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Updated: 2017-11-12T10:30:23.373-04:00

 



Goodbye, Uncle George

2017-07-19T10:53:42.729-03:00

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More Favourite Horror Flicks, Alphabetically: Frightmare

2016-09-20T19:45:52.910-03:00


Frightmare
Dir: Pete Walker. Starring: Deborah Fairfax, Sheila Keith, Rupert Davies, Kim Butcher & Paul Greenwood. 1974

Outside of the House of Hammer, director Pete Walker (along with frequent collaborator / screenwriter David McGillivary) created some of the most interesting British horror films of the 1970's - House of Whipcord, House of Mortal Sin and Frightmare, among others. Much of their best work, intentionally or unintentionally, attacked institutions if all sorts, with Frightmare, which takes an uncharitable look at the family, being my favourite. 

To explain the plot of Frightmare in any depth is to damage a first-time viewing. Suffice it to say that Deborah Fairfax plays Jackie, a young woman who goes to outrageous lengths to keep her troubled family functioning as best she can. Sheila Keith, a terrific screen presence who appeared in many of Walker's films, is outstanding here as Dorothy Yates, the matriarch of the family. 

What Frightmare has to say about family, particularly in its last scene, may not be cheery, but it does reflect a grotesquely heightened version of what for far too many is reality. 



More Favourite Horror Flicks, Alphabetically: Les Diaboliques

2016-07-12T16:43:25.991-03:00

Les DiaboliquesDir: Henri-Georges Clouzot. Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse & Charles Vanel. 1955  Based on the novel She Who Was No More by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac, also writers of the source novel for Hitchcock's classic Vertigo (1958), Les Diaboliques feels very adult for its time, especially due to the nature of the central relationships at its core. In Les Diaboliques, two women, one the owner of a private boys school who is married to an abusive spouse, the other a teacher who carries on a very public affair with him, conspire to murder the abuser. Once they do, only a third of the way into the film, the real plot begins. Contemporary audiences may see the ending coming, but the way the story is told is compelling, suspenseful, and set the blueprint for many horror and suspense films to follow in its wake. Clouzot, a master of suspense in his own right, had already proven himself with Le Corbeau (1943) and the essential Wages of Fear (1954).      [...]



More Favourite Horror Flicks, Alphabetically: Dawn of the Dead

2016-06-24T09:30:35.556-03:00


Dawn of the Dead
Dir: George A. Romero. Starring Gaylen Ross, Ken Foree, David Emge & Scott H. Reiniger. 1978

George A. Romero returned to the familiar shambling grounds of his groundbreaking Night of the Living Dead (1968) with a more openly satirical, day-glo splatter fest. The hype when Dawn of the Dead was released was astounding. A full-page ad in Rolling Stone magazine promised: “There is no explicit sex in this picture. However, there are scenes of violence which may be considered shocking.” And at the time, boy, were they! Unfortunately, the under-age me saw the cut Canadian version at my local theatre. Images in the first issue of Fangoria, however, let me know what I was missing. Seen uncut, Tom Savini’s effects give guts to the film’s plot, which, by now, is the stuff of legend: Zombie plague survivors take sanctuary in an abandoned shopping mall where the dead return out of mindless habit. Obviously, Romero was giving us the last word in consumerism, but he had even more on his politically-oriented mind. Romero frequently anchors his films with strong female and African-American characters, as evidenced in this, the ultimate zombie flick.





More Favourite Horror Flicks, Alphabetically: Burn, Witch, Burn!

2016-05-27T09:42:09.659-03:00


Burn, Witch, Burn!
Dir: Sidney Hayers. Starring Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair & Margaret Johnston. 1962

Adapted from Fritz Leiber’s novel Conjure Wife, by Leiber, Richard Matheson and Charles Beaumont, Burn, Witch, Burn! is an outstanding and contemporary look at witchcraft. Blair is the practitioner, and Wyngarde is the husband who tries to convince her that it’s all superstitious nonsense. However, it’s Wyngarde whose perceptions end up altered.

