The Black Dog Video Newsletter Oct 30-Nov 4 “25 Already Edition?!”

I was just informed that out latest podcast episode, Fright Night, which just dropped on Monday, was the 25th we’ve released! Zoinks! I had no idea (although we’ve recorded many more than that). Shout out to Dylan and Alex for indulging in the mayhem! Stay tuned for details on a live show that we’re putting together!

If anyone is interested in nabbing that sweet huge Criterion Godzilla Box Set (or any other Criterions, or anything else for that matter) hit us up as we can offer swell pricing (cheaper than Scamazon and you don’t have to use Scamazon!).

New Releases


3 From Hell – Rob Zombie’s latest attempt at making a horror movie. Might be time to hang up that scary hat, Rob Zombie (if that even is your real name!).


The Art of Racing in the Rain – A talking dog?! Waaa? A pooch named Enzo shares his success at being a good dog. Or something like that? I dunno. One of two “Art of” movies this week. Weird.


The Art of Self Defense – Jesse Eisenberg gets beat up and then joins a strange dojo to learn martial arts. Hilarity, I presume, ensues. I think this film has less talking dogs in it. Second of two “Art of” films this week. Weird.


The Dead Centre – A shrink starts to go crazy after a patient believes he’s died and come back to life but claims that he’s returned with something, possibly sinister, with him. I know how he feels.


Fast and Furious: Calvin and Hobbs and Shaw – The Rock and The Statham join forces with a sarcastic boy and his imaginary cat to defeat super-evil Edris Ilba or Idris Elba (you decide!). Actually, way more fun than one might think (despite there not being a sarcastic boy and his Imaginary cat in it).


Good Omens Season 1 – TV show from Neil Gaiman that features devils, angels, anti-Christs and the end of the world. Sounds fun! With David Tennant and one of the Sheens, Michael, I believe.


The Kitchen – Fun-looking crime thing stars Mel McCarthy, Liz Moss and Tif Hadish as gangster wives who continue on gangsterin’ after their hubbies get locked up for being gangsters.


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Spooky stories abound in this adaptation of the creepy book. From the director of Troll Hunter and Autopsy of Jane Doe, so it has that going for it.

Coming Soon!

Escape from Stalin’s Death Camp
Satanic Panic
Riot Girls
Good Boys
The Farewell

We’re almost finished with our 31 horror recommendations for the month of Shocktober. Check out our fine list here!

Have a safe and scary Halloween, my lovelies. See you on the other side.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter Oct 22-28 “Gratitude Attitude Edition!”


I just wanted to toss out a huge Thank You to all who came out on Saturday to support us on Video Store Day (yes, it’s a real thing)! It means a lot to us to know that we still have a place in your hearts in these crazy times. We’re doing our best to stay relevant (ie: open) in today’s changing entertainment climate and to see all of you lovely folks on Saturday makes us feel like we still have a long life ahead of us. Cheers to you all!

New Releases!


Bloodline – Horror revenge type thriller finds a guy named Evan who exacts brutal justice on those he judges that have done wrong. Trying for an exciting 70’s throwback, DePalma or Argento style. Does it succeed? You tell me (because I haven’t seen it)!


David Crosby: Remember My Name – Fine warts and all (gross!) documentary about the famed musician and sperm donor.


Luce – A couple adopts a kid from Eritrea only to find that he’s having some sort of problem in high school or something along those lines. Good cast. Good reviews. Good film?


Shetland Season 5 – Folks that love this show love it! Maybe it’s time to give it a spin? We now have 5 seasons of it apparently.


And one more we aren’t supposed to mention but it rhymes with Brion Shwing. About some talking animals in Africa or something.

Coming Soon!

3 From Hell (sorry for the delay, mix-up with my distributor)
The Art of Self-Defense
Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
The Kitchen
Good Omens Season 1
Peanut Butter Falcon
Linda Ronstadt: Sound of My Voice
Poldark Season 5

And, of course, this being Halloween month, we’ve been doing a horror movie recommendation everyday of October. Have you been playing along?
Click Here!

