Review: Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears

By Amanda J. Spedding

Young, Marty and Challis, Angela, eds. Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears. Paperback. Brimstone Press (2010). ISBN: 9780980567748.

When I began reading Macabre, I didn’t set out to review it. As a current committee member of the Australian Horror Writers Association – and with one of the editors, Marty Young, being the outgoing president of the association – I figured there’d be a conflict of interest or cries of bias, but midway through …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Devil-Doll (1936)

Orrin Grey

The Devil-Doll (1936). Director: Tod Browning. Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan.

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’s movie is The Devil-Doll, which re-teams director Tod Browning and star Lionel Barrymore, whom we last saw together in our first installment, The Mark of the Vampire. The version I watched is once again from the Hollywood Legends of Horror

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Review: Silent Hill: The Movie (2006)

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

Silent Hill (2006). Director: Christophe Gans. Cast: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Alice Krige, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Bean. Country: USA.

Rose (Radha Mitchell) loses her adopted daughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) in the mysterious, fog-bound ghost town of Silent Hill. Before she can go looking for her, though, she’s arrested by Cybill (Laurie Holden), a police officer, not long before they both discover the town is quite literally cut off from the rest of the …

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Column: A Pistol and a Flashlight: Deadly Premonition (2010)

By B.A. Campbell

Deadly Premonition (2010). Company: Ignition Entertainment. Developer: Access Games. System: Xbox 360. Rating: Mature (17+).

“Did you see that, Zach!? Clear as a crisp spring morning! ‘F K’…in the coffee!”

Yes, Special Agent Francis York Morgan. “F K” to you too. You and your strangely feline smile, your jaunty whistle of a theme song, your thoughtful chest-tapping, your illuminating in-car solo lectures on 80s B-movies, your eerily puppet-like supporting cast, and your unbelievably delicious turkey sandwiches.

And …

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Review: Teeth

By B.A. Campbell

Teeth (2007). Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein. Cast: Jess Weixler, John Hensley.

If you’ve seen any advertisements for writer/director Mitchell Lichtenstein’s 2007 film, Teeth, you think you know what to expect. Following the unfortunate exploits of virtuous teen Dawn (Jess Weixler), the film presents the most excessively literal interpretation of vagina dentata yet seen in American cinema.

Now, I like me some vagina dentata as much as the next guy. The concept, which literally means “toothed [you can …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: The Countess (2009)


By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Countess (2009). Director: Julie Delpy Cast: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl.

Erzsébet (or Elizabeth to English-speakers) Báthory is a character whose life has been coloured more by fiction and speculation than fact. I once read a book which said she’d been bitten by a vampire and took this concept quite seriously. The book was not intended as fiction. It has been hard, thus, for an accurate picture of Elizabeth to pierce the veil of time and few …

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Review: Being Human (Syfy) 1.01: There Goes the Neighborhood, Part I

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahead]

Recap: Josh (Sam Huntington) and Aidan (Sam Witwer) are a werewolf and a vampire, respectively. They are also coworkers, nurses at a local hospital. Dissatisfied with living a lonely existence separately as monsters, they decide to room together in a house and live a more human existence (hence the title). But Aidan immediately gets himself into trouble by accidentally killing a young woman he takes home, losing control of his bloodlust and feeding on …

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Angels and Demons Week: Column: Slicing Score: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

By Maria Mitchell

Rosemary’s Baby (soundtrack). Composer: Christopher Komeda, 1968.

The Devil in cinema pops up unexpectedly. In 1956, Catholic Cardinal Spellman and Episcopalian Bishop Pike clashed hotly over the movie Baby Doll, which Spellman denigrated as pornographic and Pike declared profoundly-Christian in message. Their difference of opinion made national headlines. I find this historical snippet interesting and relevant to this review because it illustrates how film has the ability to rattle organized religion to its core. Rosemary Woodhouse raised …

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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: Twice the Terror: The Horror Zine, Vol. 2

Rector, Jeani, ed. Twice the Terror: The Horror Zine, Vol. 2. BearManor Media, 2010. 370 pp. USD $17.95. ISBN 978-1-59393-358-6.

Twice the Terror is a Best-of anthology from The Horror Zine. It has a stunning cover of a red-robed, green-faced, stony monk, holding a putrid rose that appears to be turning his fingers black, against a background of a castle in a blood-red sunset – or it could be on fire. Man, I’d like a poster of that. …

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Review: The Walking Dead 1.04: Vatos

By Paula R. Stiles

Recap: Andrea and her sister, Amy, go fishing in the big quarry next to where the survivors made their camp. They come back with a load of fresh fish, increasing the women’s street cred in the camp by a large margin. But all’s not well, as camp member, Jim, has everyone on edge because he’s busy digging graves in the hot sun. When pressed for why, he talks about a dream he can’t remember and how …

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Review: The Walking Dead 1.01: Days Gone Bye

By Paula R. Stiles

Recap: State patrolman Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) gets shot at the end of a wild car chase. He wakes up later in the hospital, feverish and abandoned. The hospital has been abandoned, with blood and the odd half-devoured body lying around. After he escapes and starts wandering around the neighbourhood, he finds himself trying to evade walking – and crawling – dead. Morgan (Lennie James) and his son, whose wife/mother is one of the zombies wandering …

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