The Hunger (2018) – Alma Katsu

There is a sense of dread and menace that seems to ooze off the pages of Alma Katsu’s retelling of the haunting, and infamous Donner Party expedition. Everyone knows, or thinks they know the story, and Katsu uses that troubling knowledge and lets it hang over every page – you know each of the characters…

Those Across the River (2011) – Christopher Buehlman

This week’s Book Shelf brings me another horror novel, this one from a list of scary books that I hadn’t read yet. Set after the end of the First World War, Orville Francis Nichols, and the young woman soon to be his wife, Eudora, move to a small town in Georgia, Whitbrow. A town that…

The Changeling (1980) – Peter Medak

Next up in DK Canada’s immensely enjoyable Monsters in the Movies, is the classic Canadian horror (shot in Vancouver and featuring some homegrown talent), The Changeling, a wonderful addition to the ghost chapter I am currently delving into. After his wife and child are killed in an accident while on vacation, composer John Russell (George…

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

Warner Brothers brings home the latest Pokemon title, Detective Pikachu today on blu-ray and DVD, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not the biggest Pokemon fan, so it was Ryan Reynolds that got me to sit down and watch this one, and that may be the draw for a lot of…

War of the Worlds (1989) – Epiphany, and Among the Philistines

The war continues this week as humans and morthren clash over possession of planet Earth. First up is Epiphany. Written by Greg Strangis, series creator and show runner, this episode first debuted on 2 January, 1989. There is a summit occurring between the U.S. and Russia and the aliens have a plot to cause a…

Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – Yimou Zhang

The next film in DK Canada’s informative and entertaining The Movie Book is this beautifully shot Chinese film starring Li Gong. Set in the 1920s, Songlian (Li) elects to become the fourth mistress of a wealthy lord, Chen Zuoqian (Jingwu Ma). She soon finds herself enmeshed in the rules of the household, and the scheming…

Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx (1999) – Max McCoy

1934. The final Indiana Jones adventure set before the first trio of films is on the book shelf this week. It is also the shortest adventure in the series, not even breaking 200 pages, and the macguffin this time around is one created by the author, the Omega Book, though bases on things hinted at…

Star Trek: Voyager (1996) – False Profits, and Remember

Captain’s log: stardate 50074.3 A bit of a sequel to The Next Generation episode The Price, False Profits was written by Joe Menosky from a story by George Brozak. This episode first debuted on 2 October, 1996. The crew of the Voyager come across a pair of Ferengi, Kol (Leslie Hordan) and Arridor (Dan Shor)…

TAD 2018: The Inhabitant (2017) – Guillermo Amoedo

It’s unfortunate that The Exorcist is considered the gold standard in horror films, because the film having its Canadian Premiere at the Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is no doubt going to draw comparisons because of it’s subject matter. And that is unfortunate, because the Mexican/Chilean coproduction of The…

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994) – Second Skin, and The Abandoned

Station log: stardate unknown Robert Hewitt Wolfe pens this Kira (Nana Visitor) episode that first aired on 24 October, 1994. When Major Kira is abducted by Cardassians, and she is horrified to discover that she is supposed to be one of them. She no longer appears to be a Bajoran, she’s been modified to look…

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) – Andrzej Wajda

Post War Poland is the setting for the next big title in DK Canada’s The Movie Book, as I delve into Ashes and Diamonds from director Andrzej Wajda. Marrying a love story with a post-war thriller, and mixing in some drama, this film is a fantastically made film that delves into the horrors of war…