Cthulhu Eats the World: The 10 Best Horror Films of 2015

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This entry is part of 1 in the series Cthulhu Eats the World 2016

By Brian M. Sammons


Welcome back, my fellow fright film fans. It’s the start of a new year, so that means looking back at the year that just died and poking at its corpse for various highlights, lowlights, and best-of lists. 2015 was a pretty good year for horror flicks. It wasn’t stellar or anything, like some of years of the 1980s, but it wasn’t as …

Brian M. SammonsCthulhu Eats the World: The 10 Best Horror Films of 2015

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

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This entry is part of 1 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2016

The Mephisto Waltz (1971). Directed by: Paul Wenkos. Starring: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Perkins, Curd Jurgens.


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 another entry in the “Rosemary’s Baby was pretty popular, right?” class of Satanism shockers of the early 70s, with a title taken from piano …

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Article: Through a Wood Darkly: Growing Up in the World of “Lemora”

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By Jose Cruz


Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (1973). Directed by: Richard Blackburn. Starring: Cheryl Smith, Lesley Taplin, Richard Blackburn, William Whitton.


Vampiric godmothers. Lost princesses. Haunted forests. Genetic mutations. Singing crones. Ghoulish children. Ancient gods.

Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (1973) is truly one of the great melting-pot films of midnight cinema, but what separates this strangely beautiful, still-underseen production from others of its kind is the manner in which its heady mashing of Weird …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Expiration Date

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2015

By Randy Stafford


Kilpatrick, Nancy, ed. Expiration Date. EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2015. Kindle USD $5.99. ISBN: 978-1-77053-063-8. Paperback USD $15.95. 288 pages. ISBN: 978-1-77053-062-1.


An anthology that promises stories that “examine all sorts of expirings, but mainly the ones that are personal,” seems like a good idea. The execution? That’s another matter.

First off, all but four stories – by …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Food of the Gods (1976)

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This entry is part 12 of 11 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2015


By Orrin Grey


The Food of the Gods (1976). Director: Bert I. Gordon. Starring: Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. When I was a kid, we got a channel that showed old monster movies on Saturday mornings. So, when other kids were watching Saturday …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Paranoiac (1963)

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This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2015

By Orrin Grey


Paranoiac (1963). Directed by: Freddie Francis. Starring: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell.


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 my personal favorite from among Hammer’s handful of psychological thrillers, Paranoiac, directed by Freddie Francis from a screenplay by Hammer stalwart Jimmy Sangster, based …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Paranoiac (1963)

Column: Gods and Monsters: Review: Psycho (1960)

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This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Gods and Monsters 2015

Psycho (1960). Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, John Gavin.


Many spoilers ahoy


We all go a little mad, sometimes ….


My mom once told me that she went to see Psycho twice when it first came out. She hadn’t intended to do this, but after she had seen it the first time, a friend wanted to see it and …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Spider Baby (1967)

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This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2015

By Orrin Grey


Spider Baby (1967). Directed by: Jack Hill. Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Sid Haig, Beverly Washburn, Jill Banner.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Since it’s Halloween this month, and Halloween is our favorite holiday here at the Vault of Horror, we thought we would dust …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Spider Baby (1967)

Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4)

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2015

By Randy Stafford


Blackmore, Keith C. Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4). Amazon Digital Services Inc.: 2014. Kindle USD $4.99. Paperback USD $14.39, 545 pages. ASIN: B00PY8IA78.


It’s been about four years since the zombie plague struck Newfoundland and, presumably, the rest of the world. Now, a new day is dawning.

Oh, there still are wild zombies around – pathetic crawlers because they’ve …

Randy StaffordColumn: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Well Fed (Mountain Man Book 4)

Review: H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition

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By Allen Griffin


Steadman, John L.H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition. Weiser Books (September 1, 2015). Paperback: 304 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1578635870.


The number of books dedicated to the intersection of H.P. Lovecraft and the Occult continues to grow with the release of John L. Steadman’s H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magick Tradition. Published by Weiser Books, an imprint of Red Wheel, this text emerges from a publisher focused on the Occult and esoteric subject matter.

Despite …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Reptilicus (1961)

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This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series The Vault of Secrets 2015

By Orrin Grey


Reptilicus (1961). Directed by: Sidney Pink. Starring: Bent Mejding, Absjorn Andersen, Poul Wildaker.


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 shares some minor similarities with a handful of previous Vault of Secrets alumni, notably Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet from a few months ago, in that …

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Column: On the Marches of Dreamland: Review: Andersonville

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series On the Marches of Dreamland 2015

By Randy Stafford


Erdelac, Edward M. Andersonville. Hydra: 2015. Kindle USD $5.12. ASIN: B00TWDZZGK.


If they didn’t invent it, they were early adaptors of the term “dead-line” at Andersonville. That’s “deadline” as in cross it and you’ll be shot dead.

Eighty years before the world saw the corpses and the unflensed walking dead of Auschwitz and Treblinka, it saw photos of the survivors …

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