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11 items from 2012

Blu-ray Review - The Mummy's Shroud (1967)

22 October 2012 11:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Mummy's Shroud, 1967.

Directed by John Gilling.

Starring André Morell, John Phillips, David Buck and Maggie Kimberly.


A renowned scientist and a team of expert archaeologists are on a journey to find the lost tomb of pharaoh Kah-to-Bey. Having ignored warnings of a deathly curse, the expedition unearths the pharaoh’s final resting place, accidentally unleashing a vengeful spirit...

There’s nothing quite like a good mummified horror film set in the golden age of Egyptology. So it’s really quite a shame that The Mummy’s Shroud is nothing like one of those horror films.

From scene one onward, it is a constant struggle to maintain interest in this story. We’re spoon-fed every single morsel of plot, and it quickly becomes annoying. Over-egged narration, campy flashbacks, gypsies with crystal balls; you name a clichéd story mechanic, and you can be certain John Gilling has wedged it right in there. »

- flickeringmyth

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Reviews: Hammer Blu-rays, M.R. James BBC Ghost Stories Vol.5, Wallenberg

30 September 2012 8:11 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Hammer Blu-rays The Devil Rides Out (1968, dir. Terence Fisher)

Hammer applies its trademark Gothic veneer with considerably greater care than usual in this, the second and best of the company's three stabs at the satanic stylings of author Dennis Wheatley. Christopher Lee comes over to the light for a rare foray as central hero the Duc de Richleau, teaming up with friend Rex van Rijn (Leon Greene) to prevent the evil Satanist Mocata (Charles Gray) from enmeshing the son of his old friend (Patrick Mower) into a devil-worshipping cult.

The Devil Rides Out is perhaps best remembered for what Lee argues in his commentary to be Hammer's most enduring image, that of our heroes fighting a series of spectral and psychological nemeses from within the protective confines of a ritual circle. And yet the most chilling scene contains no special effects, but is instead a simple conversation between the wife »

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The Doctor Who Column: Repeat when necessary

29 August 2012 1:47 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

I'm always experiencing Déjà vu these days. Like the other day I visited a lovely Cornish pub for a cosy meal with my wife Ally, and yet all of a sudden I had this notable feeling that I'd been there before. No word of warning, and then Bam! It was like I'd suddenly realised that I'd been a patron of this lovely olde worlde pub in another life. Back in the 1800s, I was probably one of those poor scribes clamouring for a slice of bread, slab of cheese and lots of ale in return for a dreary recital of my latest meisterwork. The pub would have seen a mass exodus of people, leaving me to mop the floor with my upturned head.

Still, this Déjà vu can extend to the telly - the problem with modern British TV is that these days, there seems to be more repeats than »

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Doctor Who Character Study – The Master

29 August 2012 10:54 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Every really good hero needs a really evil adversary, and in the Doctor Who world that role is filled by the Master. Every bit as evil as the Doctor is good, this former classmate and friend to the Doctor has gone on to be the epitome of cackling, madman evil. Frequently over the top, often dangerous and almost always entertaining, the Mater really is one of the great bad guys in fiction.

Little is known about the Master’s life before the TV series. We know that he was friends with the Doctor and that they attended the academy together. That’s about all we know, at least officially. But in the spin-off novels, we learn a bit more. Those novels may not be official, but some of them are very much worth reading.

For the purposes of this article, I’m going to treat each Master as a separate entity, »

- Chris Swanson

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Doctor Who: The Daemons - DVD Review

29 March 2012 8:42 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The Doctor meets the Devil or something like that. The Master, it isn.t much of a spoiler here, brings forth an alien that looks exactly like old Scratch and also evokes a good dose of Hammer horror. In the town of Devil.s End, an archeological dig is excavating the notorious Devil.s Hump burial mound. Archeologist Prof. Horner (Robin Wentworth) is going to open the tomb at exactly the stroke of midnight with a BBC reporter (David Simeon) standing by and the whole thing being aired on live TV. Local white witch Olive Hawthorne (Damaris Hayman) warns the professor that evil is afoot but he just scoffs. Something is afoot since the new vicar, Mr. Magister (Roger Delgado), »

- Jeff Swindoll

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The Doctor Who Column: The Master a challenge for Cumberbatch?

