The Black Dog Newsletter October 24-30 “Something Wicked This Way Comes Edition!”


Set your calendars to stun because I’m here to tell of a cool thing happening this Friday at the Commercial Black Dog! We’ll be hosting an in-store signing featuring Tristan Risk and other fine folks involved in the recent Blu Ray release, Amazon Hot Box! It’s happening from 7 – 8:30 and they’ll be signing things related to this title. So pop by and check it out!

And I hope that you’re all following our 31 Days of Halloween movie recommendations! Lots of good things here. Some you may not have heard of and should check out. Link!

New Releases!


Arizona – Dark comedy type of thing has Danny McBride (love him or hate him, you choose!) and Rosemary DeWitt in a dark comedy type of thing set during the housing crisis in 2009. May have some murder in it.


Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Very Far on Foot – Comedy/drama bio-pic finds artist, John Callahan, willing himself back to doing his controversial and hilarious art after a nasty accident. Stars the always great Joaquin Phoenix under the direction of the sometimes great, Gus Van Zant. That title is too long though.


Mamma Mia 2: The Dark Web – Sorry I wanted a funny title like Mamma Mia 2: Day of the Jackal or Mamma Mia 2: Blood Reign but I got lazy and just usurped the next film’s title. Apologies.


Unfriended: The Dark Web – I liked the first Unfriended which warned us of the dangers of the internet and ghosts. I’m hoping for more of the same here. Question! How does one get to the “Dark Web”? Do you just type that into Google, Ask Jeeves or Alta Vista and, presto, you’re in the Dark Web?

Coming Soon!

7 Sisters
Scorpion King: Book of Souls
Dark Money
Destination Wedding
The Woman in White
Slender Man

That’s it for this week, folks! The rains are a coming, so you know what to do! See you soon.

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The Black Dog Newsletter October 17-23 “Celebrate Good Times Edition!”


You may have it already marked on your calendar, but this Saturday is the 8th annual International Independent Video Store Day! There’s not too many of us left so now’s a good time to get out and celebrate and support your favourite local! We’re doing our best to hang in there and provide all of you lovely humans the best cinema the world has to offer. Pop in this Saturday to enjoy rental deals – rent 2 get a 3rd free, sale offers – all of our $5 sale movies will be 2 for 1, and a cool mystery grab bag full of mysterious cool things that we’ll raffle off. There may even be balloons! Hope to see you there!

Also we have a new episode of our podcast, Black Dog After Dark, up and ready for your eager ears. Listen as Alex, Dylan and I have a few pops and give our thoughts on the classic, Switchblade Sisters!

New Releases!


The Affair Season 4 – I haven’t seen any of this show, although I hear it’s quite good, but I can’t help but think; isn’t 4 years an awfully long time to be having an affair? But what do I know?


Ant Man and the Wasp Lady – The first Ant Man movie was much better than I thought it would be and I hear number 2 is even better. Plus it has a wasp woman!


Boundaries – This sounds appealing – I like both Vera Farmiga and Chris Plummer and I like road trip movies – but word of mouth has it that this one, about a mom and her kid forced to drive her estranged pot-dealing dad across the country, is a bit of a dog. And not a good dog. Who’s a good dog! Not you.


BuyBust – Awkward title can’t slow down the intense awesome action of this “drug cops caught in a deadly maze in the slums of Manila” violent extravaganza. Sounds a bit like The Raid so I’m all in!


Prayer Before Dawn– Heavy intense violent drama tells the true story of an English pugilist incarcerated in a nasty Thai prison who has to fight in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom. I’m on board with this one as well!


We Are the Flesh – Crazy, grim-sounding, maybe even shocking and disturbing, film from Mexico finds two siblings wandering the smoking ruins of a city. One day they stumble across one of the last remaining buildings where a creepy guy lives who makes them some sort of offer….

Coming Soon!

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot
Mama Mia 2: The Reckoning
Endeavor Season 4
Unfriended: Dark Web
I Think We’re Alone Now

Oh, one more thing, don’t forget the in-store signing next Friday the 26th at 7pm featuring local film hero, Tristan Risk, plus others at the Commercial location. Should be fun!

