23:59 – (Not) Radio Film Review

There has, sadly, been a tragic loss to the WBAI radio family. Long-time anchorman and host Robert Knight passed away over the weekend, and so...

23:59 – (Not) Radio Film Review

Haunted House 2; Bamboo Saucer; Colossus – Dossier Fantastique 5:16.2

This week, the Dossier Fantastique Podcast opens to reveal the disappointing details regarding A HAUNTED...

Haunted House 2; Bamboo Saucer; Colossus - Dossier Fantastique 5:16.2

Transcendence – Spotlight Podcast 5:16.1

It’s some kind of irony that the experience of watching a film called TRANSCENDENCE is far from transcendent. Not that director...

Transcendence – Spotlight Podcast 5:16.1

Under the Skin – Radio Film Review

“I reeeeeally want you to review UNDER THE SKIN for HOUR OF THE WOLF,” Jim Freund said to me a couple of weeks ago. That was...

  Under the Skin - Radio Film Review

Rio 2, Jinn, Lizzie Borden – Dossier Fantastique 15:5.2

This week, the Dossier Fantastique Podcast is overflowing with data on recent horror, fantasy, and science fiction...

Rio 2, Jinn, Lizzie Borden - Dossier Fantastique 15:5.2
23:59 – (Not) Radio Film Review

23:59 – (Not) Radio Film Review

There has, sadly, been a tragic loss to the WBAI radio family. Long-time anchorman and host Robert Knight passed away over the weekend, and so HOUR OF THE WOLF is being pre-empted this week for a special tribute to the man. This kind of thing will happen — not always for unfortunate circumstances; there are [...]

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Podcast 5-5-2: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maximillian Schell, Gordon Hessler

Podcast 5-5-2: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maximillian Schell, Gordon Hessler

A sad installment of the Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski note the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE), Maximillian Schell (THE BLACK HOLE), and Gordon Hessler (SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN). Also, Dan Persons weighs in on his first exposure to THE CURSE OF [...]

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Cinefantastique's Greatest Movie Cheats: Rosemary's Baby

Cinefantastique’s Greatest Movie Cheats: Rosemary’s Baby

Hello, fellow movie cheaters! Hm, maybe that’s not the best way to describe fans of movie cheats, but it has a nice ring to it. In any case, I am back with another in an on-going series of the greatest movie cheats in horror, fantasy, and science fiction films. This one is a real gem [...]

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Sense of Wonder: Zombies on the Brain

Sense of Wonder: Zombies on the Brain

In which the approaching release of WORLD WAR Z prompts me to ruminate on the history of cinematic “zombies” and point interested readers to some worthwhile articles in the Cinefantastique archives.
With WORLD WAR Z about to open nationwide, we all seem to have zombies on the brain this week. A handful of outlets (Johnny-come-lately’s, every [...]

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23:59 – (Not) Radio Film Review

23:59 – (Not) Radio Film Review

There has, sadly, been a tragic loss to the WBAI radio family. Long-time anchorman and host Robert Knight passed away over the weekend, and so HOUR OF THE WOLF is being pre-empted this week for a special tribute to the man. This kind of thing will happen — not always for unfortunate circumstances; there are [...]

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23:59 – (Not) Radio Film Review

23:59 – (Not) Radio Film Review

There has, sadly, been a tragic loss to the WBAI radio family. Long-time anchorman and host Robert Knight passed away over the weekend, and so HOUR OF THE WOLF is being pre-empted this week for a special tribute to the man. This kind of thing will happen — not always for unfortunate circumstances; there are [...]

Haunted House 2; Bamboo Saucer; Colossus - Dossier Fantastique 5:16.2

Haunted House 2; Bamboo Saucer; Colossus – Dossier Fantastique 5:16.2

This week, the Dossier Fantastique Podcast opens to reveal the disappointing details regarding A HAUNTED HOUSE 2, the sequel-spoof of everything from PARANORMAL ACTIVITY to SINISTER, starring Marlon Wayans. Also under the microscope is THE BAMBOO SAUCER, a Cold War relic that recently made its Blu-ray debut. For those disappointed with TRANSCENDENCE, the Cinefantastique Podcasting [...]