That’s it for this week folks, stay dry, stay warm, keep watching.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Oct 15-21 “Celebrate Good Times, Come On Edition!”


Well it’s that time of the year again – October! And, of course, that means the biggest, most important celebration of the year – Independent Video Store Day! That’s right, this Saturday pop into Black Dog Video to salute all that is wonderful and woolly about these dwindling movie havens. We’ll have a draw for a fabulous gift box, rental and sale deals plus lots of mirth and joy! Feel free to shower us with gifts and praise! Hope to see you there!

New Releases!


Bodied – Much ballyhooed rap battle/comedy/drama/possibly kung-fu flick that is all the rage at the moment.


Crawl – We haven’t had a good “giant alligator eats a bunch of actors” movie since, well Alligator (starring the late great Robert Forster). Directed by the fella that made High Tension and Piranha! Crawl, don’t walk, to get this one!


Dogman – New crime film, about a gentle dog groomer who’s pulled into the violent juicy crime underbelly. From the fella who made Gomorrah.


Framing John Delorean – Doc about that criminal/genius who invented the Back to the Future car.


The Haunting of Hill House – Top notch re-telling of the famous novel and movie but in terrifying mini-series form (Director’s Cut no less!). So good!


Light of My Life – Casey Affleck puts on the three pointed hat as writer/director/star of this post-apocalyptic drama as he and his 11 year-old daughter do what they must in order to survive in a world gone mad.


Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love – Lovely doc about Leonard Cohen and his muse from Norway, Marianne Ihlen.


Red Joan – Lady Dench stars in this thriller about real-life KGB spy, Red Joan (hence the title).


Stuber – Middling comedy that finds an Uber driver (finally someone made an Uber movie!) who gets recruited by a large detective for a night of shenanigans.


Tone- Deaf – This one looks like fun! Robert (Liquid Terminator) Patrick is an unhinged conservative widower who rents out a house to an unsuspecting liberal millennial woman. Hammers may be involved.

Coming Soon!

Lion King
Shetland Season 5
David Crosby: Remember My Name.
Barry Lyndon – Blu Ray
Suspiria – Blu Ray

And since it’s Shocktober, the scariest month around, here’s a couple of related items:

New podcast is ready! Join us as we take a peek under the skirt of The Hitcher! Check it out HERE.

Follow along with our Scaretober movie recommendations! Everyday we post a new spookifying film to scare the pants (figuratively and sometime literally) off of you. Check it out HERE or follow us on the Facebonks and the Twitters.

Hope to see all your lovely faces out and about this Saturday!

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The Black Dog Newsletter Oct 8-14 “On the Horizon Edition!”


It’s just over a week away until the 9th Annual International Independent Video Store Day! A day to celebrate all that is wild and wonderful about these awesome, but increasingly rare, shops. Come in on Saturday October 19th (or anytime really) and hang out and enjoy our specials and draws and all that jazz. Details to follow!

New Releases!


Annabelle Comes Home – Scary doll movie. The last scary doll movie was actually pretty scary.


Deadwood: The Movie – More fu#@ing Deadwood! F*#k ya!


Midsommar – I can’t believe I missed this in the theatres as it was my most hotly anticipated film for this year. Can’t wait to check it out asap! I love folk horror films and this, I hear, is a beaut!


Toy Story 4 – Oh, those wacky talking toys are at it again! Going on crazy adventures and stuff!


Wild Rose – Nice little music story about a troubled lass from Glasgow who dreams of making it as a country singer in Nashville. You go, girl!

Coming Soon!

The Haunting of Hill House Season 1
Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love
Framing John DeLorean
Happy Prince
Light of My Life
Red Joan

Don’t forget to check out our daily specials! Everyday of Shocktober we offer up a tasty horror recommendation. Play along here!

