Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.06: Yellow Fever

This entry is part 6 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 4

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate a revenge curse that drives people insane from fear and then kills them. And then Dean gets it.

Recap: It’s a dark city street at night. We hear a man panting in terror as he runs full-tilt down the street from a pack of barking dogs. The camera pans up so that we see the man …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.06: Yellow Fever

Column: The Vault of Secrets: Mad Love (1935)

By Orrin Grey

Mad Love (1935) Director: Karl Freund. Cast: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive.

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 last film in the Hollywood Legends of Horror Collection, and is probably the closest thing to a true classic in the set (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). Mad Love is directed by …

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Review: Supernatural: Season Five DVD

By Paula R. Stiles

Kripke, Eric, et al. Supernatural Season Five [DVD]. Burbank [CA]: Warner Bros. (September 7, 2010). 924 min. US $59.98/CAN $74.98.

[spoilers for season five below]

Recap: Dean is in for a big shock in the season premiere when he and Sam are sent off on a hunt for the “Michael Sword” and, instead, find out they’re intended vessels for the archangels Michael and Lucifer. As Armageddon gears up and Apocalypse figures from the Whore of …

Paula R. StilesReview: Supernatural: Season Five DVD

Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Saucy Vampires

By Lyndsey Holder

Powell, Eric (creator) and Stewart, Dave (colourist). The Goon #34. Dark Horse (June 29 2011).

Busiak, Kurt; Gregory, Daryl (writers); and Godlewski, Scott (artist). Dracula: The Company of Monsters #11. Boom! Studios (June 22 2011).

Do you remember when you’d hear that a story had vampires in it and you’d think, “Wow, vampires! All vampire stories are totally awesome and not terrible at all!”

I don’t.

Maybe it’s just that I’m old and jaded, …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.03: The Curse of the Black Spot

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers up through 6.07]

Written By: Stephen Thompson

Recap: The episode opens on 17th-century Earth, on a pirate ship. The crew report back to the Captain (Hugh Bonneville) that one of the men has been injured – a cut on his hand – and that they aren’t sure if he will survive. Considering he’s walking, he seems like he’s in good health …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Bleeders (1997)

By Brian M. Sammons

Bleeders (1997). Director: Peter Svatek. Cast: Gillian Ferrabee, Roy Dupuis and Rutger Hauer.

If you walked down the horror aisle of your local video store…Ha ha ha ha, sorry, I can’t continue with that. I mean, video stores, are they still around anymore? Okay, in this made-up, gumdrop world where video stores still exist, if you did walk down the horror aisle, you would no doubt see a lot of titles that begin with “H.P.

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.01: The New World

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written By: Russell T. Davies

Recap: The episode opens with the execution of Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) in Jacksonville, KY. Oswald is a former schoolteacher who is being put to death by lethal injection for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. His defense when he was caught? “She should have run faster.” This sets him up as one of …

Heather S. VinaReview: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.01: The New World

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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