The Hoard – Canada, 2018

‘A life and death intervention.’

The Hoard is a 2018 Canadian comedy horror feature film directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Septic Man) and Matt Wiele (Exit Humanity) from a screenplay co-written with Tony Burgess (Pontypool) who also stars. The movie also headlines Lisa Solberg, Barry More, Ry Barrett and Elma Begovic.

A “reality tv crew” have created a show named Extremely Haunted Hoarders and plan to explore a series of condemned houses. The crew hopes to get one particularly notorious hoarder back on his feet. However, this might be impossible with the amount of trash and dead bodies, housed inside his buildings. ..

The Hoard will have its world premiere in Toronto on November 25th, at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival.

Cast and characters:

  • Lisa Solberg … Sheila Smyth
  • Tony Burgess … Dr. Lance Ebe
  • Barry More … Himself
  • Ry Barrett … Caleb Black
  • Elma Begovic … Chloe Black
  • Marcus Ludlow … Derek ‘Duke’ Jago
  • Justin Darmanin … The Falcon
  • Charles Ivey … Himself
  • Jesse Thomas Cook … Officer Shane Chapman
  • Kirk Haviland … Thrift Shop Employee

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Scanners II: The New Order – Canada, 1991

Scanners II: The New Order is a 1991 Canadian science fiction horror feature film directed by Christian Duguay (Screamers; Scanners III: The Takeover) from a screenplay by B.J. Nelson, based on David Cronenberg’s Scanners characters. The Malofilm production stars David Hewlett, Deborah Raffin, Raoul Trujillo, and Yvan Ponton.

Plot:

David Kellum (David Hewlett), a young veterinarian intern, discovers that he has mental abilities to read and control minds of others. When he moves to the city to continue his studies, he finds difficulty in controlling himself: the congestion of many minds and the ability to hear voices overwhelm him.

During an armed robbery of a store David kills the gunman with his mind. Police Commander John Forrester watches the store’s security tape. He tells David that he knows what he is: a Scanner. And, there are others like him around the world. He enlists David’s help in tracking down elusive criminals…

Review:

Scanners II presents a neat twist on the original format, having the dysfunctional scanners being exploited by a right-wing police chief, who uses them to dish out vigilante justice. There are some nice touches dealing with the addictive nature of the drugs used to control the telepaths too, and some good gore set-pieces. The lead performances are passable – certainly no worse than Stephen Lack’s in the first film – and it’s likely that if you hadn’t seen David Cronenberg’s movie, you might well find this an impressively original movie.

As well as obviously aping the first film’s broad story, Scanners II also throws in another exploding head, taking a dramatic images from the original film and turning it into a thematic point – the implication being that you can’t have a Scanners film without an exploding head.

Obviously made with one eye on the prospect of further sequels, French director Christian Duguay – making his feature film debut -handles the material well, and although critics were generally dismissive, the target audience were generally happy with it in its video heyday, making a third instalment inevitable.

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Other reviews:

“Some surprising familial links are made to the first film, but Scanners II plays things too safe. David has a girlfriend and loving parents. Raoul Trujillo plays Drak as more goofy than menacing. The plot flirts far too lightly with the alarming ethical issues of the Morse Neurological Research Institute deploying the EPH-2 drug to revert Scanners to a near comatose state.” Mat Bradley-Tschirgi, Battleship Pretension

“Hewlett is an affable enough type, he makes a good hero. His teaming up with Raffin as Vale works and ties into the original continuity of the first film in an appropriate enough manner. Ponton is fun as Forrester, watching him attempt to basically climb to power is enjoyable while Butler makes for a fine scientist. The movie is well shot, making good use of its Montreal locations…” Ian Jane, DVD Talk

“All the ideas of the original are translated into absurdly physical terms. The original’s head exploding trick was a show-capping novelty but here the effect is overused to the point of tedium – now heads explode every time scanners battle. The sequel is a film devoid of any intellectual content…” Richard Scheib, Moria

“Director Christian Duguay isn’t Cronenberg and in all fairness he doesn’t try to be either. He’s more of an action director and Scanners II moves at a pace more suited to something like The Hidden. The political machinations of Forrester are interesting to watch but the real fun is in the sequences like the opening in the video arcade.” Horace Cordier, Rock! Shock! Pop!