Smart, entertaining and suspenseful, Burn, Witch, Burn! deserves more recognition, and is, in many ways, a precursor to Rosemary’s Baby. Here, however, the heroine’s husband refuses to believe in her power until he’s shown otherwise. In fact, the film hints at the notion that women in general posses a necessary power that men, through our blindness, refuse to acknowledge.





More Favourite Horror Flicks, Alphabetically: Black Christmas

2016-05-25T09:54:21.144-03:00


Black Christmas
Dir: Bob Clark. Starring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Lynne Griffin, Art Hindle, Marian Waldman and Andrea Martin. 1974

The original “the calls are coming from inside the house” flick. Sorority sisters are stalked in their home by a madman in the attic. Simple and effective, but it's that simplicity supported by a potent setting, atmosphere, score, cinematography, direction and acting that make this proto-slasher a standout. The characters, too, are another key to the film's success. They, and their problems, are memorable, believable and relatable. It also doesn't hurt that, for my money, Black Christmas features the eeriest obscene phone calls in any film I've seen, er... heard. Finally, and significantly, Black Christmas successfully exploits and subverts all the elements of a Canadian Christmas to its best advantage – the snow, the cold, the lights, the carols, the quiet and the Yuletide loneliness.





More Favourite Horror Flicks, Alphabetically: The Birds

2016-05-24T10:32:56.224-03:00



The Birds
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette and Veronica Cartwright. 1963

How do you follow up a groundbreaking hit like Psycho? With more innovation, in the case of Alfred Hitchcock.

The Birds is a cunning movie with many layers. Hitchcock sets it up like a romantic comedy, and then turns it into the horror film that it truly is. The film's structure is iconic, having influenced George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) and countless others, no explanation is given for the attacks which echo the disharmony amongst the film's human characters, children are targeted, the ending is ambiguous, it's a technically challenging film, and there's no music; instead the screeching of birds gives us the soundtrack here. 

Like all Hitchcock films, The Birds is intensely visual, pure cinema. The suspense is outstanding, of course, but it's the characters that drive this movie, and the audience is asked to fill in the gaps between characters that are only hinted at in glances and actions. 

Suzanne Pleshette's Annie Hayworth is unforgettable, one of the most tragic characters in all of Hitchcock's films, and a sort of sister to Janet Leigh's Marion Crane in Psycho, unlucky in love rather then merely disappointed.  




More Favourite Horror Flicks, Alphabetically: Alien

2016-05-24T07:35:08.781-03:00

AlienDir: Ridley Scott. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harr Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. 1979Another version of this post originally appeared on November 5, 2007.This movie has been written about ad nauseum, and it's so well known that it's a part of pop culture history. The premise isn't far removed from that of a slasher film - a group of stranded people are killed by a stalker, one-by-one. Elements of the film are also reminiscent of "It! The Terror from Beyond Space" and Mario Bava's "Planet of the Vampires". Still, it's a scary and suspenseful outer space horror movie with terrific effects and an iconic villain, one of the last (to this date) great monster designs. Though the first sequel, "Aliens", is the preferred alien flick by many, I still prefer the original. I like its emphasis on horror and suspense over the second film's focus on action scenes. And I find the original alien infinitely more scary than those in the sequel. The original creature is almost unstoppable, while the creatures in "Aliens" are easy to destroy, finding their strength in numbers.Ridley Scott's direction is controlled and builds suspense terrifically. The script by Dan O'Bannon is smart, and the score by Jerry Goldsmith is eerie and effective. The cast are all perfect, with Sigorney Weaver being a standout. The unexpected arrival of the baby alien is one of horror's classic moments. File this movie under "You Must Have Seen This By Now" category.[...]



