Review: Supernatural: Friday the 13th (2009)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Friday the 13th (2009). Director: Marcus Nispel. Cast: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears. Country: USA.

Summer 1980: Mad Mrs. Voorhees (an unrecognizable Nana Visitor) loses her head while picking off a bunch of teenage counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, where her son Jason (Derek Mears) had once presumably drowned. But it turns out he’s alive and a disfigured recluse, living in a series of tunnels under an enormous pot farm in …

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Review: Beneath Still Waters (2005)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy, me hearties]

Beneath Still Waters (2005). Director: Brian Yuzna. Cast: Michael McKell, Raquel Meroño, Charlotte Salt. Country: Spain.

It’s 1965 and the town of Marienbad in Spain is about to be flooded by a new dam. Two little boys decide to explore the town right before it floods. Do they get caught by the rising waters? No, something worse. They discover a Satanic ritual, complete with human sacrifice, an evil book, and ghouls. One …

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Review: Silent Hill: The Movie (2006)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

Silent Hill (2006). Director: Christophe Gans. Cast: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Alice Krige, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Bean. Country: USA.

Rose (Radha Mitchell) loses her adopted daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) in the mysterious, fog-bound ghost town of Silent Hill. Before she can go looking for her, though, she’s arrested by Cybill (Laurie Holden), a police officer, not long before they both discover the town is quite literally cut off from the rest of the …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.01: The Impossible Astronaut

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]


Written By: Steven Moffat

Recap: The episode opens with an “In Memoriam” message for Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), who passed away from cancer on April 19, 2011. As I am a huge fan of Elisabeth and Sarah Jane, my favourite companion, that made me teary-eyed. I was so glad to see that they fit something in there …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Alone in the Dark: Inferno

By B.A. Campbell

Alone in the Dark: Inferno(2008). Company: Atari. Developer: Eden Games/Hydravision. Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Wii. Rating: M.

“Magical stones, monsters, prophecies…none of that means shit when you’ve got a bullet in the head.”

It’s a funny thing about Lucifer. For most of my childhood, I thought it was simply another pen name of the Prince of Darkness, interchangeable with “Satan”, “Beelzebub”, and that all-time favourite, “Devil” with a capital D. To …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Drums #1: Let the Bataa Speak

By Lyndsey Holder

El Torres, writer. Drums #1: Let the Bataa Speak. Abe Hernando and Kraichang, artists. Image Comics (May 18, 2011).

Religion is in literature the way bindweed is in my garden. Its roots are thickly entangled deep within our culture and it sprouts up everywhere: sometimes in large amounts, sometimes so insidiously that it escapes notice unless you’re really hunting for it.

Mainstream comics with elements taken from the Christian religion are too numerous to count. There’s…

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Review: Supernatural: Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010). Director: Brandon Vietti. Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, John Di Maggio, Neil Patrick Harris. Country: USA.

Batman’s teenage sidekick Jason Todd (as the second Robin) is murdered by the Joker. Five years later, a new vigilante, calling himself the “Red Hood”, arrives in Gotham. He’s highly trained, knows all of Batman’s moves, and even knows Batman’s true identity, Bruce Wayne. Who is he and why is he “cleaning …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.19: Provenance

This entry is part 19 of 22 in the series Supernatural Season 1

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate a haunted family portrait. But which family member is doing the killing?

Recap: No recap. The episode begins in New Paltz, New York, with an amorous (and wealthy) young couple named “Mark and Ann Telesca”, putting up a painting that the husband just bought at an estate sale. It’s a Victorian-style portrait of a small family, …

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Column: Retronomicon: Nocturnals: Black Planet

By J. Keith Haney

Brereton, Dan. Nocturnals: Black Planet. Oni Press (January 5, 1999). USD $49.00. ISBN-13: 978-0966712704.

It is one of the unspoken rules of fantastic fiction that all such fiction must be categorized. This one here is fantasy, that one science fiction, and that guy over there MUST BE horror. You get the picture. Very few works, people, or genres have ever tried combining the genres in such a way that the results are downright impossible to …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.07: A Good Man Goes To War

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Steven Moffat

Previously: The Doctor wonders who the little girl in the astronaut suit was (6.02, “Day of the Moon”). The Doctor reveals to Rory and Amy that the Amy with them is a Flesh puppet, and the real Amy has been missing for months (6.06, “The Almost People”). And is, in fact, going into labour, wherever she …

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Review: Scratches: Director’s Cut

By Andrew Dombalagian

Scratches: Directors Cut (2007). Company: Got Game Entertainment. Developer: Nucleosys. Platform: PC. Rating: Teen.

“Is someone there?”

That is the question plaguing Michael Arthate as he moves into his new home: a genuine Victorian manor in the remote, northern reaches of England. Following the smashing success of his first novel, Vanishing Town, Arthate uses his gains to purchase Blackwood Manor in Northumberland, intending to write his hotly anticipated follow-up novel, using the mansion’s …

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Review: Supernatural: The Winchester Arcana

By Paula R. Stiles

I’ve long thought it would be fun to have an episode centered on the tarot. So, imagine my cheer at discovering the next best thing – an LJ group devoted to creating tarot art based on Supernatural themes: The Winchester Arcana. We’ve dealt with Lovecraft tarots in the past, even had a Monster Byte (and a story coming up in our Gothic anthology, Candle in the Attic Window). The Supernatural one has …

Paula R. StilesReview: Supernatural: The Winchester Arcana