Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Loved Ones

By Brian M. Sammons

The Loved Ones. Director: Sean Byrne. Cast: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine.

This 2009 Australian, low budget, brutal, sometimes bloody, and very effective horror movie has finally made its way to North America, thanks to Paramount. Was it worth the wait? Did it live up to the critical hype, assuming that you’ve heard anything about it at all?

Yes, yes, it did. But be warned: I can see this movie falling into the category …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the World: The Loved Ones

Column: Cthulhu Eats the World: Altitude (2010)

By Brian M. Sammons

Altitude (2010). Director: Kaare Andrews. Cast: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho.

If you’ve seen the poster or DVD case for this movie, then your Lovecraft loving appetite might have been whetted like mine was. It shows a guy hanging out of a small airplane in flight, surrounded by dark clouds, with a couple of huge tentacles reaching out to grab him. For a rabid fan of H.P. Lovecraft, the mind reels with the possibilities such …

Brian M. SammonsColumn: Cthulhu Eats the World: Altitude (2010)

Column: The Vault of Secrets: The Old Dark House (1932)

By Orrin Grey

The Old Dark House (1932). Directed by: James Whale. Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart, and Ernest Thesiger.

Welcome back to the Vault of Secrets, where we’ll be unearthing another classic (or not-so-classic) vintage horror film for your delectation. I am hard-put to ever list a single favorite movie, in any category, no matter how narrowly-defined. But if you sat me down to start trying to make a list, James Whale’s The Old Dark

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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

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I am very glad that Kristen Stewart starred in Snow White and the Huntsman because it prevented her from taking the role of Sarah in the re-make of Labyrinth. See, I have this theory that someone will re-invent that movie with Stewart and Justin Bieber in the main roles. We may have dodged a bullet this year!

Anyway, back to reality, Snow White has two good things going for it: the visuals and the performance of …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Snow White and the Huntsman

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

Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: Phantoms (1998)

By Brian M. Sammons

Phantoms (1998). Director: Joe Chappelle. Cast: Peter O’Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going, Ben Affleck.

“Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.” – Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Yes, this is a movie based on a novel by Dean Koontz. Yes, I know that Mr. Koontz isn’t known for cosmic, Lovecraftian horror. He’s the guy with the far-too-perfect protagonists, more-scientific-than-supernatural plots, and dogs. Boy, does that man love his dogs. But don’t leave just yet; this …

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Column: Cthulhu Eats the Movies: From Beyond (1986)

By Brian M. Sammons

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From Beyond (1986). Director: Stuart Gordon. Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree, and Ted Sorel.

After director Stuart Gordon made a certified horror, splatter, black comedy, …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: Black Sabbath (1963)

 By Orrin Grey

Black Sabbath (1963). Director: Mario Bava. Cast: Boris Karloff, Michele Mercier, Lidia Alfonsie.

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’re tackling our second Mario Bava feature, Black Sabbath. We don’t have Barbara Steele this time, but we do have Boris Karloff, who looks like he’s having quite a good time. There are several versions available. I watched …

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Column: The Vault of Secrets: House of Frankenstein (1944)

By Orrin Grey

House of Frankenstein (1944). Director: Erle C. Kenton. Cast: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish.

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 House of Frankenstein, directed by Erle C. Kenton and starring all sorts of familiar names, including Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, J. Carrol Naish, Lionel Atwill, and George …

Orrin GreyColumn: The Vault of Secrets: House of Frankenstein (1944)

Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

We talked about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark in my home. My mother was freaked out when she saw it. I thought it was creepy. My husband thought so, too. Judging by Del Toro’s script (co-written with Matthew Robbins), he must have also seen it at night when it ran on Channel Five (or was it Thirteen?) in Mexico. There may be a whole generation of scarred Mexicans trembling in front of the TV set due …

Silvia Moreno-GarciaReview: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)