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 …

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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 …

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Retronomicon: The Black Lamb

By J. Keith Haney

Truman, Tim. The Black Lamb. DC/Helix Comics (November 1996—April 1997).

In any creative medium you care to name, the 1990s and early 2000s were the boom times for the vampire genre. No longer content to stay in the Transylvanian crypts of yesteryear (though you could catch the latest version of this with Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the latest installments of Nintendo’s Castlevania series), vampires spread out amongst the masses in new and …

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Review: The Hunger: 1.03-1.04

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Hunger Season 1

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Welcome back to our overview of The Hunger. This time, I look at “Necros” (1.03) and “The Secret Shih-Tan” (1.04). “The Secret” is the superior piece, but let’s keep things in the proper order. There are spoilers all around, so scatter off if you don’t like ‘em.

“Necros” is based on a story by Brian Lumley. I’ve enjoyed a number of Lumley …

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Review: Torchwood: Miracle Day 4.05: The Categories of Life

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Torchwood: Miracle Day

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers ahead]

Written by: Jane Espenson

Recap: Dr. Juarez goes to the next meeting for the medical panels, but finds out that they’re finished: The information that they gathered has been sent to Congress and they’ve finalized the “categories of life”. There is no longer “dead” or “alive” but three categories, and they become official at midnight, with rollouts planned for America and …

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Review: Fright Night (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s not worth pondering why Fright Night was remade. Most 80s horror movies are being remade. And remakes are not, by default, bad. Take John Carpenter’s The Thing. On the other hand, you can glance at the most recent Nightmare on Elm Street and realize that things can go mighty wrong when you’re filming a movie anew. However, in the case of the re-vamped (pun intended) Fright Night, it works.

The premise is the same: …

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Retro Recap and Review: Supernatural 3.09: Malleus Maleficarum

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Supernatural Season 3

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: In honour of Lovecraft’s birthday, we check out a case of witchcraft set in New England, where the brothers stumble across a dark corner of the demon Ruby’s past.

Recap: Recap of Dean’s deal, Sam Done Come Back Wrong: Season Three, and Ruby’s seduction of Sam (which actually makes her look even worse than in the context …

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Review: The Hunger 1.01-1.02

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

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

[spoilers ahead]

The Hunger: The Complete First Season (1997). DVD Release Date:June 2, 2009

Once upon a time, in the 1990s, there was a TV show called The Hunger. And, since not many people nowadays seem to remember it, I’ve made it my personal mission to watch every episode and review it.

The Hunger is interesting for several reasons. First of …

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Review: Sensation

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mamatas, Nick Sensation PM Press (May 1, 2011) ISBN-13: 978-1604863543

A mutant wasp stings a woman. If this were a Roger Corman movie, she would turn into a half-naked wasp-woman and perform soft-core scenes across Manhattan. It’s Mamatas, so instead, she suffers a deep personality change, dumps her inane husband and births an anarchist movement, which threatens the existence of the spiders that have secretly controlled our world for thousands of years.

Sensation is a slim book …

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Column: Slicing Score: Sweeney Todd (2007)

By Maria Mitchell

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). Composer: Stephen Sondheim.

The full edition of this film’s soundtrack contains a concise bio of Stephen Sondheim and a photo by Jerry Jackson. The lyrics to the numbers are reprinted and it’s interesting to read and hear the lyrics of “Alms, Alms!” that are omitted from the film. The soundtrack is interesting and well-represented. How well does a horror story fare as a musical? I have mixed feelings …

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