Hot Messes: Horror Films That Weren’t Quite Great

By Paula R. Stiles

It’s so easy to make MSTK-style fun of truly bad horror (like The Giant Gila Monster), or even mediocre stuff. Far more frustrating are those films that had some beguiling charms, but ultimately, just couldn’t quite hold it together. And no, I don’t mean genuinely-good films, like Targets, that have simply been forgotten, but those films that contain what Stephen King calls in his classic study of the genre, Danse Macabre, “gold nuggets”

Paula R. StilesHot Messes: Horror Films That Weren’t Quite Great

Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.07: The Curious Case of Dean Winchester

By Paula R. Stiles

Tagline: The brothers are on the trail of a 900-year-old witch who plays poker for years. But their options are seriously narrowed after Bobby gives in to temptation and plays. And loses.

Recap: A woman is sitting, reading the Weekly World News with a headline declaring, “The Apocalypse Has Come!” when her husband comes home. He hurried upstairs, barely acknowledging her greeting to him. In the bathroom, he ages from a young man to a very …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Supernatural 5.07: The Curious Case of Dean Winchester

Retro Review (and Recap): Supernatural 3.13: Ghostfacers!

By Paula R. Stiles

Tagline: Every Leap Year night, Morton House turns into the pinnacle of paranormal phenomena. No one has ever stayed the entire night and the Ghostfacers are on the case. But will the ghosts of Morton House prove too dangerous, or will the ‘Facers’ arch rivals, Sam and Dean Winchester, steal the case from them?

Recap: After a recap involving Dean’s deal and some djinn action, and a quickie summary of season one’s “Hell House”, the episode …

Paula R. StilesRetro Review (and Recap): Supernatural 3.13: Ghostfacers!

Review (and Recap): Eastwick 1.06: Bonfire and Betrayal

By Paula R. Stiles

Tagline: Joanna finds out that Kat kissed Will and has it out with Kat. Van Horne discovers that Bun has been fibbing. Roxie freaks out about her vision from last week and tries to change it, especially when Joanna is kidnapped by the Crazy Pastor Dunn.

Recap: Roxie is on a mission to save whomever she saw in her vision. But she starts off the episode trying to stand in for Bun on her guided Halloween …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Eastwick 1.06: Bonfire and Betrayal

Retro Review (and Recap): Supernatural 4.05: Monster Movie

By Paula R. Stiles

Alas, Supernatural only gets 22 episodes per year. Fortunately, Innsmouth Free Press has only started recapping this season, which gives us four seasons and 80 episodes to recap and review. So, this week, we’re going to start off with last year’s October holidays entries: namely this one,”Monster Movie” (Oktoberfest), and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester” (Halloween) before returning next week with a brand new ep for Halloween this year.

“Monster Movie” tagline: Sam and Dean …

Paula R. StilesRetro Review (and Recap): Supernatural 4.05: Monster Movie

Review (and Recap): Eastwick 1.05: Mooning and Crooning

By Paula R. Stiles

Eastwick tagline: A rare, extra-large full moon brings out more than the wolf in everybody, including our three witches. But the morning after may have some harsh consequences.

Eastwick recap: Van Horne takes the women out to dinner (actually, he invites himself out to their girls’ night out). While there, they are accosted by the wife of the Reverend Joanna exposed two weeks ago. The woman has choice (and not entirely fair) words for each of …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Eastwick 1.05: Mooning and Crooning

Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.06: I Believe the Children Are Our Future

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be many spoilers]

Recap: A teenage girl in Alliance, Nebraska is watching TV (Cujo) and playing with a hairbrush. She hears a noise upstairs. When she goes to investigate, she finds the boy that she’s babysitting (Jimmy) “dead” in a closet with a pencil in his ear. It turns out he’s just screwing around and she sends him to bed. She hears dogs barking outside (not on the TV), but it turns out …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Supernatural 5.06: I Believe the Children Are Our Future

Review: Eastwick: 1.04: Fleas and Casserole

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for the episode]

Recap: This week in Eastwick, Kat came home to an empty house and freaked out. At first, she tried to be reasonable and call Raymond. When he didn’t return her calls, she called the police and reported a familial kidnapping. But just when the useless cop arrived there to interview her, Raymond waltzed in with the kids. The cop seemed to think this was just hunky-dory (have Eastwick police had no …

Paula R. StilesReview: Eastwick: 1.04: Fleas and Casserole

Review (and Recap): Supernatural 5.05: Fallen Idols

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be many spoilers]

Recap: You know “Fallen Idols” is an MOTW episode when two guys you’ve never seen before are standing around a car, talking about it. It’s either that or a car commercial. One guy, Cal, is all excited about having bought the ultimate car: James Dean’s “Little Bastard”, the one that killed him, which is reputed to be cursed. You know Cal is cursed, too, as soon as he gets in (Yes, I’ve …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap): Supernatural 5.05: Fallen Idols

Review: Eastwick: 1.03: Madams and Madames

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for the episode]

Recap: This week in Eastwick, Bun has woken up, but isn’t herself. She sits in her hospital bed, drawing the symbol Jamie burned into his hip last week and singing, “Three Blind Mice”. Kat tries to rouse as she gathers up Bun’s drawings, but ends up rather freaked out, instead.

Later, at the grand opening for beginning construction of Van Horne’s new Eastwick brewery, our three witches are there, along with …

Paula R. StilesReview: Eastwick: 1.03: Madams and Madames

Review (and Recap) Supernatural 5.04: The End

By Paula R. Stiles

[Here be big old spoilers]

Tagline: Sam wants to get back into hunting and hook back up with Dean, but Dean refuses. Dean is then thrown five years into the future by the angel Zachariah. The Croatoan virus has taken over most of the population. Zachariah claims that this is what results when Dean refuses to let Michael in.

Recap: Supernatural‘s “The End” begins with a very odd and interesting recap. We get scenes from …

Paula R. StilesReview (and Recap) Supernatural 5.04: The End

Review: Eastwick: 1.02: Reaping and Sewing

By Paula R. Stiles

[Spoilers for the episode]

Recap: It’s the Eastwick Harvestfest, one of those small-town New England autumn festivals designed mainly to part rich tourists from their cash and get the locals through a long, cold winter. Joanna burbles on about Harvestfest, but her bubble is burst a little when Roxie and Kat point out that the papier mâché “turkey” she created looks more like a vagina.

Roxie is suspicious of Van Horne, whom she deems “not of …

Paula R. StilesReview: Eastwick: 1.02: Reaping and Sewing