Tales From the Crypt (1972) – Freddie Francis

Based on the EC comics Vault of Horror and Tales From the Crypt, this anthology film is the next zombie recommendation film from DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies. The film features some recognizable names including Joan Collins, Ralph Richardson, and Peter Cushing, The collection of short stories brought to life on the screen are…

Pet Sematary (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

The most recent Stephen King adaptation, and remake of the 1989 film, comes home on DVD and blu-ray today from Paramount Pictures. Featuring some pretty significant departures from the source material, but arguably faithful to it at the same time, this variation of the classic monkey’s paw tale is a fairly solid tale, while not…

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…

Silver Bullet (1985) – Daniel Attias

The next werewolf title to come along in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies is an adaptation of Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf starring Corey Haim, Megan Follows and Gary Busey. This one hasn’t stood up well to my nostalgia, but on reflection, if you have someone (a younger viewer) that you want to…

TAD 2018: You Might Be the Killer (2018) – Brett Simmons

The final night of Toronto After Dark gets underway this evening, and while I didn’t get to see all the films I wanted to see (life gets in the way), I enjoyed the ones I did, and loved sharing my thoughts on them with you. The final screening tonight (which does so twice, once at…

The Running Man (1982) – Stephen King as Richard Bachman

Despite being a fan of the 87 Schwarzenegger flick, I’d never read the original source material, so being long past due, I dug into it and was delighted to find that the novel was a completely different experience, and worthy of a cinematic adaptation in its own right. Ben Richards lives in the slums, a…

The Maltese Falcon (1929) – Dashiell Hammett

Sam Spade. Almost some ninety years on, the name still conjures images. One can see Bogart, fedora atop his head, overcoat hanging on his frame, cigarette dangling from his lips while he has a heater in one hand, and a dame on the other. No matter your experience with Spade, brought to life incredibly in…

Treasure Island (1950) – Byron Haskin

Disney’s tale on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of pirates and high adventure is the first recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl for the action genre. Disney branched away from animated shorts and films with this,…

Dune (1965) – Frank Herbert

Arrakis. Dune. Desert planet. It was time for a revisit to Frank Herbert’s science fiction classic. I had journeyed there twice before. The most recent trip had been in the early 90s when my friend Dennis had convinced me to read them again, as they were some of his favourite books. I had worked my…

Under the Dome: The Complete Series

Releasing today from Paramount Pictures and CBS DVD is The Complete Series of the television adaptation of Stephen King’s massive novel, Under the Dome. The series features both King and Steven Spielberg as executive producers with Brian K. Vaughan as showrunner. Over the course of 38 episodes we get to know the folks of Chester’s…

The Godfather Trilogy – Francis Ford Coppola

Paramount Pictures is celebrating the 45th anniversary with a re-release of the 1972 classic The Godfather, and its two sequels. I have a bit of a sordid history with these films. I’ve never been a fan of crime family stories, I can’t relate to them, and have never understood the hypocrisy that seems inherent in…

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) – Colin and Greg Strause

Picking up where the first film left off – with the strange Predalien bursting into existence, this ill-advised sequel continues to pair up two of the greatest movie monster creations against one another, with humanity stuck between them, and because of the terrible way it’s handled, no one can be bothered to care. Unfortunately, for…