The Fog (1980) – John Carpenter

The venture into the paranormal continues as I delve into the chapter on ghosts in DK Canada’s very entertaining Monsters in the Movies book. This time, it’s John Carpenter’s take on what plays out as a classic ghost story. The story itself is basic, and in the hands of Carpenter we get a creepy little…

Zombie (1979) – Lucio Fulci

The next zombie movie to be featured in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable (and bloody) Monsters in the Movies book has been on the periphery of my life for a long time, though I had never seen it. I remember seeing the poster for Zombie aka Zombie Flesh Eaters aka Zombi 2 on the theater sheet…

The Mist (2007) – Frank Darabont

Thomas Jane takes the lead in Frank Darabont’s third adaptation and direction of a Stephen King novella, and the next title on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie Book. Part of King’s short story collection, Skeleton Crew, this tale has always been one of my favorites, and while the novella…

From Beyond (1986) – Stuart Gordon

Cult favorite actor Jeffrey Combs is the mad scientist in the next title featured in DK Canada’s highly enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book. Based on the seven page short story by H.P. Lovecraft the story follows Crawford Tillinghast (Combs) and a group of scientists that have developed the resonator, an experimental machine that can allow…

Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) – Rudy De Luca

They aren’t all going to be winners as I continue to sink my fangs into the vampire chapter in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. This stinker from 1985 boasts a pretty solid cast, but is terribly written (and directed) by Rudy De Luca. Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley Jr. share the dubious honor…

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) – John Hughes

Paramount Pictures, in time for both Canadian and American Thanksgivings, released the 30th Anniversary edition of the John Hughes classic, Planes, Trains & Automobiles. John Candy and Steve Martin portray Del Griffith and Neal Page respectively; two travellers thrown together as they try to find their way home to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Watching circumstance after…

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…

Secret Agent (1936) – Alfred Hitchcock

  I dive back into the Thriller genre for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, and the title this time around is North by Northwest, which I’ve previously covered for the blog, but not all the recommendations that follow it have been reviewed here on the blog. So I’m about to dig…

Futureworld (1976) – Richard T. Heffron

  This sequel to Westworld is the next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. It sees Yul Brynner returning, ever so briefly, and in the oddest way possible, as the Gunslinger, while two reporters, Chuck (Peter Fonda) and Tracy (Blythe Danner)investigate the strange theme park, Futureworld, after another reporter is killed while trying to get…

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) – Jack Clayton

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles book (and I am enjoying it so much) next brings me to Ray Bradbury, and the screenplay he wrote, which he adapted from his own classic story. Dark and moody, this one is definitely a family horror movie, this came from the period in the 1980s, when Disney started to play…