Florid: The Musical (That Wasn't)

2016-01-12T16:08:51.029-04:00


My good friend The Annekenstein Monster posted about a stage musical that we almost wrote, based on a short film that we actually made. I think his post is worth sharing, so click HERE to find out more and hear the track "Eyes Froze Shut".





Home Media Recommendations 2015

2016-01-04T15:44:27.966-04:00

Anchor Bay CanadaBlack Christmas – Seasons Grievings EditionArrow Video USBlood and Black Lace / Blood Rage / Island of Death / Spider Baby / The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne / The Tenderness of the Wolves / What Have You Done to Solange?Criterion CollectionThe Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant / The Brood / Night and the City Cult EpicsAngst / Der Todesking Forbidden FilmsHeadlessKino LorberDeranged / The Evil Eye / A Girl Walks Home Alone in the DarkMondo MacabroTango of Perversion / The Wife Killer  Scream FactoryBlood and Lace / Ghosthouse & Witchery / The Sentinel  SeraphimClive Barker's Origins: Salome & The ForbiddenSeverin FilmsNightmare CastleSynapseThundercrack!Warner ArchivesFace of Fire / Hand of Death / Our Mother’s House / The Strangler Vinegar SyndromeCorruption (w/Last House on Dead End Street) / Farmer’s Daughters / Long Jeanne Silver / Night of the Strangler Visual Entertainment Inc.Thriller: The Complete Collection of 43 Murder Mystery Movies[...]



21st Century Horror (2000 - 2014) Part 2

2015-11-04T16:19:21.881-04:00

This post was originally published on March 10, 2015, but was deleted.Part 2 of an alphabetical list of horror films released since 2000 recommended by Bloody Terror. Please note that Part 1 has been updated. Let the Right One In (Dir: Tomas Alfredson; 2008; Sweden) Despite some iffy CGI, this is yet another interesting take on the vampire legend. Here, a bullied schoolboy befriends a girl who appears to be his age, but is in actuality not only decades older, but also a bloodsucker. The Lords of Salem (Dir: Rob Zombie; 2012, US) Zombie once again puts the focus on his wife, Sherri Moon Zombie, here as a radio DJ and former drug addict who finds herself the unwitting pawn of witchcraft and black magic in New England. Zombie thankfully restricts his fondness for the overuse of “fuck” and its variations in his dialogue, and this, along with The Devil’s Rejects, is an example of when his cult icon casting (Judy Geeson, Meg Foster, Dee Wallace) works to the movie’s benefit. Martyrs (Dir: Pascal Laugier, 2008; France/Canada) Martyrs is a movie that twists in many directions before it settles into its disturbing final third. Part of the effectiveness in watching this film is in not knowing what comes next, but suffice it to say that it’s a grueling experience that you most likely won’t be re-watching over and over again for kicks. May (Dir: Lucky McKee; 2002; US) To be honest, it took me a second viewing before I got on May’s wavelength. My initial response was due in part to the film’s quirkiness, which upon my second time through worked in the movie’s favour, much like a representation of the main character’s unusual behaviour and ticks. What May eventually revealed itself to me as being is a character study of a lonely oddball and the repercussions of how she either does or doesn’t fit into Western society. The Mist (Dir: Frank Darabont; 2007; US) This film based on Stephen King’s short story bears a firm similarity to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and therefore Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, as a group of strangers are stranded in a single location while nature goes wild outside. In this case, it’s Lovecraftian creatures that come calling. Often criticized for its downbeat ending, I think this element is actually one of its strengths as it explores and exploits a common fear – the fear of making the wrong decision – that far too few films explore, and with this sort of insight and gravity. The Orphanage (Dir: J.A. Bayona; 2007; Spain) After conjuring imaginary friends, the young son of a couple disappears from their new home – an orphanage that they’re reopening – in this melancholy ghost story. Effective atmosphere, great ghosts, and a sadness that is missing from most takes on this, the most sorrowful of horror sub-genres. The Others (Dir: Alejandro Amenábar; 2001: US/Spain/France/Italy) A ghost story told in the classic style. Nicole Kidman is the mother of two children who suffer a strange allergy to sunlight. As they await the patriarch’s return from war, ghostly events occur. Pan's Labyrinth (Dir: Guillermo del Toro; 2006; Spain)Though not a horror film in the strictest sense, Pan's Labyrinth provides enough atmosphere of dread, brutal violence, and fantastic creatures to qualify. del Toro follows The Devil's Backbone (see Part 1 of this list) here with another story set during the  Spanish Civil War. This time a young girl enters into a fantasy world to escape the real world horrors around her. A sad movie, and a beautiful one on all levels. Pontypool (Dir: Bruce MacDonald; 2008; Canada) A late night radio DJ and his cohorts [...]



