Archive for May, 2013


What happens when a woman with a severe dissociative illness and skin disease gets loose? This week’s episode of Hannibal is what happens, providing us with yet another gruesomely delightful exploration into the mind of the man that would track down the infamous Hannibal Lecter. Every week, this exploration gets stranger and stranger. Is Special Agent Will Graham going completely insane, or is there something physically wrong with the FBI’s most talented profiler? Continue reading

It is time once again dear readers to take a look at another story from Lincoln Crisler’s collection of superhuman fiction titled Corrupts Absolutely?. I have enjoyed most of the tales in the anthology so far. Each author takes a unique look at what happens when a regular person is either born with or obtains superhuman powers. Today’s tale, “Fixed” by Trisha Wooldridge, is one of the few stories in the book written by a female. She is an editor at Spencer Hill Press and writes about a wide variety of subjects. What did I think about her addition to Corrupts Absolutely?, read on to find out. Continue reading

These days films and television shows are overpopulated by movies in which a normal human and a supernatural being fall in love. There are so many of these in fact that simply using this plot device causes the film or show to lose points with me. So when I started watching Warm Bodies for the purpose of this review it already had some work to do. And hour and a half later, the film was over and I had my opinion on whether you should buy, rent, or skip this movie. Continue reading

Is it just me, or does she look like Jennifer Aniston?

Released from Dynamite Entertainment today is Jennifer Blood: First Blood #5. Jennifer Blood was created by Garth Ennis, an amazing writer, and artist Adriano Batista. However, this series, telling the origin story of daytime soccer mom/nighttime vigilante Jennifer Blute, is written and illustrated by a different team. How well do they handle the material laid out for them by a comic book legend? Continue reading

While all the other geek sites out there are reviewing the new comics coming out from the big names, I thought I’d take a look at what some of the smaller publishers brought us today. And I thought I’d start with something of a curiosity. Next Testament from BOOM! is written by Mark Miller (a writer that needs no introduction to regular comic book readers) and Clive Barker. You may have heard of Mr. Barker. He’s the guy who wrote The Hellbound Heart which would go on to become Hellraiser. So what vision does this duo bring to us? Continue reading

Welcome geeks, nerds, and dorks to our review of the seventeenth review of Corrupts Absolutely?, edited by Lincoln Crisler. The anthology features twenty-one talents providing us with off-beat tales of humans with superpowers ranging from telekinesis to making one’s self explode. Today’s tale, “Crooked” by Lee Mather, features a character capable of forming his will into tentacles. Sounds like a Japanese teen’s worst nightmare to me, but lets see how he puts this power to use in the story. Continue reading

It’s memorial day and as a result there was no new Game of Thrones or Defiance. In response to this I would like to quote Charlton Heston to HBO and SyFy: Goddamn you all to hell! I’m don’t usually curse in my reviews, but it expresses my sentiment perfectly. It also allows me to segue into this installment of Reviews from the Vault. You see, that was Mr. Heston’s final line, the line that ended the movie, in the original Planet of the Apes. Before Luke began training as a Jedi Knight with Obi-Wan Kenobi and before Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise encountered V’ger, George Taylor landed on a planet not unlike our own. A planet that would mark the beginning of a vast film franchise and become a staple of geekdom. Continue reading

He we are again ladies and gentlemen. Another tale of superpowered beings has been read, thought over, and judged. Corrupts Absolutely?, edited by Lincoln Crisler, has been a delight so far and I am sad that other projects have kept me from reviewing a story every day recently. Luckily, I got a chance to sit down and read “Sabre” by Anthony Laffan this evening. Anthony is a game designer from western Massachusetts and this entry into an anthology is his first published work. So how does he do in a world populated with some of the most powerful superhumans this side of Krypton? Lets find out. Continue reading

Years ago I saw an ad within the pages of Rue Morgue for a short film that seemed pretty interesting. It was a modern silent film (even before The Artist came out) titled The Listening Dead. The thought of someone doing a silent film in today’s day and age intrigued me, so I went online searching for it. On YouTube I found a trailer for the film. Even more intrigued I went to the website. But alas, you needed a credit card to get a DVD of the film which, at the time I did not have. The memory of the film had slipped away for a while, but recently returned and so I went back YouTube to view the trailer again. Lo and behold, the entire short film from Phil Mucci was uploaded. After years of wondering about this film, I hit play. Continue reading

This coming week brings us the science fiction thriller Dark Skies to DVD and Blu-Ray. I managed to take a look at the film and bring you my review of it for this week’s DVD Buyers’ Guide. I am a huge fan of alien invasion movies and enjoy seeing the various methods filmmakers believe the event will go down (the same goes for zombie pandemic movies). That said, this has been the subject of so many movies that it is hard for filmmakers to actually bring something new to the table. However, this is mostly an abduction movie and there are quite a few of these out as well. The problem with abduction movies is that there is really only one of two ways the main event can go down: 1) someone gets abducted in the beginning of the movie and the rest of the movie is spent trying to convince others it actually happened, or, 2) the characters spend the most part of the movie trying to prevent someone from being abducted and ultimately succeed or fail in the end. Dark Skies, being an abduction movie, opts for door number two. Can this film escape the confines of its plot limitation? Should you buy, rent, or skip this on the new release rack? Read on. Continue reading