Review: Sensation

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mamatas, Nick Sensation PM Press (May 1, 2011) ISBN-13: 978-1604863543

A mutant wasp stings a woman. If this were a Roger Corman movie, she would turn into a half-naked wasp-woman and perform soft-core scenes across Manhattan. It’s Mamatas, so instead, she suffers a deep personality change, dumps her inane husband and births an anarchist movement, which threatens the existence of the spiders that have secretly controlled our world for thousands of years.

Sensation is a slim book …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Sensation

Column: Slicing Score: Sweeney Todd (2007)

By Maria Mitchell

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). Composer: Stephen Sondheim.

The full edition of this film’s soundtrack contains a concise bio of Stephen Sondheim and a photo by Jerry Jackson. The lyrics to the numbers are reprinted and it’s interesting to read and hear the lyrics of “Alms, Alms!” that are omitted from the film. The soundtrack is interesting and well-represented. How well does a horror story fare as a musical? I have mixed feelings …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.04: Escape to L.A.

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Story: Jim Gray
Teleplay: Jim Gray & John Shiban

Recap: The episode opens with Esther going to visit her sister, Sarah (Candace Brown), and nieces. The house is boarded up, with “Keep Out” painted on the outside and half a dozen locks on the door. Esther manages to get her sister to open the door but only as far as the …

Heather S. VinaReview: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.04: Escape to L.A.

Review: They Wait (2007)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

They Wait (2007). Director: Ernie Barbarash. Cast: Jaime King, Terry Chen, Pei-Pei Cheng. Country: Canada.

A young western woman, Sarah (Jaime King), returns to North America from Shanghai with her Chinese husband Jason (Terry Chen) and their young son Sam (Regan Ooey) to attend a family funeral. They arrive during the seventh month of the Chinese calendar, considered to be bad luck in Chinese Buddhist culture (Today, the Hungry Ghost Festival, is the …

Paula R. StilesReview: They Wait (2007)

Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.13: After School Special

This entry is part 8 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 4

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: A hunt at one of their old schools brings back more than bad memories for Sam and Dean.

Recap: Recap of weeChesters, with Sam whinging about how he never got to have a normal childhood and it’s all Dad’s fault.

Cut to Truman High School in Fairfax, Indiana, where a stereotypically nasty blonde cheerleader is getting the others on her …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.13: After School Special

Column: Retronomicon: Skin Graft: The Adventures of A Tattooed Man

By J. Keith Haney

Prosser, Jerry;  Pleece, Warren. Skin Graft: The Adventures of A Tattooed Man. DC/Vertigo Comics (July-October  1993).

Back in the 1990s, when I first got into comic books, DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint was where I went when I wanted something other than superheroes. It was a cornucopia of weirdness, showcasing Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series; the most famous streetwise mystic in comics, John Constantine, in Hellblazer; and Matt Wagner’s period-specific mysteries of the late 1930s …

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Review: The Panama Laugh

By Rebecca Stefoff

Roche, Thomas. The Panama Laugh. Night Shade Books (September 2011). 300 pp. $14.99.

Like the bastard offspring of a drug-spiked three-way between Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Clancy and Raymond Chandler, The Panama Laugh packs a gonzo attitude, a load of military-tech terminology, and a world-weary, wisecracking narrator into a hallucinatory, ultraviolent tour of the apocalypse, a journey that begins with a fistfight on a Panama beach and ends with a desperate assault on a San Francisco …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Tarantula (1955)

By Orrin Grey

Tarantula (1955). Director: Jack Arnold. Cast: John Agar, Mara Cordray, Leo G. Carroll.

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. For the next couple of films, I’m going to be doing something very different from our last few installments. We’ll be jumping ahead a couple of decades to look at two of the (many) sci-fi monster movies of the 1950s, …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.03: Dead of Night

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

Written by: Jane Espenson

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Oswald is on TV again, being interviewed about why people are accepting him as an “expert” on Miracle Day. He says he’s not an expert, but he’s speaking out about it when no one else is. He calls out the pharmaceutical companies for the profits that they are making on the backs of the people who …

Heather S. VinaReview: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.03: Dead of Night

Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: The Raven

By Lyndsey Holder

Reed, Lou (writer) and Mattotti, Lorenzo (artist). The Raven. Fantagraphics (July 2011).

Years ago, while spending a high school English class tearing apart E.E. Cummings’ “in Just-“, I started to wonder about the logic in dissecting art. It seems absurd to try to scientifically break down a work of art and say that yes, with this brush stroke or sequence of words or large metal piece, the artist was definitely intending to make this exact …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.02: Everybody Loves a Clown

This entry is part 3 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 2

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Immediately after their father’s death, the brothers investigate a family-killing monster hiding out in a circus. Maybe it was too soon….

Recap: Long recap of Dean’s near-death experience in “In My Time of Dying”, to the tune of “Time Has Come Today” by The Chamber Brothers (an excellent choice). Cut to a red balloon being popped at a carnival on …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.02: Everybody Loves a Clown

Column: Slicing Score: Re-Animator and Bride of Re-Animator (1985; 1990)

By Maria Mitchell

Re-Animator and Bride of Re-Animator (1985; 1990). Composer: Richard Band.

Bride of Re-Animator‘s soundtrack is a challenge to obtain but worth the effort. It was still available on Amazon, last I checked and at the time I wrote this review, but it’s going fast. I snagged the last mint condition copy presently available, which is a merged edition of both Re-Animator and Bride of Re-Animator‘s soundtracks. It isn’t a wonder it’s going, going, soon to …

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