Friday, 27 February 2015 21st Century Horror (2000 - 2014) Part 1

2015-10-30T08:29:21.355-03:00

This post was originally published on February 27, 2015, but was deleted.The 21st Century is still a pup, but fifteen years in, of course there are a number of horror films which are noteworthy. Any selection of personal recommendations is going to by subjective, so here for better or worse, are the horror films released since 2000 (and listed alphabetically) that I recommend. 28 Days Later (Dir: Danny Boyle; 2002; UK) A great take on George A. Romero's first three zombie films from outbreak to military intervention, 28 Days Later owes as much to John Wyndham's classic novel The Day of the Triffids. Director Boyle manages to make the living dead scary and dangerous again, while referencing "rage" rather than "zombies". American Mary (Dirs: Sylvia Soska, Jen Soska; 2012; Canada) The time was definitely ripe for the Soska Sisters' look at rape culture and body modification. Katherine Isabelle from Ginger Snaps (see below) is featured as a med student who discovers that revenge is best served through the bod mod underground. The Babadook (Dir: Jennifer Kent; 2014; Australia)A great movie about dealing with grief. Terrible title. Brotherhood of the Wolf (Dir: Christophe Gans; 2001; France/Canada) This genre-blending tale puts the emphasis on horror as a killer wolf stalks the countryside in 18th Century France. Brotherhood, however, manages to get all its genres right. Bubba Ho-Tep (Dir: Don Coscarelli; 2004; US) An aged Elvis Presley and an aged, black John F. Kennedy try to stop an ancient mummy who's killing the residents of a seniors home in this black comedy from the director ofPhantasm. Calvaire (Dir: Fabrice Du Welz; 2004; Belguim) When the van of a traveling entertainer breaks down in the countryside, he discovers the surrealistic horrors of being a woman. Cloverfield (Dir: Matt Reeves; 2008; US) The found footage trope is given new life as a kaiju attacks New York City. The jerky-cam format works well here as it adds an immediacy and an air of reality to a genre that hasn't been given this treatment previously. The only downside is that the 20-somethings who populate the film are hard to relate to unless you're the dull offspring of socialites. The Descent (Dir: Neil Marshall; 2005; UK) Trapped spelunkers versus sightless cave dwellers as interpersonal dramas play out in this suspenseful and exciting flick. Beware the US version of the ending. The Devil's Backbone (Dir: Guillermo del Toro; 2001; Spain)del Toro introduces the world to his kind of ghost - sad, bleeding visions in search of peace - in "The Devil's Backbone", the tale of boys at an orphanage/school haunted by "he who sighs" during the Spanish Civil War. At the centre of the story and the schoolyard is a terrific metaphor for dormant violence waiting to ignite - a bomb, crashed into the earth, but unexploded.     The Devil’s Rejects (Dir: Rob Zombie; 2005; US) Although Zombie is one of the most divisive filmmakers in the horror genre, I got into this nasty revenge flick about the killing spree exploits of the Firefly family. Terrific performances and interesting cult favourite cameos help immeasurably. Oddly, the only part that I feel Zombie fumbled is the confusing and therefore disengaging opening gunfight. Final Destination 2 (Dir: David R. Ellis; 2002; US) Arguably the best instalment in the Final Destination franchise, Part 2 features exemplary examples of everything this series is famous for - spectacular set pieces, Rube Goldberg-style deaths, and a sense of humour. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour; 2014; US) I[...]






