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 …

Heather S. VinaReview: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.05: The Categories of Life

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)

Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.09: Malleus Maleficarum

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Supernatural Season 3

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: In honour of Lovecraft’s birthday, we check out a case of witchcraft set in New England, where the brothers stumble across a dark corner of the demon Ruby’s past.

Recap: Recap of Dean’s deal, Sam Done Come Back Wrong: Season Three, and Ruby’s seduction of Sam (which actually makes her look even worse than in the context …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.09: Malleus Maleficarum

Review: The Hunger 1.01-1.02

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

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

[spoilers ahead]

The Hunger: The Complete First Season (1997). DVD Release Date:June 2, 2009

Once upon a time, in the 1990s, there was a TV show called The Hunger. And, since not many people nowadays seem to remember it, I’ve made it my personal mission to watch every episode and review it.

The Hunger is interesting for several reasons. First of …

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Review: Sensation

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mamatas, Nick Sensation PM Press (May 1, 2011) ISBN-13: 978-1604863543

A mutant wasp stings a woman. If this were a Roger Corman movie, she would turn into a half-naked wasp-woman and perform soft-core scenes across Manhattan. It’s Mamatas, so instead, she suffers a deep personality change, dumps her inane husband and births an anarchist movement, which threatens the existence of the spiders that have secretly controlled our world for thousands of years.

Sensation is a slim book …

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Column: Slicing Score: Sweeney Todd (2007)

By Maria Mitchell

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). Composer: Stephen Sondheim.

The full edition of this film’s soundtrack contains a concise bio of Stephen Sondheim and a photo by Jerry Jackson. The lyrics to the numbers are reprinted and it’s interesting to read and hear the lyrics of “Alms, Alms!” that are omitted from the film. The soundtrack is interesting and well-represented. How well does a horror story fare as a musical? I have mixed feelings …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.04: Escape to L.A.

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Story: Jim Gray
Teleplay: Jim Gray & John Shiban

Recap: The episode opens with Esther going to visit her sister, Sarah (Candace Brown), and nieces. The house is boarded up, with “Keep Out” painted on the outside and half a dozen locks on the door. Esther manages to get her sister to open the door but only as far as the …

Heather S. VinaReview: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.04: Escape to L.A.

Review: They Wait (2007)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

They Wait (2007). Director: Ernie Barbarash. Cast: Jaime King, Terry Chen, Pei-Pei Cheng. Country: Canada.

A young western woman, Sarah (Jaime King), returns to North America from Shanghai with her Chinese husband Jason (Terry Chen) and their young son Sam (Regan Ooey) to attend a family funeral. They arrive during the seventh month of the Chinese calendar, considered to be bad luck in Chinese Buddhist culture (Today, the Hungry Ghost Festival, is the …

Paula R. StilesReview: They Wait (2007)

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 …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.13: After School Special

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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