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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Tis the Season, Sort Of…Edition!

Just what everyone wanted to hear – a Christmas message from their once favourite video store! I’ll keep it brief!

If you want to purchase any films or what-not for loved ones, hated ones or even yourself, get your orders in asap so I can get you them in time! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, drop me a line and I’ll see what’s what. If you go to the “Home” page and scroll down, you’ll see lots of upcoming new releases and tons of used items at great prices!

We also have 2 T-shirt designs ready to go! Ghibli socks are in stock! I’m going to place another order for mugs as well! You can order all this stuff online or if you live in the hood and don’t want to pay for shipping, drop me a line and I can meet you on the Drive!

I hope that everyone is doing well out there! Miss you all! Except you, Eddie. Eddie!

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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Is it Time Edition?

Now that the weather seems like it might be getting cooler (and appropriate for this time of year), you can all start wearing shirts again! And it just so happens that we just got in our brand-new Black Dog Video T-shirts! You can enjoy this Saul Bass, Anatomy of a Murder inspired shirt and be the envy of all who know you! We’ve also re-upped on the classic “Dogtropolis” design. Both are available through the website or if you just want to pay cash for a local pick-up, let me know.

And we have lots of Ghibli socks available as well. Christmas is coming!

I just added a bunch of documentaries and a few other bits to the site for purchase! Lots of good stuff at great prices! Christmas is coming!

Don’t forget to check out our Halloween horror movie recommendations! I post one a day for your scary season enjoyment!

I hope that everyone is doing well out there! Miss you all (almost all)!

The Black Dog Video Newsletter: All the Haunts Edition!

So as we wind our way through Halloween month (October), I just wanted to pass on a few notes:


We just released a new podcast episode! Dylan couldn’t make it for this one (he was too busy getting all the eels out of his hovercraft) so Josie popped by to join Alex and myself as we dug into the strange weirdness of Lost Highway. Listen in here. Ooh! And we have a special Halloween episode coming soon!


Also! I’ve been adding lots of awesome DVDs and Blu Rays to the website – new and previously loved – (scroll down from the “Home” page) for you to buy and cherish. Prices are mucho affordable.


Also! I’ve been publishing our annual Horror Movie a Day Recommendation on the site to fill your hearts with scariness. Follow along here. (Note – I’ll be out of town for a week and will pick up the list upon my return).

Also! We had a bit a snafu with the T-shirts but I’m hoping we’ll have them in stock next week. You can pre-order the classic Dogtropolis here if you like and we’ll be debuting a swell new one soon as well!


I hope that I didn’t bend your ear too far. Enjoy the alarmingly nice weather out there. Talk at you soon.


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Halloween Month 2022!


October is finally here! But why am I still wearing shorts? We can talk about the end of the world another time because here’s where we discuss horror films! As we’ve done in years past, Black Dog Video is happy to recommend a lovely horror movie a day for you to enjoy for the month of Halloween! Sad to say we’re not open anymore for you to come in and rent these titles but they can be purchased through our website or slide on over to Video Cat on Cambie to rent them!

If you’re sitting comfortably, then we’ll begin…

October 1st

Nope (2022) – Might be my favourite Jordan Peele film (so far)! Is it a horror film? Sci-fi thriller? You decide! It certainly has some fine horror elements to it (I’m looking at you, Gordy). And a UFO thing that, well, I’m going to give any spoilers. If it’s still playing in the theatre, check it out there. I’ve seen it twice so far. Dig in.


October 2nd

Nosferatu (1922) – From brand new to brand old! I saw this a few weeks ago at the Rio where it was accompanied by a live band. It was pretty great. Even though it’s not that scary anymore, after all it is 100 years old, there were a couple of shots that were actually quite shudder inducing (the music really made it). It had some nice creepy vibes and Max Shrek is a weird looking ghoul. Good, classic, stuff.


