In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Trailer Tuesdays: Cat In The Brain

On the subject of Fabio Frizzi, one of things his band played last Thursday was the score from Cat In The Brain.

I must admit I've never seen this particular film, but now that I know that's what it is about, I will rectify that quickly!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Frizzi 2 Fulci!

Last Thursday, composer Fabio Frizzi brought his show to Toronto and it was pazzo stupefacente bellissimo!!!

Despite being criminally under attended - seriously where was everybody from the Goblin show two years ago??? - Frizzi and his half-dozen accompanying band members (that included vocalist Giuletta Zanardi) put on a stellar show. It didn't seem to bother them at all, as they played through all the Lucio Fulci classics, some stuff from his work on spaghetti westerns and also his pumped up score from Lamberto Bava's Blastfighter.

I, of course, was sitting on pins and needles waiting for one particular piece, and it came early.

You no doubt recognize the man seated next to Frizzi - it is none other than Maurizio Guarini. Even thought the two of them have worked together for decades, this was first time they'd played together on stage. A truly epic night.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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Hey everyone! It's Thanksgiving weekend here, and I'll soon be celebrating by getting myself elbows deep in some slime, but more on that another time. For now, here's what I've got for you this week.

Further Proof IKEA is Evil.

Just like Grady Hendrix, with his recent book, Horrorstör, artist Ed Harrington has also picked up on IKEA's underlying essence of malevolence. Check out these horror inspired instruction manuals.

To check out more over at Harrington's Tumblr, click here.

Friday the 13th Part 8-bit.

The preview titles for Videogram's new EP, Pre-Cert keep on coming. This newest one entitled, Voorhees Stomp was even accompanied by a cool retro-video directed by Aaron Romero. Check it out below.

For more info on the Pre-Cert release, click here.

Have a Mondo Halloween.

MondoCon happened last week in Austin, Texas and one of the beautiful works unveiled was this Halloween piece by Jason Edmiston.

This 24 x 36" poster, limited to 300 pieces, was available at a special Halloween screening at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sooooo wish I was there.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Bad Cattitude

This week's VHS title is John McPherson's Strays. It was a recent acquisition, but I certainly remember the cover from my Cockbuster days.

Paul & Lindsay Jarrett (Timothy Busfield & Kathleen Quinlan) move into a country house with their daughter, only to find the property is overrun with stray cats.

This movie is ridiculous, and by that I mean, it seems to take place in a universe where logic does not exist. Well, that or the script was written by someone who had never actually encountered a cat in real life.

About halfway through I had the realization that this must have been a TV movie. What tipped me off, in addition to the largely sanitary execution, was the first two-thirds was basically a family drama where felines occasionally sauntered in. It's a decent one, as Busfield & Quinlan are class acts and do what they do very well, but it's not really the b-movie flick the marketing would suggest.

As for the rest, let me break down the absurdity for you. Strays begins with your standard shin-high POV shots establishing our would-be antagonist, then cuts to a nice old lady who is rifling through her cupboards for food for her many cats. After finally finding something in the cellar, she comes back upstairs where the camera promptly rushes at her. Based on her reaction, I was led to assume this must be one gigantic feline, the leader of the glaring (and yes I looked that up), if you will. However, my hopes were soon dashed when we see a rather mean & mangy (though completely normal sized) looking cat take out the phone guy.

And that is it. It is one fucking cat. Sure, there are many others, but they all seem to be mainly just hanging out, mostly taking this dominant male's lead. They're not rabid, they're not genetically engineered (like in Uninvited, the movie from which Strays coincidentally lifted its tagline) and they haven't been exposed to toxic waste. I kept waiting for some sort of extraneous reason for their behaviour, especially when they started clawing their way through solid doors! The best we get is the family vet saying feral cats are not to be messed with. Gee thanks, doc.

Things only get more unbelievable from there. When Lindsay is fighting for her life in the third act, she keeps on fleeing from this normal tomcat like it's the fucking tiger in Burning Bright. She spends an ungodly amount of time trying to fill a ceramic jug with water – due to the vet's earlier statement that cats don't like getting wet – instead of just braining the thing with it. And of course, anytime it lunges on someone, they make like they were tackled by a linebacker.

I can has cheezburger?

Strays certainly gave me a few laughs, but most of them were from its nonsensical plot. After the final battle, I felt like all this silliness was intentional, but it certainly wasn't portrayed that way from the get go. Overall, it's just rather perplexing.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Trailer Tuesdays: Black Roses

Even though the Black Museum lecture series' have wrapped up for the foreseeable future, they are still hosting awesome events around town. This past weekend, in conjunction with the recent book launch of Satanic Panic, BM offered up some

BM co-founder Paul Corupe offered up an hour-long video chock full of eighties pop-culture paranoia. Among them was this trailer for the 1988 heavy metal horror opus, Black Roses.

So much going on here and it fits in well with all the other satanic exploitation films of the eighties, which also included the likes of Evilspeak, Trick or Treat and 976-Evil.

Good times.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

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Hello all! It's October, the most glorious and spooktacular of months. Here's what I've got for you on this fine afternoon.

Canadian Giallo.

Journalist turned filmmaker Chris Alexander announced the details of his fourth feature this week, the giallo-infused BlackGloveKiller. Check out these sweet promo posters below.

The film, that will feature music legends Peter Murphy and Nivek Ogre, follows the bloody trail of Miranda, a beautiful predator who stalks the city streets at night looking for prey and sits in her gilded cage by day, waiting for the sun to set.

Alexander, who will also score the film, describes BlackGloveKiller as “narratively, an extension of my other films, stories of women pushed into extreme situations, living on the fringes, told in a dream like manner.”

Taking on cinematography duties this time around is Gabriel Carrer (If A Tree Falls, The Demolisher) which seems like a good fit, as he also has a solid grasp of the retro aesthetic.

Look for BlackGloveKiller in 2016.

Kill Your Phone.

With Until Dawn still fresh in my memory, I've been looking for other genre-themed games. Recently, I came across this one called Kill Me Again, which basically looks like Bejeweled crossed with a Final Fantasy and Resident Evil.

It looks complicated, but hey, it's free and available on both iOS and Android.

Home Hell Home.

I am a big fan of stop motion animation, especially when it takes the opportunity to go where most filmmakers won't. One of Two Evils by Cristoph Younces is such a short, delving into the dark corners of domestic violence. Those who saw Younce's ABC's of Death 2 contest submission M is For Maieusiophobia should have some idea of what they are in for.

Considering the incredible stop-motion talent coming out of the UK these days (Robert Morgan & Lee Hardcastle among them) they should all pool their resources together and create a feature. I'd be first in line for that!

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Final Nine.

Here below are the remaining nine titles playing Toronto After Dark later this month.

I missed The Hallow and The Interior when they played Fantasia, so I'm pretty chuffed they are being screened here. Toronto After Dark runs from October 15th-23rd. For more info on tickets, click here.