One more thing! If you want to order up some Criterion of Shout Factory DVDS or Blu Rays, hit us up. We’ll give you the best price around!

That’s it for this week, y’all. Be safe. Be strong.

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter Oct 1 – 6 “National Black Dog Day Edition!”


National Black Dog Day ?! Wow, don’t mind if I do! Who knew that the folks at the Ministry for Arbitrarily Assigning Things to Days were such fans of our little shops? Thanks, guys!

Hey it’s October! And of course that means 31 Shocktober films to recommend to you folks who like the scary stuff. Every day for Halloween month, we’ll recommend a nice little horror film you may or may not have seen but should. It’ll be on the Facebook, the Twitters and the website!

New Releases!


Anna – Luc Besson’s latest caper about a lovely lady assassin who assassinates people who need assassinating.


Anna and the Apocalypse – Zombie comedy Christmas musical.


Armstrong – New doc about that show-off who trod upon the moon so many years ago.


Doom: Annihilation – Another stab at turning a fun, terrifying video game into a mediocre movie. Good luck!


Doom Patrol – Fun TV series with outcast heroes with names like Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane who get together to solve mysteries and such.


Driven – Drama action comedy thing that may or may not have something to do with John DeLorean.


Firecrackers – Another cool-looking female teenager film along the lines of Never Goin Back and Booksmart but maybe with a more serious tone. Teenage girls fighting their way against many lousy odds.


Itsy Bitsy – Giant nasty haunted spider terrorizes family for some reason.


Maiden – Doc about Tracey Edwards who captained an all-female crew on a boat (a m-fing boat!) for a big race.


Pavarotti – The man. The pipes. The beard.


Spider-man: Far From Home – Spider-man goes on vacation and finds there’s trouble a brewin’.


Tell Me a Story – Horror series that weaves classic fairy tales into modern stories full of murder and scary things and badgers and such.


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am – Nice doc about the famed fine writer.

Coming Soon!

Annabelle Comes Home
The Deadwood Movie
Toy Story 4

That’s it for this week folks, just one more thing – Saturday October 19th is Video Store Day. Mark it on your calendars. We’ll have some fun!


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Spooktober 2019!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, the most wonderful time of the year, Halloween month! And it has become a bit of tradition around these parts to do our 31 days of scary films to recommend to you fine folks! Everyday we’ll recommend a nice horror film 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 kahunas – Halloween, Shining, Exorcist – as everyone already knows about those fine films and instead focus on some other shockers you may not be familiar with. Enjoy!

October 1st


Hole in the Ground (2019)

Woman and her son movie to the countryside (never move to the countryside) where the kid discovers a large sinkhole deep in the woods. After he returns he’s, well let’s just say, he’s not quite the same. I’m a sucker for weirdo, creepy kids (what kid isn’t creepy and weird in some fashion?) in films and this one fits that bill.

October 2nd


Maniac (2012)

I could have gone with the sweaty grimy original starring the sweaty grimy Joe Spinell but I opted to indulge you with the remake starring Frodo as the unhinged killer who’ll surely get under your skin. You may think twice about collecting mannequins!

October 3rd


The Eclipse (2009)

Ciaran Hinds plays a grieving widower in a small Irish town who may or may not haunted by his dead father-in-law. More a drama with great scenery and dialogue but with a touch of the supernatural that, when employed, is very effective. Give this little ghostly little number a ride.

October 4th


Hounds of Love (2016)

Grim, nasty, intense little piece of the horror pie from the land of the talking koala, Australia. A crazed couple likes to kidnap and have unpleasant relations with the local school girls. But have they targeted the wrong lass. You tell me!

October 5th


Of Unknown Origin (1983)

A giant rat invades Peter Weller’s house in Montreal! And it’s mean and has a grudge against Peter Weller for some reason. This film is tons of fun as Peter Weller descends into madness with his attempts to rid himself of the gnarly beast. It’s not particularity scary unless you don’t like rats (or Peter Weller) or have rats (or Peter Weller) in your house which I did (in my walls!) at the time I watched this. It freaked me out! It’s also featured on one of our podcast episodes. Listen here if you like!

