Review: Divine: The Series

By Paula R. Stiles

[some spoilers ahead]

Divine: The Series (August 28, 2011 – current). Cast: Ben Hollingsworth, Dan Payne, Chasty Ballesteros, Allen Sawkins, John Emmet Tracy, Lisa Marie Caruk, Haig Sutherland, Misha Collins. Country: Canada.

Last spring, Supernatural fans started hearing about a new project involving season six regular Misha Collins, a Dark Fantasy webseries called “Divine“. Well, Divine is here and, now that it has a few webisodes under its belt, let’s have a look.

The …

Paula R. StilesReview: Divine: The Series

Column: Comics Overs Innsmouth: Nightmare World Volumes 1 and 2

By Lyndsey Holder

Manning, Dirk (Writer), Nightmare World Volume 1: Thirteen Tales of Terror. Image Comics, 2009.
Manning, Dirk (Writer), Nightmare World Volume 2: Leave the Light On. Image Comics, 2010.

Is it just me, or are there a lot more anthologies getting published lately? Not that I’d complain if there were – anthologies are a great way to find new favourites.

Nightmare World is an anthology of extremely short horror comics, all written by Dirk Manning, who …

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Column: Retronomicon: Tell Me, Dark

By J. Keith Haney

Wagner, Karl Edward; Rieber, John Ney; Williams, Kent. Tell Me, Dark. DC Comics (September 1, 1998).USD $11.99. ISBN 13-978-1563890888.

Anyone who has been in love past the initial crush stage can tell that, the more you know somebody, the harder it gets to stay in love with them. All the good stuff you saw in them may or may not be true. What IS true is that there are a lot of bad things you …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.13: The Wedding of River Song

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Steven Moffat

Previously: The Doctor finds out about his death at Lake Silencio, Utah. Madame Kovarian takes River away. The Teselecta (people dedicated to justice in time, who travel in a shapeshifting ship) reveals that Melody Pond, AKA River Song, is the person who kills the Doctor. The Doctor finds out that the Silence – a religious movement dedicated to preventing the asking of the oldest question in the universe – want …

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Review: The Hunger: 1.14-1.15

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The budget constraints of this show appear frequently, but, in these two episodes, they become quite obvious.

“Fly By Night”, based on a story by Gemma Files, is first up. I am not particularly fond of this vampire story. It is neither my favourite tale of the creatures of the night, nor my favourite story by this writer. But the original is a short, serviceable story, with one of Files’ trademark strong female characters.

The TV version? …

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Recap and Review: Supernatural 7.03: The Girl Next Door

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam goes off on a hunt that involves a woman he knew as a teenager. Meanwhile, Dean is in peril at Sioux Falls Hospital.

Recap: One-minute recap of Sam’s hellpain, the introduction of the Leviathans, Bobby’s house burning down, and the ambulance ride from last week’s coda.

Cut to Now and Dean groggily waking up to some sadistic cow in the ER doing traction on his leg, which was apparently allowed to flop …

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Review: Supernatural: The Official Companion: Season 4

Knight, Nicholas. Supernatural: The Official Companion: Season 4. London: Titan Books (August 2010). 160pp. Paperback. USD $14.95/CAN $18.95/£9.99. ISBN: 9781848567382.

[some spoilers for season four]

I wanted to review this a while ago, especially since I quite liked season four. I wish I could say the same for the Season Four Companion, but it was actually a pretty hard slog, mostly because I kept putting it down to avoid throwing it across the room with great force after one …

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Review: Lord of Illusions (1995)

By Paula R. Stiles

Lord of Illusions (1995). Writer: Clive Barker. Director: Clive Barker. Cast: Scott Bakula, Famke Janssen, Kevin J. O’Connor, Daniel von Bargen.

[some spoilers ahead]

In a kiva-like ruined house in the desert, cult leader Nix (von Bargen) is presiding over the human sacrifice of a young girl. When renegade members of his flock, led by Philip Swann (O’Connor) attack the house to rescue the girl, Nix shows his true power, a terrifying dark magic. But Swann …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.12: Closing Time

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Gareth Roberts

Recap: It’s a London department store – Sanderson and Grainger – closing up for the night. The lights are flickering and one of the clerks, Kelly (Holli Dempsey), complains about it to her supervisor. She hints that she’s going to be late for her date if she has to cash out. Shona (Seroca Davis), the supervisor, tells her that she will do it, instead, and for Kelly to head out …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Tunnel (2011)

By Brian M. Sammons

[spoilers ahead]

The Tunnel (2011). Director: Carlo Ledesma. Cast: Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis. Country: Australia.

Hello, friends and fiends. I thought, this time, I’d shine the spotlight on a little movie that you may not have heard of, at least if you live outside of Australia. It’s a low budget movie from the Land Down Under that I heard a few promising whispers about, so I figured I’d give it a look. However, I’ve …

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Review: Osama

By J. Keith Haney

Tidhar, Lavie. Osama. PS Publishing Ltd., 2011. £19.99. ISBN 978-1-84863-192-2.

Osama bin Laden has been a fact of life over this last decade. To most people, he was a video rumor aided and abetted by the occasional broadcast, as well as a terrorist or freedom fighter (depending on which side of the bombs you were on). He and former President George W. Bush created a world most people who remember the last couple of decades …

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Recap and Review: Supernatural 7.02: Hello, Cruel World

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: The Big Bads announce themselves with authority, while Sam finds himself unable to cover up his hallucinations about the Cage.

Recap: Quickie recap of Sheriff Mills’ two appearances, Sam’s wall, Death’s infodump about the Leviathans, and Castiel turning into Levstiel.

Cut to Now (still white on black. That looks to be the season’s titles). Levstiel is still smiling and then gives themself a little shake. But coming down off the high of smashing …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Supernatural 7.02: Hello, Cruel World