Review: The Dunwich Horror (The SyFy Channel, October 18, 2009)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The problem with Lovecraft is that it’s hard to maintain the suspense of his stories on screen. A lot of his work was thin on plot and thick on atmosphere, which means filling two hours worth of entertainment involves a lot of padding. The Dunwich Horror is one of his longer and more easily adaptable stories because of its length and plot.

That didn’t stop the makers of this new adaptation of Dunwich from producing a bizarre …

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Review: Templar Week: Fallen Knight

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Fallen Knight (1998), which is also known as The Minion, bears several similarities to Demon Knight (1995): there’s a hero trying to keep a precious key which could unlock the gates of Hell from the hand of a tenacious demonic foe, as well as a female sidekick. Unfortunately, Demon Knight was fun to watch. Fallen Knight is a boring, cheap, jumbled mess.

Dolph Lundgren plays a modern-day Templar knight in New York who has to drive …

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Review: Templar Week: Demon Knight

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The TV show Tales from the Crypt was hit or miss depending on the episode. There were some big turkeys there. But when it got it right, you were in for a fiendishly fun ride. Demon Knight (1995) has all the good parts of the TV episodes expanded to a full-motion picture format.

The plot has our hero fighting hordes of demons with a Grail relic containing the Blood of Christ in an effort to stop the …

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Review: Templar Week: Tombs of the Blind Dead

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There are two great things about Tombs of the Blind Dead: the shots of the monastery Santa María de Valdeiglesias (it’s not the Cernon, despite what the credits say) and the horses. Unfortunately, these are stacked against a whole lot of cons which include the laughable dialogue, poor script and crummy camera work.

I originally remembered this Spanish-Portugal production as being shot in Italian, which had me squinting for the first few minutes trying to figure …

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Review: Templar Week: The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Da Vinci Code and The Ninth Gate eat your heart out. L’hypothèse du tableau volé (The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting) (1979) is the daddy of the esoteric-mystery sub-genre. This short, black-and-white experimental French film, loosely inspired by the work of Pierre Klossowski, feels like a cross between Peter Greenway and Luis Buñuel. If all this makes it sound like a hard lump to swallow, sit your butt down and listen because L’hypothèse du

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Review: Dead Snow

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

OK, here’s an easy test to figure out if you should watch Dead Snow, which just premiered in Canada: if you think undead Nazis chasing people through Norway is tasteless, stay home. If you think undead Nazis chasing people through Norway sounds like a hell of an idea, purchase your tickets pronto.

Dead Snow tells the bloody, gory tale of a group of students who decide to take a mountain vacation. Predictably, they are annoying little …

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Review: Jennifer’s Body

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into a screening of Jennifer’s Body. The trying-too-hard-to-be-cool artificial dialogue of Juno grew grating by the second half of the movie and I did not know if I could stomach something similar again. Fortunately, the obnoxious dialogue works well within the format of an 80s B-horror movie and that’s exactly what this movie feels like: a B-movie. And that is the problem, and the glory, with Jennifer’s Body.…

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Mexican Dracula: German Robles, El Vampiro

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I shook hands with Dracula’s Mexican equivalent more than ten years ago after a theatre performance of La Dama de Negro. By then, German Robles, most famous for his role as Count Karol de Lavud a.k.a. Duval the Vampire, was no longer the young man in a cape that I had seen in the black and white movies, but he still struck an imposing figure.

German Robles first donned that black cape back in 1957 when …

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Review: Vampire Hunter D

by Amy Harlib

This review originally appeared on

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Urban Vision Entertainment 2000). Written and Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi (Asahi Sonorama). Music by Marco d’Ambrosio. Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R.

Inspired by the fluidity and the visual intricacy of the magisterial Hayao Miyazaki, , a Japanese anime feature (for adults as one might guess from the title) recently released in limited distribution in the USA and shown …

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Review: Bitten

by Paula. R. Stiles

Bitten (2008): Once Bitten Films, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Made-For-the-SyFy-Channel films generally suck out loud, but every so often, the network puts out something decent (hint: stick to the basic themes and stay far, far away from anything involving CGI/rubber blown-up monsters and/or set in Iraq). This low-budget, Canadian-indie vampire offering is something decent.

Ironically, Bitten (AKA Mordidos or Lady Is a Vamp) isn’t actually made for television. It’s a real, bona fide censored R-rated …

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Review: Negadon Attacks

by Amy Harlib

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Negadon Attacks: Three Animated Odysseys from Japan (Central Park Media Corporation, NY) Imaginasian Theater, NYC, May 12-18, 2006.

A New York-based media company, Central Park Media, that imports Japanese manga (comics) and anime (DVDs) for sale in the USA, arranged for limited theatrical distribution for a 90-minute-long presentation of a trio of its best offerings under the title Negadon Attacks: Three Animated Odysseys from Japan. All readily …

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Ten Horrific Silent Films

by Paula R. Stiles

Some of these films would not even be classified as horror today. However, all have given images, techniques and themes to the horror film genre that have never gone away (or should definitely be dug back up). It’s not intentional that most of these films are not American, but it might not be a coincidence, either. The German expressionists of the silent era were highly influential on later horror film. I’ve included links to the films

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