Column: Gods and Monsters: Review: The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Gods and Monsters: 2013

By Paula R. Stiles

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Bai she chuan shuo) (2011). Director: Siu-Tung Ching. Cast: Jet Li, Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam. Country: China.

[spoilers ahead]

A young herbalist, Xu Xian (Raymond Lam), falls in love with a kind young woman, Susu (Shengyi Huang), after she saves him from drowning. Complications ensue when the stern demon hunter, Abbot Fahai (Jet Li), …

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Cthulhu Eats the World: Review: Sinister (2012)

This entry is part 1 of 15 in the series Cthulhu Eats the World: 2013

By Brian M. Sammons

Sinister (2012). Director: Scott Derrickson. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone.

New, non-remake, non-sequel horror movies are as rare as a lingerie model coming from Innsmouth. Good new horror films are all but mythical. Yes, I’m looking at you, The Apparition. So, when a horror flick comes out that’s both new and good, then I’m happy to pick up …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Thing from Another World (1951)

By Orrin Grey

The Thing from Another World (1951). Director: Christian Nyby (& Howard Hawks?). Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, & James Arness.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Difficult as it may be to believe, this was actually my first viewing of tonight’s film, in spite of the fact that John Carpenter’s 1982 remake (simply titled ‘The Thing‘) has the distinction of …

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Column: Slicing Score: The Wicker Man (1973)

By Maria Mitchell

The Wicker Man (1973). Composer: Paul Giovanni.

The plot of The Wicker Man is rooted in fundamentalism. Fundamentalism can be summed up as: It is what we believe. The thoughts of the community of Summerisle in this film can be summed up as: If we believe our life will benefit from your death, then it will.

Sgt. Howie is a police investigator that travels to Summerisle to search for a missing girl named ‘Rowan Morrison.’ It soon …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Loved Ones

By Brian M. Sammons

The Loved Ones. Director: Sean Byrne. Cast: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine.

This 2009 Australian, low budget, brutal, sometimes bloody, and very effective horror movie has finally made its way to North America, thanks to Paramount. Was it worth the wait? Did it live up to the critical hype, assuming that you’ve heard anything about it at all?

Yes, yes, it did. But be warned: I can see this movie falling into the category …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Altitude (2010)

By Brian M. Sammons

Altitude (2010). Director: Kaare Andrews. Cast: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho.

If you’ve seen the poster or DVD case for this movie, then your Lovecraft loving appetite might have been whetted like mine was. It shows a guy hanging out of a small airplane in flight, surrounded by dark clouds, with a couple of huge tentacles reaching out to grab him. For a rabid fan of H.P. Lovecraft, the mind reels with the possibilities such …

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