorate one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, than with Fright-Rags’ E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial collection?

“He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home.”


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The Hunt Is On for Fright-Rags’ PREDATOR Collection

Fright-Rags' PREDATOR Collection

In Predator, John McTiernan’s 1987 sci-fi cult classic, Arnold Schwarzenegger taught us that “If it bleeds, we can kill it!”. For the 30th anniversary, Fright-Rags has released the Predator Collection; and the return of their popular mask and t-shirt box sets.

“Get to the chopper!”


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Celebrate 35 Years of John Carpenter’s THE THING with Fright-Rags Apparel

Fright-Rags The Thing Collection

John Carpenter’s The Thing still resonates with audiences to this day, with unparalleled practical effects from Rob Bottin and Stan Winston, themes of isolation and memorable performances from Kurt Russell and Keith David. In my own humble opinion, it is the perfect horror film. Fright-Rags commemorates 35 years of alien terror with The Thing Collection.

“I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.”