OK, so I’m not about to come out and say The Chronicles Of Riddick was one of the best slices of big-screen sci-fi from recent years, because it wasn’t.

But it was certainly better than a lot of people gave it credit for – in my opinion anyways.

And, let us not forget Vin Diesel’s creation was first unleashed in the truly memorable Pitch Black, one of the best low-budget, expectation-exceeding offerings of the last 20 years.

All of that is why I’m more than willing to cut Riddick some slack, and am actually quite looking forward to the next instalment when it lands in September.

A new trailer has landed in the last 24 hours and suggests something edging back more towards the first ‘nasty creatures on a bad planet’ vibe, which can surely only be a good thing.

Yes, there seems to be a bit too much dodgy CGI for my liking, but let’s stay optimistic about this one.

Starring the likes of Katie Sackhoff, Karl Urban and WWE star Batista and once again directed by David Twohy, Riddick hits cinemas on September 4.


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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle