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, April 17, 2015

Off To NYC!

You won't hear from me for a few days, as I'm making tracks to New York City this weekend!


I'll be wandering around Hell's Kitchen, as well as looking in on the Tribeca Film Festival. In addition to that, as if this weekend wasn't exciting enough, my short film The Monitor is screening at the Calgary Underground Film Festival!


If you happen to be in town that night, my short plays in front of I Am A Knife With Legs at midnight.

Anyway, kiddies. Have a good one and I'll see you on the other side of the weekend.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It Came From The Archives 24!

As you know, I've been spending a lot more time of late in the archives for 2015's Crawlspace Dive, cataloging all the non-genre stuff in my possession. It's pretty safe to say that after twenty-some ICFTA episodes I have mined most of my horror stuff, but still some remains. I recently dug up a box of horror novelizations, which I'll share with you now.









I always dug the Halloween books, and found Jack Martin's interpretation of Michael's psychosis pretty unsettling.


 I don't recall if the book version of Part 2 is as homoerotic as the film...




Regular readers of this blog know that my connection to The Legacy runs deep, so it should be no surprise that the book on which the film was based made its way into my house.


The original novel on which the 1982 film was based. 



Those last two were continuing stories of two popular eighties series.


Anyone else remember this TV movie phenomenon from 1985?


This one has no connection to a movie, but it is significant. This book, along with Killer and Amok (which I spoke about before), always sat just inside the entrance to the crawlspace, as if to say, “abandon all hope, ye who enter here!” I still have no idea what Gilded Needles is about, but those blood tipped fingers sure made an impression on my young mind. So, that's it. Until next time, stay safe kids!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Trailer Tuesdays: Henry

With the passing of actor Tommy Towles last week at the age of 71, it seems appropriate to post a trailer in tribute to his career. Though he had several significant genre roles, including Harry Cooper in Tom Savini's remake of Night of the Living Dead and George Wydell in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses, his most striking performance was most likely Otis in John McNaughton's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Hello all. Here's what I've got for you this week.

You Know, For Kids.

Artist Andrew Peña has created some super great visualizations of horror movies as children's books. Take a gander below.






I bet some of these would be great reads. You can check out the rest on Buzzfeed.com, by clicking here.

Night of the Ubiquitous Dead.

Have you ever noticed how often Night of the Living Dead turns up in horror movies, such as playing on a television in the background, or on a movie screen. Well, that's because a copyright error caused the film to become part of the public domain and therefore free for anyone to use. It's shitty for Romero & company because they missed out on mad bank, but good for every other filmmaker who wants to give a loving nod.

Screengrab from Halloween 2 (1981)

But just how many times has it been used? Well, John Squires of the site Halloween Love has decided to compile a master list.

Screengrab from Thankskilling (2006)

Now, Squires has reached out to the public at large to add to the list, so if you know any that aren't listed here, by all means drop him a line.

Oh, Gordo.

Here's a new trailer for the upcoming thriller The Gift, starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Bateman.



This looks like it might be all right, and I'm glad they left the most important part of the movie absent from the trailer. The Gift opens on July 31st, 2015.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Trailer Tuesdays: Deadtime Stories.

Just cuz... Wow.



I know I've watched this movie, but can't remember thing one about it. This trailer certainly makes me want to revisit it.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Resurrected!

It's Easter Monday, so here's a Resurrection more fitting to my tastes.

A friend of mine is moving to L.A. and recently let her friends pick over the stuff that wasn't accompanying her on her trip. In addition to me – with her being an avid fan of silver screen horror – acquiring some great titles from the fifties, I also managed to snag Dan O' Bannon's 1991 H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, The Resurrected.


The distraught wife (Jane Sibbett, Carol from Friends!) of a wealthy scientist named Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Surandon) enlists the help of a private detective named John March (John Terry) to find out why he has isolated himself in a remote cabin. Things only get weirder from there.

I'd been looking for this ever since I saw Steve Kostanski talk about it extensively in his Black Museum lecture back in 2012. It's totally the kind of movie I would've expected to show up in my video store in the early nineties, but, for some reason, it did not. Better late than never I suppose.

