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 …

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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 …

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Review: John Carter

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I feel bad for John Carter. Although clearly an over-budgeted sword-and-planet flick (Does anything merit a $350 million dollar tag?) and littered with the sins of such fare, it is not the leper it has been made out to be, nor should it be shunned and rowed to the nearest colony.

Let me be clear: I’m not saying John Carter is great scriptwriting at its best, but it’s not like the source material is Don

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). Director: Robert Florey. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Sidney Fox and Leon Ames.

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 the underrated Bela Lugosi classic, The Murders in the Rue Morgue (one of many cinematic adaptations of the Edgar Allan Poe tale). The version I watched is from the Bela Lugosi Collection.

Before I …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: From Beyond (1986)

By Brian M. Sammons

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From Beyond (1986). Director: Stuart Gordon. Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, and Ted Sorel.

After director Stuart Gordon made a certified horror, splatter, black comedy, …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)

By Brian M. Sammons

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The Whisperer in Darkness  (2011). Director: Sean Branney. Cast: Matt Foyer, Barry Lynch, Daniel Kaemon.

The HPLHS (H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society) is well-known in the circles …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Undying Monster (1942)

By Orrin Grey

The Undying Monster (1942). Director: John Brahm. Cast: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard.

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 Fox’s 1942 answer to Universal’s 1941 The Wolf Man. The version I watched is from the Fox Horror Classics Collection.

I first watched The Undying Monster at the behest of The Strange Case of

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Review: Skyline

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Skyline (2011) Directors: Greg Strause, Colin Strause Actors: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison

Skyline is a cheap B movie that accidentally stumbled onto a slightly bigger budget. Roger Corman would have shot 20 films with the money spent on this one and you might have ended up with more-interesting storylines.

Blending together ID4, the most recent War of the Worlds, Cloverfield, and even a dash of District 9, it’s a mess of a film, even …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Werewolf of London (1935)

By Orrin Grey

Werewolf of London (1935). Director: Stuart Walker. Cast: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson.

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 Universal’s first foray into the werewolf film, Werewolf of London, which predates its more-famous cousin The Wolf Man by some six years. The version I watched is from the Wolf Man Legacy Collection.

Strangely …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies – Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

By Brian M. Sammons

Beyond Re-Animator (2003). Director: Brian Yuzna. Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Tommy Dean Musset, Jason Barry.

First, there was the original, certified cult classic flick that everyone loved, and rightfully so. Re-Animator should easily make it onto anyone’s top ten horror of the 80s list. Next came the sadly lackluster sequel then even the most diehard of Re-Animator fans could only give faint praise to. Then, after 18 years of nothing, the highly-fan-anticipated third film came out. Would …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Bride of Re-Animator (1990)

By Brian M. Sammons

Bride of Re-Animator (1990). Director: Brian Yuzna. Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, David Gale.

The other day while flipping through cable, I came across this movie that I had seriously all-but-forgotten about, and that’s with me owning the DVD. I came in on this flick at its middle, which is the slowest, most uninspired part of the film, and naturally, I thought, “Ha, no wonder I wrote this one off.” I then quit watching and went …

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Review: Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather (2006)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather (2006). Director: Vadim Jean. Cast: Neil Pearson, Tony Robinson, David Jason and Stephen Marcus. Country: UK.

I’m not one for heartwarming holiday specials, but if you have to watch something of that sort this time of year, I would recommend Terry Prachet’s Hogfather or Scrooged. Hogfather is a 2006 two-part television mini-series based on…um…Terry Prachet’s Discworld book of the same name. Though it’s made for television and, thus, a lower-budget affair, it’s a …

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