Cthulhu Eats the World: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

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By Brian M. Sammons


The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014). Director: Adam Robitel. Cast: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay.


Truth be told, there aren’t a lot of Cthulhu Mythos or Lovecraftian connections to this movie. Sure, some people see HPL’s influence everywhere, and there may be some here around the edges, but nothing more than that. And yet, this movie, more than any other in recent memory, reminded me of a good game of Call of Cthulhu.

What, you don’t …

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

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Supernatural Season 10

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 …

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Recap and Review: Sleepy Hollow 1:07: The Midnight Ride/1:08: The Necromancer

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This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Sleepy Hollow Season 1

By P.S. Griffin


Summary: Wherein we learn that there are more skeletons in Ichabod’s past or, at least, one very large and menacing one! Yes, that pesky Headless Horseman returns and tries to get ahead (and a head) in this Apocalyptic battle. There are decapitations, history lessons, and both sides do crafts in this fast-paced, two-episode story arc. Two recaps and one review follow as we …

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

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This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Supernatural Season 10

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 …

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

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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Supernatural Season 10

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 …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2015

By Orrin Grey


The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). Directed by: Val Guest. Starring: Brian Donlevy, Jack Warner, Margia Dean.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is a personal favorite of mine, ever since I first caught it as part of Monster Awareness Month back in 2011. It’s my favorite …

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Column: Retronomicon: Dead In The Water: Grimm 3.04: One Night Stand

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Grimm Season 3

By J. Keith Haney


“More and more she grew to love human beings and wished that she could leave the sea and live among them.” – Hans Christian Anderson, “The Little Mermaid”


Recap: The quote above is put against the backdrop of yet more of Portland’s lovely forest area, starting from a tree and panning all the way down to a fallen log by the water. We …

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

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Supernatural Season 9

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 …

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Column: Recap and Review: Sleepy Hollow 1:06: The Sin Eater

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This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Sleepy Hollow Season 1

By P.S. Griffin


Summary: Wherein we learn the skeletons in Ichabod’s past and the holes in the Masons’ plan. Yep. Those guys finally showed up well after Ichabod fanboyed the Masonic symbols on the dollar bill in the pilot.


Recap: Sweet Abbie takes the previous episode’s life lesson to heart immediately and begins to try and make Ichabod feel that he belongs in this century by …

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Column: Retronomicon: The Price of Loyalty: Dracula 1.04: From Darkness To Light

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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Dracula

By J. Keith Haney


Recap: We start off with a recap that encompasses Daniel’s suicide, Grayson’s demonstration, the reincarnation angle with Mina and Grayson, Grayson’s continuing frustration with the lack of a solar vaccine, Mina proposing to Jonathan, Lucy’s torch that she’s carrying for Mina, Lady Jane’s nasty vampire-hunting habits, and the death of the Seers. Whew! That’s more action than some series get on thirty episodes, let alone …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Thing on the Doorstep (2014)

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This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Cthulhu Eats the World

By Brian Sammons


The Thing on the Doorstep (2014). Director: Tom Gliserman. 
Cast: David Bunce, Susan Cicarelli-Caputo, Mary Jane Hansen.


The thing about making a movie about a story by H.P. Lovecraft is that anyone can do it, since many of his tales are public domain. This means that many first time filmmakers cut their cinematic teeth on tales by the Grand Old Gent from Providence. …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: House of the Damned (1963)

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This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2014

By Orrin Grey


House of the Damned (1963). Directed by: Maury Dexter. Starring: Ron Foster, Merry Anders, Richard Crane.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s fright film has a synopsis that would have been right at home in a Stuart Gordon movie thirty years later, where it would have …

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