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 …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: 13 Ghosts (1960)

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 …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Lost Continent (1968)

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)

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Dead Birds (2004)

By Brian M. Sammons

Dead Birds (2004). Director: Alex Turner. Cast: Henry Thomas, Michael Shannon, Patrick Fugit.

Since, last time, I covered a movie that most would not consider Lovecraftian (that being Phantoms), I figured I would continue the trend of writing about the obscure and unlikely, this time covering a film most never even heard of: Dead Birds. Now, if you have already seen this movie, then bully for you; you’re one of the few. However, whenever …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Dead Birds (2004)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Gorgon (1964)

By Orrin Grey

The Gorgon (1964). Director: Terence Fisher. Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight, we’ll be looking at another Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee pairing, though this one’s not exactly a jewel in the Hammer horror crown.

The Gorgon is something of an odd departure for Hammer, turning, not to the monsters popularised by the …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Gorgon (1964)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

By Orrin Grey

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). Director: Terence Fisher. Cast: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Andre Morell.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s installment is a Hammer classic pairing – Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee – but it isn’t a Dracula or a Frankenstein or even The Mummy. Instead, it’s an adaptation of the famous Sherlock Holmes novel …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Phantoms (1998)

By Brian M. Sammons

Phantoms (1998). Director: Joe Chappelle. Cast: Peter O’Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Ben Affleck.

“Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.” – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Yes, this is a movie based on a novel by Dean Koontz. Yes, I know that Mr. Koontz isn’t known for cosmic, Lovecraftian horror. He’s the guy with the far-too-perfect protagonists, more-scientific-than-supernatural plots, and dogs. Boy, does that man love his dogs. But don’t leave just yet; this …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Phantoms (1998)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942)

By Orrin Grey

Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942). Director: Harry Lachman. Cast: J. Carrol Naish, George Zucco and Lynne Roberts.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every other week, we’ll be unearthing a classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s installment is a bit of mad science called “Dr. Renault’s Secret“. The version I watched is from the Fox Horror Classics Collection, Volume 2.

Considering that it’s a movie featuring mad scientists, ape …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Dr. Renault’s Secret (1942)