The Black Dog Newsletter: Spooky Noises Edition!


The Black Dog Newsletter: Spooky Noises Edition!

Here’s some more details for the crazy Friday the 13th Marathon for the Food Bank that we’re doing in a couple of weeks. Get in on this!

WHERE? Black Dog Video, 1470 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
WHEN? Friday, Nov 13 2020 starting at 10 am,
WHO? Darren Gay, Alex Chisholm & Dylan Rhymer plus special drop in guests!
WHY? As we move into fall and winter, The Vancouver Food Bank often finds its resources strained. Help us help them.
OUR GOAL To raise $1300.00 over the course of 13 hours, but of course we’re hoping for more than that! Black Dog Video flick jockeys Alex, Darren and Dylan will watch:


In one sitting! (And of course if we’re still raising donations we may just stick around for a couple more!)
Anyone who donates $13 or more will receive a free movie rental and an opportunity to win fabulous prizes!
Yes! We will be live-streaming this madness…
Come say hello at our in-store Camp Crystal Lake. We will be accepting donations on line and live in the store. Of course we will be complying with all COVID-19 spacing and precautions. Hope to see you there!

There a slight change in hours of operation: We will be closing at 8pm on Thursdays and Sundays starting tomorrow.

Sunday – Thursday: 12-8pm
Friday – Saturday: 12-9pm

With only 3 more days till Halloween that means we have 3 more recommendations for scary movies for you. Check it all out here!

New Releases!


Creep 2 – But I’m a creep. I’m a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here.


Dead Still – 1880’s Ireland finds a postmortem photographer being drawn into a deadly case of murder! MURDER!


Driveways – You kid makes friends with an old man next door. They both have driveways, I presume.


Fulci for Fake – Cool doc about the late, great Italian filmmaker.


Hard Kill – Bruce Willis is Hard Kill in this action thingy!


Misbehavior – A group of women plan to disrupt (misbehave if you will) the 1970 Miss World beauty competition. Do they still have these silly things?


Modus Season 1 – Swedish wintry murder mystery. You know you love these!


The Quarry – Drifter kills a priest and takes his place (as one does) in this mystery drama starring Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon.


River of Grass – First film from Kelly Reichardt (First Cow) finds a couple on the lam after they think they may have murdered a guy.


Secret Garden – My secret garden is just full of weeds, thorns and badgers.


The Windermere Children – Holocaust kids get relocated in the UK. Drama and life-affirming moments, I presume, ensue.

Coming Soon!

Chasing Trane: John Coltrane Documentary
Bill & Ted Face the Music
The Crown S3
Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful
Mayan MC S2

That’s if for this week folks! Have a fun, safe and scary Halloween!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Crazy For You Edition!

The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Crazy For You Edition!

Just wanted to toss out a big heart-felt thank-you to all who popped into the shop this past Video Store Day (and to everyone else who has walked through these doors). It was a fine day and we wouldn’t still be here without you.

My podcast co-hosts, Dylan and Alex and I have concocted a crazy scheme that we’re going to pull off on Friday November the 13th. We’re going to set up camp (!) in the shop with a TV, some not-so-comfortable chairs and maybe some snacks and watch the first nine (9) Friday the 13th films in a row! (Alex wants to do 10 but I think he’s insane). We will be starting around 8am and hope to be finished by 2am. It will be a charity event to raise funds for the Vancouver Food Bank. We’ll be live-streaming it so you can watch from the safety of your home as we slowly go insane. More details to follow!

In case you didn’t happen by the shop this past Saturday, we debuted two new Halloween themed T-shirts! We also have more of the famed “Dogtropolis” shirts and the cool Black Dog masks made by local artisan hero Tina at Oona Clothing back in stock. Make some nice gifts, yes?


Due to a shipping hoo-haw, we didn’t get anything new for you this week but will have a ton of things next week including…

Creep 2
Dead Still Season 1
Hard Kill
Modus Season 1
My Spy
The Quarry
River of Grass
Secret Garden
The Windermere Children

And last but not really least – follow along with us as we recommend a swell horror film everyday for this spooky Screamtober! You can check out the website, Facebook or Twitter for daily updates.

See you in the funny papers.

Copyright © 2020 Black Dog Video, All rights reserved.

The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Video Store Day Edition!


The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Video Store Day Edition!

This Saturday marks the 10th Anniversary of the creation of International Video Store Day! Come celebrate all that is wild and wonderful about the Video Store! Being we’re in the middle of a global plague, we’re going to keep the festivities a little more low key this year: No cake, beer, twerking or kissing booths. But we will offer you this –

All $5 sale DVDs and Blu Rays can be had for 2 for 1!

