Doctor Sleep (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

Mike Flanagan has been a name to watch since he appeared on the scene, and he’s become a huge hero to genre fans for his concentration on character and story as much as scares when it comes to horror films. And with Warner Brothers release of Doctor Sleep (available on blu and DVD today), he…

Trailer Tracks: The Shining (1980) – Stanley Kubrick

  Sometimes a trailer comes along that tells you next to nothing about the movie but for who’s involved, set that against a small clip of one of the most disturbing sequences in the movie, and you have yourself a unique teaser, like the one below for the Kubrick film based on Stephen King’s novel,…

Antisocial (2013) – Cody Calahan

  Opening today at the Carlton Cinema is a new horror film from director Cody Calahan that puts a creepy spin on social media. Featuring a new take on the much-used zombie, frenzied dead, the film follows a group of students on New Year’s Eve, as they plan to drink post pics, tweet, vid chat and…

Toronto After Dark Shorts Program

  On a Saturday afternoon, there’s nothing better than curling up and enjoying some cinematic entertainment, and this afternoon, I let those festival programmers at Toronto After Dark pick my entertainment, with 9 specially selected from over 450 entries and there were some strong choices. The collection started with an odd little two-minute computer generated…

Revisiting Stephen King

I’ve been wanting to read something spooky for a while, and it’s tough to come across books and authors who actually can creep me out with a tale of the supernatural. So I decided to go back to my youth. Like most folks, I read a lot of Stephen King in my teen and high school…

Ringu (1998) – Hideo Nakata

The late 90s saw a huge inflow of Japanese horror into the North American market, spreading and replicating itself, much like the curse in this wicked and delightful ghost story. Remade, successfully, three years later as The Ring with Naomi Watts and directed by Gore Verbinski, the original film was one of the first Japanese…

The Beyond (1981)

The 101 Horror Movies has checked me into another spooky hotel. If the Overlook from The Shining was a study in creepiness and getting your under skin, the Louisiana hotel featured in this film is a blunt instrument more fixated on gore and gruesome. Lucio Fulci’s film has none of the subtlety of Kubrick’s masterpiece and instead…

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….