The Tingler

Dr. Warren Chapin is having a bad trip.

The Tingler is about a doctor who is experimenting in fear. He finds an entity that is created in the human body as a reaction to fear. It develops in the spine and can only be stopped with a scream. He attempts to create a tingler in a human body. He uses a deaf/mute woman as a subject. In the course of his work, he injects himself with LSD. He hallucinates the walls closing in on him. It’s a bit of humorous acting by Vincent Price. His wife is unfaithful, but is rich, and funds his work.

As always, Vincent Price is wonderful. The subject of LSD in a movie made in 1959 is actually a little ahead of its time, at least in the popular discourse.

Vincent Price


Patricia Cutts … Isabel Stevens Chapin

Dr. Catsu Reviews The Pit aka Jug Face (2013).

Stigmatophilia's gore splattered corner of insanity.

The Pit DVD

What is horror? As covered in many of my reviews, it is such a broad topic open to an enormous expanse of diverse interpretations. Horror movies cater to so many different tastes too; from bloody gorefests, through creepy, atmospheric ghost stories, to slow burn, psychological head scratchers, somebody somewhere has it covered. But what do these movies, often at polar opposite ends of the genre spectrum, have in common? I would argue that, regardless of the niche in which it may sit, all horror movies – every single one – boil down to the suffering of others, the vicarious thrill of watching other humans in peril, in danger, in pain. The variety comes in the implementation; the application of the various genre tropes to the characters they paint. Whilst my chosen sub-genre, the oft-maligned slasher flick, arguably deals with the more far-fetched and implausible end of things, upcoming release from…

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Dr. Catsu Reviews Banshee Chapter (2013).

Stigmatophilia's gore splattered corner of insanity.

DVD Cover

In the UK, by far the biggest event in the horror calendar is the ‘Film4 Frightfest’ held annually over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Each year the great and the good assemble for a range of horror-themed events as well as the obligatory screenings of genre movies old and new. Running since 2000, the event has been the UK Launchpad for a broad range of excellent horror movies – ‘Oldboy’ in 2004, Adam Green’s throwback ‘Hatchet’ in 2006, Jonathan King’s criminally underrated ‘Black Sheep’ in 2007, the brilliant ‘Tucker & Dale vs Evil’ in 2011, and the Soska’s wonderful ‘American Mary’ in 2012 to name but a few. As it has grown, it could be argued that the event is making greater efforts to attract a more mainstream, casual audience but, with little else on a similar scale for UK-based genre fans, it remains the holy grail of Anglo-fandom. The…

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Mel’s 5 Second Review: Stigmata

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(1999) Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce, Nia Long, Thomas Kopache, Rade Serbedzija, Dick Latessa, Portia de Rossi, and Enrico Colantoni


The critics hated this film, audiences were torn (it’s one of those love it or hate it types), and me? I was on the love it side, all the way. In fact, I loved it so much that I named one of my cats Frankie! hehe There isn’t anything I didn’t like about the film. The actors were great (not Daniel Day-Lewis or Meryl Streep great, but still very good), the story was interesting, the visuals were beautiful, and, to top it all off, it’s got a bitchin’ soundtrack, featuring Chumbawamba (no, not that song), Massive Attack, Björk and David Bowie, and with a score written in part by The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan. It’s a great movie with a great message. Plus, it’s got Gabriel…

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Lessons from Labyrinth

Girls Underground

labyrinthAs long-time readers will know, this whole Girls Underground idea started with the movie Labyrinth – my favorite movie of all time, which I’ve seen hundreds of times. As I was watching it again recently, it occurred to me to write down some of the lessons from the Story, ones that are actually quite applicable to many spiritual and magical journeys.

If that is the way it is done, then that is the way you must do it.

Say your right words.

The way forward is sometimes the way back.

You can’t look where you’re going if you don’t know where you’re going.

Quite often it seems like we’re not getting anywhere, when in fact we are.

You get a lot of [false alarms] in the labyrinth, especially when you’re on the right track.

You can’t take anything for granted.

No, it isn’t [fair], but that’s the way it is.

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