A cute post, by Martin Anderson, in celebration of the corridor in SF movies:

http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/313130/in_praise_of_the_scifi_corridor.html

Anderson’s quite right that these scenes help establish the futuristic atmosphere.  We’d feel cheated if we saw cinderblock walls or white plaster.  But his word “utilitarian” is wildly off.  These environments are interesting precisely because they’re so lovingly, weirdly overbuilt.

Granted, they evoke things like submarine interiors.  But there’s little call for rows of massive pipes, inscrutable protrusions, and rows of lights in odd places, especially if the thing really is just a hallway.

I’d write more, but I just noticed the teaser at the bottom of the page: the 24 worst special effects of all time!  Got to check that out…

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