October Fast Cuts: The Initial Hack

We horror aficionados have always claimed October as our own.  Unfortunately, the state of the world has put a definite damper on all horror and Halloween related festivities.  But, if we cannot go out to haunt the land, we can use the opportunity to shutter ourselves away in a dank dungeon and watch as much... Continue Reading →

Deadball: Take Me Out in the Ballgame

Major League Baseball is officially returning later this month (I am personally counting the days) so I thought this would be the perfect time to review Deadball, perhaps the finest Japanese baseball-horror film ever made. Released in 2011, Deadball is as much a comedy as a horror film. The "story" centres on Jubeh (Tak Sakaguchi),... Continue Reading →

Christopher Lee, Legends Never Die

(This article originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in June of 2015 on the site GeekPr0n.com.  Gone but not forgotten.) Today marks what would have been Christopher Lee’s ninety-eighth birthday.  It’s been almost five years since his passing and it is still hard to accept.  Christopher Lee gave us numerous reasons to assume he... Continue Reading →

That Time Vincent Price Went Clubbing

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Vincent Price went clubbing? Well wonder no more, just watch The Monster Club! This 1981 anthology film walks the line between horror and comedy and perhaps a little more on the comedy side than was initially intended. Vincent Price plays a vampire named Eramus who... Continue Reading →

When It Flies…Someone Dies!

Horror is a very broad genre.  Horror by definition elicits fear and shock or, at the very least, attempts to elicit those emotions.  Beyond that basic criterion, there is plenty of room for interpretation.  Monsters, ghosts, and other supernatural elements are certainly ingrained in our idea of horror entertainment but they are not necessary components. ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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