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…

The Mountain Master of Sha Tin (2019) – Ian Hamilton

I’ve been hooked on Ian Hamilton’s Ava Lee books since I first discovered them. I devour them voraciously as I follow the brilliant, and brave young woman on her adventures. She continues to work, somewhat, as a forensic accountant, but her life has changed a lot since I first met her, and she has become…

Pet Sematary (1983) – Stephen King

This week’s great Stephen King re-read brings me the horror classic, Pet Sematary, which I read in the mid-80s, shortly after I had discovered the prolific writer. I remember greatly enjoying it, and being very unnerved by King’s riff on the famed horror story The Monkey’s Paw. This time around I was entertained by it, but…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Poor Agnes – Navin Ramaswaran

The second feature screening tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is another new favourite. Poor Agnes, having its Toronto premiere this eve, is a disturbing drama that haunts and troubles even as its story captivates. Agnes (Lora Burke) is a serial killer, and she is a master at…

Quantum Leap (1990) – Freedom and Good Night, Dear Heart

  Sam (Scott Bakula) engages in more time travelling adventure this week as he leaps into a young Native American, George Washaki in Freedom. This episode was penned by Chris Ruppenthal and aired 14 February, 1990. It’s 22 November, 1970, and Sam finds himself on the run with George’s grandfather, Joseph (Frank Salsedo), with an…

Beetlejuice (1988) – Tim Burton

  The next family recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my viewing of The Wizard of Oz is this classic Tim Burton film starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder. Baldwin and Davis are a loving married couple, Adam and Barbara. They…

The Graveyard Book (2009) – Neil Gaiman

I dug into yet another Gaiman novel, having enjoyed the brief excerpt in his short story collection M is for Magic, I jumped into this one. There is something about the way he writes, that just makes it feel like a Victorian fairy tale, it’s just the way they feel when I read his writing….