Toronto After Dark 2019: 8 (2019) – Harold Holscher

Toronto After Dark brings us a tale out of South Africa tonight with 8. Marrying the feel of a haunted house tale with the legends and myths of the tribes of South Africa this film plays almost as a gentle tale, and while light on real scares, there are some character moments that resonate and…

Legend (1985) – Ridley Scott

Monsters in the Movies, the fantastic book by director John Landis from DK Canada moves on to the next chapter. Leaving mummies behind, I know turn my attention to Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales, a widely populated region and I couldn’t think of a better place to start with it than Ridley Scott’s dreamlike take…

The Ghoul (1933) – T. Hayes Hunter

Horror legend Boris Karloff takes on the zombie genre in the next film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies, although with the introduction of Egyptology into the story, one could make an argument that it could fall into the mummy genre as well. Karloff is Professor Morlant an aging, and dying Egyptologist. He’s been…

Star Wars: Han Solo at Star’s End (1979) – Brian Daley

Back in 1979 there wasn’t a lot in the way of Star Wars stories, there definitely wasn’t the Expanded Universe (now the Legends series) or the new canon series of novels. There were Marvel comics which were hokey but still fun, and before The Empire Strikes Back came along we had to use our imagination…

Insomnia (1994) – Stephen King

Every time I had read the blurb, or cover jacket for King’s Insomnia there was nothing about it that really caught my interest, nothing leaped out at me, and I was afraid that perhaps this one wouldn’t be enjoyable to me at all when I finally dug into it. I was delighted to be wrong….

The Mule (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Clint Eastwood stars, produces and directs The Mule, which is available now from Warner Brothers. Inspired by a true story, the film is a huge step up from the iconic legend’s previous film, the lackluster, The 15:17 to Paris. Eastwood stars as Earl, a Korean vet, and horticulturalist who gets mixed up in the drug…

Indiana Jones and the Hollow Earth (1997) – Max McCoy

1934 This week’s book shelf sees me continuing to seek out adventure with one of my favorite heroes, Indiana Jones, in the third novel by Max McCoy. Having previously enjoyed McCoy’s two previous forays into action with the globe-trotting archaeologist, I was quite looking forward to some Nazi punching and delving into hollow Earth theories…

Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs (1996) – Max McCoy

1933 Indiana Jones, the globe-trotting archaeologist, sets out on his tenth novel adventure, and the second one by Max McCoy, and much like its predecessor, the author continues to show that he knows how to tell a fairly solid Indy story, marry it with history, mythology, and legend and tie it in to what has…

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) – Peter Weir

Mired in legend, and psuedo-history (there were and are many discussion about whether or not this event actually happened), Peter Weir’s adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s haunting novel of historical fiction is the next film recommendation from DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Set in the 1900s the tale is set at the Appleyard Girls’ School in…

Star Trek: Final Frontier (1988) – Diane Carey

The Human Adventure continues… I’ve mentioned before that when I was growing up in Bermuda, Trek books were a big thing for me. I would hit the local shops, tracking down novels as they were released, and hunting down ones I’d missed. I remember when this one came out, it was the third in the…

TAD 2018: Robbery (2018) – Corey Stanton

Toronto After Dark, my favorite film festival, playing at the Scotibank Theatre, breaks from the norm this eve, which for them the supernatural, aliens, blood and gore, and goes out on a limb with a Canadian crime drama. And full disclosure, I know some of the folk involved in the film, including my friend Samantha…

Countess Dracula (1971) – Peter Sasdy

The history (and legend) of Elizabeth Bathory gets the Hammer Films treatment in Countess Dracula the next vampire film for review in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis. Countess Elisabeth (Ingrid Pitt) ‘mourning’ the recent loss of her husband, rules her part of Europe with cruelty and the…