7 items from 2013
Gated communities are usually met with some suspicion and mistrust – in this case it’s rightly founded. Something is wrong in Sweetville, and The Doctor is red in the face about it. A bunch of friends reappear to help combat…
The Crimson Horror
by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Saul Metzstein
People are turning up dead in the canal in Victorian Yorkshire, their bodies in varied states of petrifaction and their skin a lobster red. Madame Vastra and Jenny are asked to investigate, and when they realize that The Doctor is somehow involved, they hurry to investigate. A woman is establishing her own ark on dry land, planning to survive the next torrent, not of rain, but of poison.
Mark Gatiss balances comedy and horror with a deft hand, being given the reins on the investigating Silurian and her companions. This may be the closest we ever get to a completely solo Vastra and Jenny adventure, »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Thn are proud to announce that on Sunday May 26th the Horror Channel celebrates 100 years of the birth of one of the country’s most beloved actors – Peter Cushing (OBE).
Peter Cushing Centenary Day will be devoted to some of the legendary actor’s finest work, picked from a film & TV career which spanned 50 years and over 80 films.
Born on 26 May 1913, Cushing’s career took off in the 50s and he is probably best known for his roles for Hammer Films – in particular the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing. But to younger generations he is also fondly remembered for his portrayal of Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars and for his many appearances as Sherlock Holmes. Here’s that great line-up for May 26th:
10:00. Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Hammer Horror’s Frankenstein Created Woman sees Cushing in one of his most famous roles, that of Baron Frankenstein. »
- Dan Bullock
Feature Cameron K McEwan 26 Apr 2013 - 07:00
Cameron sings the praises of twenty-five classic and modern Doctor Who adventures that deserve more love. See what made the cut below...
Doctor Who fans can be an odd bunch at times (and by that I mean all the time), what's gold to one is dross to another. And when you think everyone is agreed on a genuine stinker (Timelash, for example), you'll find it has admirers in abundance. But what's here are some of the stories that, for whatever reason, get overlooked, underseen and, perhaps, undervalued - in no particular order.
Two-parters often get forgotten about (in classic Doctor Who at any rate) and this Peter Davison story, whilst perhaps best known to Who fans for a famous blooper featuring a horse, has some tremendous imagery and beautiful location shooting. Best of all is the villain of the piece, The Malus, »
This week saw the release of a new book that details the life and career of horror legend, Peter Cushing. Titled, Peter Cushing: A Life in Film, we have an exclusive excerpt that talks about The Curse of Frankenstein, and multiple photos from the book:
“Peter Cushing was an unforgettable presence in cult cinema of the fifties, sixties and seventies, and remains one of Britain’s best-loved film stars. Cushing made a huge impact in the groundbreaking television adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four, and went on to find international fame as Baron Frankenstein and Doctor Van Helsing in the most acclaimed films from the Hammer house of horror. During his lengthy career, Cushing also played Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and Grand Moff Tarkin, the villain of the original Star Wars.
Author David Miller has written a definitive guide to the stage and screen career of a legendary star, drawing upon »
- Jonathan James
Smart, addictive and situated in a fascinating historical moment, “The Bletchley Circle” is the kind of nifty little British confection only PBS would provide, particularly in this limited three-episode format. Likely to appeal to an older audience as an old-fashioned whodunit, there’s also a Sherlock Holmes/”CSI”-type aspect to the notion of four women trained to decipher German codes during World War II reunited nearly a decade later to help crack a string of brutal murders. Perfectly cast and cleverly paced, consider it a mini-”Masterpiece Mystery” for that franchise’s crime-loving loyalists.
The four women are introduced identifying patterns in Nazi communiques while urging each other to “Never be ordinary!” But nine years later, they’re just that, living varying degrees of domestic bliss or desperation, when Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin of “Bleak House” and “South Riding”), now a slightly bored housewife and mother, recognizes a spatial »
- Brian Lowry
Mike Davis is the publisher and editor of the online magazine, Lovecraft eZine. In a short time, Lovecraft eZine has become so popular that it caught the attention and approval of S.T. Joshi, considered by many to be The expert on H.P. Lovecraft. Mike took time out of his busy schedule to share some details about the eZine.
Lovecraft eZine has quickly become one of the most popular and well-respected online and print (Kindle) horror/science fiction mags – even earning S.T. Joshi's stamp of approval. How did the eZine come about?
I've been reading Lovecraftian anthologies for many years. I started to wonder if there were online magazines that published them as well, so I searched and didn't find any. I thought, well, I guess I'll do it then. I knew right away, though, that I didn't want Lovecraft eZine to just be a "fan zine". My goal »
- Nancy Greene
Like Sherlock Holmes, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been done and redone to death. But also like Sherlock, there are still ways to modernize it and keep it fresh. Whether Do No Harm is one of those who can do so well remains to be seen. Viewers of the BBC series Jekyll, healmed by Sherlock and Doctor Who scribe Steven Moffat, will find a lot of similarities with Do No Harm. But the later series has the opportunity to not turn into the same mess Jekyll eventually became (within six episodes!) if it just sticks to the basics. Hit the jump for more on this updated classic. The idea of Jekyll and Hyde can also manifest as a personality disorder, such as a person having "alters" (like in Showtime's great but very uneven series United States of Tara). But »
- Allison Keene
7 items from 2013
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