October 3rd

Demons (1985) – The perils of going to a haunted movie theatre somewhere in the bowels of Rome (?). Moviegoers are trapped in a theatre full of hungry zombie-like creatures. Oh and there’s a helicopter involved as well. Good fun this one is! We did this one for a podcast episode a few months back!

They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs!


October 4th

Prince of Darkness (1987) Under-appreciated gem from John Carpenter! Some college kids and scientists find a big container of goo in an old church. Not drinking that I said to myself. They should have listened. Oh and has Alice Cooper killing a guy with a bicycle. Loved this one!


October 5th


X (2022)  Ti West is fast becoming one of my favourite horror directors (check out House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, Pearl – came out this year and is a prequel to X) and I loved this outing from earlier in the year! Some crazy kids go to a remote farmhouse to make a porno (it’s the 70s!). Unfortunately for them, the creepy old couple that lives there aren’t down with the dirty. Mayhem ensues.


October 6th

Haunt (2019) Had this in the shop for a couple of years but was always put off by the box art. Thought it was about clowns. Tired of clowns. Anyhoo, watched this last night and was pleasantly surprised. Good pacing, tense atmosphere and sweet gore. It’s not going to change the genre but it’s impressive enough for a good night out. Bunch of kids go to an extreme Haunted House on Halloween and are bummed to find out that all the mayhem is real.

– note – I will be away for a week and will pick up this list upon my return. Until then you guys can fill in the blanks with your horror picks!


October 13th

Alright, I’m back (I had to go to NYC for a week) with more lovely horror film recommendations for the month!

Phenomena (1985) – Quite a fun, weird, bug-riddled ride from Dario Argento, featuring a young, brave  Jennifer Connelly as young girl who, for some reason, can communicate with insects. This helps her solve a horror mystery at a Swiss boarding school. The late great Donald Pleasence is along for the ride bringing with him a terrible Scottish (Swiss?) accent. Good times.


October 14th

Phantasm (1979) – Anyone who knows me, knows I love me some Phantasm. I still remember seeing this on late night TV in the early 80s and it freaking my crazy beak. It’s such a fun, weird, highly-imaginative ride. There’s nothing like it. I have “The Ball” sitting on my mantle at home. Might watch this again sometime soon!


October 15th

Burial Ground (1981) Let me preface this by saying this is NOT a good movie. Terrible actually. Slow moving, lousy looking, non-threatening zombies (except this ones that throw knives or wield scythes). Bad acting. Crap production values. Why am I recommending it then? Well it’s truly bizarre. We have creepy weirdo, 25 year-old Peter Bark, playing a 12 year-old and he steals the show (especially when he gets scared and wants to suckle at his mother’s bosom). Your jaw will be on the floor. But you have been warned – this is not a good movie.


October 16th

Speak No Evil (2022) – A couple goes to Holland to hang out with some folks they met on vacation. Things don’t go very well. Not at all. An insanely tense, unnerving, uncomfortable, grim little number. Loved it (despite a few issues I had with it).


October 17th

Terrified (2017) – Creepy AF film from Argentina finds some folks trying to figure out what the weird, scary shenanigans are all about in a neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. If you haven’t seen this one, give it a shot. Nice surprise.


October 18th

Sleepaway Camp (1983) – One of my all-time favourite 80s horror films. It’s not scary but it is hilarious adn entertaining as hell! So many things – the outfits! the baseball game! the swearing! the mustache! the hotdogs! that ending! Get your friends together, crack a couple cold ones, and dig into this “masterpiece”!

October 20th

The Beyond (1981) – Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece (imo) finds a woman inheriting a house only to find it sits on a portal to hell. Crazy things happen! Lots of spiders! Funny story – when we bought our house, I was told it also sits on a portal to hell. I paid extra for that.


October 21st

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – The Devil stole my ba-bay! Might just be a perfect film. Everything about this hits on the right notes. Great cast, setting, pacing, cinematography. Everything. Probably Polanski’s best work. If you haven’t seen this, get it in your eyes before it’s too late!


