There’s few bits of ground online less well-trodden than the glassy smooth hell-lands marked “complaints about Star Wars” with the 1997 Special Edition re-releases of the movies being perhaps the most controversial releases in the series’ history due to a multitude of seemingly random CGI additions. Arguably one of the most impressive shots in the Special Edition is one that was actually realised entirely with practical effects, thanks in part, to an actress who apparently had a deal with the devil to never age.
Within the context of the Star Trek universe the Vulcans are a long-lived and scientifically inclined sentient race who, in typical sci-fi fashion, are defined by a singular trait, in this case, cold rock hard logic and reason. So much so actor Leonard Nimoy once turned down a chance to punch William Shatner in the back of the head because it’s not what a Vulcan would do.
Sumo is a combat sport in which massive barrel shaped men try to kick the everloving fuck out of each other to prove their dominance. Infamous for it’s total and complete lack of weight classes, which invariably sees only the roundest mounds of man succeed, the sport is notable for having some of the most impressive streaks of any sport where people push each other over. Perhaps the most well known is Seki Tarōkichi, a wrestler so dominant he had to be nerfed in real life.
Poltergeist is a film where an all American family is besieged by vengeful ghosts when they move into a house that was inexplicably built on top of like 5 graveyards worth of corpses. A horror classic filled to the brim with iconic and dare we say, very spooky visuals the film was a huge hit on release, which isn’t surprising considering it features a scene where an actress is harassed by real human skeletons.
Judge Dredd lives in a universe so corrupted by malignant crime-energy that even the icy hand of death isn’t enough to stop someone occasionally committing big crime. As a result, the 2000 AD universe has established that Judge Dredd uses a gun capable of shooting crime ghosts.