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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

DKTM 334

Hey all. Hope you're having a good weekend. I plan on not leaving my couch today, so this is where I am now blogging from. Here's what I've got for you this week.

CUFF Picks.

The lineup for this year's Calgary Underground Film Festival was announced this week. In addition to the three great titles I saw at TIFF last year (Colossal, Free Fire and The Untamed), there are a wild array of works from around the world, a trio of which caught my eye.

Cate Shortland's thriller The Berlin Syndrome about a vacationing photographer (Teresa Palmer) who finds her self locked in the apartment of a local of whom she had a one night stand looks especially intense. As someone who has several friends travelling abroad right now, it's a constant worry that this shit happens in the world on a regular basis.

On the slasher side of things, we have Lake Bodom from Finnish director Taneli Mustonen, about a group of campers that try to re-enact a murder spree that happened in the sixties, only to have things go awry.

The premise has potential, and we all know that Europeans don't pull any punches when it comes to this stuff.

Lastly, is Jeff Baena's convent comedy The Little Hours, starring Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza. After a successful premiere at Sundance, I am looking forward to seeing how well these two click together. CUFF is also playing the new David Lynch doc, The Art Life which I can't wait to get my eyeballs on when it plays her next month.

For the full lineup, click here.

Now That's Entertainment!

Speaking of David Lynch, Entertainment Weekly reveals their covers for their upcoming Twin Peaks reunion issue.

After reading Mark Frost's book, I can't wait to be back in this universe on May 21st. Also, Madchen. Love you always.

That Damn Road!

To cap things off, I just wanted to include this awesome Pet Sematary poster I found online.

Due to its colour palette, I initially thought this might be a Lauren O'Neill, but turns out it is by the hand of David Moscati. Great minds think alike.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fright Night Theatre 2017

I've been a little lazy this week I admit, but I will be back with reviews soon, as this weekend is the 2017 edition of Fright Night Theatre!

In edition to bringing Agnieszka Smoczynska's debut The Lure to the Hammer, there are also weird and wacky treats like Pool Party Massacre and Cat Sick Blues. Come on by to the Staircase Theatre if you happen to be in the area.

For more info on the fest, click here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trailer Tuesdays: Beyond The Door II

It's Springgggggggggg! Let's celebrate with a Mario Bava film about the joys of the coming season and also, you know, demonic possession.

This movie is a gas. It not only has perhaps one of the most brilliantly executed jump scares in horror history, it also has that fucking kid. I used to have a roommate named Mark and I sampled that intro line into our answering machine message -- this is Jay, Brent and Marco, that's my name! Leave a message -- much to his utter confusion. Ahh, good times.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

DKTM 333

Hello all. I got some really cool stuff to trumpet this week, so let's get right to it.

Give Them Your Monies.

First up, I wanted to plug two current IndieGogo campaigns. Ten years ago, Scott Glosserman gifted us with his little meta-slasher Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Since then, he has been trying to get a sequel off the ground and is most recently using the momentum of this anniversary to take one last stab(!) at it with a limited edition comic book series.

They are currently at 75% of their goal, so if you'd like to contribute, click here.

I also wanted to let you know that the guys behind Harvest Lake and Plank Face have a new project coming up in the tradition of the space sex comedies of yore like Beach Babes from Beyond and Earth Girls Are Easy. It is called Space Babes From Outer Space and is currently taking Blu-ray pre-orders.

To get your very own copy reserved, click here.

Clocking In With Clay.

Greg McLean's newest flick The Belko Experiment released this weekend and clay-mation guru Lee Hardcastle has celebrated the occasion with four mini-ads.

I saw this film last year at TIFF and its description of Battle Royale meets Office Space is about as apt as it gets. Check it out if you can.

Works of Art.

I just wanted to lead you out with some great art from the week. Matthew Therrien was recently commissioned to do some posters for the limited theatrical release of Julia Ducournau's Raw

I love that piece and would gladly put it on my wall. You can also see the two variants here. For the softcover release of Grady Hendrix's terrific book My Best Friend's Exorcism, artist Hugh Fleming was brought on to make this new cover.

I love the eighties CYOA vibe of that cover. If you haven't read the book (or Hendrix's previous work Horrorstör) you should definitely get on that!

Alright kiddies. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and to say I am awaiting it with open arms is an understatement.

Friday, March 17, 2017

VHS Fridays: Next Victim

I knocked off another title from my giallo deck this week in Sergio Martino's Next Victim starring Edwige Fenech.

Like most giallos, this film was retitled for different markets with names like Blade of the Ripper, Next! and The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, all I suspect with varying levels of censorship if my severely cropped VHS copy was any indication. It's okay, I fled to YouTube after to see what I missed.

The movie itself is a bit of an oddball. It almost seemed like a relationship drama with a slasher going on behind the scenes. And considering Martino's work to come like Torso two years later, the kill scenes were downright restrained. I also feel like this movie was very similar to at least a few of Martino's other projects. It's been a while since I've seen Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, but I'm pretty sure it shared a lot of the same beats.

Fenech is as always a vision to behold. There are very few actresses that hypnotize me like she does when she's onscreen, but you've heard me prattle on at length about this before. Her character's “blood fetish” wasn't really well articulated and apart from cringe-inducing scene where she has sex amid shards of broken glass, it's rarely touched upon.

As is often the case with these pictures, the scenery in this was particularly breathtaking. Martino used the locales of Austria and Spain to the fullest. I mean, how the fuck does THIS park even exist in the world???

Palmenhaus, in Vienna, Austria.

Next Victim wouldn't be in the top list of giallos, or even ones from Martino for that matter, but it still has a lot of stuff that I love about this genre -- beautiful locales, lovely ladies and snappy dialogue that is often inappropriate by today's standards. Have a great weekend, kiddies!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Friday That Never Was.

I made a comment a few weeks ago that I was pretty nonchalant about the fact that the new Friday the 13th film had been abandoned. My curiosity got the better of me though, so I ended up reading the script. 

Turns out it wasn't terrible. It had some pretty decent set pieces and writer Nick Antosca made an effort to keep you guessing as to who the Final Girl was going to be. I actually read scripts (Black & Blood List mostly) quite often now and eighties period pieces are ubiquitous at the moment - especially after Stranger Things hit it big on Netflix last year. I have to say that this one was, apart from the caretaker being named Frank Booth, probably the least obnoxious in that regard -- most obnoxious if you're wondering is a little ditty called Summer of '84 which I'm sure will be eye-rolling onto screens in 2018.

It's not all gravy though. He's tinkered with the timeline a bit and for some reason Jason isn't actually referred to by name until the third act, as if we weren't supposed to know who he was. There is also a big climax that I suspect is the reason the bean counters inevitably pulled the plug. Not that Jason hasn't had his share of ridiculous foibles, but the sequence in Antosca's script reminded me of the Cenobites vs. Cops scene in Hellraiser III. The series really never recovered from that.

Anyway, it's kind of ironic. The minute that Platinum Dunes was about to produce a remake that might have turned out half decent, it ends up getting shit-canned. Where were these fucking suits when all their previous mess-terpieces went to camera???

Rant over. Let's just enjoy the game and be done with it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Trailer Tuesdays: The Rift

Holy barnacles! I don't even remember how I came across this, but yesterday I found this 1990 undersea monster flick starring R. Lee Ermey and Ray Wise directed by J.P Simon of Pieces and Slugs fame.

I see this this was also known as Endless Descent, for which I do remember the coverbox. I never realized there was a third straggler after Leviathan and Deep Star Six the year before. Consider me sold!