Salem’s Lot (1979) – Tobe Hooper

So since I recently reread Stephen King’s 1975 novel, ‘Salem’s Lot, I thought I would watch the 1979 television miniseries that was directed by Tobe Hooper. Broken into two parts, the three-hour story was broadcast on two consecutive Saturdays, 17 and 24 November, 1979. Even at three hours, the series doesn’t feel like it’s done…

Scream 4 (2011) – Wes Craven

Kevin Williamson is back with a script that gives the Scream (and Stab) franchise the course correction it needed following the Scream 3 misstep, and right off the bat, the film has the sense of fun, and play that was messing in the third film. In fact the casting seems steps above the third film…

Beneath Her Skin (2021) – C.S. Porter

Nimbus Publishing, under its Vagrant Press, brings a new voice, C.S. Porter to the mystery genre, with their first novel, Beneath Her Skin, a lean, brisk, thriller. With the sub-title A Kes Morris File, one can assume that this will be Porter’s first foray into a series around their creation of Kes Morris, a female…

The X-Files (2018) – Rm9sbG93ZXJz, and Familiar

“We have to be better teachers.” For an episode that doesn’t have a lot of dialogue, this is an important message. It’s also important to remember how we treat those who can learn from us. In this episode written by Kristen Cloke, and Shannon Hamblin, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) learn that manners…

Panic (2014) – Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver’s Panic is a page-turner on a monumental scale. I can’t remember the last time I was so swept up in the narrative of a story. I had to find out what happened next. As much as I have been enjoying my foray into the tales of Ian Fleming’s 007, and the writings of…

Millennium (1997) – The Beginning and the End, and Beware of the Dog

Glen Morgan and James Wong plunge Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) further into turmoil, darkness and mystery as he desperately attempts to recover his abducted wife, Catherine (Megan Gallagher) in the season two opener, which first aired on 19 September, 1997. The opening credits have changed, as has the text contained within it. ‘Wait. Worry. Who…

Strange Invaders (1983) – Michael Laughlin

The next alien monster film featured in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies is an interesting one in that it had possibilities and potential, but it’s execution borders on the horrible. Meant to be both homage and satire of the sci-fi movies of the late 50s the story seems like it would work perfectly –…

The Possession: The Anomaly Files #2 (2019) – Micheal Rutger

Michael Rutger puts Nolan, his friends, and shooting crew Ken, Molly, Pierre, and his ex-wife, Kristy, in harm’s way as he gives us another instalment of The Anomaly Files. The second book in the series goes in a different direction than the first, but still uses an actual unsolved mystery as a launching point. There…

The Trouble With Harry (1955) – Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock brings me a little New England humour in today’s entry, The Trouble With Harry. Based on the novel by Jack Trevor Story, adapted for the screen by John Micheal Hayes, Hitchcock delivers a delightful film that virtually pops with colour and crackles with sharp dialogue. Using the back drop of the turning of the…

Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – Alfred Hitchock

It’s time for a little more Hitchcock as I dive into another old favourite, Shadow of a Doubt starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten. A coming-of-age tale with a twist of murder, this film remains completely captivating thanks to the direction, the leading and the wonderful supporting cast which are all recognisable to anyone who…