Gods and Monsters: Review: Grave Halloween (2013)


By Paula R. Stiles


Grave Halloween (2013). Director: Steven R. Monroe. Cast: Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle. Country: Canada.


A young woman and a group of friends, who are doing a documentary, visit a forest in Japan (This is a real place called Aokigahara Forest, AKA the Sea of Trees or Suicide Forest, at the foot of Mount Fuji) where people go to commit suicide for reasons that remain not very clear, not least because they never …

Paula R. StilesGods and Monsters: Review: Grave Halloween (2013)

Gods and Monsters: Review: Il deserto rosso (Red Desert) (1964)


By Paula R. Stiles


Il deserto rosso (Red Desert) (1964). Director: Michelangelo Antonioni. Cast: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris and Carlo Chionetti. Country: Italy.


A mentally fragile woman named Giuliana (Monica Vitti) tries to hold onto her marriage and her son in the middle of a polluted industrial port. Giuliana has been very depressed since a car accident sometime before and goes through what appears to be a cycle of nervous breakdowns, including a past hospitalization. All of her attempts to …

Paula R. StilesGods and Monsters: Review: Il deserto rosso (Red Desert) (1964)

Gods and Monsters: Review: Dark Floors (2008)


By Paula R. Stiles


Dark Floors (2008). Director: Pete Riski. Cast: Skye Bennett, Noah Huntley, Dominique McElligott, Philip Bretherton, Ronald Pickup, Leon Herbert, William Hope, many Finnish extras from the band Lordi. Country: Finland.


A young man’s autistic daughter is in the hospital for tests when she freaks out and blows up the MRI machine. Her father decides to take her home, against the strenuous objections of a pesky nurse. When they all get into an elevator with some other …

Paula R. StilesGods and Monsters: Review: Dark Floors (2008)

Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 8.11: LARP and the Real Girl

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Medieval fantasy reenactments! Fairies! Dean in costume and a bad wig! Charlie! Okay, forget Charlie – Dean with a honking huge sword! Join me in SCA Land come Wednesday night!

Recap: Rather boring recap of Charlie Bradbury (the self-important hacker from “The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo”), Samelia and Denny.

Cut to Now and a Doomed Teaser Guy declaiming in dramatic style to someone named ‘Lance’ on the …

Paula R. StilesColumn: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 8.11: LARP and the Real Girl

Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 8.10: Torn and Frayed

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy for several seasons]

Tagline: Castiel returns with a serious Head Naomi problem and tries to mend the fences between the brothers. Now, why do I have the feeling that’s not going to work this time?

Recap: Cool 1:20 recap of the season so far (somewhat marred by Samelia but Purgatory-heavy to compensate) to Bob Seger’s “Katmandu.” It might be fair to call this the high point of the episode.

Cut to Samandriel (AKA Alfie, …

Paula R. StilesColumn: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Supernatural 8.10: Torn and Frayed