"A Child's Garden of Verses" (2015)

2016-05-18T15:46:33.128-03:00


After "The Rehearsal"(no nod to Bergman intended), I went back to something I'd shot years ago, but hadn't completed. I first filmed a version of "A Child's Garden of Verses" in the greenery of The Dunes Cafe & Gallery in Brackley Beach, PEI with Kelly Caseley, Cynthia King, Rob MacDonald and Ed Rashed, on 16mm and MOS ("motor only sync"). The plan was to bring the actors into the Island Media Arts Co-op offices at a later date to record their dialogue. That never happened, and in the years since filming, the film itself disappeared. This past summer, we went back to The Dunes, and I shot the new version that you can watch below with Kelly, Rob, Lennie MacPherson and Bonnie MacEachern, assistance from Dave Morrow, and musical accompaniment from Rob MacDonald.


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"The Rehearsal" (2014)

2016-05-18T15:44:34.690-03:00


After a big break from making very low budget short films, a horde of new generation local filmmakers, a significant improvement in the ease of filmmaking, technologically speaking, and a blood cancer diagnosis made me want to get back into it. Last year, a few friends helped me out in the filming of an idea I'd had for quite a while, and the result is "The Rehearsal", available for viewing below. I won't say what that idea was, because any impact this short has comes from just that - its concept. My typical answer to this question, though, is "It's about three women preparing for the most important performance of their lives."

I wrote and directed "The Rehearsal". It features Kelly Caseley, Rob MacDonald, Carly Martin and Laura Chapin. The DOP was Brian Sharp with camera assistance from Madhi Selseleh. Kelly also provided hair and make-up, Brian and I did the editing, and Dave Morrow was the Production Assistant.


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Professor Abraham Setrakian's Virulently Vampiric, Malevolently Monsteriffic Super-Strain Halloween Movie Quiz

2015-10-30T08:32:32.561-03:00

Dennis Cozzalio is back surprisingly fast at his movie blog Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule with another quiz, this time a Halloween-themed one. You can read my answers below, and take the quiz yourself by clicking HERE.







Mr. Dadier’s Juvie-Ready, Tough-As-Nails Blackboard-Bustin’ Fall Term Movie Quiz

2015-10-30T08:32:57.862-03:00

Dennis Cozzalio has once again posted a thought-inducing quiz at his essential movie blog Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. These quizzes are not of the typical "Who played...?" variety, rather they encourage participants to question their own relationship, taste and reactions to movies. If you're a movie fan, I highly recommend you become a regular visitor to Dennis' site, and I also recommend that you begin taking part in these quizzes. My answers to the latest quiz are below, and you can access the quiz (and blog) to complete it yourself by clicking HERE.

A correction: I missed seeing "Intolerable Cruelty" in the list of Coen Brothers movies from which not to pick in question number 2, so I'll change my answer to "Barton Fink".










The Bloody Terror Movie Checklist

2015-10-30T08:33:19.227-03:00



Last week I asked a few people on my Facebook page, people from whom I've either read writing or comments on the subject, or people whom I've talked to about this, to give me some suggestions for... what do we can them... Midnight Movies? Cult Movies? Subversive Cinema? Underground? Psychotronic? You get the picture... Movies that have either been ignored or forgotten by the mainstream, rejected by it, or in some cases, never even hit its radar.

Friends of these people began commenting, and pretty soon I ended up with a terrific list of movies worth seeking out. Some of them you'd expect to see on a list of this types (Eraserhead), but many were unique to similar lists I've seen (You Never Can Tell). I had no intention of publishing the list, but it was so good that I had to.