“The plot suggests a computer game called ‘RoboCop meets the Scanners’, while Duguay’s visual style consists entirely of pop promo clichés […] The cast is anonymous, the plot confused and sluggish; only Michael Smithson’s cheap, inventive special effects warrant attention.” Nigel Floyd, Time Out

” …there’s just no drive or urgency to the proceedings. There’s no fire in the flick’s belly. On top of that, it bogs way the f*ck down once Hewlett touches base with his sister. Oh, and if you take a shot of your favorite alcohol every time a character says “The New Order”, your head might explode.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

Cast and characters:

  • David Hewlett … David Kellum
  • Deborah Raffin … Julie Vale
  • Yvan Ponton … Commander John Forrester
  • Isabelle Meijias … Alice Leonardo
  • Raoul Trujillo … Peter Drak
  • Tom Butler … Doctor Morse
  • Vlasta Vrána … Lt. Guy Gelson
  • Dorothée Berryman … Mayor Lanzoni
  • Murray Westgate … George Keullum
  • Doris Petrie … Susan Kellum
  • Emily Eby … Reporter
  • Jason Cavalier … Convenience Store Thug

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Zombies Anonymous aka Undead to Me – Canada, 2018

‘It’s hard to tell the zombies from the addicts’

Zombies Anonymous – aka Anonymous Zombie and Undead to Me – is a 2018 Canadian horror feature film directed by Richard MacQueen from a screenplay co-written with Adam Bunce. The movie stars James Mullinger, Jesse LaPointe, Courtney Arsenault

“A motley group of addicts attend a rehabilitation program at an isolated farm to get sun, relax and consume the drugs and alcohol they smuggled in. Unfortunately and unbeknownst to them, the farm is infested with zombies and these aren’t your usual slow moving, lumbering zombies. These blood suckers run fast!”

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Darken – Canada, 2017

‘Another world awaits’

Darken is a 2017 Canadian science fiction horror feature film directed by Audrey Cummings (She Never Died; Tormented) from a screenplay by RJ Lackie. It was produced by Shaftesbury Films’ Smokebomb Entertainment.

The movie stars Bea Santos, Oluniké Adeliyi, Christine Horne, Paul Amos, and Ari Millen. Natasha Negovanlis makes a cameo appearance.

In 2018, an eleven-part limited digital series (acting as a prequel to the film), called Darken: Before the Dark was released on KindaTV.

After a young woman – Eve (Bea Santos) – is accosted by a dying warrior in the middle of the street, a bizarre incantation propels her into the realm of Darken – a violent prison-like world of labyrinthine rooms, interconnected with no apparent rhyme or reason and no way of escape.

As Eve fights for survival within this brutal place, she finds allies who are rebelling against the rule of a self-appointed religious despot who demands allegiance to an all-powerful god called “Mother Darken.” Eve and her allies must fight with everything they have if they are to have any hope of surviving the horrors Darken has in store for them…

Reviews:

“With a story penetrated by plot holes, slightly substandard cinematography, as well as the majority of the portrayals of the film’s rather insipid and inconsistent characters, Darken could only be described as “just missing the mark.” Darkenappeared to be a more ambitious project than what was capably executable. ” Misty Wallace, Cryptic Rock

“As long as you accept the presentation at face value, Darken’s ambitious ideas retain their entertainment weight. It’s a toss up if you’ll want a return ticket to this weird world. But one time through its portal is worth the trip.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“The plot itself is fairly different with the twists, turns and places it goes. While some of its ideas could certainly use fleshing out it’s still unusual and interesting enough to hold your interest and builds to a finish that for once deserves its open ending.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

“Screenwriter RJ Lackie must’ve missed the tutorial on how to elaborate on ordinary details in special ways.  His derivative script hardly provides any decent characterization – making the film’s exposition hard for viewers to comprehend or care for – and he’s also written roles to match basic cutouts found in generic action thrillers.” Addison Wylie, Wylie Writes