This movie has a ton of stuff going for it and really hits that sweet spot of stuff I loved when I was devouring horror flicks at the most feverish pace of my life. Back then the question was not how many movies had I watched that week, but how many I'd watched that day.

John Terry (left) & Chris Surandon in The Resurrected.

First you have the score by Richard Band, which immediately entrenches it in straight-to-video heyday of the early nineties, as well as the unmistakable creature creations of Todd Masters. Then, you have a familiar genre face to sell the movie, in this case, Chris Surandon. By 1991, I wager that Surandon was as recognizable as popular horror vets as Jeffrey Combs & Brad Dourif.

There is also the fact that this is one of the better Lovecraft adaptations out there. Based on the short novel The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward, O'Bannon revels in the mystery by concentrating on March's investigation and waits to reveal what's going with Ward until the climax. And what a wonderful climax it is, featuring several glorious creatures provided by the aforementioned Masters. While it is true I almost nodded off during the previous fifteen minutes of March and company fumbling through a maze of underground tunnels, I was well rewarded for my patience. And I haven't even mentioned the great stop-motion skeleton sequence of the last scene. That's also choice stuff.

Now we're talking!

I'm glad I finally got to see Dan O'Bannon's other stint in the director's chair. It's a damn shame that someone so gifted at helming effects-heavy pictures only twice got a kick at the can. At least we know he contributed to the horror canon in many other ways over the years. Frustratingly, this is yet another VHS title that has yet to be ported to DVD (Ed; apart from Lionsgate's stingy long out-of print release). Perhaps with recently renewed interest in Lovecraftian lore via pictures like The Banshee Chapter and The Void, maybe someone will take the initiative and re-release – or resurrect you might say – some of the lesser known titles like this one. Here's hoping!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

DKTM 260


Hey all. I hope the Easter bunny was kind to you all this morning. He got me snow, so I'm pretty pissed at him right now. Anyhoo, here's some other eggs to ingest.

They're Alive!

Imgur user SamRAW08 made these awesome animated vintage horror posters. Check 'em out.






These are seriously great, and further makes me wish I had the gadgetry to make GIF's like these. Then again, it's probably for the best, as I would likely get nothing done if I did. To see the whole twenty-one piece collection, click here.

Oh Stanley!

The Stanley Film Festival announced its 2015 lineup this week, and it's pretty impressive. Taking place at The Stanley Hotel (which served as the inspiration for The Overlook in Stephen King's The Shining) in Estes Park, Colorado on April 30 to May 3rd, there are certainly no shortage of great genre offerings this year.


The festival will feature many anticipated genre films, including Corin Hardy's The Hallow, Rodney Ascher's night terrors doc The Nightmare and Ted Geoghegan's We Are Still Here. The weekend then closes with a gala screening of Todd Strauss-Schulson's The Final Girls.

Malin Akerman in The Final Girls

In addition to the Colorado premieres, there are also several special events including honouring the career of Stuart Gordon, and commemorative screenings of Roman Polanski's Repulsion and David Cronenberg's Shivers.

And if that wasn't enough, there is also a block of great shorts including festival circuit favourites He Took His Skin Off For Me and Waterbourne. Perhaps most intriguing to me though, is the premiere of Ryan Spindell's Kickstarter funded piece, The Babysitter Murders.


For more info, visit the Stanley Film Festival website here.

R.I.P. Robert Z'Dar 1950-2015.

I'm afraid I have to add this post with sad news. Horror and action icon Robert Z'Dar passed away this past Monday due to a heart attack. He was 64.

Robert Z'Dar 1950-2015.

Z'Dar starred in over sixty films spanning four decades, but was perhaps best known the as the vengeful Officer Cordell in the three Maniac Cop movies. Instantly recognizable due to his large build and enlarged jaw, he flourished in the B-movie business playing colourful bad guys.

His output slowed down after a back injury suffered on a set in 2002, but continued working up until his death. I was glad to have met him a few years ago at Shock Stock. He seemed like a nice guy, and like the best of them, humbled by the support of his fans. Rest in peace, Mr. Z'Dar.