The Great Gabbo (1929) – James Cruze

Despite his landing in the Killer Dolls section of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, Otto, the ventriloquist dummy featured in The Great Gabbo doesn’t really take anyone’s life, but he does aid in the descent into ruin for his partner, Gabbo (Erich von Stroheim). Gabbo is an angry man, with the voice of his…

Asylum (1972) – Roy Ward Baker

Roy Ward Baker delivers another slightly spooky anthology film as I move into another section of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies – Killer Dolls! The segment that features the tiny terrors is the last of four tales that are told to a potential new staff doctor as he tours an asylum and interviews a…

Marvel: Greatest Comics (2020) – Melanie Scott and Stephen Wiacek

The Marvel Universe is huge, it’s interwoven, has history, and can seem kind of daunting when trying to figure out where to jump in. DK Canada’s new book, Marvel: Greatest Comics – 100 Comics That Built A Universe, provides a look at standout, iconic issues that helped create all that came after them. It’s easy…

Drag Me to Hell (2009) – Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi returned to the horror genre in 2009 with the film Drag Me to Hell, the next title in the section on witches in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Alison Lohman portrays Christine Brown, a loan officer at a bank in California. She’s in competition for the Assistant Manager’s position,…

Stardust (2007) – Matthew Vaughn

Neil Gaiman’s fairy tale fantasy, Stardust, is the next stop in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book as I venture into the realm of witches. Gaiman is one of my favourite authors, and it always bothers me that more people don’t know his work, and I think that’s one of the reasons this film…

DC Comics Cover Art (2020) – Nick Jones

Neal Adams. Jack Kirby. George Perez. Alex Ross. Dave Gibbons. Amanda Conner. Jim Lee. John Byrne. The tip of the iceberg on a long list of distinguished and exceptional artists who have created iconic images through the years for DC Comics, aiding in the transition of the medium from being seen as ‘just for kids’…

Constantine (2005) – Francis Lawrence

Keanu Reeves takes on the role of DC’s Vertigo Comics character of John Constantine aka Hellblazer in the next title to be featured in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies as I traverse its visions of hell. Constantine was originally written as a UK character but was changed to American to make it more bankable…

Dante’s Inferno (1935) – Harry Lachman

Spencer Tracy gets a glimpse of hell in the next title featured in DK Books’ Monsters in the Movies, Dante’s Inferno. Tracy plays Carter, a forceful and determined young man, who finds success and a pathway to greed, avarice and more when he joins a concessionaire run by Pop McWade (Henry B. Walthall). After a…

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…

Faust (1926) – F.W. Murnau

Man can Murnau make a film, and I was more than delighted to sit down and watch the director’s silent film version of the story of Faust as the next title in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. Filled with special effects that feature a number that still stand up today, the story follows a…

The Devil’s Rain (1975) – Robert Fuest

Sometimes bad is bad, and the next film in DK Canada’s hugely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies, is really bad. In fact despite the star power of the film, the only real reason it should be celebrated is for the fact that it led to a series of William Shatner face masks, one of which…