One also last thing – I hope that you’re following along and enjoying our 31 Days of Halloween recommendations. Good scary thing lie in wait for you!

Enjoy the beautiful weather, you beautiful people, you!

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The Black Dog Newsletter October 10 – 16th “Too Many Things Edition!”

So many lovely things to tell you about this week! I’ll be as brief as possible… October 20th is International Independent Video Store Day! Come celebrate all that is wild and woolly about your favourite local; we’ll have rental and sale deals, giveaways and other things! October 26th pop into the Commercial store at 7pm for an in-store DVD signing with Tristan Risk and a bunch of other fine folks to celebrate Darkside Releasing’s Amazon Hot Box! Also don’t forget to hit up our Facebook or twitter or website for our daily dose of horror recommendations! Whew!

New Releases!


Constantine: City of Demons: The Movie – Nice animated fare featuring the rascally demon hunter, John Constantine.


Dark River – Alice, a wandering sheep-shearer, has been away for 15 years. But with the passing of her father she returns home to claim, what she believes, is her right to the family farm. I wonder if things go smoothly?


Eighth Grade – Excellent film about a young girl trying to survive her last week of a disastrous eighth grade (see title) before she hits the big time in high school.


Hotel Artemis – Cool, weird looking sci-fi number that finds Jodie Foster as a nurse who runs secret, members-only, emergency room for criminals in L.A. sometime in the near future. (should be on the shelves by the end of the week)


Hotel Transylvania 3 – The third Hotel Transylvania movie.


Okja – A young girl risks all she has to prevent her best friend – a giant strange pig-like creature – from being kidnapped by an evil multinational corporation who wants to turn it into food or something.


Skyscraper – The Rock must save his family from the world’s tallest skyscraper which is also on fire. Expect lots of unbelievable stunts and snappy one-liners from the charming mountain of muscles.


Three Identical Strangers – Three identical triplets, who were separated at birth, meet for the first time as adults and then plot their revenge. Not too sure about the revenge part of this documentary but this looks to be quite the fascinating tale.

Coming Soon

Ant Man and the Wasp Woman
Prayer Before Dawn
We Are the Flesh
The Affair Season 4

That’s it for this week, folks. One more tiny thing – we should have a fresh new episode of the podcast ready for you in a few days. Check in here!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter Oct 3 – 9 “Scaretober Edition!”


Ah, October, where have you been? We missed you with your crisp clean air, chestnuts donging off the roofs of cars and, of course, Halloween, the most magical, wonderful time of the year! As has become somewhat of a tradition around these parts, we here at ye Olde Black Dogge will be serving up a tasty stew of horror movie recommendations! Everyday, starting 2 days ago, we’ll be posting a scary movie recommendation to (maybe) literally scare the pants off of you. We’ll try not to repeat too many suggestions from previous lists but if you’re interested, and I know that you are, click HERE! Happy Shocktober!

New Releases!


Barry – Excellent funny comedy (the best kind!) finds hit-man Bill Hader moving to LA and getting caught up in the live theatre scene.


Blood Fest – Fun-looking horror-comedy about some kids attending a horror festival only to find the diabolical and deadly plans the organizer has for all the attendees.


The First Purge– Ever wonder why or how they started these Purges? Ya, me neither. This is the first one of these that I watched and, except for the bad script, poor acting, nonsensical plot, lame production values, terrible lighting and lack of gratuitous violence, it was great!


Leave No Trace – From Debra Granik, the writer/director of the excellent Winter’s Bone, comes this intense drama about a dad and his daughter living off the grid until something happens that shatters their existence as they know it. Expect to see this one pop up on a lot of best of the year lists, unlike The First Purge.


Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich – A strange evil force makes a bunch of nasty puppets come to life at an auction and start murdering everyone. No, this is not a documentary. Written by the fella who made Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99. So it has that going for it.


Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Very good follow-up to Sicario but without Emily Blunt, it’s a tad too dude heavy for my tastes. That said, and despite a bit too Hollywoody ending, it’s still a solid action thriller. Although I still don’t know what Soldado means. I guess I could look it up.

Coming Soon!

