horror

Let Me In Trailer

Tomas Alfredson’s excellent Let the Right One In is the kind of film that you really don’t want to see get remade. The original was such a pitch perfect genre film that remaking it feels kind of presumptuous. Unfortunately, the Swedish vampire film became such an international phenomenon that it was only a matter of […]

Splice Review

There is a moment near the end of Splice when you see the creature in all its frightening glory, this odd hybrid with just enough human to have won your empathy for the majority of the film, and it is about to exact its revenge for mistreatment, when you finally understand what Mary Shelley was […]

A Nightmare on Elm Street Review

Alan Jones joins us for a guest spot review of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Alan is president of the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Students Union (CINSSU). This review and many others can be read on the official CINSSU blog. Walking into the new Platinum Dunes horror remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street […]

The Crazies Review

Breck Eisner’s The Crazies is a film that makes no bones about what it is. I had expected another run-of-the-mill horror film going in, but left the theatre pleasantly surprised. The Crazies is a tightly wound ball of suspense that will manage to unsettle and entertain you. The film is loosely based on George Romero’s […]

Saw: The Video Game: The Review

Editor’s Note: This review was originally intended for publication late last year, but was misplaced by yours truly. My apologies to Zack – Will Do I want to play a game? Yeah sure, why not? I’m always down for a good bout of Tetris, but with Fall winds rattling my bones, scary games are definitely […]

Girl Number 9 Review

To slightly skew Marshall MacLuhan’s famous saying “the medium is the message”, I think it’s also fair to say that art should be designed for the medium for which it was intended. For example, a film like Where the Wild Things Are is meant to be seen on a big screen, where it is arguable […]

Revisiting the High Nineties: Cannibal Double Feature

It seems that I slept through all those timely Halloween horror film recommendations last month. However, this double feature is just is applicable now as it was then, which is why I’m making these my Yanksgiving (what us Canadians call American Thanksgiving, or at least should start) family viewing picks. Because nothing says ‘Thank You’ […]

Cronenberg looks under King’s Dome

This past Thursday night I was treated to a very special surprise: last minute tickets to an evening with Stephen King. I estimate that no one has written a larger portion of my lifetime’s reading than this man. And as an added bonus, he was interviewed by my favourite Canadian filmmaker, David Cronenberg. I didn’t […]

Sitges ’09 Reviews Part Two: Doghouse, Macabre, Heartless

To see Shelagh’s first batch of  reviews from the 2009 Sitges Film Festival, including Splice, Amer, Cargo and TiMER be sure to click here. Probably the best night I had at Sitges was not at a film, but at a party (like all good festivals, the parties are great). This one was set up by […]

Sitges ’09 Reviews Part One: Splice, Amer, Cargo, TiMER

Last February when on holiday in Spain, I was fortunate enough to meet Mike Hostench, co-director of Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, the largest fantastic film festival of Europe and one of the largest and most important in the world. His enthusiasm convinced me to attend the festival last month. Believe me, […]

TIFF Review: [Rec] 2

The past few years have seen Spanish horror burst onto screens around the world thanks to some fairly high-profile Spanish directors making films in Hollywood, and Spanish films being remade for US audiences.  [REC] was remade into Quarantine, though there is no news on whether Quarantine 2 will be made (I haven’t seen it, preferring […]

Paranormal Activity Trailer

Odd things start occurring shortly after a young couple moves into a seemingly typical suburban home.  A mysterious presence is in the house, keeping them up at night.  In an effort to get to the bottom of these disturbing events, the couple setup a camera to record the bedroom as they sleep.  Things get scary […]

Toronto After Dark Review:
The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door‘s protagonist is not a starving artist, but a prosperous one learning that success can be just as torturous.  The film opens on him sipping champagne while denying an art collector one of his gallery pieces, as it has already sold.  The first few shots inside the art gallery give an initial impression […]

Toronto After Dark Review: Strigoi

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival wrapped up this past Friday, the fest played some of the best genre films from around the world.  One film in particular seems poised to become the sleeper hit of the fest: Strigoi, the debut film from director Faye Jackson.  An eccentric and extremely black comedy, Strigoi is set […]

20th Anniversary Screening of Troll 2 at The Bloor

If you were lucky enough to see the documentary Best Worst Movie at the Hot Docs Film Festival this past week then you know all about the movie Troll 2. Considered by many as possibly the worst film ever made, Troll 2 was filmed by an Italian director who barely spoke any English and was […]