Toronto After Dark 2019: The Furies (2019) – Tony D’Aquino

Australia brings their horror game to the Toronto After Dark film festival tonight with their bloody and violent The Furies. A riff on the Final Girl trope as well as a mash-up of Battle Royale and Halloween the film is deliciously gory and excitingly paced. When Kayla (Airlie Dodds) is abducted and wakes up in…

The Outsider (2018) – Stephen King

Stephen King’s The Outsider has proven divisive with some fans, as it marries a lot of his more recent writing, specifically his work on the Mr. Mercedes trilogy (the first of which plays as a straight thriller), and his earlier work that delved into the supernatural. I knew going in that there would be a…

Sleepy Hollow (1999) – Tim Burton

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book takes me into classic ghost tales territory with the next film that haunts the chapter on spirits, Tim Burton’s take on the legend of Sleepy Hollow. His bloody film, which serves as his version of the tale, also serves as a nod and homage to Hammer Films as…

28 Weeks Later (2007) – Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

The zombie madness continues as I work my way through the chapter on this vicious version of the undead in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Much like the first film, 28 Days Later, this film is violent, kinetic, and features some solid star power. The rage virus has swept across the UK, but a…

Dead Alive (1992) – Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson’s wonderfully over the top gore fest horror comedy, Dead Alive aka Braindead is the next zombie title to stumble out of the catacombs of the zombie genre as featured in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Mocies book. By turns hilarious, and bloody, the film is so extreme in its kills, and it’s gore, in…

Pet Sematary (1989) – Mary Lambert

DK Canada’s Monster in the Movies continues to guide me through their chapter on zombies, and Paramount’s first adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel arguably falls well within the realm of the undead. It became a cult classic, and the film has aged fairly well, it is, however, populated with television actors, which at…

In the Tall Grass (2012) – Stephen King and Joe Hill

This week I decided to dig into something quick, and unnerving, and settled in for Joe Hill, and his father, Stephen King’s short novella, In the Tall Grass. And it’s wonderfully unnerving, bloody, and frightening. The concept of the story is so simple, and that is where some of the true horror lies. Cal and his…

Zombie (1979) – Lucio Fulci

The next zombie movie to be featured in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable (and bloody) Monsters in the Movies book has been on the periphery of my life for a long time, though I had never seen it. I remember seeing the poster for Zombie aka Zombie Flesh Eaters aka Zombi 2 on the theater sheet…

Rabid (1977) – David Cronenberg

The next film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies section is a Cronenberg body horror film that doesn’t really fall into the zombie chapter that it has been put in. It could have worked (kind of) in the vampire section just as easily, but either way, there is a terrifying outbreak happening in Montreal,…

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) – Dan O’Bannon

Dan O’Bannon who helped write Ridley Scott’s Alien, worked with John Carpenter on Dark Star, wrote the super helicopter fave, Blue Thunder, the original Total Recall, the questionable, but imminently enjoyable Lifeforce, ushers me into the next chapter in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book, Zombies! Using Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead…

Carrion Comfort (1989) – Dan Simmons

I’ve been enjoying the Dan Simmons’ books I’ve been reading, and finally had time to dig into his epic, and much hailed horror novel, Carrion Comfort. A massive read, the book is actually horrifying in the traditional sense. I’ve always enjoyed horror novels, and the like, but this novel is truly frightening, and it is…

NOS4A2 (2013) – Joe Hill

So I wanted something spooky and creepy, but needed a quick respite from revisting King’s work. I kept it in the family and dug into his son’s novel, NOS4A2. This one feels almost epic in size as we follow the horrors committed by Charlie Talent Manx and the life of a woman, Victoria McQueen who…