Though I didn't contribute to this list, others who did, in order of comment, were: David Nicholson, Brian Bankston, Robert T. Daniel, Dennis Cozzalio, Maitland McDonagh, Ray Ray, Robert Humanick, Robert Monell, Curt Duckworth, David Zuzelo, Kevin McDonough, James Dempster, Michael Hinerman, Jeremy Richey, Sam Shalabi, Peter Nellhaus, Mark Allen, Christian Mux, Shelley Jackson, Anthony Lamanto, Thomas Ellison, Phillip Scot, Marilyn Ferdinand, Salem Kapsaski and Heather Drain.

Click on each of the images below to enlarge and to print. If you're interested in these sorts of movies, you'll no doubt find some suggestions here that you'll want to hunt down.








"The Cultural Impact of The Exorcist"

2015-10-30T08:34:13.840-03:00


"The Exorcist" is an important film to me personally for a number of reasons - for its nostalgia, for the impact it had on me both in terms of hype and in living up to that hype, for the film's quality, for my varied interpretations of its theme, as a lesson in filmmaking, and on and on. And I wasn't the only one obsessing on William Friedkin's film version of William Peter Blatty's best seller; it was a worldwide phenomenon.

This entertaining Youtube clip entitled "The Cultural Impact of The Exorcist", made at the time of the film's release, illustrates the effect it had in North America back in 1973/74. Interviews start around the 1:50 mark.

Click here for "The Cultural Impact of The Exorcist".
Click here for a previous post about my experience with "The Exorcist"
Click here for my interpretation of "The Exorcist".





The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2

2015-10-30T08:34:33.500-03:00

Imagine that you’re a filmmaker in the position to create the follow up to your biggest success to date. Adding stress to the opportunity is the fact that this success is one of the key touchstones in horror movie history. With this as his starting point, Tobe Hooper must have been under an enormous amount of pressure when making the sequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). Revisiting the sequel almost 30 years later, I think Hooper performed an amazing feat. To recreate the perfect storm of elements that made the original what it is would have been an impossible task – something that both fans and critics didn’t fully appreciate at the time of the film’s release. Instead, Hooper and co-writer/co-producer L.M. Kit Carson updated the scenario and again commented on the social climate at the time in which the film was made, but now it was the 1980’s with which they were dealing. With that in mind, Chainsaw 2 is a dayglow gore fest (some of the over the top FX were cut during the film's initial release, but they've been reinstated in subsequent versions) that fits in perfectly with the comedy-horror vibe that defined the genre in that decade (see Re-Animator, Night of the Creeps, Evil Dead 2, et al). Gone is the realism and harsh horror of the original, replaced by fantasy and fanaticism – an understandable reaction to the Reagan Era. The difference is there, right from the beginning when we first hear Hopper and Jerry Lambert's terrible synth score that really emphasizes the potential annoying weakness of the instrument at the time. Happily, there are a number of great tracks from 1980's bands like The Cramps and Concrete Blonde on the soundtrack (some of the film is set in a radio station) that help balance it. Present in the first film, black humour is more obvious in Part 2. The family homestead is replaced by the Texas Battle Land amusement park, taking the threat away from that of the dysfunctional family and its interaction with youth culture, and placing it entirely in the realm of entertainment. This conscious choice away from the sensibilities of the 70’s and into the 80’s is reflected in Tom Savini’s effects work, Cary White’s Production Design and Richard Kooris’ cinematography. The cast of the original, so natural in their performances, are matched in their effectiveness by their 1980’s counterparts, albeit in a “heightened” manner that connects with the film’s tone. Caroline Williams as Stretch delivers an outstanding performance and the only one grounded in reality; Dennis Hooper, a returning Jim Siedow, Lou Perryman, and Bill Moseley as the unforgettable Chop-Top are all terrific too. In 1986, a fan of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre expecting more of the same would be greeted by a film that seemed to revel in the exact opposite of what the 1974 classic offered: over the top onscreen gore (trimmed, but the build up if not always the payoff was there), broad comedy, overtly sexualized violence... Where was the fear, the ferociousness of the original? The fact is that 1986 was a far different time than 1974, and the differences between the two films are the differences between the two decades. That in itself makes The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 definitely worth another look. [...]



