In Conversation with John Landis

Today is my birthday, so it seems like the perfect moment to share this wonderful gift DK Canada gave me. Director John Landis has overseen the compilation of a new anthology, Haunted Houses, and it is perfect reading for the Halloween season. It’s a fantastic collection, and DK Canada arranged for me to speak with…

The Ninth Gate (1999) – Roman Polanski

Johnny Depp finds himself caught up in a literary supernatural film noir that serves as the next entry in the chapter of The Devil’s Work in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movie. Using the novel The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte as its basis the film follows a book detective, Corso (Depp) who is hired…

Whale Rider (2002) – Niki Caro

The beautifully crafted film, Whale Rider, adapted for the screen and directed by Niki Caro from the book by Witi Ihimaera is the next title up in Ten Bad Dates With De Niro, as I work through a list of titles that will make you cry. Set amongst the Maori people in Whangara, New Zealand,…

Star Trek: Enterprise (2002) – Singularity, and Vanishing Point

Captain’s log: 14 August, 2152 Singularity was written by Chris Black, and first debuted on 20 November, 2002. As the Enterprise approaches a black hole, the crew appears to descend into a form of madness as each of them becomes obsessed with seemingly trivial matters. T’Pol (Jolene Blalock) who remains largely unaffected, must find a…

Star Trek: Rules of Engagement (1990) – Peter Morwood

It’s been a while since I haven’t been entertained by one of the Pocket Book Trek novels. But Peter Morwood’s effort, Rules of Engagement left me a little cold. I remember buying this one when I was younger. I even remember when, I had bought it to read during my transit across the country back…

Casino Royale (1953) – Ian Fleming

Some twenty years ago, my sister gifted me with six of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond adventures. First printings from the Macmillan Company, these wonderful little hardcovers were in great condition but sans books jackets. I hadn’t read any of the Fleming Bonds since my early teens, when I was in the midst of discovering…

Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) – James Marsh

James Marsh proves yet again that he is the modern master of the documentary as he weaves fascinating stories, grisly, humorous, and undeniably human in this doc version of the book of the same name by Micheal Lesy. It’s also my next film as i dig into the What Else to Watch list of DK…

The Amityville Horror (1979) – Stuart Rosenberg

The next film to haunt the ghost chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies is the granddaddy of the modern ghost/haunted house movie The Amityville Horror. Based on the non-fiction(?) book by Jay Anson. When a house comes up for sale (at a cheap price – a now recognizable horror staple), the Lutz family…

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) – Wes Craven

My exploration of the zombie genre with DK Canada’s eminently enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book continues with this over-fictionalized adaption of a real anthropological exploration and documentation of real-life zombies by ethnobotanist Wade Davis. Director Wes Craven used Davis’ book of the same name as the launching point for his horror film starring Bill…

Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) – John Carpenter

John Carpenter is the filmmaker that shepherds in this little offshoot of the mad scientist sub genre in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, as we explore some of the Invisible Man stories… Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Sam Neill and Micheal McKean all come to play in this version of the story that sees Chase’s…