Apocalypse Week: Review: The Thing (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Yesterday, Brian M. Sammons reviewed the 1982 version of The Thing. Today, I tackle the 2011 The Thing. When is a sequel not a sequel? Apparently, when it calls itself a “prequel” and uses the same name as a movie from the 80s.

The Thing takes place before the John Carpenter film of the same title (Really, studio? Couldn’t you call it “The Thing: Origin”? This means that comparing the two movies without …

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Apocalypse Week: Review: Evolve Two

By Michael Matheson

Kilpatrick, Nancy (Ed.). Evolve Two. Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2011. ISBN 978-1-894063-62-3.

I delight in Kilpatrick’s anthologies – even if I am not always drawn to the material in them. Kilpatrick is a romantic in the best sense. She believes in the darkest of beauties and seeks them out relentlessly. That attention and care show in a collection like Evolve Two, where Kilpatrick has assembled a welcome repast for readers seeking sanguine fiction …

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Apocalypse Week: Column: Retronomicon: Just A Pilgrim

By J. Keith Haney

Ennis, Garth; Ezquerra, Carlos. Just A Pilgrim. Black Bull Entertainment (November, 2001). USD $16.49. ISBN-13: 978-1606900079.

Postapocalyptic sagas have become cliché in the latter half of the 20th century. However, contrary to popular belief, the genre predates the nuclear age by almost a century. Mary Wollstonecroft Shelley of Frankenstein fame penned a follow-up novel called “The Last Man”, where the last, lone human survives a worldwide plague that wipes out the rest of …

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Apocalypse Week: Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: The Thing (1982)

By Brian M. Sammons

The Thing (1982). Director: John Carpenter. Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David.

When I first started doing Cthulhu Eats the Movies, I mentioned that, in my opinion, the most Lovecraftian movie of all time was John Carpenter’s The Thing, but I chose to tease it a bit and promised to cover this flick on a later date. Naturally, I promptly forgot about doing that, as other films kept popping up on my radar. Oops. …

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Apocalypse Week: Playlist for the Apocalypse

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In the event that the Apocalypse (be it zombie, vampiric or alien-related) takes place, I have dutifully compiled a playlist for this special occasion. Here are the 10 tracks I think you should download onto your iPod and have handy. Unless we are overtaken by Skynet. In which case, unplug your Internet station. Let me know what songs are most appropriate for the Apocalypse in the comments section.

We Don’t Need Another Hero

Tina Turner looked awesome …

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Apocalypse Week: Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Omega Man (1971)

By Orrin Grey

The Omega Man (1971). Director: Boris Sagal. Cast: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash.

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, we’ll be taking a look at the second official adaptation of Richard Matheson’s apocalyptic vampire novel, I Am Legend: Charlton Heston in Boris Sagal’s The Omega Man. The version I watched was on Netflix Watch Instantly, …

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Apocalypse Week: Review: Black Death

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Black Death. 2011. Director: Christopher Smith Cast: Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne

You may wonder why I am reviewing a medieval movie for Apocalypse Week. It’s simple: Although the Black Death did not destroy Europe, it seemed apocalyptic to the people living in that time period. The death toll is a bit of guesswork, but it was high and it left its marks in history in more than one way.

Black Death uses that general concept: This …

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Apocalypse Week: Danger Analysis For the Techno Apocalypse

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We all know what the real apocalypse will be. Not zombies and not giant mutant ants: One day, our toasters are going to rise up in arms and destroy us. We dodged Y2K, but we are not going to make it through unscathed. In preparation for that day, when machines try to slice us into little cubes, here is my danger analysis for the techno apocalypse: ten artificial foes from science fiction movies. Hopefully, it will assist …

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Apocalypse Week: Column: Innsmouth Influence: Neil Gaiman’s “Only the End of the World Again”

By Bryan Thao Worra

As a new regular feature of the Innsmouth Magazine, we’re looking at the short stories and novels that emerged in response to the classic H.P. Lovecraft story, The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

Our goal is to build an appreciation for the wide variety of themes, tones and choices writers have made. Whether to ground it firmly within the Mythos, and particularly the aftermath of The Shadow Over Innsmouth, or to venture off into entirely new …

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Apocalypse Week: 10 Ways to End the World in Mythology

By Paula R. Stiles

We all know how the world ends in the abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam): fire and lightning and God’s wrath and a final day of judgement. Then all the good people go to Heaven and the bad people go to Hell. But what about everybody else? How does the world end for other cultures and religions?

Ancient Egyptians were not interested in the end of the world. They were exceedingly focused on personal immortality, …

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Apocalypse Week: Column: Retronomicon: Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold

By J. Keith Haney

Kwitney, Alisa; Williams, Kent; Zulli, Michael; Hampton, Scott; and Guay, Rebecca. Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold. DC/Vertigo Comics (March 1,2000). USD $14.99. ISBN-13: 978-1563895050.

If ever there were a contest for the Horseman of the Apocalypse most likely to wipe out the human race, the safe bet to win might be Pestilence. Many writers and directors of the last century have certainly thought so. Whether one is talking about novels like Richard Matheson’s I

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Apocalypse Week: Review: Just Another Judgement Day

By Paula R. Stiles

Green, Simon R. Just Another Judgement Day. New York: Ace Books, 2009. Hardcover: USD $24.95, CDN $27.50; Paperback: USD $7.99; Kindle: USD $7.99. 263pp. ISBN 978-0-441-01674-7.

[some spoilers ahead]

Private dick John Taylor and his platonic girlfriend, scary Suzie Shooter, are engaged in the usual day on the Nightside (“that secret centre of London where the clocks always read three A.M.”) – killing some and saving others. After a deadly encounter with a version of …

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