Summer of Night (1991) – Dan Simmons

This week, I dig into another Dan Simmons horror novel, and decided on Summer of Night. While not necessarily derivative of Stephen King’s It, there are striking similarities, although both prove to be very entertaining. Set in 1960, Simmons novel doesn’t quite mine the nostalgia factor as King did (It made me long for a…

Star Trek: Voyager (1997) -Unity, and Darkling

Captain’s log: stardate 50614.2 Robert Duncan McNeill directs this episode that was written by Kenneth Biller and first aired on 12 February, 1997. It follows up on the revelation that the Voyager is closing in on Borg space with the discovery of the dead Borg at the end of last week’s episode (but don’t they…

The Terror (2007) – Dan Simmons

So I’ve perused a couple of lists of most terrifying and scary books and on almost all the lists I’ve checked, Dan Simmons appears on them for two books, Carrion Comfort and The Terror. I wasn’t quite ready for Carrion Comfort but the idea behind the story of The Terror is fascinating, as the basis…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996) – To the Death, and The Quickening

Station log: stardate 49904.2 LeVar Burton directs this episode with a script by Ira Steven Behr and Robert Hewitt Wolfe. It first debuted on 13 May, 1996. A devastating attack by Jem’Hadar renegades destroys one of the station’s docking pylons in a raid, and Sisko (Avery Brooks) leads his crew aboard the Defiant in pursuit….

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) – Wes Craven

There was just no way this one was going to work. But, it’s the next one in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book, so I was happy to at least take a look at it. Hearing about those involved in the film’s production behind and in front of the camera, you had to wonder…

Blade II (2002) – Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro’s other vampire movie is the next title I came across in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book. A stronger entry than the first film, del Toro proves he can handle action beats with ease, and can work within the confines of a franchise. Wesley Snipes returns as Marvel’s day walking vampire…

The Lost Boys (1987) – Joel Schumacher

My trio of favorite vampire films is now complete with the viewing of 1987’s The Lost Boys. If Fright Night got me into horror movies, and Near Dark showed me how violent and bloody vampires could be, then The Lost Boys showed me how cool vampires could be (and how awesome the occasional vampire hunters…

TAD2018: Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) – Issa Lopez

Toronto After Dark gets underway this evening at the Scotiabank Theatre with its opening night film, Tigers Are Not Afraid. Hailing from Mexico, this film kicks off the festival with a darkly beautiful story that has hints of del Toro, and invites us into the troubled lives of a group of children. Screening at 7pm…

30 Days of Night (2007) – David Slade

Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Steven Niles and Ben Templesmith, 30 Days of Night, is a fun, and bloody film that is the next vampire flick to come up in John Landis’ Monsters In The Movies, available from DK Canada. Barrow, Alaska, is a remote and isolated Alaskan town. Every…

The Long Walk (1979) – Stephen King as Richard Bachman

King’s first novel, written, not published, is a gripping thriller that terrifies and captivates, from the first page to it’s haunting conclusion. Writing under his pseudonym of Richard Bachman, the story follows Ray Garraty a young teen in an alternate timeline where a totalitarian government has assumed control, and all of it is overseen by…

It (2017) – Andy Muschietti

The crowd-pleasing big screen remake of Stephen King’s 1986 novel, It, brings the scares home today thanks to Warner Brothers. Debuting on blu-ray and DVD the entertaining, updated adaptation will make you float too as you visit the town of Derry, Maine. A town of secrets, and terrors in this wonderful coming of age tale….