Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Old Dark House (1932)

By Orrin Grey

The Old Dark House (1932). Directed by: James Whale. Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart, and Ernest Thesiger.

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 am hard-put to ever list a single favorite movie, in any category, no matter how narrowly-defined. But if you sat me down to start trying to make a list, James Whale’s The Old Dark

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Review: Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

No, it’s not worth the price of admission. Okay, I guess you want a full review, so let’s flash back for a little bit. The 2006 film adaptation of the Silent Hill video game was not a good horror film, but it did evoke the general look and feel of the game it was based on, had some intriguing visuals, and managed to weave together a semi-coherent script. Did the script meander too much with Sean Bean’s …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

Review: Antiviral (2012)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you’ve ever wondered what “A Whiter Shade of Pale” referred to, it was probably Caleb Landry Jones in Antiviral. It is of the utmost importance that someone cast this kid as Dracula. He could be the vampire of the decade. By turns cool and detached, then horribly sick, always incredibly pale, Jones is worth the price of admission for his performance alone.

Antiviral takes place in a near-future (or alternate present, most likely) in which …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Antiviral (2012)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Night Creatures (1962)

By Orrin Grey

Night Creatures (1962). Directed by: Peter Graham Scott. Starring: Peter Cushing, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen.

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 picture is a personal favorite of mine that may not be much of a horror movie, but that I think is very autumnal, and beautifully suited to the Halloween season. Originally released as Captain Clegg, it had …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Night Creatures (1962)

Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Absentia (2011)

By Brian M. Sammons

Absentia (2011). Director: Mike Flanagan. Cast: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine.

How sad is it that new, original and good horror films like this have to go to places like Kickstarter to get the meager funding they require, while vapid, uninspired, CGI-bloated, and unnecessarily 3D-stuffed so-called ‘horror’ flicks like Resident Evil Part Who-Gives-A-Damn, can get millions tossed at them time and time again, no matter how horrible the previous movies were? Man, if you’re …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the World: Absentia (2011)

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. …

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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)