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Brimstone (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Brimstone (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Told in four chapters, this is the grim and painful story of a woman dominated by men on the American frontier. The story is presented in Grand Guignol style with a feeling that writer/director Martin Koolhoven is behind it all winking at the audience. Take this film seriously and it is little but a pointlessly […]

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The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (book review).

March 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker (book review).

As the dustcover blurb proudly proclaims, Clive Barker was once hailed as the ‘future of horror’ by none other than Stephen King and there are certainly parallels to be drawn between the two writers. For example, while both men have had careers defined by their written fiction, both have seen some of their stories turned […]

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Lavender (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Lavender (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Warning: Spoiler at the end of this review An amnesiac has a spectacular car accident that shakes loose some hidden memories of her younger self. Obsessively trying to piece together her past, she goes to live at the farmhouse of her youth. Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly co-writes and directs this mysterious melodrama involving a woman […]

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Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli Dual Format Limited Edition Boxset (film review).

February 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli Dual Format Limited Edition Boxset (film review).

‘Death Walks Twice’ is a remastered special edition from Arrow Films that collects together a matched pair of classic giallo films, ‘Death Walks On High Heels’ (1971) and ‘Death Walks At Midnight’ (1972). For those who don’t know, the ‘giallo’ is a particular sub-genre of European film. The Italian word simply means ‘thriller’ but when […]

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The Haunting (1963) (film DVD review)

February 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Haunting (1963)   (film DVD review)

When I was doing research on films about haunted houses, there were three significant ones. ‘The Legend Of Hell House’ (1973). ‘The Others’ (2001). ‘The Haunting’ (1963). Hadn’t come across that one so looked it up and found it available. Directed by Robert Wise, so it had credibility. Doctor John Markway (actor Richard Johnson) investigates […]

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The Djinn by Graham Masterton (book review).

February 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Djinn by Graham Masterton (book review).

‘The Djinn’ is a standalone horror novel set in 1970s America and follows Harry Erskine, a small-time clairvoyant, as he tries to help his terrified godmother, Marjorie Greaves, after the suspicious death of her husband, Max. Harry’s godfather, a once successful business man and antique collector, had at one point procured a Persian jar thought […]

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Penny Dreadful The Complete Second Season

February 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Penny Dreadful The Complete Second Season

The second season of ‘Penny Dreadful’ is full of reveals that it becomes difficult to say too much without saying spoilers. If you know your horror tropes, then some of the reveals will be confirmed. Other aspects follow the source material to some extent although there are introductions of creatures that were never sourced from […]

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Infection by Kyle Turton (book review)

February 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Infection by Kyle Turton   (book review)

In the days before DVDs were common and eBooks were yet to be a figment of the imagination, the only way to recapture the film you’d just seen and enjoyed was to hope that someone produced a book of the film. Many of these were written by contracted writers who were given the script and […]

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Poster Art From Classic Monster Films by Philip J Riley (book review).

February 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Poster Art From Classic Monster Films by Philip J Riley (book review).

There are books that arrive where your jaw just drops in surprise. Case in point is Philip J Riley’s book ‘Poster Art From Classic Monster Films’ and just a page flick tells you this is going to be good, even if the book is just pictures. Rare ones that aren’t usually collected together in one […]

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Editorial – February 2017: We live in interesting times.

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Editorial – February 2017:   We live in interesting times.

Hello everyone There are some rare instances when I don’t start writing an editorial early in the month or prepared to rewrite when there are news events that can’t be ignored and put SF issues into the shade. Looking at how this month is flashing by, I didn’t fancy writing anything at the last minute […]

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