Altered States (1980) – Ken Russell

William Hurt is on the search for the purest truth, and that, in this case, places him squarely in the mad scientist chapter of DK Canada’s very enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Eddie Jessup (Hurt) is a scientist seeking the ultimate truth, and finds himself experimenting with isolation chambers and a ritualistic, possibly hallucinogenic…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – Sacred Ground, and Future’s End: Part I

Captain’s log: stardate 50063.2 Robert Duncan McNeill directs this Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) episode that was written by Lisa Klink from a story by Geo Cameron. It debuted on 30 October, 1996. When Kes (Jennifer Lien) is injured during an away mission to a planet’s sacred ground, the captain undertakes a take quest to help restore…

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) – The 37s, and Initiations

Captain’s log: stardate 48975.1 Jerit Taylor and Brannon Braga pen the season opener for the second season of Voyager. The episode debuted on  28 August 1995, and took on a mystery that used to boggle many a mind. Strangeness rears its head when the starship, still trying to find its way home, comes across a…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1995) – Facets, and The Adversary

Station log: stardate unknown Rene Echevarria pens the penultimate episode of season three, which aired on 12 June, 1995, that gives us a Dax (Terry Farrell) story. The science officer approaches each of her friends amongst the crew and asks them to join her in the Zhian’tara ritual, which will allow her former hosts to…

The Ritual (2012) – Adam Nevill

A  short time ago, I googled scary novels, because it has been a long time since I read something that really got to me, and I haven’t ever read anything that required me to leave a light on at night, and though I recognized and had read a number of the books that were recommended,…