Angels and Demons Week: Review: Simon del Desierto

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Simon del Desierto (1965). Director: Luis Buñuel. Cast: Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook.

Luis Buñuel is one of my favourite filmmakers of all time and Simon del Desierto is one of the last films he made in Mexico. Like several other of his movies, it tackles religion, this time by focusing on a saintly man and the devil tempting him.

The saint is Simon, a man who, in order to purify himself and be closer to God, has …

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Angels and Demons Week: Review: Incubus

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Incubus (1965). Cast: William Shatner, Allyson Ames. Director: Leslie Stevens.

You’d think, with William Shatner speaking Esperanto in a black-and-white 60s film, the result would be utter hilarity. However, the much-maligned Incubus is not that bad. In fact, it’s a pretty decent film for what it is: an allegory and not a horror film.

There are demons here, to be sure, but they don’t engage in the typical demonic activities we’ve become used to. No bloody attacks …

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Review: Legion

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Legion (2010). Director: Scott Stewart. Cast: Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Adrianne Palicki, Dennis Quaid.

I decided to rent Legion because it looked like a cross between Demon Knight and The Prophecy, and that sounded like a decent combo. Unfortunately, Legion doesn’t measure to either of those movies and ends up a disappointment of Biblical proportions.

The story is simple: God has started the Apocalypse. He sends his angels down to Earth to kill a …

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Click Yes: A Review of Pulse (2006)

By Carla Lee

Though I am not really a fan of either Damon or Ian Somerhalder, Somerhalder’s next on the cast list for The Vampire Diaries and so, this week, I bring you a brief review of Pulse. Brief because it’s simply not a very good movie and I couldn’t find very much to say about it. synopsis: When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop …

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We’re not the hunters. We’re the prey. Review of Never Cry Werewolf (2008)

By Carla Lee

[major spoilers]

Never Cry Werewolf. House Next Door Films/Red Duck Films, Canada. First aired May 11, 2008 on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Or, as I like to call it, Nina Dobrev’s practice run for The Vampire Diaries.

Once again The Vampire Diaries is on hiatus. To fill the empty, episode-less weeks, I’ve chosen a selection of media which include older roles by the cast. First up is Never Cry Werewolf, a made-for-television movie starring Nina …

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Review: In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

By Paula R. Stiles

Cynical insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is hired by a publishing firm to find its AWOL bestselling author, Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow), and retrieve the book of the title. Cane’s past books have had a “disturbing” effect on his less-stable readers and the rumour is that the latest will drive any reader insane. Skeptical of a publicity stunt, or even outright fraud, Trent goes on a road trip with Cane’s editor, Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), …

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Review: The Witches of Eastwick (film)

By Paula R. Stiles

It was recently reported that the ABC show, Eastwick, didn’t get a pickup past its initial 13-episode run. This means it will end when those 13 episodes run out. However, since there are still six episodes left, we’ll keep reviewing them until the lights go down. And since there’s a two-week hiatus before the show comes back the night before Thanksgiving (nice going, ABC), we’re going to review some related stuff in the intervening weeks.

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Guy Fawkes Day: My Bloody Valentine versus My Bloody Valentine 3D: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Slashing

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers for both films]

Making the sheep nervous

When Canadian slasher My Bloody Valentine came out in 1981, it was most famous for its butchering by an MPAA nervous about its scenes of graphic slaughter, dramatis personae – working-class miners in an economically depressed Nova Scotian town.

My Bloody Valentine came out during a recession in both Canada and the U.S. The remake, My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009), relocated the story to a hard-luck mining town, …

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Guy Fawkes Day Review: V for Vendetta

By Paula R. Stiles

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

This verse refers to a man, Guy Fawkes, whose name has lived on in infamy (and also fame) since he was arrested in 1605 on this day for treason. The celebration, “Guy Fawkes Day (Bonfire Night)“, has been named after him. Fawkes was an Englishman who was part of The Gunpowder …

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Review: Drag Me to Hell

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

There are two important lessons to be gleaned from Drag Me to Hell: 1) Social-climbers deserve death and 2) Gypsies are disgusting, awful people.

Drag Me to Hell tells the story of a formerly fat, formerly farm-bound girl who has made it to the big city and is hoping for a big promotion at the bank where she works in order to validate herself as girlfriend material for her rich boyfriend and his obnoxious parents. One …

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Hot Messes: Horror Films That Weren’t Quite Great

By Paula R. Stiles

It’s so easy to make MSTK-style fun of truly bad horror (like The Giant Gila Monster), or even mediocre stuff. Far more frustrating are those films that had some beguiling charms, but ultimately, just couldn’t quite hold it together. And no, I don’t mean genuinely-good films, like Targets, that have simply been forgotten, but those films that contain what Stephen King calls in his classic study of the genre, Danse Macabre, “gold nuggets”

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Review: Vampire Hunter D

by Amy Harlib

This review originally appeared on

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Urban Vision Entertainment 2000). Written and Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Based on a novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi (Asahi Sonorama). Music by Marco d’Ambrosio. Running time: 111 minutes. Rated R.

Inspired by the fluidity and the visual intricacy of the magisterial Hayao Miyazaki, , a Japanese anime feature (for adults as one might guess from the title) recently released in limited distribution in the USA and shown …

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