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.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Video Station Part II

Rooting around in the Archives, I found these little pretties.

I have to say I'm having trouble visualizing The Video Library, as I don't think it existed past the mid-eighties, but my family definitely frequented The Video Station fairly regularly, for this is the second relic I have unearthed from them.

This must have been back when you had to pay a yearly membership fee, or a flat fee up front. Strange days back then. Although, it kind of makes sense considering there wasn't really any way for vendors to chase you down, if you decided to run off with their merchandise. Remember, this was when VHS sometimes cost over a hundred bucks a pop. They had to rent quite a few times to see a profit, but fortunately, due to the booming market, they often did.

If you'd like to see more membership cards from back in the day, check out this old post here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Trailer Tuesdays: Dressed To Kill

Here's a trailer for a film that I, perhaps surprisingly, just saw for the first time last weekend.

As you might expect, I enjoyed it immensely. Somehow, I've managed to avoid major spoilers all these years. I was aware cross-dressing was involved, so the big reveal wasn't hard to spot, but I was shocked by the elevator scene involving Angie Dickinson

I guess I shouldn't have been, as this was Brian De Palma's version of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho - as subsequently Body Double was his Rear Window - but for some reason, I didn't see it coming.

You can say what you want about De Palma's emulation of Hitchcock, but he's made some fantastic thrillers over the years.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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It's been a great weekend, and if you're celebrating today with your Pops, have at it! Here's what's been going on this week.

E3 Horrors.

So, another E3 has come and gone, leaving a bevy of upcoming horror titles in its wake. I touched on the Friday the 13th game last week, but there's lots of other things to get excited about.

Sony killed it at E3 with a concise and stripped down presser. Gone were the sales charts, portable pandering and celebrities, it was just as it should be with the games being front and centre. Well okay, there may have been one celebrity - as Hideo Kojima came on stage to announce his new game, Death Stranding.

It's good to see that the promise of P.T. eventually came to something. 

We also got to see a lot of Resident Evil 7.

Since the game-changer that was Resident Evil 4, we seen diminishing returns from this franchise, but I think this maybe the shake-up that puts it back on top. It also has 100% PS VR compatibility, so that's a thing.

Lastly, there is Santa Monica Studios, the juggernaut developer responsible for some of the most unique experiences in gaming, announcing their new PS VR project, Here They Lie.

This may be the title that tips me over the edge in shelling out the five hundred bones for virtual reality. It's a brave new world out there.

Split Screen Scream Queens.

Toronto based artist Matthew Therrien has recently been unveiling his newest series of drawings online.

It's such a simple idea, yet so bloody brilliant. You can check out more of his work here.

Feast (On) Your Eyes.

Here's the trailer for the new remake of the infamous H.G Lewis 1963 classic, Blood Feast.

Though it looks a lot more slick than I would expect for anything associated with Lewis' canon, it certainly appears that they didn't skimp on the gore. I don't see a release date yet, but this Halloween would be a good bet. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Coming Soon to Cannon Video.

Before the feature presentation unspooled on my VHS copy of Schzoid last week, there was a Cannon Video trailer reel that was far too colourful to not share with you all. Enjoy!

New Year's Evil should be coming up here later in the summer when the Loose Cannons Podcast gets around to it. That Gotham movie sure is an obscure relic of the past. You'd think the irony that Tommy Lee Jones would “return” to Gotham only seven years later - in arguably worse fashion - would be more widely pontificated. And Cyborg, well, who can knock JCVD???

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Trailer Tuesdays: Fatal Games

With the Euro Cup now in full swing - sorry, poor choice of words - I feel some gamesmanship is in order.

I am sure I have never heard of this one, which is shocking considering it was a Media release and likely widely available. It certainly looks up my alley, so perhaps a future viewing is in order.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Below The Line

Last Friday, I went the other way down the highway to an art showing in Hamilton. Several prominent figures of Toronto's horror community have moved there in the last few years, and thus Steeltown has seen a rise in the dark arts as a result. 

This show, curated by artists Gary Pullin and Sara Deck, focused on pop culture, and also included the likes of Paige Reynolds, Jason Edmiston and Justin Erickson.

Gary Pullin's Scream print above is super limited edition (only 38 were printed) and the few available at the show were snapped up instantly. Fortunately, he hooked me up with an extra he had nearby, as I was there specifically to snag one for a friend. Here were some of the other great pieces.

Nosferatu by Paige Reynolds.

Batgirl by Jason Edmiston

Deadpool by Justin Erickson, Alice by Sara Deck & Ant-Man by Kevin Tong.

My favourite of the show would have to be Matt Tobin's recent interpretation of the Steven Spielberg classic Jaws.

Pardon the reflection...

This is probably my favourite double visual piece since Lauren O'Neill's rendition of Under The Skin.

The event was also to promote the upcoming poster documentary Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six. A lot of the folks that appeared in the movie, including director Kevin Burke, were in attendance and the vibe was pretty enthusiastic. I contributed the Kickstarter campaign and am pretty stoked to see it.

Mills Hardware in Hamilton, Ont.

This will likely be the first of many shows in the Hammer, as Gary is already planning to do more events in the future, with more artists involved and possibly some premieres.

And I'll be there.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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It's a beautiful day out there, so I encourage you to get out into it. After seeing what I've got for you today, of course.

E3 Ho!

This year's E3 is upon us over the next few days, and though it appears to be somewhat scaled down this year, that hasn't stopped developers from metering out some reveals over the last few days. Here below is the teaser for Cyanide Studios' RPG game, Call of Cthulhu and Gun Media's Friday the 13th.

Big Red TV.

We got a teaser this week for the upcoming Netflix show, Stranger Things.

It looks like Netflix's goal of releasing a show a week is rapidly coming to fruition. I'm super on board for this. Its Amblin underpinnings are in my wheelhouse, as is the lovely Winona Ryder. Stranger Things premieres July 15th.

I'm Only Human.

This week, Scream Factory revealed an amazing release in a schedule already filled with impressive titles, a definitive release of John Carpenter's The Thing.

Just check out how loaded this thing is;

-NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
-NEW 4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack (5.1 Audio Mix Also Included)
-NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
-NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney And More…
-NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay
-NEW Behind The Chameleon – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman And Brian Wade And More…
-NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth
-NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster
-John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Matte Artist Albert Whitlock And More! (80 minutes – SD)
As well as everything on the previous releases!

The Deluxe Limited Edition has already sold out, but you can pre-order the Collector's Edition here. What a thing of beauty!