Review: Contagion (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What’s scarier than zombies, vampires and ghosts? Why, disease. You can’t hide from it; you can’t easily kill it. Contagion nicely plays on our fears of disease with its stylish editing and music. You’ll probably run from the person sneezing in the elevator after this.

The movie follows a group of scientists, as they try to tackle a dangerous, new virus. The script has its work cut out for it, with so many characters spread across different …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Contagion (2011)

Review: Doctor Who 6.10: The Girl Who Waited

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Tom MacRae

Recap: The Doctor is bringing Rory and Amy to the planet Apalapucia, which was voted #2 planet in the top 10 greatest destinations for the Intergalactic Traveler. When Rory asks why they aren’t going to the #1 planet, the Doctor tells him it’s hideous, basically a tourist trap.

However, when they step out, expecting to look …

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Review: The Hunger: 1.11-1.12

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Hunger Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This week, I look at “I’m Dangerous Tonight” and “The Sloan Men”. One is good; the other one is blah. And the goodness is due to superior writing. In this case, the writing of David Nickle, who penned the story that “The Sloan Men” adapts. But I’ll follow the DVD’s order and begin with “I’m Dangerous Tonight”.

“Dangerous” is based on a story, …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.09: The Gathering

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: John Fay

Previously: Rex and Esther reunited with the CIA in the form of Shapiro, who promptly deported Gwen and shot Jack. Esther took off with a wounded Jack, while Oswald ran away from Jilly, who hooked up with the Mystery Man from the Families.

Recap: A masked person barrels into a pharmacy and shoots out the camera. Turns …

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Column: Comics Over Innsmouth: Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London

By Lyndsey Holder

Powell, Eric (writer); Hotz, Kyle (artist); Brown, Daniel and Stewart, Dave (colours). Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London. Dark Horse, 2011.

What is it about the Whitechapel Murders that has captured the imagination of so many, even now, hundreds of years later?

True, they were horrifically grisly acts performed on an incredibly marginalized class of society, but we are hardly bereft of similar horrors in current times. Perhaps, because the …

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Column: Retronomicon: The Marquis: Danse Macabre

By J. Keith Haney

Davis, Guy. The Marquis: Danse Macabre. Oni Press (September 28, 2001). USD $17.99. ISBN-13: 978-1929998159.

In a medium that is too-often known for its over-the-top spectacle, Guy Davis has earned a well-deserved reputation, as a comic artist, for fusing the mundane with the horrific. You’ll find no supermodels or rock-jawed heroes in Davis’ work, just ordinary people you might pass on the street sometime, complete with all the physical imperfections you might expect (the most …

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Supernatural Fridays: Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 4.02: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Dean Winchester

This entry is part 2 of 21 in the series Supernatural Season 4

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Dean has an anti-crisis of faith in the wake of his discovery that there are angels…and that the God he never believed in has plans for him.

Recap: Long recap along the themes of “We can’t save everyone” and Dean’s death and resurrection at the end of season three/beginning of season four, as well as a rather …

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Supernatural Fridays: Review: Supernatural Magazine, Issue #27

By Paula R. Stiles

Supernatural Magazine. Titan Magazines, 2011. Issue #27, Sept/Oct 2011. 66pp. US $6.99, CAN $7.99. ISSN: 1752-945X.

In addition to the usual joint interview with Padalecki and Ackles (about the different versions they’ve played of their characters), this issue has interviews with Sera Gamble and Julia Maxwell (Eve), with a mini-interview of Austin Bass (Spruce from the Ghostfacers). The Director’s Cut concentrates on Phil Sgriccia. The Classic Episode is “The Monster at the End of This …

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Review: Nowhere to Go

By Paula R. Stiles

Rowan, Iain. Nowhere to Go: Eleven Short Crime Stories. Infinity Plus, 2011. 82pp. ASIN: B004TNHGFG.

There is an aspect of crime fiction that overlaps with horror. Famed Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock is equally claimed by the mystery and horror genres. No surprise, therefore, that Iain Rowan has also published horror – or that his crime anthology, Nowhere to Go, trips along this uneasy line. Several of the stories have even appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s

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Review: The Secret of Crickley Hall

By Michael Matheson

Herbert, James. The Secret of Crickley Hall. Tom Doherty Associates (July 2011); UK edition: Macmillan, 2006. ISBN 978-0-7653-2888-5; ISBN (UK) 978-1-4050-5234-4.

Turn the lights down low. Light the fire. Huddle close. The night is about to get very dark.

It took five years, but we’ve finally got a North American release of The Secret of Crickley Hall. And it’s a straight port of the text, with no localization, to boot (Yes, the shifting usages of …

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Review: Doctor Who 6.09: Night Terrors

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Doctor Who Season 6

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Mark Gatiss

Recap: On a council estate in London, an old woman named ‘Mrs. Rossiter’ (Leila Hoffman) is going on the lift and bringing home her grocery cart. A young mother named Claire (Emma Cunniffe) is putting her little boy (Jamie Oram) to bed – or trying to, anyways. He’s very scared of the sound of the lift …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Curse (1987)

By Brian M. Sammons

The Curse (1987). Director: David Keith. Cast: Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, Malcolm Danare.

Since I’ve been on a “Colour” kick – that is, reviewing all the movies based on H.P. Lovecraft’s masterful story, “The Colour Out of Space” – I figured I’d end things with the one that had the biggest budget, perhaps the second-biggest stars (It’s hard to beat Karloff in my book), but what could be arguably the worst adaptation of the story. …

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