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…

Doctor Who (Colin Baker) – Timelash

Two planets become involved in the plans of the villainous Borad (Robert Ashby) in the Doctor’s (Baker) latest adventure. Penned by Glen McCoy this two parter aired from 9 to 16 March, 1985, and saw the Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) working with a famous author, a fun little reveal that doesn’t happen until the…

Doctor Who (Peter Davison) – Frontios

  The Doctor (Davison) takes on an almost good old-fashioned monster story in Frontios, written by Christopher H. Bidmead. This four part tale ran from 26 January to 3 February, 1984. The Time Lord, and his Companions, Teagan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) are forced to land the TARDIS on the remote world of…

Stranger Things (2016) – Season 1

  Picture a Stephen King novel directed by Steven Spielberg, with a score by John Carpenter, and a beautifully balanced touch of nostalgia and you have the wondrous, scary, funny, and exciting ride that is Netflix’s latest winner, Stranger Things. Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, the series is set in Indiana in the year,…

Cloverfield (2008) – Matt Reeves

  Those big, city destroying monsters seem to be everywhere (may be time to watch Pacific Rim again – I like it, so there)… The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book from my screening of King Kong, is this take on the kaiju genre that marries it with the…

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) – Ryuhei Kitamura

  It’s time to dive back into the Sci-Fi Chronicles book… and spend some more time with that big green monster, Godzilla. This time around, it’s his 50th anniversary, and the 2004 feature wanted to pull out all the stops as Godzilla confronts almost all of his old enemies but also a new one known…

Godzilla 1985 (1984) – Koji Hashimoto & R.J. Kizer

  I continue my time with that man-in-a-suit monster, Godzilla, as the Sci-Fi Chronicles jumps forward a couple of decades and introduces me to the revitalized version of the monster, that screened in 1984, some thirty years after the original film. For the most part, it disregards any of the previous films, but for the…

Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) – Jack Arnold

  I got to revisit one of the classic Universal monsters for the next entry in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, director Jack Arnold, and the monster… the Creature from the Black Lagoon, or as he’s also known… The Gill Man, and I have to say, some 60 years on, this is still one solid piece…

Issues – Double Digest No.1

Kirk is back from his holidays and had tons for me to catch up on and a few new titles to explore this week at West End Comics! He also had two more Orphan Black Funko figures for me, Cosima and Sarah have joined Helena and Alison…. just waiting on the double dose of Rachel….

Issues Vol. 9

It’s a big week at West End Comics with a couple new recommendations from Kirk, and a title I had to read, and a continuation of some I’m enjoying. Harrow County (Dark Horse Comics) issue 3, this one continues to be a great book! With a story by Cullen Bunn and arts and letters by…

Flash Gordon (1936) – Frank Stephani

As my exploration of the pulp heroes of science fiction continues with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, I thought I should have a look at one of the original Flash Gordon serials starring Buster Crabbe. And let me tell you this… It was so much more fun than I thought it would be! I grew up…