Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Cthulhu Does Cartoons

By Brian M. Sammons

Hello friends. Today, I thought I’d take a break from the big screen, and instead focus on the infamous (blind) idiot (god) box and those eerie episodes that dare to bring the forbidden knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos to the masses. As if that were not nefarious enough, such shows seem to go out of their way to entice future generations through the use of darkly demented doodles. I’m talking about the work of H.P. Lovecraft …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Cthulhu Does Cartoons

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Planet of the Vampires (1965)

By Orrin Grey

Planet of the Vampires (1965) Directed by: Mario Bava Starring: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every month, we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires, a movie that’s probably most famous for having supposedly inspired Alien, although both Ridley Scott and Alien scribe Dan O’Bannon claim to have never seen it at …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Lost & Found: On the Production of “the Picco Incident”

[Photos credit: Nika Jasic]

STANDFIRST:
[Screenwriter Brad Abraham has worked the Sci-Fi beat before, pounding the pavement of a futuristic Detroit in RoboCop: Prime Directives, and engineering the end of the world in Stonehenge Apocalypse. But he found his newest project, The Picco Incident, to be the most challenging yet.]

MAIN:
When is a “found footage thriller” not a “found footage thriller”?
When it’s called “The Picco Incident.”

January 2012: I’m freshly back from Paris, …

IFPLost & Found: On the Production of “the Picco Incident”

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Island of Lost Souls (1932)

By Orrin Grey

Island of Lost Souls (1932). Directed by: Erle C. Kenton. Starring: Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi, Richard Arlen.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every month, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Our last few installments have featured movies that were probably camped in the less respectable end of our spectrum, but tonight’s film is bona fide, as evinced by its recent (and highly anticipated) Criterion release: Erle C. …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Island of Lost Souls (1932)

Review: The Skin I Live In (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito). Director: Pedro Almodóvar Cast:  Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya

There are certain things we don’t expect people to do. Keanu Reeves to win an Oscar, Christopher Nolan to direct a romcom. Almodovar doing a horror film would be up there with those unlikely scenarios. But guess what? He did.

The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito), an adaptation of the short novella titled …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: The Skin I Live In (2011)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: 13 Ghosts (1960)

By Orrin Grey

13 Ghosts (1960). Directed by: William Castle. Starring: Charles Herbert, Margaret Hamilton, Rosemary DeCamp, Martin Milner.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every month, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) horror film for your delectation. Before we start tonight’s film, raise your hand if you’re familiar with William Castle. Probably anyone reading this column, but, just in case, he was a prolific and popular producer/director whose pictures were better known for their gimmicks than …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

By Brian M. Sammons

[spoilers ahead]

The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Director: Drew Goddard. Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison.

Okay, before you read any further, let me say that if you’re a horror movie fan, a lover of dark comedy, or just someone who worships at the altar of Joss Whedon (hallowed be thy name), then go see this movie. I mean it – STOP RIGHT NOW; do not read this review, or any review of this …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Review: Prometheus

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I went back and forth about reviewing this flick, mainly because everyone is talking about it (so who the hell is going to read my review?) and then also because Orrin Grey said it’s like people are getting in virtual knife fights over this. Basically, it’s a love-or-hate situation, right now.

So, if you want to know nothing about the flick and can’t stand spoilers (Why are you reading this, then?), stop reading now. If not, let’s …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Prometheus

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Lost Continent (1968)

By Orrin Grey

The Lost Continent (1968). Director: Michael Carreras. Starring: Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Nigel Stock.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every month, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. If you’d asked me prior to seeing tonight’s film, I’d have told you that Hammer never made a bad movie, or near enough. I’d probably still tell you that, but tonight’s movie may be as close as they …

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Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I am very glad that Kristen Stewart starred in Snow White and the Huntsman because it prevented her from taking the role of Sarah in the re-make of Labyrinth. See, I have this theory that someone will re-invent that movie with Stewart and Justin Bieber in the main roles. We may have dodged a bullet this year!

Anyway, back to reality, Snow White has two good things going for it: the visuals and the performance of …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Snow White and the Huntsman

Review: Splinter (2008)

By Paula R. Stiles

Splinter (2008). Director: Toby Wilkins. Writers: Ian Shorr and Kai Barry. Cast: Jill Wagner, Paulo Costanzo, Shea Whigham, Rachel Kerbs. Country: USA.

[some spoilers ahead]

A young couple, adventurous Polly (Jill Wagner) and nerdy Seth (Paulo Costanzo), goes camping in the woods on their honeymoon. After they’re carjacked by an escaped convict, Dennis (Shea Whigham) and his dimbulb addict girlfriend, Lacey (Rachel Kerbs), they are all attacked by a parasitical creature that eats its victims from …

Paula R. StilesReview: Splinter (2008)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Atomic Submarine (1959)

By Orrin Grey

The Atomic Submarine (1959). Directed by: Spencer G. Bennet. Starring: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway.

Welcome back to The Vault of Secrets. You may notice that we’ve done some remodeling around here and we’ll be taking a slightly different approach to the program from here on. Instead of two films a month, we’ll only be doing one, but we’ll be devoting a bit more space to each film.

Given how much time I’ve spent …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Atomic Submarine (1959)