Supernatural Fridays: Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 2.08: Crossroad Blues

This entry is part 9 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 2

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: The brothers investigate a demonic case that goes back to the early days of blues music.

Recap: Extended recap of John’s deal with YED in “In My Time of Dying” and a short bit about the devil’s trap.

It’s August 1938 in Greenwood, Mississippi and a man (La Monde Byrd) is playing the blues in …

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Review: One Weird Idea

By B.A. Campbell

Mathieu, Roscoe, ed. One Weird Idea, May 2011. Glorious Dawn Press (2011). 69 pp. ISBN: 0983453209.

One Weird Idea is “the first e-format periodical”. No, wait. It’s “the world’s first anthozine” – a hybrid organism marrying the best traits of a magazine with those of an anthology.

I’ll tell you what it is: It’s damn good SF at a damn reasonable value. Its credo – “Take an idea, and write a story around it” – may …

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Review: The Hunger 1.05-1.06

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Hunger Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This week, I look at “Bridal Suite” (1.05) and “Room 17” (1.06). Graham Masterton is tough to find in anthology format, as I already complained about in another review, so I didn’t have a chance to read the story upon which episode five is based. The sixth episode, on the other hand, is an original screenplay. Though it has nothing original about it. …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.06: The Middle Men

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: John Shiban

Recap: The episode opens at PhiCorp central in LA, with Stuart Owens, the CEO of PhiCorp (Ernie Hudson! Hi, Ernie! I remember you from Ghostbusters!), receiving some information from his secretary, Janet (Ciera Payton) – and obvious secret lover – regarding the “Shanghai Deal”. There are maps and layouts amongst the papers. On the news, some …

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Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We talked about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark in my home. My mother was freaked out when she saw it. I thought it was creepy. My husband thought so, too. Judging by Del Toro’s script (co-written with Matthew Robbins), he must have also seen it at night when it ran on Channel Five (or was it Thirteen?) in Mexico. There may be a whole generation of scarred Mexicans trembling in front of the TV set due …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.17: Hell House

This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series Supernatural Season 1

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Sam and Dean investigate a haunting in Texas and tangle with a couple of amateur ghost hunters.

Recap: Usual season one recap about the brothers’ Quest to Find Dad, even though they did sort of find him once, already (as Sam will point out to Dean later). Cut to Richardson, Texas, where a group of stereotypically dumb …

Paula R. StilesRetro Recap and Review: Supernatural 1.17: Hell House

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

By Brian M. Sammons

Die, Monster, Die! (1965). Director: Daniel Haller. Cast: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson. Country: Germany.

Welcome back, friends and fellow cultists. Today, we set the Wayback Machine to 1965 so we can discuss the first of the many screen adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space”. Now, “Colour” was not only Lovecraft’s favourite of all his own tales, but it must be the favourite of moviemakers, as well, as it is the …

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Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #26

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for season six]

Supernatural Magazine. Titan Magazines, 2011. Issue #26, August 2011. 66pp. US $6.99, CAN $7.99. ISSN: 1752-945X.

This issue, we’ve got the usual double-interview with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, a season six set report, an article about the making of “Frontierland”, and an interview with Mitch Pileggi. Regular columns include “The End” as the Classic Episode, dragons in Myths and Legends (Oh, boy), Batchelor’s Grove Cemetery in the Chicago area for …

Paula R. StilesReview: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #26

Review: Central Park Knight

By Joshua Reynolds

Henderson, C.J. Central Park Knight. TOR Books, 2011. USD $15.99. ISBN: 9-780765-320841.

There’s something about C.J. Henderson’s writing that’s just plain invigorating, in my opinion. For all its rough patches (and there are a few), the sheer exuberance with which this man writes makes his work ever-so compelling. Central Park Knight is no exception.

A sequel to 2009’s Brooklyn Knight, which first introduced us to Professor Piers Knight of the Brooklyn Museum, Central Park Knight

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Review: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

By Paula R. Stiles

Cowboys & Aliens (2011). Director: John Favreau. Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Adam Beach, Clancy Brown, Sam Rockwell.

[spoilers ahead]

It’s 1873, in the Arizona Territory, and there’s a gold rush going on. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the middle of the desert, barefoot, hatless and confused – and wearing a weird, steampunkish bracelet on his left wrist. He doesn’t remember a thing, about anything. He does demonstrate a deadly ability to …

Paula R. StilesReview: Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Mole People (1956)

By Orrin Grey

spoilers ahead

The Mole People (1956)  Director: Virgil Vogel. Cast: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont.

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 tonight’s film, we’re completing our drive-in double-feature of 50s sci-fi monster movies (the first half of which was last episode’s Tarantula) with The Mole People, a film which came out just a year later. …

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Review: Conan the Barbarian (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

As reported earlier this week, I watched Fright Night, which was a remake of an 80s flick. Today I’m reviewing the new Conan. The tally? Vampires 1, Barbarians 0.

Although Cthulhu’s octopus cousin is in a dungeon in this flick, I must sadly say this is a barbaric bore. Not that the original was perfect, but at least it didn’t overcomplicate stuff. This version features more guts splashing than the original and plenty of scowling …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Conan the Barbarian (2011)