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Creature from Cannibal Creek – Canada, 2018

‘It was what they eat’

Creature from Cannibal Creek is a 2018 Canadian comedy horror feature film written and directed by John Migliore (Exorcism of the Dead; Poltergeist Encounters; The Friday Night Death Slot). The Survival Zombie Films production stars Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith, Simon Wheeldon, Jim Ordolis, Lena Montecalvo and John Migliore. There are also cameo appearances by filmmakers Brett Kelly (GhastliesMy Fair Zombie; Jurassic Shark)  and Sébastien Godin (Lycanimator).

A group of cannibals keep people in cages until they’re ready to be butchered. One of the captives escapes but dies in the surrounding forest. Nature soon takes a hand, reviving the former captive and turning him into a marauding beast…

Director-writer John Migliore: “I wanted the first trailer for Creature from Cannibal Creek to capture the heart of the film, while also reflecting back on what influenced us to make this kind of movie. I’m a huge fan of horror movies in general, but films from the 1970s have alway held a special magic for me.”

The movie is currently in post-production.

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Mermaid’s Song – Canada, 2015

‘Her story begins where the fairy tale ends’

Mermaid’s Songaka Charlotte’s Song is a 2015 Canadian fantasy horror feature film directed by Nicholas Humphries (ABCs of Death 2.5  “M is for Messiah”; Death Do Us Part) from a screenplay by Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Meagan Hotz and Bob Woolsey, based on a story by Lindsey Mann. The Done Four Productions movie stars Iwan Rheon, Katelyn Mager, Brendan Taylor and Jessie Fraser.

Charlotte (Katelyn Mager) is a young girl coming of age in the midst of one of the most desolate and desperate periods in American history. Set in the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl, the untimely death of Charlotte’s mother triggers a downward spiral for her father, five sisters and their family-run song and dance act.

Help comes from an unlikely source when a gangster named Randall (Iwan Rheon) offers to pay off their debt in exchange for making some unsavoury changes to the family business.

Matters are complicated when it is discovered that Charlotte, like her mother before her, is in fact a mermaid capable of controlling humans with her voice…

Mermaid’s Song is available on digital September 18, 2018 via Wild Eye Releasing.

Cast and characters:

  • Iwan Rheon … Randall
  • Katelyn Mager … Charlotte
  • Brendan Taylor … George
  • Jessie Fraser … Emily
  • Steve Bradley … Tim
  • Barbara Wallace … Gertrude
  • Trevor Gemma … Harold
  • Natasha Quirke … Serena
  • Leala Selina … Beatrice
  • Casey Strandquist … Sophia
  • Kallie Jean Sorensen … Patricia
  • Stephanie Dyck … Harriet

Filming locations:

 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Camp Death III in 2D! – Canada, 2018

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‘Terror has two dimensions!’

Camp Death III in 2D! is a 2018 Canadian comedy horror feature film written and directed by Matt Frame. The Frame Forty Films production stars Dave Peniuk, Angela Galanopoulos and Darren Andrichuk.

Camp Death III in 2D! a profoundly stupid and lewd comedy/horror parody of Friday the 13th Part III in 3D and is proudly presented in two dimensions.”

Reviews:

“My sense of humor runs toward the Kentucky Fried Movie variety as much as it does Mr. Show and SCTV, so I liked a lot of the jokes. You’ll also find more to like here the more 1980’s movies you’ve seen. It’s also completely unafraid to be beyond politically incorrrect in its humor, so if you’re easily offended, you might want to find another movie (or get a little more open minded).” Sam Panico, B&S About Movies

“A truly uproarious and at times silly slasher comedy, this one generates plenty of genuine laughs amongst it’s bloody outpouring of traditional slasher meldings that may or may not appeal to all out there. Only give this a chance if you’re appreciative of these silly, stupid parody style overt horror/comedies while anyone who doesn’t in the slightest should avoid wholeheartedly.” Don Anelli, Don’s World of Horror and Exploitation

