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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Bits O’ Lovecraft

By Brian M. Sammons

Welcome back, my fellow cinecephalophiles. This time, I thought I’d do a little something different with the old Cthulhu Eats the Movies and, instead of just talking about one movie, I’d cover a few, very quickly, because they have almost nothing to do with Lovecraft. Well, then, why cover them at all? I hear you ask. Because these films are sometimes linked to HPL, due to a namedrop or two, and to not cover them in …

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Recap and Review: Locke & Key: Pilot (2011)

By Heather S. Vina

Directed by: Mark Romanek
Written by: Josh Friedman, teleplay; Joe Hill, graphic novels; Alex Kurtzman, teleplay; Roberto Orci, teleplay.

[spoilers ahoy]

Recap: (Just a note on the recap: I only saw this episode once at Comic-Con 2011, and I am doing my best to remember all of it, but there is a possibility that the order might not be exact, or I might have missed a detail.)

The episode opens with an happy little family having …

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Column: Global Ghoul: Cthulhu #1

By Dale Carothers

Cthulhu #1. KettleDrummerBooks, in association with Diabolo Ediciones (June 2010). $9.95. ISBN: 978-0-9778066-4-5.

[spoilers ahead]

Cthulhu #1 is an anthology from KettleDrummer Books of Spanish writers and artists. There are several stories and I’ll give a quick review of each one. The book reminds me of those old EC Horror comics, or a series of two-minute Twilight Zone episodes with a Lovecraftian flavor.

The first two stories are by writer/artist Pepe Aviles. His work …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.08: Bugs

This entry is part 8 of 22 in the series Supernatural Season 1

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate when construction workers in a new housing development get a case of the creepy-crawlies.

Recap: Standard early season-one recap of the uberplot, where the brothers are “on a quest to find their father”. Cue title cards and cut to Oasis Plains, Oklahoma, on a housing development called “Oasis Plains Estates”. Two construction guys working for “Oklahoma …

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