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 …

Paula R. StilesReview: Lord of Illusions (1995)

Review: Doctor Who 6.12: Closing Time

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

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, …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.12: Closing Time

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 …

JHaneyReview: Osama

Recap and Review: Supernatural 7.02: Hello, Cruel World

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series Supernatural Season 7

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 …

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

Column: Slicing Score: The Resurrected (1991)

By Maria Mitchell

The Resurrected (1991). Composer: Richard Band.

When one continues to do something that wasn’t respected the first time around, is it determination or idiocy? Some people (though not many) would rather be a fool than a success by virtue of standards they do not agree with. That brings me to the story of “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”. Joseph Curwin isn’t afraid to put his aspirations on hold for a while. A long while. Especially when …

Maria MitchellColumn: Slicing Score: The Resurrected (1991)

Review: Doctor Who 6.11: The God Complex

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Toby Whitehouse

Recap: In a mysterious Earth-like hotel (think the Jack Nicholson movie, The Shining), a female police officer named ‘Lucy Hayward’ (Sarah Quintrell) is walking down the halls, checking things out. While she does this, she is narrating what has been happening there and it seems that she’s the last one left. She talks about the …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.11: The God Complex

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Pickman’s Muse (2010)

By Brian M. Sammons

Pickmans Muse (2010). Director: Robert Cappelletto. Cast: Barret Walz, Maurice McNicholas, Tom Lodewyck.

Today, I’ve got a special treat for you, O fellow faithful cultists of Cthulhu cinema. It is a brand-new movie just chock full o’ Lovecraft. How new is it? Well, it’s so new that a lot of HPL fans I’ve talked to still have yet to hear about it. I’m here to do my little bit to change that, because, baby, …

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Review: The Hunger: 1.13-1.14

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series The Hunger Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This week, we’ve got one bad episode and one sort-of-good episode. You can thank Gemma Files and her original story for all the good in that sort-of-good.

But I’ll follow the order of the DVD box and begin with “A Matter of Style”, which is the weaker of the two. I have not read the original story, “A Matter of Style” by Ron …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: The Hunger: 1.13-1.14

Recap and Review: Supernatural 7.01: Meet the New Boss

This entry is part 1 of 23 in the series Supernatural Season 7

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: It’s a brand new season seven, kiddies, as Godstiel settles into his new kingdom and the remaining members of Team Free Will try to find a way to stop him.

Recap: Recap of season six, with some emphasis on the heavenly war we barely saw, and the annoying Sambot plot, to the tune of Foghat’s “Soul Ride” (Correction: It’s “Slow …

Paula R. StilesRecap and Review: Supernatural 7.01: Meet the New Boss

Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.10: The Blood Line

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

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Story: Russell T. Davies

Teleplay: Jane Espenson and Russell T. Davies

Previously: Rex and Esther reunited with the CIA, in the form of Shapiro, who promptly deported Gwen and shot Jack. Esther took off with a wounded Jack, while Oswald ran away from Jilly, who hooked up with the Mystery Man from the Families.

Recap: Having discovered that Jack’s blood will …

Heather S. VinaReview: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.10: The Blood Line

Supernatural Fridays: Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.21: Salvation

This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series Supernatural Season 1

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: The brothers race to stop Meg from killing their father and his friends – and the Yellow-Eyed Demon from starting a new round of misery with another generation of psykids.

Recap: The first “Carry On, Wayward Son” Road So Far recap ever includes a pretty standard recap of season one, from the Pilot‘s teaser through “Dead …

Paula R. StilesSupernatural Fridays: Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.21: Salvation