Horror Express (1973)- Eugenio Martin

DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies brings me another alien menace, and this time seems to transplant it into a horror version of Murder on the Orient Express. But who better to confront the terror than two British horror legends and experts, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (with an appearance by Telly Savalas? Christopher Lee…

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (2018) – Michelle McNamara

Halfway through the HBO docu-series, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, I knew I had to read the source material, and learn more. Written by Michelle McNamara, a brilliant true crime writer, who passed before the book could be published, or the book’s subject caught, sentenced and jailed. As captivating as the series was, the…

Lust for a Vampire (1971) – Jimmy Sangster

John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada keeps the fangs a gnashing with the next vampire title to be exhumed, Hammer Films Lust for a Vampire. The second in the Karnstein trilogy, this story picks up some forty years after the previous incarnation of Mircalla stalked the land. This version is played by…

TAD 2018: I’ll Take Your Dead (2018) – Chad Archibald

The second feature of Toronto After Dark’s opening night is the Toronto premiere of the Canadian film, I’ll Take Your Dead. The film stars Ava Preston, Aidan Devine, Jess Salgueiro, Brandon McKnight and Ari Millen. A crime thriller with supernatural overtones, the film has some gorgeous production, and features a fantastic turn by the film’s…

The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960) – Renato Polselli

The next title I exhume from the grave for DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book by director John Landis is an Italian film that got chopped up by North American censors to remove any untoward imagery (like nudity) to make it suitable for what they saw as the viewing audience… the matinee crowd. A…

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) – Ed Wood Jr.

While not necessarily a vampire movie, Plan 9 From Outer Space, undeniably one of the worst films ever made (which in turn made it a cult classic), is the next title in the vampire section of John Landis’ Monsters in the Movies from DK Canada. The film does feature a plan to resurrect the dead,…

Toronto After Dark 2017: Poor Agnes – Navin Ramaswaran

The second feature screening tonight at Scotiabank Theatre as part of the Toronto After Dark film festival is another new favourite. Poor Agnes, having its Toronto premiere this eve, is a disturbing drama that haunts and troubles even as its story captivates. Agnes (Lora Burke) is a serial killer, and she is a master at…

Quantum Leap (1989) – What Price, Gloria? and Blind Faith

  Deborah Pratt writes her first episode of the series, What Price, Gloria? and becomes one of the strongest voices of the show, so much so that when the new introduction is put in place, it’s her voice selling the show. Airing on 25 October, 1989, the episode finds Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) leaping into…