Horrorstor (2014) – Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix has quickly become one of my favorite writers, his ability to balance real and comedic moments with truly terrifying scares. So, when I came across his first novel, Horrorstor, I was delighted and snapped it right up, and couldn’t wait to dig into it. It did not disappoint. Finding that perfect balance between…

It Follows (2014) – David Robert Mitchell

A John Carpenter-esque score brings the next film I dive into for DK Canada’s The Movie Book to creepy life. The next big recommendation in the book was the original J-Horror film, Ringu, one I had previously reviewed quite some time ago. So I happily dug into the What Else to Watch list, and came…

Firestarter (1980) – Stephen King

It was going to happen sooner or later, I came across a Stephen King that really didn’t do it for me. There’s an idea at the core that I really enjoy, but it felt like King wasn’t exactly sure he wanted to go completely dark, in his telling of this tale. Little Charlie McGee is…

The Curse of La Llorona (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

While Warner Brothers may have some issues with its DC Extended Universe, it’s horror films set in The Conjuring Universe continue to do their job, deliver some solid scares (and some mediocre ones) and usually attracts solid casts. The Curse of La Llorona is the sixth film in the shared universe, connected, in this case,…

The Undying Monster (1942) – John Brahm

The Undying Monster, the next werewolf title recommended by DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by legendary directory John Landis is suitably moody, dark, gothic, and set in England – despite the fact that most of them speak with American accents. There’s an ancestral home, a curse, a pair of Scotland Yard investigators with…

Issues Vol. 5

This week, what with being on stay-cation, I got to catch up on a few graphic novels and not just my usual pull-list this week. Kirk at West End Comics recommended a couple of titles, and I was finally able to dig into them… Goners Volume 1 – We All Fall Down collecting issues 1…

Housebound (2014) – Gerard Johnstone

The Toronto After Dark 2014 winner (and for good reason)¬†hits DVD and Blu-Ray courtesy of Anchor Bay today. I had missed¬†this New Zealand horror-comedy when it screened at TAD this year, because I was in Hawaii, so was glad I was afforded the chance to screen a copy before it’s home video release. Let me…

Trailer Tracks: Ghostbusters (1984) – Ivan Reitman

Ahh, 1984… what a year. It was a big year for me. I relocated to Bermuda, and everything seemed to get that much cooler. And boy do I remember how cool this movie was, and continues to be! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson taking on the paranormal? Does it get better…

The Mind Reels Adventures – Ghost Hunting

  Everyone has a ghost story, or knows someone who does. There’s something about dark, desolate feeling spaces that seems to foster that primal part of our brain that taught us to be afraid of the dark. I have a few stories of my own, Sue does as well. I think both of us are…

The Orphanage (2007) – Juan Antonio Bayona

I can’t think of a better movie to finish the 101 Horror Movies list than The Orphanage. Guillermo del Toro served as executive producer of this ghost story, in a tale that shows that great beauty can be found in things that may initially scare us. I’d seen it before, but this time around the…

Toronto After Dark – Resolution – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead

Resolution is a twisted updated take on the mysterious, oft-visited genre of the cabin in the woods, and was the second feature tonight at Toronto After Dark’s film festival. Often funny, very creepy, and with enough questions to make you wonder what’s really going on, Resolution is a ride that bounces through a variety of…

The Shining (1980)

Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King. If there was ever a movie to give me nightmares, it would be this one, though it’s never happened. I love every chance I get to revisit this film, and seeing it on the list of 101 Horror Movies just gave me my most recent excuse to watch it again….