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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: John Carter

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

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: The Undying Monster (1942)