Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) – Joe Dante

Is the mad scientist behind the camera or in front of it in this, the next film to be recommended by DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book? Joe Dante, the film’s director has always seemed wonderfully mad, his love of Looney Tune cartoons, and wacky humor always makes his films enjoyable from…

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) – Freddie Francis

The last vampire title for me to cover before I move onto the next spooky section of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book is an anthology film that is filled with familiar names and faces. Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors boasts names like Peter Cushing, Bernard Lee, Christopher Lee, Micheal Gough, and Donald Sutherland….

Space: 1999 (1975/1976) – Matter of Life and Death, and Earthbound

Doctor Helena Russell’s (Barbara Bain) presumed dead husband, Lee Russell (Richard Johnson) mysteriously appears on a planet christened Terra Nova in this episode penned by Art Wallace and Johnny Byrne. This one first debuted on 27 November, 1975, and honestly, is a bit of a low point for the first season. It’s obvious that Lee…

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968) – Freddie Francis

I’m starting a new movie book today, and this one should be a lot of fun. DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies by John Landis is going to bring me a lot of joy I think. There is going to be good films, bad films, schlock, gore, and general awesome-ness. The first section of the…

Hugo (2011) – Martin Scorsese

I know I raved about Martin Scorsese’s passion project Silence when I watched it a few weeks ago, but every time I watch this magnificent adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel; a tale of youth, discovery and the love of cinema, I end up citing it as my favourite of his films. Set in Paris, this…

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) – George Lucas

  The Star Wars films continue as I delve further into George Lucas’ films thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles. This time it is the second instalment in the Prequel Trilogy. And while a considerable step-up from The Phantom Menace, this one is still too clunky and too digital. Jonathan Hale helps Lucas out on the…

The Wicker Man (1973)

Please forget the unnecessary abomination from 2006, this is the one and only version of this film as far as I’m concerned. The Wicker Man is a film that shows the sacrifice of the belief in the new god to appease the old gods. That’s something that really wouldn’t get made today! And if it…

The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Released as The Devil’s Bride in North America, this 1968 Hammer film is one of sheer delight. Not the least of which is Christopher Lee in a heroic role for a change, and Charles Gray (who I enjoyed in both his appearances in the Bond series, as well as The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as…

Horror of Dracula (1958)

The 101 Horror Movies book strikes again. A while ago, I had picked up one of those awesome little Warner DVD sets of 4 movies for like $7.99! It featured four Hammer films, one of which was Horror of Dracula, which I re-watched the other night. Based, loosely, on Bram Stoker’s novel, this Hammer film,…

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

I’ve jumped into a whole new decade in 101 Horror Movies, and I’ve come across the first Hammer film on the list. Hammer is an iconic studio name for horror fans, churning out some classics, some not so classics, and always colorful posters that highlighted the terror of the monster, and the curves of the…