#149
May 2009

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Stranger Than Truth
The Rise of "Fictuality"

     J-HORROR author David Kalat's essay on reality trends in current fantastic cinema looks at the reasons for it, traces it back to its origins in the silent cinema, and considers how films like CLOVERFIELD, DIARY OF THE DEAD and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST have sharpened the cutting edge of horror and fantasy.

DVD Spotlight
HAMMER FILMS
ICONS OF HORROR COLLECTION

   
Kim Newman reviews the latest batch of Hammer classics from
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:
THE GORGON, THE CURSE
OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB
, SCREAM OF FEAR
, and a version of Terence Fisher's THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL more complete than any previously released in England or the United States.
 
 
Plus Reviews of...
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET in Blu-ray
BARRACUDA
BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE
BURST CITY
CAREFUL
CHOCOLATE
DEATH RACE: UNRATED
DONNIE DARKO THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
in Blu-ray
DRAINIAC!
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
EDEN LAKE
ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V
THE FABULOUS BASTARD FROM CHICAGO
FORTRESS OF THE DEAD
FREDDY VS JASON in Blu-ray
THE FURY OF JOHNNY KID
THE ICE HOUSE
IN THE FOLDS OF THE FLESH
ISLAND FURY
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D
JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER
LIFE THE WAY IT IS
MAGDALENA'S BRAIN
MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION
M SQUAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES
THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR
NO MERCY, NO FUTURE
OUR MAN IN HAVANA
R-POINT
SCREAMERS: THE HUNTING
SEEDING OF A GHOST
THE SIGNAL
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
TIMECRIMES


 
And...
Award-winning novelist Ramsey Campbell on Juan Piquer Simon's PIECES.

Audio Watchdog
Douglas E. Winter's  reviews the latest soundtrack CDs, including Hans Zimmer's THE DARK KNIGHT, John Murphy's SUNSHINE, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES and more.

Biblio Watchdog
A Super Hero selection of book reviews: SUPERMAN VS. HOLLYWOOD, JOHN PHILLIP LAW: DIABOLIK ANGEL and
THE AMAZING TRANSFORMING SUPERHERO.
 

All this and much, much more!


Other contributors featured in this issue:

Anthony Ambrogio, Michael Barrett, John Charles, Bill Cooke,
Shane M. Dallmann, Sheldon Inkol, Tim Lucas, and Eric Somer.