6 March 2012 4:05 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The papers love this. When it comes to second-guessing who's going to appear in the next series of Doctor Who, they're like kids rushing up to queue at the ice cream van. The slightest scrap of speculation and the reporters are in for the kill, printing big, blockbusting headlines so bold that even a myopic pensioner would flinch.

When it comes to the big guns of Doctor Who, the papers love to create a stir of speculation. We've had Penelope Wilton somehow coming back as a Harriet Jones Dalek, thereby torpedoing the credibilities of both if it had happened; countless names suggested for the next Doctor (blimey, give Mr Smith a chance), and now, inevitably, Sherlock himself has been touted as the very next Master.

Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch, currently best known as brainbox sleuth Sherlock, is “reportedly” in line to be the next Master. Whether or not this is true is anyone's guess. »

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Benedict Cumberbatch To Play The Master?

28 February 2012 2:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

How fitting that, after making his name as super sleuth Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch is currently rumoured to become the Doctor’s very own Moriarty, The Master. Sources are reporting that the Brit actor will portray the role for next year’s 5oth anniversary of Doctor Who.

It comes as little surprise that the actor is rumoured for the role, as Steven Moffat heads up the writing duties on both Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Cumberbatch – who is also playing the (still-unnamed) villian in Star Trek 2 – will succeed John Simm as The Master, who was last seen battling David Tennant’s version of the Doctor. As fans will know, The Master is also a Time Lord, and as such is able to regenerate just as the Doctor does. He first appeared in 1971′s ‘Terror of the Autons’, played by Roger Delgado, and although he was most prominent during the Jon Pertwee »

- Tom Fordy

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Cumberbatch To Play The Master?

27 February 2012 10:02 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

He just took on Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis Moriarty in the most recent season of the BBC's "Sherlock". Now rising British star Benedict Cumberbatch could be jumping to the other side of the fence to play an arch nemesis himself - The Master.

The Daily Express has suggested the interesting rumour that Cumberbatch is being lined up to play the Time Lord villain opposite Matt Smith's The Doctor in time for the upcoming 50th anniversary of long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who" next year.

The paper's so-called source claims "It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy, The Master, for the 50th anniversary and it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if schedules can work. Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor’".

Both "Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" are produced by Steven Moffat so »

- Garth Franklin

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Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch Is The Master in Doctor Who Series 7?

27 February 2012 3:50 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Long thought of as a fan favourite to be a future Doctor Who, reports in The Express say Benedict Cumberbatch is being eyed to play the next regeneration of the baddie timelord, The Master in the forthcoming seventh series.

Plans are for The Master to special guest star in an episode as Steven Moffat wants to bring back some old favourites to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year. Good casting we say, though the source claims it will only happen if schedules can be worked out.

It’s fitting that the Doctor comes face to face with his ultimate enemy, The Master, for the 50th anniversary and it’s felt Benedict is the perfect choice if the schedules can work. Fans will love the idea of the man who plays Sherlock Holmes taking on the Doctor.

Yes, it seems Brit favourite Cumberbatch has found himself rather comfortable in the geek franchise realm, »

- Matt Holmes

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Doctor Who & The History of The Master!

27 February 2012 5:10 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s not what happens to a character that defines who he is, rather it’s how he handles those things. This is so trite that it’s become a platitude. Yet, when one thinks about Doctor Who, the longest running sci-fi series on television, one has to wonder what’s made it so enduring. It all boils down to how the Doctor deals all the challenges. When those menaces are the Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, to name just a few, it is easy to see why the Doctor is one of the most beloved of all sci-fi characters.

Yet, whereas the baddies listed above are the greatest threats to the universe, the Doctor’s greatest enemy isn’t one of them. His nemesis is another Time Lord, The Master. The Master is Professor Moriarty to the Doctor’s Sherlock Holmes; he is the yin to the Doctor’s yang.

But, »

- Aeryk Pierson

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Menace Doctor Who ?

27 February 2012 | | See recent news »

The series preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, "Doctor Who" may be preparing for a special guest star from another Steven Moffat television series. is reporting a rumor that "Sherlock" leading man Benedict Cumberbatch may be gearing up to play a new regeneration of the Doctor's arch-foe, The Master. First appearing in 1971's "Terror of the Autons," the Master, like the Doctor, is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey and, as such, the character can "regenerate" and has been played by quite a few actors over the years. Roger Delgado originated the role with Anthony Ainley in the part the longest. Most recently, John Simm played The Master in the 2007 series (which then featured David Tennant as the Doctor). »

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