The Family Plot (2016) – Cherie Priest

Haunted house stories take a fine hand to craft and make them entertaining, believable, and scary. Cherie Priest accomplishes all of that with her superior horror novel, The Family Plot. Music City Salvage is barely staying afloat, and Charles Dutton the owner, risks everything to keep it afloat when he buys the Withrow house for…

Paranormal Activity (2007) – Oren Peli

The Blair Witch Project may have made found footage horror movies mainstream, but it was Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity that brought it into our bedrooms. And this haunted house/possession story is the next stop in the ghost chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. There’s a lot of divisiveness about this movie, people either…

The Supernatural Enhancements (2014) – Edgar Cantero

So last week I delighted in Edgar Canteros’ wonderful Meddling Kids, and wasn’t sure it could be topped. Then, I dug into this week’s scary ride, Cantero’s The Supernatural Enhancements. I went into this story with the bare minimum of knowledge, I knew the tale was doled out in surveillance footage, diary entries, letters, audio…

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…

A Winter Haunting (2002) – Dan Simmons

I wanted to return to the town of Elm Haven, having enjoyed my experience there in Dan Simmons’ Summer of Night, so I picked up the sequel he penned to it, and dove into a but of a spooky tale. We join Dale Stewart, from the original novel, but he’s older now, in his fifties,…

The King of Comedy (1982) – Martin Scorsese

The next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book following its recommendation of Taxi Driver is this Scorsese classic starring Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis. The film didn’t do well at the time, but I also remember it being marketed as a comedy and for me it was…

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – Rob Marshall

Opening tomorrow, Mary Poppins Returns is an old school, classic Walt Disney film in the magical sense of the words. Knowing that it has to take on one of the iconic characters from the Disney filmography, Mary Poppins Returns has a big umbrella to fill, not to mention those shoes! But the Emily Blunt led…

The Haunting of Hill House (1963) – Shirley Jackson

Having just finished the amazing Netflix series (seriously, watch it) and loving the Robert Wise film, I felt it was time to re-read the original novel, something I’m sure I hadn’t done for about twenty years. In fact, I think I read it just before that abomination by Jan De Bont was released in 1999….

Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) – Knock Knock, and Oxygen

Mike Bartlett pens this episode, Knock Knock, that first debuted on 6 May, 2017. The Doctor (Capaldi) gets pulled into investigating Bill’s (Pearl Mackie) new, rather expansive, and cheap new house, she shares with six others. The house is overseen by a creepy old Landlord (David Suchet), and the house, while beautiful isn’t without its…

Mother! (2017) – Darren Aronofsky

The cult of celebrity, the ‘ownership’ of fans, the price of love, and the need for peace, privacy, and solace from the madness that is the modern world. Aronofsky’s divisive film, Mother!, comes home on DVD and blu-ray today.  Vaguely Lynchian there is the semblance of a ghost story at the heart of the film…