October 6th


Twitch of the Death Nerve aka Bay of Blood (1971)

Colourful fun weirdness from Mario Bava finds an elderly heiress being murdered for her fortune and then a whole bunch of other murders as there’s a murderer on the loose murdering folks left and right. Big influence on Argento and, especially, the Friday the 13th movies in the eighties. Dig in!

October 7th


The Blob (1988)

What can I say? A glutenous blob from outer space eats it’s way through a small town. Wonderful special effects and a nice heaping of 1980’s cheese make for an excellent time at the movies! Belly up to the car bar! Another one featured on our podcast! Listen here!

October 8th


Frozen (2010)

No, not the Disney tripe. This is a “I’m cold and there are wolves after me” type of affair as three chums are stuck on a ski lift after the park shuts down for the weekend.  Tense, grim and chilly.

October 9th


Suspiria (2018)

Remake of the Argento classic is way better than anyone thought it might be (at least much better than I thought it would be). Great style, atmosphere, some horrific set pieces and a triple shot of Tilda Swinton elevate the proceedings. Might be a tad too long but worth the time for sure.

October 10th



Terrifying Thai film about a couple involved in an accident that later have mysterious shadows and things appear in their photographs. I’ve always thought it downright scary when thing move in places that they shouldn’t – like photos or mirrors etc. Check this one out!

October 11th


Rituals (1977)

Five doctors, led by Hal Holbrook, go hiking in the scary Canadian woods only to have a mysterious figure steal all their shoes. Something’s up! What’s with the decapitated deer head? Who’s that weirdo in the shadows? Fun, tense, Canadian fun! As I’ve always said, never go into the woods.

October 12th


Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

Who knew that a film about an evil piece of particle board that spells out scary things very slowly could be so good? Mike Flanagan knew, that’s who. If you like good terrifying things, he’s your man – check out this or his Haunting of Hill House series or Oculus (both available at Black Dog Video – shameless plug).

October 13th


Mandy (2018)

Bug-nuts crazy psychedelic horror trip through the woods and Nic Cage’s thirst for revenge against a deranged hippie cult and some demonic bikers. Might not be for everyone but it was definitely for me.

October 14


The Invitation (2015)

I love a good “dinner party gone wrong” movie. This dinner party definitely goes wrong. Amazing ending.

October 15th


Midsommar (2019)

A stylish, beautifully horrifying sojourn into the Swedish countryside of folk horror. The dude who made a splash on the horror scene with (IMHO the much scarier Hereditary) gives us some sunlit pagan rituals to feast upon. Might be a bit too long but it does a masterful job of maintaining the dreadful tense atmosphere throughout. One of the best of the year.

October 16th


Braindead aka Dead Alive (1992)

Before the Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson grossed the world out with this insane splatter-fest. What’s a poor boy to do when his mom gets bitten by a Sumatran Rat Monkey and turns into a cannibalistic zombie nightmare? One of the best “get your friends together and pop a few cold ones” party movie ever.

October 17th


The Haunting/The Haunting of Hill House (1963/2019)

The original Haunting, based on the Shirley Jackson book – also great , is a master class in atmosphere and sound design. It’s my favourite haunted house movie (skip the terrible 1999 version). The mini-series remake, under the watchful eye of emerging horror master, Mike Flanagan, is a great, terrifying re-imaging that had me riveted for the whole thing. It’s just released on DVD in director’s cut form. Interested to see what that means!

October 18


I Saw the Devil (2010)

Wanna see a crazy film that will flip your hair back? Look no further than this twisted tale of revenge and murder. Insanely violent and crazily intense, this Korean masterpiece follows a tough cop bent on revenging his girlfriend’s murder by catching and then releasing the killer again and again. Zoinks!

