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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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Beyond the Wall of Sleep

By Brian M. Sammons

Beyond the Wall of Sleep. Directors: Barrett J. Leigh, Thom Maurer. Cast: George Peroulas, Fountain Yount, William Sanderson.

Remember last time, when I was talking about movies that start with “H.P. Lovecraft’s” and yet, have absolutely nothing to do with the man or his tales? Well, here’s a prime example of that. Don’t let the title fool you; it has almost nothing to do with the Lovecraft story of the same name, other than …

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Review: Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears

By Amanda J. Spedding

Young, Marty and Challis, Angela, eds. Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears. Paperback. Brimstone Press (2010). ISBN: 9780980567748.

When I began reading Macabre, I didn’t set out to review it. As a current committee member of the Australian Horror Writers Association – and with one of the editors, Marty Young, being the outgoing president of the association – I figured there’d be a conflict of interest or cries of bias, but midway through …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.04: The Doctor’s Wife

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]

Written by: Neil Gaiman

Recap: The episode opens with Uncle (Adrian Schiller), Auntie (Elizabeth Berrington), and an Ood called “Nephew” (Paul Kasey), escorting Idris (Suranne Jones) to a grate in the ground, where she’s told that her memories and soul are going to be sucked out of her by Nephew and replaced, and that it will be really painful. …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Siren

By B.A. Campbell

Siren (2004). Company: Sony Computer Entertainment. Developer: SCE Japan Studio. Platform: Playstation 2. Rating: Mature.

“The Japanese village of Hanuda teeters between two worlds – the world of the living, and a nightmarish world where the buildings have been ruined, the land has been distorted, and the mountains have been replaced by an unending sea.”

In XX prefecture, there are tales of a village lost in time. A village buried by a landslide 27 years ago, yet …

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