Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.03: Bad Day at Black Rock

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

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for season three ahoy]

Tagline: Vengeful hunters, a cold-blooded relics thief, more of John’s hidden past, and a cursed rabbit’s foot make for a unique day in the life of Sam and Dean Winchester.

Recap: Then recap of Dean’s deal, psycho hunter Gordon Walker’s arrest and Ruby’s unmasking as a demon/offer to save Dean from his deal. Cut to Now and a …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.03: Bad Day at Black Rock

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Devil-Doll (1936)

Orrin Grey

The Devil-Doll (1936). Director: Tod Browning. Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan.

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. Tonight’s movie is The Devil-Doll, which re-teams director Tod Browning and star Lionel Barrymore, whom we last saw together in our first installment, The Mark of the Vampire. The version I watched is once again from the Hollywood Legends of Horror

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Column: Retronomicon: Creepy: The Limited Series

By J. Keith Haney

David, Peter; et al. Creepy: The Limited Series. Harris Comics/Dark Horse Comics, 1992.

When asked for a job description, Peter David calls himself a “Writer of Stuff”. That is a more-than-mild understatement. If you’re a regular reader of Star Trek novels (including David’s special novel series, “New Frontier”), comics (Star Trek comics, yes, but also longstanding runs on Marvel Comics’ Incredible Hulk, DC Comics’ Aquaman and Supergirl, and creator-owned series Sachss and

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Review: Doctor Who 6.02: Day of the Moon

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]

Written By: Steven Moffat

Previously: The Doctor arranged for Amy, Rory and River to meet him in present-day America – Utah, to be exact – only for them to end up witnessing his death at the hands of a mysterious astronaut. Only, it turns out that the Doctor they saw killed was an older version of himself, and the …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.02: Day of the Moon

Column: Slicing Score: Wait Until Dark (1967)

By Maria Mitchell

Wait Until Dark (1967). Composer: Henry Mancini.

Blindness in Wait Until Dark was a handicap that the main character had to adapt to after having known sight. A soundtrack that accompanies blindness should epitomize blindness. The soundtrack to this film is one in which suspense creates a sound that is not only dark but kinetic and frightening, because it implies incessant motion without direction, guidance, or order. It sounds like chaos. It sounds dark restlessness and implies …

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Review: The Gargoyle Prophecies, Part I, The Savior Rises

By Michael Griffiths

Payne, Christopher C. The Gargoyle Prophecies, Part I, The Savior Rises. Journalstone (October 1, 2010). 220pp. ISBN-13: 978-0982811962.

The Gargoyle Prophecies, a small-press urban fantasy, is the first in what promises to be a series that centres around a most improbable heroine: Stefani is a virgin topless dancer. As if that were not hard enough to believe, she is also the Chosen One (shades of Buffy) who will either lead the gargoyles …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.10: Hunted

This entry is part 10 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 2

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: After learning what John told Dean at the beginning of season two, Sam takes off. But he soon regrets it when a young woman tracks him down and tells him she’s had a prophetic dream of his murder.

Recap: Minute-long recap of the Psykids storyline (which makes even less sense now than it did in season two. Hmm). Then we …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.10: Hunted

Review: Supernatural: Friday the 13th (2009)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Friday the 13th (2009). Director: Marcus Nispel. Cast: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears. Country: USA.

Summer 1980: Mad Mrs. Voorhees (an unrecognizable Nana Visitor) loses her head while picking off a bunch of teenage counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, where her son Jason (Derek Mears) had once presumably drowned. But it turns out he’s alive and a disfigured recluse, living in a series of tunnels under an enormous pot farm in …

Paula R. StilesReview: Supernatural: Friday the 13th (2009)

Review: Beneath Still Waters (2005)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy, me hearties]

Beneath Still Waters (2005). Director: Brian Yuzna. Cast: Michael McKell, Raquel Meroño, Charlotte Salt. Country: Spain.

It’s 1965 and the town of Marienbad in Spain is about to be flooded by a new dam. Two little boys decide to explore the town right before it floods. Do they get caught by the rising waters? No, something worse. They discover a Satanic ritual, complete with human sacrifice, an evil book, and ghouls. One …

Paula R. StilesReview: Beneath Still Waters (2005)

Review: Silent Hill: The Movie (2006)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

Silent Hill (2006). Director: Christophe Gans. Cast: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Alice Krige, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Bean. Country: USA.

Rose (Radha Mitchell) loses her adopted daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) in the mysterious, fog-bound ghost town of Silent Hill. Before she can go looking for her, though, she’s arrested by Cybill (Laurie Holden), a police officer, not long before they both discover the town is quite literally cut off from the rest of the …

Paula R. StilesReview: Silent Hill: The Movie (2006)

Review: Doctor Who 6.01: The Impossible Astronaut

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

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]

 

Written By: Steven Moffat

Recap: The episode opens with an “In Memoriam” message for Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), who passed away from cancer on April 19, 2011. As I am a huge fan of Elisabeth and Sarah Jane, my favourite companion, that made me teary-eyed. I was so glad to see that they fit something in there …

Heather S. VinaReview: Doctor Who 6.01: The Impossible Astronaut

Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Alone in the Dark: Inferno

By B.A. Campbell

Alone in the Dark: Inferno(2008). Company: Atari. Developer: Eden Games/Hydravision. Platform: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Wii. Rating: M.

“Magical stones, monsters, prophecies…none of that means shit when you’ve got a bullet in the head.”

It’s a funny thing about Lucifer. For most of my childhood, I thought it was simply another pen name of the Prince of Darkness, interchangeable with “Satan”, “Beelzebub”, and that all-time favourite, “Devil” with a capital D. To …

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