October 19th


Scream (1996)

The reason I’m picking Scream today is not just that it’s a fine horror/comedy film in it’s own right – it is – (and we miss Wes Craven) but that today is International Independent Video Store Day across the globe and it’s one of the character’s, the uber-knowledgeable horror movie nerd Randy’s, home turf. You don’t see the charming video store in movies much so I thought that it would be fitting. Scream if you want to!

October 20th


The Wailing (2016)

Let’s go back to Korea for a moment, shall we, and visit a small village where a mysterious stranger appears at the same time a series of brutal baffling deaths occur. This mash-up of genres takes it’s time to tell it’s engrossing crazy story but it’s worth the ride. Strap in and get on board.

October 21st


In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

What would a Halloween horror movie list be without a John Carpenter film? Sure I could have gone with The Thing or Halloween or The Fog but I thought I’d dig a little deeper into this nightmare starring Sam Neil as a writer going mad. Maybe, or is his madness real? Tons of fun film and featured on the Black Dog After Dark podcast!.

October 22nd


The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Early Guillermo Del Toro effort finds a war-orphaned boy in 1939 Spain being dropped off at an orphanage in the middle of nowhere. Scary janitors and ghostly ghosts are just some of the terrors living (or not living) there. Great stuff.

October 23rd


The Descent (2005)

A woman, just have suffered a family tragedy, goes spelunking with some friends in an uncharted cave. Bad idea. I found the cave adventure part more terrifying then what they run into down there. Top notch horror!

October 24th


Rogue (2007)

Some folks go into the Australian outback (never a good idea!) and stumble across an enormous crocodile that’s hellbent on eating all of them! Great croc, some fine tension and good eating scenes make this a fine night of dining at the movies. From the director of Wolf Creek. Pair it with this year’s Crawl and Bob’s your uncle!

October 25th


Black Christmas (1974)

Before Halloween or Jason’s exploits there was this fine little Canadian shocker about a maniac murdering coeds at a sorority house. Great POV shots, terrifying phone calls and   a great cast including Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey, John Saxon and Art Hindle make for a creepy holiday (notice that this pick falls on the 25th?) movie ride. Also featured on the Black Dog After Dark podcast!

October 26th


Phantasm (1979)

Crazy freaky strange horror number about a kid and an ice cream trucker driver who face off against a ghoulish, very tall, grave robber who turns dead bodies into small Jawa-like creatures. Or something like that. Oh and there’s a flying silver ball with spikes and a drill. Love this film!

October 27th


It Follows (2014)

An unseen (or seen) force is following Jay after sexual encounter. Terrifying and relentless with a great soundtrack and visuals make this such a treat. I know it’s a fairly divisive film but it’s aces in my books. Yours?

October 28th


Fright Night (1985)

Guy obsessed with horror movies has a real-life (well, real-dead) vampire move in next door. Chaos ensues. I loved this film when it came out all those years ago. It was awesome to see the vampire as an actual monster. And it was funny and scary and had Roddy McDowell! The remake in 2011 wasn’t half bad either. Our podcast of this film just dropped today! Go figure.

October 29th


Slugs (1988)

Killer slugs are on the loose and it’s up to Mike Brady (!) to take them down! Is this a great movie? No. Is this a good movie? Probably not. Is this a fun movie to watch with your friends that features exploding heads and naked people writhing around in a sea of gross flesh-eating slugs? Yes, yes indeed it is.

October 30th


Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

OK, let’s do that! Forgotten gem from 1971 finds a woman, fresh from a stint in the local asylum moving to the country with her husband to regain her marbles. But what follows does no help her one bit. No it does not.

October 31st


Housebound (2014)

Sure, I could have gone with Halloween or Trick r Treat but that’s too obvious. Instead try on this fun little horror/comedy gem from New Zealand. A woman is forced to return to her childhood home to be under house arrest. But is there something sinister waiting for her? You tell me!

Have a great Halloween everyone and thanks for playing along!