Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We talked about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark in my home. My mother was freaked out when she saw it. I thought it was creepy. My husband thought so, too. Judging by Del Toro’s script (co-written with Matthew Robbins), he must have also seen it at night when it ran on Channel Five (or was it Thirteen?) in Mexico. There may be a whole generation of scarred Mexicans trembling in front of the TV set due …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.17: Hell House

This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series Supernatural Season 1

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate a haunting in Texas and tangle with a couple of amateur ghost hunters.

Recap: Usual season one recap about the brothers’ Quest to Find Dad, even though they did sort of find him once, already (as Sam will point out to Dean later). Cut to Richardson, Texas, where a group of stereotypically dumb …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

By Brian M. Sammons

Die, Monster, Die! (1965). Director: Daniel Haller. Cast: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson. Country: Germany.

Welcome back, friends and fellow cultists. Today, we set the Wayback Machine to 1965 so we can discuss the first of the many screen adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”. Now, “Colour” was not only Lovecraft’s favourite of all his own tales, but it must be the favourite of moviemakers, as well, as it is the …

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Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #26

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for season six]

Supernatural Magazine. Titan Magazines, 2011. Issue #26, August 2011. 66pp. US $6.99, CAN $7.99. ISSN: 1752-945X.

This issue, we’ve got the usual double-interview with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, a season six set report, an article about the making of “Frontierland”, and an interview with Mitch Pileggi. Regular columns include “The End” as the Classic Episode, dragons in Myths and Legends (Oh, boy), Batchelor’s Grove Cemetery in the Chicago area for …

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Review: Central Park Knight

By Joshua Reynolds

Henderson, C.J. Central Park Knight. TOR Books, 2011. USD $15.99. ISBN: 9-780765-320841.

There’s something about C.J. Henderson’s writing that’s just plain invigorating, in my opinion. For all its rough patches (and there are a few), the sheer exuberance with which this man writes makes his work ever-so compelling. Central Park Knight is no exception.

A sequel to 2009′s Brooklyn Knight, which first introduced us to Professor Piers Knight of the Brooklyn Museum, Central Park Knight

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

By Paula R. Stiles

Cowboys & Aliens (2011). Director: John Favreau. Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Adam Beach, Clancy Brown, Sam Rockwell.

[spoilers ahead]

It’s 1873, in the Arizona Territory, and there’s a gold rush going on. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the middle of the desert, barefoot, hatless and confused – and wearing a weird, steampunkish bracelet on his left wrist. He doesn’t remember a thing, about anything. He does demonstrate a deadly ability to …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mole People (1956)

By Orrin Grey

spoilers ahead

The Mole People (1956)  Director: Virgil Vogel. Cast: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont.

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 tonight’s film, we’re completing our drive-in double-feature of 50s sci-fi monster movies (the first half of which was last episode’s Tarantula) with The Mole People, a film which came out just a year later. …

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Review: Conan the Barbarian (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

As reported earlier this week, I watched Fright Night, which was a remake of an 80s flick. Today I’m reviewing the new Conan. The tally? Vampires 1, Barbarians 0.

Although Cthulhu’s octopus cousin is in a dungeon in this flick, I must sadly say this is a barbaric bore. Not that the original was perfect, but at least it didn’t overcomplicate stuff. This version features more guts splashing than the original and plenty of scowling …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Retronomicon: The Black Lamb

By J. Keith Haney

Truman, Tim. The Black Lamb. DC/Helix Comics (November 1996—April 1997).

In any creative medium you care to name, the 1990s and early 2000s were the boom times for the vampire genre. No longer content to stay in the Transylvanian crypts of yesteryear (though you could catch the latest version of this with Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the latest installments of Nintendo’s Castlevania series), vampires spread out amongst the masses in new and …

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Review: The Hunger: 1.03-1.04

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Hunger Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome back to our overview of The Hunger. This time, I look at “Necros” (1.03) and “The Secret Shih-Tan” (1.04). “The Secret” is the superior piece, but let’s keep things in the proper order. There are spoilers all around, so scatter off if you don’t like ‘em.

“Necros” is based on a story by Brian Lumley. I’ve enjoyed a number of Lumley …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.05: The Categories of Life

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Jane Espenson

Recap: Dr. Juarez goes to the next meeting for the medical panels, but finds out that they’re finished: The information that they gathered has been sent to Congress and they’ve finalized the “categories of life”. There is no longer “dead” or “alive” but three categories, and they become official at midnight, with rollouts planned for America and …

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Review: Fright Night (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s not worth pondering why Fright Night was remade. Most 80s horror movies are being remade. And remakes are not, by default, bad. Take John Carpenter’s The Thing. On the other hand, you can glance at the most recent Nightmare on Elm Street and realize that things can go mighty wrong when you’re filming a movie anew. However, in the case of the re-vamped (pun intended) Fright Night, it works.

The premise is the same: …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Fright Night (2011)