We have a pile of VHS for sale – $2 each or 10 for $10!

We’ll have two new T-shirt designs celebrating this fabulous month of Halloween!

Our cool Black Dog Masks will be back in stock.

And a big announcement regarding a cool, crazy project we’re putting together for November will be announced!

Please wear a mask and be respectful of other patrons. We’re all in this together, people!

New Releases!


Amulet – Homeless ex-soldier moves in with a woman and her decaying mother. But what’s really going on in this creepy-looking horror number?


Cut-Throat City – A hurricane heist in New Orleans!


The Dead Ones – Some kids serving detention are hunted by other kids dressed the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Jerks.


Eli Roth’s History of Horror – Pretty good history of horror films and their place in society. Worth a watch if you’re into horror (I am!) and even if you don’t like Eli Roth (I don’t!).


The Load – Heavy action/drama from Serbia finds a desperate fellow transporting a mysterious cargo through treacherous lands. Sounds like it may be in the vein of Wages of Fear and Sorcerer. Good vein!


Lucky Grandma – Comedy/drama abut an elderly Chinese lady who goes all-In at a local casino and finds herself on the wrong side of some scoundrels. Sounds great!


The Owners – Action horror about some punks breaking into a house but finding the elderly couple who live there are not what they seem! Ruh-Roh!


Quiz – Guy gets caught cheating his way to riches on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.


The Tax Collector – Violent gang dealy starring America’s sweetheart Shia LaBeouf.


Treadstone Season 1 – More assassins are created in the world of Jason Bourne! Just what we need.


Tremors: Shrieker Island – The Graboids (I guess that’s what they’re called) are the prey in this latest installment of this 30 year-old franchise. Kevin Bacon is not around to save the day this time. Sad face.

Old Titles Just In!

Elephant Man – Criterion DVD and Blu Ray
Nashville – Criterion DVD
Pumpkinhead – Blu Ray
Motel Hell – Blu Ray
Night of the Creeps – Blu Ray
The New Kids – Blu Ray

Coming Soon!

Fleabag S2
Blue Ridge
Hard Kill
My Spy
What We do in the Shadows S2

We’re sold out of that lovely Friday the 13th box set but we do have one more Jodorowsky set left! Hit us up!


That’s it for this week folks! Hope to see you spacially spaced out this Saturday (or before or after!)

Copyright © 2020 Black Dog Video, All rights reserved.

The Black Dog Newsletter: “Giving Thanks Edition!”



The Black Dog Newsletter: “Giving Thanks Edition!”

I imagine that this year’s Thanksgiving rituals – eating too many turkeys, drinking at noon, arguing with family, sacrifices to your pagan gods etc., will be a little more subdued this year what with the plague still ravishing the land and all. But it’s still a good time to reflect on things that you may feel thankful for… For me, I’m thankful for the good health of my family and friends, the fact that it’s 2020 and I’m still running a freakin’ video store, that I’ve sold the other shop and that RJ is giving it a go keeping that dream alive, my awesome cats (sorry dogs), the fun I have doing our podcast, other things and for all the folks who’ve supported us throughout the years and continue to do so. Cheers to you all!

We have masks! Designed by local artisan Tine at Oona Clothing and for sale at the shop! We only have a limited amount at the moment but will hopefully have more soon.


New Releases!


Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me – Critical acclaim does not always translate into commercial success. Just ask these guys.


The Doorman – Army lady defends family against bad thieving dudes. Violence, I presume, ensues.


El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie – What’s that Jesse Pinkman fellow been up to lately?


Random Acts of Violence – A pair of comic book writers have their creations seemingly come to life in this horror number written and directed by Jay Baruchel.


The Wonderland – Nice-looking animated fare about a girl who meets an alchemist named Hippocrates. Let the adventure begin!

Older titles new to the shop!

The Friday the 13th Collection Deluxe Edition Blu Rays!
Alejandro Jodorowsky $K Restoration Blu Ray Set
Motel Hell Blu Ray
Night of the Creeps Blu Ray
Hell Comes to Frogtown

Coming Soon!

The Tax Collector
The Competition
Eli Roth’s History of Horror Season 1
Higher Power
The Load
The Great: Season 1
The Owners

In addition to having those Friday the 13th and Jodorowsky Blu Ray sets for rent, we also have them for sale! But act fast as they are becoming quite scarce (especially the Friday the 13th).


Oh and for you VHS nerds, we just got a huge pile and will be getting them out on the floor as soon as we can!

Have a great long weekend folks! Stock up on some quality films. Video Store Day is the following weekend. Details about that in the next edition of the newsletter!

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Black Dog Video’s 2020 Screamtober Horror Movie Extravaganza!