Dark River
Three Identical Strangers
Eighth Grade
Hotel Transylvania 3
Constantine: City of Demons
Shetland Season 4

Also, we’ll be selling a local distributor’s, Darkside Releasing, cool-looking Blue Rays! Check out these nifty looking items pop in for an in-store signing October 26th at the Commercial branch!

That’s it for this week folks! Don’t to check out our podcast here. It’s funny and informative and well, funny anyways.

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31 Days of Halloween – 2018

We here at Black Dog love the horror genre and are terribly excited to share our favourite terror-filled films with you. So it’s become a (somewhat) tradition that we concoct a very nice list of horror films to be celebrated during the month of October! Everyday we’ll recommend a sweet little number guaranteed (no actual guarantee) to flip your hair back and scare the pants off of you (figuratively and hopefully, literally!) We’ll also stay away from the big numbers – Halloween, Shining, Exorcist – as everyone already knows about those fine films. Enjoy!

October 1st


Hereditary – I thought that since this is a new list for this year, we’d start with what is probably going to end up being the best horror film of 2018. Part dour family drama, part haunted house dealy part, well I don’t want to give anything away suffice to say that what starts out as a slow burn ends with an intense crazy, if somewhat derivative, ending. Great performances throughout. Looking forward to seeing what this guy does next!

October 2nd


The Innocents (1961) – Let us step back in time a few years for an amazing tight little ghost story. Based on Henry James story Turn of the Screw, Deborah Kerr is the ward of a couple of youngin’s at a giant house with big gardens. But something’s not right! Is it haunted? Are their ghosts? Well, I’m not one to spoil anything but… It would make a great double bill with another fine ghost story from around the same time that will appear later on this list.

October 3rd


Baskin –  Strap yourself in for a weird, gross ride into the pits of hell! No we’re not going to Denny’s, we’re watching a bunch of Turkish cops set out to investigate some goings on out at a large country estate. But what they find there is a stairway to hell! It’s revolting, debauched, bloody and even a tad repulsive. And fun did I mention fun?! (I guess it would also depend on your definition of fun.)

October 4th


The Others – I love a good haunted house movie. Have I mentioned that? And here’s an excellent little number that finds Nicole Kidman and her two kids living in an old dark manor house out in the country (sounds eerily familiar!) who come to believe that their house is haunted. Is it? Well, I’ll never tell.

October 5th


Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956/1978 – It’s not often the remake of a great film equals or betters the original but here’s the exception to the rule. I remember watching the original on TV when I was a kid – I didn’t really get the communism allegory at the time – but it freaked my crazy beak right out the door! It was like a giant game of Spider but with stakes being much higher. The remake, which features a nice little cameo but Kevin McCarthy – star of the original, held up it’s end of the bargain and heightened the paranoid horror. Props for having the better ending of the two as well (it also made me look at capers in a different light!) .

October 6th


The Wicker Man – I remember catching this on late night TV when I was but a youngin’ and I couldn’t believe what I was watching! Strange rituals and masks, naked women, singing and dancing and that ending, holy hotdogs! Such a great creepy experience. The remake is fun on its own because it’s so absurd and poorly made and over-acted (looking at you, Mr. Cage). But for good chills, stick with this classic.

October 7th


Raw – Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving everyone!. On the menu for tonight is a tasty little number from France. A nice vegetarian girl from the countryside goes off to veterinarian school and soon develops a tasty craving for the joys of the flesh. I won’t say anymore about this fine film except bon appetit!

October 8th


Ghost Stories

Everyone likes a good ghost story, right? Well here’s a nice little anthology movie dealy from England! Three spooky tales are book-ended by another scary story. Usually in these types of affairs not all the of the tales are quality but the three on display here are all top notch. My only complaint is that I wanted more out of each. The wrap-around story is just OK as well but there’s lots of good scares here!

October 9th


Drag Me to Hell

Sam Raimi has made some of my favourite movies (Evil Dead II can’t be beat) and this is among his very best. I just re-watched it on the weekend (probably scarring my 13 year-old son in the process) and loved it all over again! It is simply a perfect film. It balances the comedic elements (which there are many) with the terrifying parts (which there are many!). Best old hag fight sequence ever laid down on film!

