Column: The Vault of Secrets: Planet of the Vampires (1965)

By Orrin Grey

Planet of the Vampires (1965) Directed by: Mario Bava Starring: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Angel Aranda.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where, every month, we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. Tonight’s film is Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires, a movie that’s probably most famous for having supposedly inspired Alien, although both Ridley Scott and Alien scribe Dan O’Bannon claim to have never seen it at …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Review: Prometheus

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I went back and forth about reviewing this flick, mainly because everyone is talking about it (so who the hell is going to read my review?) and then also because Orrin Grey said it’s like people are getting in virtual knife fights over this. Basically, it’s a love-or-hate situation, right now.

So, if you want to know nothing about the flick and can’t stand spoilers (Why are you reading this, then?), stop reading now. If not, let’s …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Prometheus

Found on the Net: Prometheus Kills Lovecraft

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Guillermo Del Toro says his adaptation of Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains of Madness” may be dead in the water and the culprit is Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

In a recent online post, Del Toro said Ridley’s original Alien was already heavily influenced by Lovecraft (See our review of the movie for that) and Prometheus likely alludes “to the creation aspects of the HPL book.” The result, says Del Toro, would be two movies with the “same premise. …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaFound on the Net: Prometheus Kills Lovecraft

Found on the Net: YouTube Edition

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Canadian director Joseph Nanni (We interviewed him in 2010) has a short film titled ‘The Black Goat’ on YouTube. The Black Goat of the title is Shub-Niggurath (also known as ‘The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young’), a Mythos deity that is mentioned in a number of Lovecraft’s tales.

The short might become a full-length film.

Also on YouTube is the trailer for Prometheus, a film by Ridley Scott. The IMDB summary …

IFPFound on the Net: YouTube Edition

Review: The Event 1.06: Loyalty

By J. Keith Haney and Acacia Rhiannon Nokomis

[spoilers below]

“A loyal heart may be landed under Traitor’s Bridge.” – Dr. Thomas Fuller

How exciting. Sophia’s riding a train, alone. We would have lost interest, but then Sophia sees the little “Glad You’re Out of Prison” present Thomas seems to have left for her. Hmm…My jewelry box is beeping. Probably because the present is an ear bud in a little box, along with a bag containing a change of clothes. …

IFPReview: The Event 1.06: Loyalty

Review: V (1984): 1.10

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Well, this it. The V remake returns tonight and I’ll be reviewing that and stopping the retro reviews until the summer. Episode 10 of the original series is a good point to pause, mainly because it’s a Tyler-centric episode, but also because new characters are introduced and the balance of the show shifts.

We begin with Tyler and Kyle getting captured. Diana is gleeful. Her merriment is interrupted when a shuttle, The Prospero (aliens like their Shakespeare …

IFPReview: V (1984): 1.10

Found on the Net: 70 Years of Giger

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Noted Swiss artist H.R.Giger turned 70 this month. Giger is well-known to Lovecraftian fans due to the books Necronomicon and Necronomicon II and his work on the movie Alien (with the creature being modelled after one of the illustrations in the books). His biomechanical paintings and bizarre art have inspired everything from a bar to computer games. Did you ever get to play Dark Seed? I did, but invariably, the alien parasite killed me. I guess …

IFPFound on the Net: 70 Years of Giger

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Pandorum

by Filamena Young

So, last time I told you what is widely agreed to be the best Lovecraftian movie of all time. After discussing it with some experts in the field, (Ken Hite and Google) we agreed that Alien blew away all comers in terms of creating the feeling of cosmic horror second only to the man who invented it.

So, if we treat that as gospel, I’m about to say something blasphemous.

I think the 2009 title, Pandorum, …

IFPColumn: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Pandorum

Review V (1984): 1.03

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The third episode of ye olde V opens with the dynamic duo of Mike and Tyler getting into an altercation with the aliens while trying to find clues about the location of Mike’s son. Soon enough, the pair have been captured and taken to a work camp. Oh, and what a work camp it is!

First of all, Robin is also at the camp. I know, bummer. On the bright side, the camp has this sandy perimeter …

IFPReview V (1984): 1.03

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Alien

by Filamena Young

Alien (1979) Director: Ridley Scott. Screenplay: Dan O’Bannon Cast: Tom Skerrit, Sigourney Weaver. Veronica Cartwright.

When I started putting this column together in my head, I thought a lot about how to review movies you may have already seen. I figured what might be fun is to try to place these movies in a sliding continuum from Lovecraftian to Very Very Not Lovecraftian, with plenty of room for debate along the way.

This left me with something …

IFPColumn: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Alien