“It’s painful to re­call how ex­cited we were by the Star Wars pre­quels”

SFX - - The sfx years | 1995 - 1997 -

This pe­riod also boasted our first An­thony Head in­ter­view, for Slid­ers. Lit­tle did we re­alise he’d rarely not fea­ture in one sci- fi fran­chise or an­other over the next 20 years…

This was also the dawn of the CG age. Fea­tures on spe­cial ef­fects rapidly mor­phed from pic­tures of men by mod­els to pic­tures of men by wire­frames on com­puter screens ( hello, Ju­manji…). Toy Story be­came the first ever movie en­tirely cre­ated by pix­els.

The word “Spoil­ers” en­tered the zeit­geist, spurring the mag­a­zine to cre­ate The Spoiler Zone. At first it was a sealed sec­tion, which was a bit of a gim­mick, to be hon­est, but soon it be­came a cause of brag­ging rights among read­ers who re­fused to open it.

By the end of SFX phase one Hol­ly­wood started mak­ing half- way de­cent SF films with 12 Mon­keys and Men In Black. Then Alien Res­ur­rec­tion came along and halted that trend.

And, lay­ing part of the foun­da­tions of SFX Phase 2, Ge­orge Lu­cas an­nounced the Star Wars pre­quels. It’s painful to re­call how ex­cited we were. Dave Golder

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