The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) – Wes Craven

My exploration of the zombie genre with DK Canada’s eminently enjoyable Monsters in the Movies book continues with this over-fictionalized adaption of a real anthropological exploration and documentation of real-life zombies by ethnobotanist Wade Davis. Director Wes Craven used Davis’ book of the same name as the launching point for his horror film starring Bill…

Swamp Thing (1982) – Wes Craven

Way back in 1982, one of the best years for genre films ever, the DC Extended Universe didn’t even exist, it wan’t even thought of, and a number of DC titles (as well as Marvel) were in development with other studios who thought that they would be able to make them . This leads us…

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) – Wes Craven

There was just no way this one was going to work. But, it’s the next one in DK Canada’s Monsters in the Movies book, so I was happy to at least take a look at it. Hearing about those involved in the film’s production behind and in front of the camera, you had to wonder…

The Virgin Spring (1960) – Ingmar Bergman

Taking its inspiration from a centuries old ballad, as well as Kurosawa’s Rashomon and in turn inspiring Wes Craven’s revenge horror thriller, Last House on the Left, Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring comes up on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of The Seventh Seal. Dk Canada’s The Movie Book continues to…

Fan Expo 2015

  It’s that time of year again, and if you blink… it’s over. And that’s what I realized this morning, just like that Fan Expo is done for another year. Sigh. Still, it was a really enjoyable year as Sue, Lindsay and I dove into geekdom, and chatted with a number of great people, saw some…

Trailer Tracks: Nightmare On Elm Street – Wes Craven

As a teenager, my brother, our friend and I, suddenly got into horror movies, and we began renting them on VHS and watching them together pretty much every week.  Some were gross, many were cheesy, several were scary as hell, and all of them were good fun.  While it was the 3rd film in this…

Shadow People (2012) – Matthew Arnold

This week, Anchor Bay unveils this paranormal thriller on blu-ray and DVD, and I was really intrigued and had a lot of fun with this one. I’m not quite sure how much of it is actually based on truth, but sleep paralysis and Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome are documented, and in fact served not…

Scream (1996) – Wes Craven

“Do you like scary movies?” Horrormeister Wes Craven returns to the 101 Horror Movies list directing a script by Kevin Williamson that turned the horror genre on its head and reinvigorated it as the end of the 20th century drew near. Working with the conceit that everyone knows how horror movies work, following a set…

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

The 101 Horror Movies list has brought yet another one of my favourites to me for a revisit. 1984’s classic, A Nightmare On Elm Street, and it may sound like a sell out, but this is my favorite Wes Craven film, It seems to perfectly balance the horror films of the 1980s – the supernatural and…

The Howling (1981)

Joe Dante appears on the 101 Horror Movies, not with Gremlins, not with Piranha, but with his werewolf tale, The Howling. This is just a fun film, as most of Dante’s films tend to be. It’s also filled with inside jokes and cameos. If you watch the background, and book titles, and pictures on the…

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

Wes Craven returns to the 101 Horror Movies list with his 1977 classic, The Hills Have Eyes. The film originally received an X-rating, but Craven made a couple of additional cuts to make it a hard R. There was a remake not so long ago, and for the most part, I remember it being fairly…

Last House On The Left (1972)

The 1970s kicked horror into a whole new gear as the films became grittier, and a new school of up and coming filmmakers began to make their mark. The 101 Horror Movies brought the first film by Wes Craven into the list, and this film is brutal and terrifying. Produced by Sean Cunningham, how would…