Gods and Monsters: Review: The Apparition (2012)


By Paula R. Stiles


The Apparition (2012). Director: Todd Lincoln. Cast: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, and Tom Felton. Country: USA.


Several Young Ghostbusters rejects conduct a college experiment in which they try to contact the Other Side. It succeeds beyond their wildest nightmares – which means that it all goes horribly wrong.

Years later, one of the college students (Sebastian Stan) has married and moved on, or so he hoped. His new wife (Ashley Greene) is nice and, frankly, smarter …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: King Kong Escapes (1967)


By Orrin Grey


King Kong Escapes (1967). Director: Ishiro Honda. Starring: Rhodes Reason, Mie Hama, Linda Miller.


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 the second (and last) Toho film to feature King Kong, and also the one and only (so far as I can figure out) Toho-Rankin/Bass co-production, King Kong Escapes. We shall never see its like again.

For those out …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)


The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964). Directed by: Michael Carreras. Starring: Jeanne Roland, Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jack Gwillim.


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 the first in a string of largely-unrelated sequels to Hammer’s 1959 version of The Mummy. Produced, directed and written by Michael Carreras, who has a producer credit on seemingly the majority of Hammer’s …

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Gods and Monsters: Review: Dark Floors (2008)


By Paula R. Stiles


Dark Floors (2008). Director: Pete Riski. Cast: Skye Bennett, Noah Huntley, Dominique McElligott, Philip Bretherton, Ronald Pickup, Leon Herbert, William Hope, many Finnish extras from the band Lordi. Country: Finland.


A young man’s autistic daughter is in the hospital for tests when she freaks out and blows up the MRI machine. Her father decides to take her home, against the strenuous objections of a pesky nurse. When they all get into an elevator with some other …

Paula R. StilesGods and Monsters: Review: Dark Floors (2008)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Deadly Mantis (1957)


By Orrin Grey


The Deadly Mantis (1957). Directed by: Nathan Juran. Starring: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. I have fond memories of the Crestwood House Monster Series book of tonight’s film, mostly because it had a picture of the titular deadly mantis in a tunnel full of wrecked cars on the cover. It’s a pretty great shot, though …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Brain Eaters (1958)


By Orrin Grey


The Brain Eaters (1958). Directed by: Bruno VeSota. Starring: Ed Nelson, Alan Jay Factor, Cornelius Keefe.


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 bore enough of a resemblance to the Robert Heinlein novel, The Puppet Masters, that producer Roger Corman settled out of court for $5,000 and the agreement that he wouldn’t put Heinlein’s name on the movie, since the …

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


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 …

Brian M. SammonsCthulhu Eats the World: The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

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


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 of the Hammer films of Nigel Kneale, all of which number among my favorite Hammer …

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


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. Some do this out of love for the source material, and others do it …

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


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 been half again as long, at least three times as eventful, and about a hundred …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)


By Orrin Grey


The Cabinet of Caligari (1962). Directed by: Roger Kay. Starring: Glynis Johns, Dan O’Herlihy.


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 one that I was familiar with way before I ever knew what movie it actually was. In the Nine Inch Nails cover of Queen’s song “Get Down, Make Love,” there is an extended sample of the titular Caligari from …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Alligator People (1959)


The Alligator People (1959). Directed by: Roy Del Ruth. Starring: Beverly Garland, Lon Chaney Jr., George Macready.


Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. For tonight’s film, we’ll be taking a trip to the swamp for a classic creature feature from the prolific pen of Orville H. Hampton, who also scribed previous Vault of Secrets installments The Atomic Submarine and The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

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