Transcendence – Spotlight Podcast 5:16.1

Transcendence – Spotlight Podcast 5:16.1

It’s some kind of irony that the experience of watching a film called TRANSCENDENCE is far from transcendent. Not that director Wally Pfister doesn’t try: The story of a scientist working in A.I. research (Johnny Depp) who has his own consciousness transferred to the Web is lushly mounted (as befits a big-studio production from the [...]

  Under the Skin - Radio Film Review

Under the Skin – Radio Film Review

“I reeeeeally want you to review UNDER THE SKIN for HOUR OF THE WOLF,” Jim Freund said to me a couple of weeks ago. That was good, because I reeeeeeally wanted to review UNDER THE SKIN, but constraints — both on time and finances — meant that I needed a good reason to get to [...]

Rio 2, Jinn, Lizzie Borden - Dossier Fantastique 15:5.2

Rio 2, Jinn, Lizzie Borden – Dossier Fantastique 15:5.2

This week, the Dossier Fantastique Podcast is overflowing with data on recent horror, fantasy, and science fiction films. Steve Biodrowski reviews recent threatrical releases RIO 2 (a computer-animated 3D comedy from the makers of ICE AGE) and JINN (a new fantasy-horror film in limited release). In a new segment titled “What You Should Be Watching,” [...]

OCULUS - Spotlight Podcast 5:15.1

OCULUS – Spotlight Podcast 5:15.1

How frustrating is it when a film has all the stuff it needs — promising premise, good production values, decent cast, director who can twist filmic reality in imaginative ways — and just… doesn’t … grab… you? Pretty damn frustrating, it turns out. OCULUS tells the tale of an orphaned brother and sister who reunite [...]

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Radio Film Review

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Radio Film Review

Well, they can’t all be NOAH, but then again, they all don’t need to be VAMPIRE ACADEMY, either. On the spectrum of the Marvel Comics franchise films, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of the Raimi SPIDER-MANs (oh, okay, the first two SPIDER-MANs) or Whedon’s THE AVENGERS, but doesn’t crater out [...]

Only Lovers Left Alive, Under the Skin - Dossier Fantastique 5:14.2

Only Lovers Left Alive, Under the Skin – Dossier Fantastique 5:14.2

Dossier Fantastique is overflowing with data this week, offering capsule reviews of new horror, fantasy, and science fiction films in theatres and on home video:

Lawrence French enlightens us to the joys of Jim Jarmusch’s indie vampire flick ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, which will hit theatres this Friday after a [...]

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Spotlight Podcast 5-14.1

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Spotlight Podcast 5-14.1

And so commences the Marvel Onslaught of 2014. Four movies, three studios, and more opportunities for the true believers to nudge each other knowingly when Stan Lee makes his expected cameos, even though your great-great-grandmother could probably recognize him by now. That said, there are far worse ways to kick off this flood than CAPTAIN [...]

NOAH: Radio Film Review

NOAH: Radio Film Review

I take a few moments at the beginning of this week’s segment for WBAI 99.5FM’s Hour of the Wolf to address host Jim Freund’s calling me out for my pronunciation of the word “erudite” during last week’s review of DIVERGENT. Nothing contentious, mind, just a clarification.
Then, it’s time to let the flood commence. A literal flood, [...]

Dossier 5-13.2: Locker 13, About Time, Last Man on Earth, Walking Dead Season 4 Finale

Dossier 5-13.2: Locker 13, About Time, Last Man on Earth, Walking Dead Season 4 Finale

This week, the Dossier Fantastique Podcast is joined by special guest John W. Morehead of TheoFantastique, for a look at what’s new in theatres and on home video in the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Dan Persons opens LOCKER 13, a new low-budget anthology horror film in limited theatrical release and on Video [...]

Noah: Spotlight Podcast 5-13.1

Noah: Spotlight Podcast 5-13.1

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Three months into 2014, we finally move beyond the execrable and the mediocre, to something imaginative, exciting, and just flat-out worthy of praise. NOAH allows director Darren Arnofosky to apply his characteristically iconoclastic vision to the classic Bible tale, transforming the historic setting into a fantastic world where [...]

DIVERGENT: Radio Film Review

DIVERGENT: Radio Film Review

As I approach the start of my second year as house movie critic for Jim Freund’s superlative, free-form science fiction and fantasy radio show, Hour of the Wolf (every Thursday morning at 1:30 AM on WBAI 99.5FM here in NYC), I feel not unlike Tris (Shailene Woodley), the teenage protagonist of the [...]