October 22nd

The Void (2016) – No, not the “Noid”, that guy you can avoid. But check out this weirdo Canadian gory effort (practical effects, people) where a cop delivers a dude to an understaffed hospital and then strange things start happening. Good fun.


October 23rd

Carrie (1976) – There’s been a lot of Stephen King adaptations, some good, some not-so-good, some great.  In my not-so-humble opinion, this is one of the best. If not the best. Bad moms can lead to bad life choices. Love this film. One of DePalma’s best as well.


October 24th

I Saw the Devil (2010) – A sadistic serial killer murders the pregnant wife of a sadistic cop. Sadistic game of cat and mouse or killer whale and seal hunting, entails. Not for the faint-of-heart, the easily-offended, the oft-craven, the squeamish, or folks with soft sensibilities. This Korean number is brutal and nuts and intense. It’s also excellent.


October 25th

House of the Devil (2009) – It’s devil week here at Black Dog Video Laboratories and up next is this fine slice of throwback horror from Ti West. Broke college gal takes a babysitting job at a weird, creepy farmhouse. Need I say more? Enjoy, you devils, you!


October 26th

Oculus (2013) – Who would have ever thought that a movie about a haunted mirror could be so darn good and scary? Mike Flanagan did, that’s for sure. Between him and Ti West, the horror genre is in pretty good hands at the moment.


October 27th

Men (2022) – A woman moves into an estate in the rural English countryside still grieving from the death of her husband. There she meet an assortment of creepy men. Maybe a little too on the nose with the symbolism (eating the forbidden apple from the tree in her front yard, anyone) but this decent into hell and terror is ripe for the picking!


October 28th

The Brood (1979) – What’s a horror list without a Cronenberg film? This early weirdo, gross-out number finds Oliver Reed as an unconventional therapist, Samantha Eggar as his patient with a creepy secret and Art Hindle wearing a big coat. It also feature murderous deformed children. What more do you want?


October 29th

The Sadness (2021) – Some sort of plague rocks Taiwan, making everybody go crazy and commit the most depraved and deplorable acts they can imagine. Pretty fun, disgusting, gross, offensive piece of insanity. I liked it! It’ll get you right in the eye. Not for everyone – you have been warned.


October 30th


Sinister (2012) Science nerds tell us that scientifically speaking, Sinister is the scariest film ever made. That’s up to debate of course (but not according to science!). What it is is a pretty darn good horror number (if not an easy pick) and contains some fairly disturbing scenes. Ethan Hawke finds some scary home movies in his attack. Should he watch them? Science says , yes he should. I love science.


October 31st

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – It was a tough choice to pick a final horror film for the month. It was between this and It Follows (which I adore). But TCM won out as it’s an all-time classic and one of the best, most disturbing and grim horror films ever. And it still is! There’s been a lot of imitators and remakes etc but none can hold a candle (made out of human fat) to this one!

Have a great Halloween everyone. Thanks for playing along!



The Black Dog Video Newsletter: So Many Things Edition!

Hi everybody! It’s been a while since I yakked at you. I miss you all and everything about the Black Dog experience (almost everything) so it’s nice to sit down and tell you what’s happening.

We just launched the new updated website! I’ve been adding lots of films for purchase, new and used (Go to the Home section). Check it out here! I’ll be adding more of the films we had left over from the sale all the time. There’s still lots of great titles left, lots of rare, out-of-print lovelies, and I’ve made the prices as awesome as I could (starting at $6!)! For the previously viewed stuff, I only have one copy of each title so first come first serve. You can order and pre-order new films being released as well. If there’s something you’re looking for but don’t see, send me a note and I’ll see what I can do.

Also, we have a new episode of the podcast! Listen in as your favourite hosts sign up for Starship Troopers! We had a blast with this one and I think you might as well.

