Gods and Monsters: Review: The Apparition (2012)


By Paula R. Stiles


The Apparition (2012). Director: Todd Lincoln. Cast: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, and Tom Felton. Country: USA.


Several Young Ghostbusters rejects conduct a college experiment in which they try to contact the Other Side. It succeeds beyond their wildest nightmares – which means that it all goes horribly wrong.

Years later, one of the college students (Sebastian Stan) has married and moved on, or so he hoped. His new wife (Ashley Greene) is nice and, frankly, smarter …

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Gods and Monsters: Review: Dark Floors (2008)


By Paula R. Stiles


Dark Floors (2008). Director: Pete Riski. Cast: Skye Bennett, Noah Huntley, Dominique McElligott, Philip Bretherton, Ronald Pickup, Leon Herbert, William Hope, many Finnish extras from the band Lordi. Country: Finland.


A young man’s autistic daughter is in the hospital for tests when she freaks out and blows up the MRI machine. Her father decides to take her home, against the strenuous objections of a pesky nurse. When they all get into an elevator with some other …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.04: Paper Moon


By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Nobody needed to see Kate from “Bitten” again, but she’s back, anyway, and in an episode that’s All About Her.


Recap: Recap of werewolves showing why they are so full of fail. Then we get a little recap of Dean’s demon storyline, with some emphasis on how dark Sam went to “save” Dean and culminating in Castiel telling Dean to take a vacation.

Cut to a biker bar called “Panheads …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.03: Soul Survivor


By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Sam puts Dean through an extremely brutal form of shock therapy to make him human again. It has unforeseen consequences.


Recap: Recap of the first two episodes of the season, including a brief callback to the demon cure scene in “Clip Show.” Which is interesting because Sam? Well, he doesn’t do that ritual quite right. Could be it’s significant. Could be this writing team forgot important canon again.

Cut to …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.02: Reichenbach


By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Crowley tries to strong-arm Dean into executing a deal for him, while Military Guy uses Sam to track Dean down. This turns out to be a huge mistake on both counts.


Recap: Then recap of last week’s episode, as well as relevant history of Dean’s murder by Metatron, the Mark of Cain, and Castiel’s stolen grace.

Cut to … well, not Now but June 21st, 2003. A kid comes downstairs …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 9.05: Dog Dean Afternoon


By Paula R. Stiles

In keeping with the 12 Days of Christmas (which began on Thursday), I’ll be doing at least 12 Supernatural episode reviews to catch up a bit between now and January 20. Today is number one.


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: When the brothers investigate the death of a taxidermist, Dean takes a shaman’s potion to speak with the only witness – the man’s dog.


Recap: Recap of the season so far, with a weird emphasis …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 10.01 (Season Premiere): Black


By Paula R. Stiles

If you like these reviews, you can help support us by buying our books and spreading the word about them. We currently have a presale going for our latest collection, The Nickronomicon. Also on sale is our recent sword & sorcery anthology, Sword and Mythos, and Laotian-American Mythos poet Bryan Thao Worra’s collection, Demonstra.


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Newly demonized Dean paints the town red with Crowley, while Sam goes to …

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Whispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 9/1/14: The Labor Day Edition


This week, we have more news and spoilers about Doctor Who, sci-fi series and Supernatural. You can access previous spoilers columns here.


Doctor Who (Saturday nights, 9pm, BBC America)
By Heather S. Vina

The season premiere did big ratings for BBC America, making it the “highest rated season premiere ever on BBC America.” Over in the UK, the overnight figures are in. The show received 6.8 million viewers, giving it a 32.5% share of …

Paula R. StilesWhispers, Spoilers & Speculation Corner: 9/1/14: The Labor Day Edition

Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 9.04: Slumber Party


By Paula R. Stiles


[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]


Tagline: Charlie returns for a Wizard of Oz spoof, just in time to promote the movie’s reissue in 3D.


Recap: Recap of Charlie Sue’s escapades that is obviously meant to be cute and instead reminds me how much I can’t stand her. Ugh. The rest of the recap is about the brothers discovering the Men of Letters bunker.

Cut to … not Now but 1935. In black and white, we see …

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Column: Gods and Monsters: Jesus in “Supernatural”


spoilers but no proselytizing ahoy


The most common trope out there

A perennial question among fans of the show, Supernatural, is “Where is Jesus in all of this?” The question makes sense, because this has always been at its heart a show about the Christian Apocalypse. As this fan-made video from 2007 shows, even in season one, the religious imagery was heavy-duty:



As the central figure in the most important story of Christianity, Jesus Christ is one of the …

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