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…

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…

War of the Worlds (1988) – The Resurrection

Back in 1988, a year after Paramount launched the Enterprise back into space with The Next Generation, they turned to another sci-fi property they owned, with the intentions of bringing it to the small screen in a weekly syndicated series. Serving as a sequel to the classic 1953 film, the series developed by showrunner Greg…

Return to Oz (1985) – Walter Murch

It’s time to go back to Oz, with Disney’s 1985 film Return to Oz, which serves to combine two of the original Frank L. Baum novels, The Marvellous Land of Oz, and of Ozma of Oz. And that magical land is the next stop in the DK Canada’s tome, The Movie Book. They recommend the…

Toronto After Dark 2016: The Void – Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski

Isolationist horror with Lovecraftian overtones and readily apparent influences of both Clive Barker and John Carpenter; coupled with the school of less is more when showing the monster, combine in The Void. Toronto After Dark’s closing night film for 2016 at the Scotiabank Theatre. Let me get two things out of the way, as much…

The Walking Dead Seasons 1 to 4

  Sometimes it pays off to wait… Releasing this week from Anchor Bay, are the first 4 seasons (yet again) of The Walking Dead, there have been the basic editions, the collector’s editions, season sets, and now come a sweet collection with lenticular covers! The first four seasons are currently available, separately, each with their…

Blood Glacier (2013) – Marvin Kren

Available from Anchor Bay today is this German horror film that is a bit of an ecological monster menace combined, loosely with the solitude and physical effects of John Carpenter’s The Thing. In the Austrian Alps, a secluded team is researching the ecological impact of global warming and documenting the recession of the glaciers that used…

Men In Black (1997) – Barry Sonnenfeld

  The cult favorite comic book, created by Lowell Cunningham, hits the mainstream as a popcorn delight in this entry on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Using the conspiracy of the MiB as a launching point, and incorporating all manner of UFO stories, rumors and possible sightings, Barry Sonnenfeld as director guides Will Smith and…

Toronto After Dark – Shorts After Dark

In the midst of a brilliantly busy Saturday in Toronto, including the annual Zombie Walk and the Grand Opening of the iconic comic book store The Silver Snail in its new Yonge Street location, I settled into the balcony of the Bloor Cinema to watch the shorts program of this outstanding festival. Featuring 9 shorts of…