It’s our favourite time of the year – October/Halloween! And even thought it’s alarmingly warm, we’ve got some devilishly hot horror movie recommendations to thaw your cold dead heart. We will toss up one a day here for the entire month with a slant towards some scary things that might have passed you by (sprinkled with some favourites!). Sit back, strap in and enjoy the ride!

October 1st


The Brood (David Cronenberg 1979) – Something weird is happening in an unconventional therapist’s (Oliver Reed – natch) office! What are those nasty little gremlin-like creatures? What’s growing out of Samantha Eggar’s belly? Why does Art Hindle always look so good in winter coats? These and other questions may or may not be answered in this Canadian horror classic!

October 2nd


Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter 1987) – Love this weirdo Carpenter entry about some folks finding a mysterious cylinder on a creepy church (are there any other kinds?) whose contents may mean the end of the world. Donald Pleseance and others are there to deal with the horror. Plus Alice Cooper shows up to kill someone with a bicycle.

October 3rd


Midnight Meat Train (Ryûhei Kitamura 2008) – A young Bradley Cooper investigates the mysterious murders and disappearances on elegant butcher Mahogany’s (Vinne Jones) late night subway in this fun, gruesome Clive Barker story that might just have the best movie title ever.

October 4th


Terrified (Demián Rugna 2017) – There’s some supernatural shenanigans going down in a nice neighborhood in Buenos Aires! Who ya gonna call? A former cop who used to dabble in the paranormal? Another cop who’s afraid of everything? A doctor specializing in ghost and things? Check! Very good little chiller that with some nifty, creepy images.

October 5th


My Bloody Valentine (George Milhalka 1981) – Fun, gory Canadian effort looking to cash in on the holiday murder craze of the 80’s (April Fool’s Day, Halloween, Mother’s Day etc) is delight from tip to tail, using the already creepy setting of a mining town as it’s backdrop. We did this one for the podcast last year and loved it!

October 6th


Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik 1983) – This movie was made for me! Awesome 80’s fashion and music, strange weird characters, over-the-top violence and fun killings and a ending to die for. So much fun!

October 7th


The Innocents (Jack Clayton 1961) – Stay away from this year’s remake (The Turning) and lean into this classic ghost story! I love ghostly goings ons in movies and this one rises above most as Deborah Kerr is convinced the grounds of the mansion where she’s looking after a couple of kids is haunted. You decide!

October 8


Monkey Shines (George Romero 1988) – I love this hilarious , creepy “paralyzed man’s helper monkey gone bad” film! We did this for the podcast last year and it garnered high marks with all! So many choice moments but it may make you think twice about getting that monkey you’ve always wanted to do your chores and your bidding! A warning: don’t mess with nature!

October 9th


Final Destination (James Wong 2000) – These movies are fun! At least the 3 that I saw (maybe I saw 4 or 5, they kind of blend into each other). The premise sets up nicely for a lot of creative way to kill folks – surviving a plane crash, car wreck, roller coaster mishap, pileup on the Lion’s Gate bridge only means that death will hunt you down and do you in. Make it a drinking game!

October 10th


The Changeling – (Peter Medak 1980) – Old man George C. Scott (he was always an old man) takes up residence in a huge old haunted mansion after the death of his wife and child in a car accident. Good ghostly happenings are in store. You may never look at a rubber ball quite the same way again.

October 11th


Come to Daddy (Ant Timpson 2019) – Norval (Elijah Wood) travels to the far reaches of Tofino at the request of his long lost dad hoping to reconnect and find some stability in his chaotic life. But, of course, things don’t go as planned. Loved this fun, bloody weirdo film. I think you might as well!

October 12th


Society (Brian Yuzna 1989) – This is one F’d up movie! Nice 80’s silliness mixed in with some gruesome and disturbing special effects make this one a blast. A regular teenage kid (Billy Warlock!) finds out that all the adults (and some other kids) in his posh neighborhood are way into some weird orgy cult that has to be seen to be believed.

October 13th


Tigers are Not Afraid (Issa Lopez 2017) – Wonderful, sad tale with supernatural elements finds some kids trying to survive the violent, intense streets of Mexico city. And there’s some ghosts! Check this one out for something different.

October 14th


Carrie (Brian De Palma 1976) – Poor, shy Carrie White has a tough time at school and at home (with her crazy mother, Piper Laurie). But she also has telekinesis powers that she unleashes at the school prom in the films amazing climax. Oh and don’t forget about that ending!

October 15th


The Burning (Tony Maylam 1981) – Not the most original if ideas (but maybe it was in 1981?!) – a summer camp caretaker gets horribly burned (see title) by some miscreant teenagers. Armed with his trusty (rusty?) garden shears, he seeks revenge! Good bloody mayhem ensues with some great practical effects courtesy of Tom Savini. Watch for a young Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander!