October 10th


The Haunting (1963)

I’m a sucker for a good haunted house or ghost story and this is one of my all-time favourites.. Based on the Shirley Jackson book, The Haunting of Hill House,  the story is simple – Some folks spend some time in the in an awesomely creepy old mansion to see if it’s haunted. This black and white masterpiece is a master class in the use of sound and editing to heighten the scares. So good.

October 11th


Tucker and Dale vs Evil

A couple of lovable hillbillies head to their cabin where they run into a bunch of preppy college kids who assume they are redneck maniac chainsaw-wielding murderers. Much hi-jinks, hilarity and gross gory deaths ensue. This totally fun take on the cabin in the woods scenario is a hoot. And it’s Canadian!

October 12th



A woman, who recently lost her unborn child and husband, really wants another woman’s unborn child. And I mean really really wants it! This film is bonkers! It’s as intense and gory as anything I’ve ever seen. Man, I want to watch this again! But be warned, if you’re pregnant, about to be pregnant, know someone is pregnant or know what the word pregnant means, this might not be for you! Or it might!

October 13th


Under the Shadow

When was the last time you saw a ghost story from Iran? Well here’s your chance! Not only do a mom and her daughter have to worry about living in war-torn, post-revolution Tehran in the 1980’s, but they also have to deal with a terrifying presence in their home. Very effective chiller. Check this one out!

October 14th



Whoever thought a film about a haunted mirror could ever work? Well Mike Flanagan sure did (he’s behind the new adaptation of the Haunting of Hill House – better be good, Flanagan!). And he was right. A pair of siblings attempt to destroy a sinister mirror – one that shows you things that aren’t there, which is very scary in itself, that was responsible for the death of their parents. Great tense atmosphere add to the chilling fun!

October 15th


The Changeling

Another great haunted house film! I think one of the key factors in this genre is to have an amazing house to start with. And then add George C. Scott. Shot here in Vancouver (and Victoria) but set in Seattle the tale tells of a guy who, well, moves into a haunted mansion. That’s about it. It’s a very well done, tense chiller. Reportedly based on a true story!

October 16th


The Beyond

A woman inherits an old mansion in Louisiana (of course) that happens to be built atop one of the 7 gateways to hell (I imagine there’s one in Surrey as well – aaoo!). Lucio Fulci’s fun, barely-coherent, poor-acted piece of awesomeness takes such delight in staging weird, crazy murders it makes up for all that it’s lacking. The scene with a bunch of tarantulas is the highlight (for me at least)!

October 17th


The Burning

I could riff on The Burning of weed or maybe suggested some marijuana themed horror movies (if there are any) because, as of today, weed is legal in Canada! But, whatever. I remember seeing this nasty little shocker way back in the 80s and it’s reputation has grown since then. A caretaker is horrible burned when a prank by some unruly teenagers goes wrong. Of course the only course of action is to get some garden shears and seek revenge! Features spectacular gore effects from the master, Tom Savini.

October 18th



More Evil Dead II and Dead Alive than a straight up horror film, New Zealand’s Deathgasm is a riotous mix of heavy metal (a song is used to invoke a nasty demon that makes everyone go crazy) and blood and guts (and lots of it!). It’s a fun blast of a party movie and with a description such as this – Suddenly, they are attacked by Brodie’s uncle Albert and his wife Mary who have also been possessed, but manage to kill them using three dildos and a chain saw! – one can’t really go wrong.

October 19th


Let the Right One In

This Swedish gem is one of the best vampire movies. Ever. It has a great, cold atmosphere, compelling characters – all brilliantly acted – and tight perfect direction. And cats. Don’t forget the cats. If you’re looking for an interesting, unique take on a tired genre, this is your baby. Your vampire baby. The remake, Let Me In, is also worth a gander.

October 20th

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Piranha (1978/2010)

Time for another double bill of the original and the remake. Loved me to bits, tiny fleshy bits, each of these hungry little numbers. Directed by Joe Dante and Alexandre Aja respectively, both follow the same plot -nasty meat-eating fish are accidentally released into the surrounding waters and feast on the unsuspecting public. Lots of good eating in both flicks with the latter upping the gore content to dizzying heights. Yes please!

