Shivers (1975) – David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg’s first feature film is the next entry in the Mad Scientist chapter of DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. That being said the mad scientist in this film doesn’t survive the opening credits, though his foul plan does. Set in a lone apartment building, the Starliner, which owns the island it is…

Horror Hospital (1973) – Anthony Balch

Micheal Gough, known to a whole generation as Alfred Pennyworth in the Batman films, is the mad scientist who terrorizes in Horror Hospital, where I check in to examine the next film in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies books. This one is so bad that it’s actually enjoyable. Gough plays the wheel-chair bound, secret-filled…

Vampire Circus (1972) – Robert Young

Vampire Circus, a Hammer Film (read as blood, fangs and nudity) is the next title from Monsters in the Movies by director John Landis. The book is available from DK Canada, and has been extremely entertaining. I really liked this one, it’s not lengthy, it falls short of an hour and a half, but I…

The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960) – Renato Polselli

The next title I exhume from the grave for DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis is an Italian film that got chopped up by North American censors to remove any untoward imagery (like nudity) to make it suitable for what they saw as the viewing audience… the matinee crowd. A…

Fake Blood (2017) – Rob Grant

Whether Canadian film-makers Rob Grant and Mike Kovac movie is fact or fiction isn’t the point of their latest cinematic effort. What is important is the film’s subject matter, and the commentary it makes on film, violence in cinema and the responsibility of the film-makers. Opening Friday at the Carlton here in Toronto, Fake Blood,…

Galaxy of Terror (1981) – Bruce D. Clark

The next stop for me in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book is the works of James Cameron, and this is where he got some of his start (and where a behind the scenes worker, Bill Paxton, also did some work) as the film’s production designer. Cameron did some special effects work for this Roger Corman produced B-movie (something…

Toronto After Dark 2016: The Lure -Agnieszka Smoczynska

The last night of the Toronto After Dark film festival got underway at Scotiabank Theatre with the Polish musical/drama/horror The Lure. Taking its cues from the original Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Little Mermaid, as well as playing with mermaid mythology this one toys with expectations, sexuality and strange lyrics in a kind of fevered…

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008) – Edward Neumeier

  Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) returns to the franchise in this second direct to DVD sequel that sees the fight with the bugs continue. After the second one, I don’t know if things would get better or worse, but with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book as my guide, I dove into the worlds, based loosely…

Black Sails: Season 1

The Rockford Files get a brief respite this week, as I take a look at three different television series being released to DVD and Blu-Ray today. The first is the pirate series, Black Sails, available now from Anchor Bay. This lushly produced, and cinematically shot eight episode first season is simply stunning in high-definition, and…

Ghost in the Shell (25th Anniversary Edition) – Mamoru Oshi

Releasing from Anchor Bay today, is the 25th anniversary edition of this unprecedented anime film. The downside to it, is that despite that it’s the 25th Anniversary of the original manga, there are sadly no bonus features on the disc. On the plus side, the film looks very nice on Blu-Ray, and comes in the…

Arabian Nights (1974) – Pier Paolo Pasolini

This recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for The Thief of Bagdad, ending up just being an odd watch. The story itself is a loose framework to share other, romantic and erotic tales, based on ancient tales from the Middle East. The central plot follows Nur-E-Din (Franco Merli), a young…

Return to Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 1 (2013) – Lloyd Kaufman

Anchor Bay was kind enough to give me my first Troma experience, and I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed it and laughed a lot! I knew going in that it would be crass, bloody and filled with nudity, and I wasn’t far off. Not so much a remake or reboot, as it is a kind…