October 16th


Bubba Ho-Tep (Don Coscarelli 2002) – Bruce Campbell is Elvis and Ossie Davis is JFK who live in a boring nursing home until an ancient Egyptian mummy shows up and starts sucking the residents souls out of their assholes. They team up to fight the mummy! From the creator of the Phantasm series, this awesome film is both hilarious and scary at the same time and at different times.

October 17th


Cronos (Guillermo del Toro 1993) – This cool, early effort from the famed director about a mysterious device that promises the owner eternal life but at a horrible cost is slick and stylish and everything you’d expect!. Give it a spin.

October 18th


Inside (Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury 2007) – A recently widowed pregnant woman is stalked by a crazed lady lunatic who really, really wants her unborn baby. What follows is much bloody mayhem! I loved this crazed piece of French nastiness! Pay no mind to the American remake.

October 19th

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Piranha/Piranha (Joe Dante 1978/Alexandre Aja 2010) – A double bill of nasty flesh eating fishes are on the hook for today’s recommendation. Both are fun and silly with lots of carnage. Wade into the bloody waters for some good time fish action!

October 20th


The Beyond (Lucio Fulci 1981) – Unsuspecting woman buys an old house in New Orleans that happens to be built over a portal to hell. I would think that the previous owners would have to disclose that in the sale information. Such a good, weird time this film is. And you’ll never want to own a cluster of tarantulas again!

October 21st


Starry Eyes (Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer 2014) – Young actress in Hollywood has some big dreams. But those dreams soon turn nightmarish as she discovers some unsavory secrets of the Hollywood elite and the what the cost of fame might be. Crazy, cynical and gory. Yes please.

October 22nd


Death Spa (Michael Fischa 1989) – I thought we’d go with something completely silly, ridiculous and fun for today’s pick! Careful when you head on over to Michael’s Spa or you might get baked in a sauna, go blind, have your head explode or even lose an arm. Your call!

October 23rd


Oculus (Mike Flanagan 2013) – Early effort from Mike Flanagan (Dr. Sleep, Haunting of Hill House) about a haunted mirror! Sounds scary, right? Well, if you’re like me and find inanimate objects – photos, mirrors, killdozers – that become possessed by evil spirits terrifying, then this one’s for you!

October 24th


Dead Snow/Dead Snow 2 – (Tommy Wirkola 2009/2014) What’s better than a fun, gory horror/comedy about Nazi Zombies rising out of the snow to devour the living? Two movies about Nazi Zombies rising out of the snow to devour the living! And in the second one, they drive a tank!


The Love Witch (Anne Biller 2016) – Cool, retro witch tale that, while not particularity scary, is a sumptuous psychedelic freak-out for the eyes and other senses (if you know what I mean, nudge, nudge). Elaine the witch is looking for a mate and she has some potions to help her achieve her goal but the consequences are deadly! Very much fun!

October 26th

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Seigel 1956/Philip Kaufman 1978) Double bill Monday! I love both of these versions of this creepy pod people story. Paranoia runs deep as seeds from outer space grow and replace humans with bland emotionless copies (aka Republicans) of themselves. Take your pick or watch both!

October 27th


Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper 1974) – I know the plan was to highlight some lesser known titles but I was chatting about this film last night and it got my juices flowing about how great and grim and disturbing this film is still 46 years later. Top notch.

October 28th


Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Tommy Lee Wallace 1982) – Three more days till Halloween. Halloween. Silver Shamrock! That stuck in your head now? This is a weird film. An evil guy wants to murder all the kids in the US by having a creepy mask melt onto their heads and that makes bugs and snakes come out of their skulls for some reason. Many plot holes and bad acting make this one a hoot. We have a watch-along track coming soon for this as well.

October 29th


Rec (Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza 2007) – A reporter and cameraman tag along with some firefighters to a disturbance in an apartment building in Barcelona. What they find there is well, not what they expected. Great, terrifying found footage film was followed up by an very good sequel and a pretty OK 3rd installment.

October 30th


Castle Freak (Stuart Gordon 1995) – What’s better than inheriting an old scary castle? Inheriting an old scary castle that also houses freak in the basement! A Castle Freak! And he’s not happy. The fun, crazy proceedings are made even better with Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton on board!

October 31st


Suspiria (Dario Argento 1977) – Here was are, the last day of October, Halloween. I’m going to miss posting these and I have so many more to recommend. That said, let’s enjoy this wonderful, weird, colourful extravaganza that finds the mesmerizing Jessica Harper checking into a strange German ballet school. A classic. A masterpiece. (The remake was quite excellent as well!)