The Wicker Tree Burns Down

In honour of Burns Night which celebrates Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, today we look at Scottish horror film The Wicker Tree. Unfortunately, unlike the Scot’s famous bard, this film is nothing to be proud of. The Wicker Tree’s story is loosely tied to the classic The Wicker Man which was also directed by Robin... Continue Reading →

We’ll Tear Your Soul Apart

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in March of 2013 on the site Cheese-Magnet.com.  Cheese-Magnet is thicker than water.) I’m a little ashamed to say that prior to 2013, I had not seen Hellraiser.  When it came out back in 1987, I was certainly aware of it.  I can remember the hype about... Continue Reading →

It’s a Major Award!

We are thrilled to announce that Maniacs and Monsters has been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award.  Thanks so much to our fellow blogger Gill over at Realweegiemidget Reviews for the nomination.  We are honoured to be included in such a prestigious list of nominees.  Please check out Realweegiemidget Reviews for a wide variety of... Continue Reading →

Burn for Your Sins

The mid-eighties saw the appearance of the consumer camcorder and with it a whole new generation of amateur movie makers.  Andrew, my Maniacs and Monsters co-host, and I spent many a weekend, late night, and summer break creating cinematic masterpieces with our friends.  Most commonly, the artistic process involved the realization that we had a... Continue Reading →

Toronto After Dark in the Spotlight

Next stop on Maniacs and Monsters' tour of horror events is the Toronto After Dark (TAD) Film Festival. Founded in 2006, the event showcases new and independent films, bringing together fans and filmmakers for a nine night extravaganza of horror, sci-fi and cult genre films. The 14th edition of this growing event is set to... Continue Reading →

Safe and Secure from All Alarms

My dear, dear friends.  My brethren.  I am here to denounce my transgressions before ye.  I have sinned the sin of misdirection.  For while the movie on which I am about to speak  boasts a villain most heinous, and while it is true that numerous characters suffer both physical and psychological terrors, yet this work... Continue Reading →

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