Also, we have lots of Studio Ghibli socks in stock, I have but one Black Dog mug left and we should have a brand new T-shirt design soon as well as re-upping on the classic “Dogtropolis” design.

Also, my good buddy Shawn is responsible for the cool Black Dog website and he’s looking for more clients. He does good work. If you like what you see, check out his website here.

One more thing – I’ve had a few former customers express their sadness over not getting recommendations for films (and the shop being closed, of course). If you’re interested, follow me on Letterboxd or feel free to email me and I’ll give you something to seek out.

I think that’s it for this edition, my lovelies. I hope that everyone is doing OK out there. Talk soon. xoxo

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Podcast episode #63 – Event Horizon!

We’re back with a new episode of the podcast! Alex couldn’t make it – he had to clean out the eels from his hovercraft – so we had a pinch hitter step in! Listen in as local raconteur Axel Matfin joins Dylan and I to discuss Event Horizon! And Forest Gump for some reason. Enjoy!


All the Podcasts in the World!

I’ve recently noticed that not all of our fine podcasts are listed on the site here. Not too sure why. Lousy technology. But here’s a link to them all!


The Black Dog Newsletter: Cover Those Feet Edition!

Hey, looky-looky, we just got a new shipment of the famed Studio Ghibli socks back in stock! Only $10 a pair (yes you get two socks!) and $3 shipping anywhere in Canada. For local pickup, I can meet you on the Drive pretty much anytime in Spy vs Spy fashion.

I only have a few mugs left so jump on those as well. And a couple of new T-shirt designs are on the way! Exciting times despite us not existing in real life anymore.

Speaking of real life, Soulessenatials opens this Saturday in our old location. Very nice folks and, despite it looking weird and sad every time I walk by the old place, I hope they do well!

I’ve added a bunch of upcoming releases to the website (still in the process of making it more user friendly) if you want to add to your collection –https://www.facebook.com/blackdogvideo
If you need/want anything else, let me know –

One more thing – Josie ran into a customer on the street the other day who feels bad he never paid up his outstanding late charges and wanted to make amends. If your guilty conscience is keeping you up at night, you can take care of this as well. See above email.

I miss you all very much and I hope everyone is doing excellent! Talk soon.


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The Black Dog Video Newsletter: Faded Beauty Edition!

So, this is the official last photo ever taken of this faded beauty of a movie store. Sad to see it go but I wish all the best to the new folks taking it over (a record store plus shop). They are very nice people and I think it will be a good fit for the Drive.

I have one more copy of each of these for sale. Out of the Blue – Blu Ray. Beatles – DVD. Hit me up while you can. And if there’s anything you want to buy, let me know..


We also got a new shipment of the famous In Dog We Trust mugs back in stock. Can be purchased through the website. If you choose “local pickup”, I can meet you on the Drive to exchange goods as the shipping is fairly expensive. Same goes for films and such.

Also more Studio Ghibli socks are on the way as are a couple of T-shirts designs. Stay tuned!

One more thing! The website is currently being redone so I can start adding items we have left over from the sale. Here’s a taste…


So long, you feisty little scamp you…


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The Black Dog Video Newsletter! Out of the Blue and Into Your Home Edition!

Just a shorty this time around…For some reason it seems that folks are still interested in our story. Here’s quite an excellent little video about the waning days of the shop. If I look tired in it, it’s because I was tired.

Arriving this week to add to your collection!

Out of the Blue – A Vancouver favourite! Dennis Hopper directs & stars in this story of a young girl, whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie, who finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene. Fancy New 4K Restoration! Blu Ray (DVDs and 4K can be ordered)!

Also have a DVD left of The Beatles: Get Back! Blu Rays can also be ordered!

The new re-tooled website should be up and running soon with tons of great films for sale. Stay tuned!

That’s if for this week, my lovelies. Hope you are well. Miss you all!

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