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, April 15, 2014

Trailer Tuesdays: Blood Cult

I was pretty happy to come across a VHS of Blood Cult at Shock Stock last weekend.


One of the more infamous SOV horror flicks of the eighties, it seems appropriate to put up the trailer today. Enjoy!



Tomorrow, I'm going to post the rest of my spoils from Shock Stock, so be sure to check back!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Shock Stock 2014!

Last weekend was the 4th edition of the annual Shock Stock weekend in London, Ontario.


It was kind of bittersweet this year, as I didn't get to spend as much time there as I would've liked. That, and the fact I boneheadedly forgot to submit Lively to their short film showcase, kind of put a damper on my full enjoyment of the event.

But while I was there on the Saturday, it was super fun times. They had a solid line-up of interesting guests - once again the Vagrancy boys found celebrities that you just don't see at the regular convention events - of which I met two.

First up was Felissa Rose, who played the iconic character of Angela in Sleepaway Camp. She looked fantastic and her Q&A was pretty great. She absolutely beamed sincerity and humility when speaking of the people that continue to support the film, even to this day. She even went so far as to say that she hates the word “fan”, as she considers those people her friends. As if to prove her point, a self professed “#1 fan” that she met ten years ago ended up becoming her husband.

Felissa Rose makes “the face”.

A lot of the questions during the Q&A were obviously about the last scene in the movie. Her parents apparently never had any reservations about the subject matter, and Felissa herself, then thirteen, just thought it would be cool to hang out a summer camp and meet boys. I thought the story about how she first watched the movie with her entire ninth grade class was pretty interesting. I would've thought she'd have been teased incessantly about that ending, but apparently the only grief she received from the bitchier girls in the class was that she was showing off, in a look-at-me-I'm-a-big-movie-star kind of way.

Later in the day, was the Q&A with Human Centipede 2 star Laurence R. Harvey.

It was surreal seeing him in person, considering all the sick and depraved deeds I'd seen him commit onscreen. However, it was a huge relief to see that he was actually a soft-spoken and proper English gentleman. And then he proceeded to rape a chair...

Laurence R. Harvey.

Leading up to that though, were some other juicy tidbits that Harvey started his career playing characters on children's television in the UK, as well his upcoming projects with Astron 6 and the Soska Sisters.

As for the show, there was the usual plethora of vendors and attractions. It's funny, I know so many people there now that I find myself catching up and networking most of the day that I forget to take more pics. Here's what I did snap though.

Fangoria was there in full force as per usual.

Courtesy of The Butcher Shop.

 Truthfully though, wouldn't penis magnets be vaginas?


Kick ass pillows.


A painful display.


Unveiling the new 2014 design!

The great guys at Black Fawn Films were on hand once again, as well. It seems their booth gets bigger every year. Pretty soon, they'll have so many titles out, they won't have room to display all the posters. Currently, Black Fawn has two main projects on the go...



Both star Ryan Barrett - who coincidentally played the title character in Lively - with one, The Drownsman now finished and the other The Demolisher going to camera late this week. I actually got to see the upcoming trailer for The Drownsman and it looks just as slick as anything being put out by the studios today. The difference is, these guys spend a fraction of a Hollywood budget and actually seem to give a shit about their product. I wish them all the luck in the world.

And Shock Stock wouldn't be complete without a hefty helping of VHS. There were multiple vendors, the most prominent of which being my buddy Zack at The Vault. He even had a snazzy new sign!





So, like I said. A regrettably abbreviated account of the event this year, but hopefully you get the idea. I definitely need to plan more smartly for next year. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

DKTM 217


Hello all. Just got up after a very busy Saturday, but more on that at a later date. For now, here's some scraps of horror kibble.

Exit Stage Right One In.

I was not aware until this week that there is currently a stage production of the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In. Currently playing London's Apollo Theatre, it was brought to the stage by Jack Thorne & John Tiffany and stars Rebecca Benson & Martin Quinn as Eli and Oskar, respectively. Here is a still and trailer from the show.




The set design looks spectacular, and I really would've liked to have seen how Benson tackles the complicated character of Eli. If you're in the UK, Let The Right One In runs through September 27th. For more info, click here.

Crossing Over.

I dropped in on a friend's birthday party last night and in his drunken ramblings couldn't stop praising a horror film he had recently watched called The Borderlands. He said it was top notch, and couldn't believe that no one was talking about it. Here's the trailer below.



I don't glean anything more than your standard supernatural, found footage flick from the trailer, but I trust my friend's opinion. He assured me it didn't end with a title card saying, “find out what happened at www.weretoolazytoshootanending.com”, so that's a plus. Apparently, The Borderlands was a hit at last year's FrightFest and is now playing the UK, so if it has legs, I'm sure we'll see it over here at some point.

Animal Apparel.

To close out, I just wanted to post one of Fright-Rags newest bad-ass Tees.


This You're Next design will be coming to my closet soon, I assure you. If you'd also like to join the pack, click here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Inheritance.

This weekend is the 4th edition of the wonderfully sleazy institution of Shock Stock, so what better way to celebrate than by showing off my latest VHS acquisitions courtesy of my friends, the Nash brothers!









My favourite VHS collectibles are the ones where the marketers went that extra mile. Anyone remember this one?



Anyway, enjoy your weekend guys! I'll be back in a few days with a rundown of my exploits in London, Ontario.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kid Horror.

I recently discovered, much to my nostalgic glee, a new box of my childhood drawings, scribblings and clippings in the archives. It was filled largely with chaotic pencil-crayon spaceship battles and crude graph papered dungeons, but after some digging, I did find this;


Have you ever wanted to see horror movies through the eyes of a seven-year-old? Well, look no further.




The thing that first struck me was how atrocious my spelling was circa 1982. I'm glad to say my penchant for drawing edged weapons hasn't changed. It is still my doodle of choice during the countless hours I spend on the phone during the week. Also, as rudimentary as my drawing skills were, it seems I had absolutely no willingness to render the food in Alice's fridge. What's for dinner tonight? Red X's and O's! Yum.

Honestly though, with all the carnage and misery staring back at me from that box of papers, I had to ask my parents if they were ever worried I was going to grow up to be a psychopath.

“Noooo,” was my mother's reply. Good to know.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trailer Tuesdays: Slashers Galore

Today, I'm offering up three trailers for classic slashers.




Why these three? Well, come back tomorrow when all will be revealed.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Camp 30

While we were in Oshawa for the B4 Film Festival, Ali took me to nearby Bowmanville to visit the site of Camp 30, an abandoned cluster of buildings that were once a WWII POW camp. I was astounded that something like this still existed, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

Breaching the gates.

I'm stating the obvious...

but...

Most horror flicks DO start this way.

Random creepy doll.

Lookout point.


I agree!




Asbestos, lead asbestos...




Makeshift skate park.



Fancy a swim?

For some reason, I don't trust that chair.

Dare you to stick your hand in.

Stairway to nowhere?

Another creepy... I don't know what that is!


More stairways to nowhere!

Ali tells me nooses are a common find. Ick.

The Garage.

Stepping out into the light.

As you can see, this locale would be a fantastic place to shoot in. Walking through the crumbling interiors, I was reminded of Marble Hornets and how the filmmakers must have felt when they discovered “theirbuilding. Logistically - or legally for that matter - it probably doesn't make sense to film there, but it was still pretty inspiring, walking around an environment that was both eerie and beautiful at the same time.