October 21st



It’s rare when a horror anthology hits on all notes. And while some stories in this are better than others, most are pretty spot on. The stand-out here is the one directed by the folks who made The Raid movies. It’s set on some weird cult plantation in Indonesia and it’s totally bonkers and terrifying. I’d say watch it for this part alone, but I enjoyed all of the tales of dread and horror.

October 22nd


Cemetery Man aka Dellamorte Dellamore

Rupert Everett plays a guy who works at a eerie cemetery (is there any other kind?) and must kill the recently deceased a second time as they always return as zombies. This movie is weird, creepy, hilarious and gross. Pretty much everything I want in a good horror film. It’s quite unlike anything you’ve seen before and the ending is a mind freak. Check this one out!

October 23rd


Kill List

An odd amalgamation of gangster story, family drama and some culty twisty brain bashing, Kill List is a hard film to categorize. It’s violent as hell and will leave a mark on your mind that may or may not recede with time. The story is simple; after a hit gone wrong, a killer-for-hire accepts a job to take out 3 individuals. What follows is a nightmarish descent into the abyss. Good times (maybe not).

October 24th


The Brood

Gross, weird early body-horror from the master of such things, David Cronenberg. An unstable woman (Samantha Eggar) undergoes strange and intense psychotherapy sessions with an unconventional practitioner of such things, Oliver Reed (perfect casting). The results are, well, lets just say, some folks shouldn’t have children. Also stars the great Art Hindle. Interesting note – Oliver Reed was arrested by the Canadian police during the production of this film after he made a bet with someone that he could walk from one bar to another without wearing clothes in freezing cold weather.  There you have it.

October 25th


Return of the Living Dead

I wasn’t going to include this minor zombie masterpiece in this year’s list as I’ve tossed it on almost every other list we’ve made (except, maybe, favourite documentaries) but with the recent passing of James Karen, I thought it would be appropriate. I remember seeing this in the theatre when it came out and I loved the breath of fresh air it breathed into the festering corpse that was the zombie genre at the time. It’s hilarious, gross, scary and has a killer soundtrack. A great party movie that ends with a bang. Literally. Send. More. Cops.

October 26th


The Guest

Maybe more of a thriller than straight up horror, this is a nice tale of a dude – Cousin Matthew from Downton Abbey (Dan Stevens) – who shows up at the house of a dead army buddy and is welcomed into their home. But then some strange things, like death and stuff, starts happening? What’s it all about? Even if the ending is fairly predictable and can’t live up to the first 2/3rds of what came before it, I still totally enjoyed this film.

October 27th


The Loved Ones

Lola wants Brent to go to the prom with her. Brent’s not into it. So what’s a nice psychotic girl like Lola to do? Why kidnap Brent for her own home-made prom, that’s what. Bloody mayhem and nasty, darkly funny things transpire. From Australia in case you’re wondering.

October 28th


Revenge (2017)

I love me a good revenge film. And this is one of the best I’ve seen since I Saw the Devil. A woman is assaulted at a remote fancy cabin by the buddies of her creepy boyfriend and left for dead in the desert. What follows is a bloody trail of nasty awesome revenge (hence the title) as this quality film (written and directed by a woman – Coralie Fargeat) breathes new life into a somewhat stale genre.

October 29th


The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Two girls are left behind at their boarding school over winter break and must deal with some sort of strange evil force lurking there. Tons of atmosphere, weirdness and dread fill the halls in this underrated little gem. The devil is in the details.

October 30th



While everyone goes bananas for Suspiria (and rightly so) I’m going to throw this Argento giallo craziness into your pinned-opened eyes! A young opera singer takes over for the recently run-over-by-a-car star of the show only to find herself and her associates being stalked by a deranged killer. Some amazing, gross things are on display here as this is from the time when Argento was operating at the height of his insane powers.

October 31st


Trick r’ Treat

Well today’s the big day and to absolutely no-one’s surprise, Trick R Treat is our pick for the 31st. This anthology piece of mayhem gets it right. It embodies the spirit of fun and mischief and horror of Halloween night. It’s my Christmas Carol for this season. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and watch it, and if you have seen it, do yourself another favour and watch it again! Happy Halloween everyone!