RELEASE ME AGAIN! More Movies That Need a (Decent) Region 1 DVD Release

2016-09-19T16:01:06.929-03:00

In 2011 I created a list of movies that I felt should be given a decent release on Region 1 DVD or Blu-Ray. You can find that list by clicking here. Happily, many of the titles I listed are now available, paving the way for a second list, and that what you'll find below: Arnold(USA, 1973; Dir: Georg Fenady) Blood and Roses(France/Italy, 1960; Dir: Roger Vadim) Deranged (Uncut Version)(Canada/USA, 1974; Dir: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby) UPDATE: Released July 7, 2015 by Kino Lorber. The Devils (Uncut Version)(UK, 1971; Dir: Ken Russell) The Early Films of John Waters:Hag in a Black Leather Jacket/Roman Candles/ Eat Your Makeup/The Diane Linkletter Story(USA, 1964-1970; Dir: John Waters) Photo by Anton PerichThe Farmer(USA, 1977; Dir: David Berlatsky) I Was a Teenage Frankenstein(USA, 1957; Dir: Herbert L. Strock) I Was a Teenage Werewolf(USA, 1957; Dir: Gene Fowler Jr.) Island of Terror(UK, 1966; Dir: Terence Fisher) Livid(France, 2011; Dir: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury) Symptoms(UK/Belgium, 1974; Dir: José Ramón Larraz) UPDATE: Released May 10, 2016 by Mondo Macabro.Der Todesking(Germany, 1990; Dir: Jörg Buttgereit) UPDATE: Released July 7, 2015 by Cult Epics. Willard/Ben(USA, 1971/1972; Dir: Daniel Mann/Phil Karlson) White Reindeer(Finland, 1952; Dir: Erik Blomberg) [...]



Monsters I Have Loved

2015-10-30T08:40:37.523-03:00


Three of Lon Chaney Sr.'s greatest creations.





Monsters I Have Loved

2015-10-30T08:40:58.497-03:00


Like most Monster Kids, the Universal monsters are where my love of horror films truly began. It's impossible to post about these iconic creations, however, without mentioning make up artist Jack Pierce who established the look for each save for The Creature from the Black Lagoon. He was designed by Millicent Patrick with input from Bud Westmore.





My Other Blog

2015-10-30T08:42:42.819-03:00



I started a second blog after a recent Facebook conversation with filmmaker Harmony Wagnor. In this conversation, Harmony asked her FB friends to tell her what they didn't like about Canadian films. This made me think of a TV idea I'd pitched a few years ago that didn't go anywhere. The idea was that the public would vote on the best Canadian films, and we'd end up with list that would be a catalyst of sorts - a decent starting point from which Canadians and movie lovers around the world could further explore Canadian movies.

As access to and lack of knowledge about the existence of many Canadian movies were two of the main issues that came out of the conversation Harmony started, I decided go ahead and see what I could stir up as far as highlighting Canadian films online. That's why I started Maple Leaf Movies.

What I'm asking you and others to do is to: 1) go online HERE and submit as many Canadian films as you feel belong on a list of Great Canadian Films. In the fall, we'll have a vote and determine a list of 25 (give or take) films. The plan from there is to have writers write about each of the film on the list. 2) Pass it on. I'd like as many films and as many people as possible involved with this.





Monsters I Have Loved

2015-10-30T08:45:29.500-03:00


Pazuzu-possessed Regan MacNeil from "The Exorcist" (1973).