Cast and characters:

  • Dave Peniuk … Todd Boogjumper
  • Angela Galanopoulos … Rachel Diaz
  • Darren Andrichuk … Mel Boogjumper
  • Emma Docker … Amy Henderson
  • Chris Allen … Barry Brown
  • Starlise Waschuk … Georgia Somers
  • Terry Mullett … Johann Van Damme
  • Cynthia Chalmers … Alice Wainwright
  • Gerald Varga … Mrs. Van Damme
  • Hans Potter … Shelby Hammersmith
  • Katherine Alpen … Verta
  • Jason Asuncion … Jesus Hernandez Jr.
  • Andrea Bang … Angela Park
  • Stephanie Bally … Waffle
  • Léonie Armstrong … Rod

Trivia:

The movie was financed with a successful online crowdfunding campaign.

The film’s working titles included Camp Death III: The Final SummerDeath Camp III: The Final Summer, The Longest Chase and Blood Sister.

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Ogopogo – mythical creature

In Canadian folklore, the Ogopogo or Naitaka (Salish: n’ha-a-itk, “lake demon”) is a lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. The Ogopogo has been allegedly seen by First Nations people since the 19th century. The most common description of Ogopogo is a 40 to 50-foot-long (12 to 15m) sea serpent resembling an extinct Basilosaurus or Mosasaurus.

Though often referenced as a variant of the Loch Ness Monster, Ogopogo, actually made its media debut prior to supposed sightings of Nessie. In 1926, seven years before Nessie’s came to the public’s attention, Roy W. Brown, editor of the Vancouver Sun, wrote, ” Too many reputable people have seen [the monster] to ignore the seriousness of actual facts.”

The general appearance of Basilosaurus tallies almost exactly with the log-like descriptions of the creature known locally as Ogopogo, with the head has been described variously as being horse or goat-like. It is reported to be able to move with astounding speed but many sightings in calm weather have been made of the creature apparently feeding on either fish or aquatic weeds. Skeptic Benjamin Radford notes that “these First Nations stories were not referring to a literal lake monster like Ogopogo, but instead to a legendary water spirit.”

In 1926, a sighting is claimed to have occurred at an Okanagan Mission beach. This event was supposedly witnessed by about thirty cars of people who all claimed to have seen the same thing.  In 1968, Art Folden filmed what is claimed to be footage of the alleged creature, showing a large wake moving across the water. A computer analysis of the footage concluded it was a solid, three-dimensional object. An investigation conducted by Benjamin Radford with Joe Nickell and John Kirk for the National Geographic Channel TV show Is It Real?, in 2005 revealed that the object Folden filmed was indeed a real animal but its size had been greatly overestimated. It was probably a water fowl or beaver too far away to be identified.

In 2011, a mobile phone video captured two dark shapes in the water, with a suggested explanation being that the video shows two logs. Radford analysed the video for Discovery News and concluded that “The video quality is poor and the camera is shaky, but a closer look at the 30-second video reveals that, instead of one long object, there are actually two shorter ones, and they seem to be floating next to each other at slightly different angles. There are no humps, nor head, nor form; only two long, darkish, more or less straight forms that appear to be a few dozen feet long. In short, they look a lot like floating logs, which would not be surprising since Lake Okanagan has tens of thousands of logs harvested by the timber industry floating just under the lake’s surface.”

Ogopogo in Popular Culture:

1924 a local named Bill Brimblecomb sang a song parodying a popular British music-hall tune at a Rotary Club luncheon in Vernon, a city in the northern Okanagan Valley. H.F. Beattie adapted the lyrics, which included the following:

1990: A Canadian postage stamp with an artist’s conception of the Ogopogo was issued.

2018: The Ogopogo was included as a vinyl figure variant in Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Cryptkins blind box toy line.
The logo for Kelowna, British Columbia’s Western Hockey League team, the Kelowna Rockets, depicts Ogopogo.

There is a statue of Ogopogo near the Kelowna Commercial Wharf in downtown Kelowna. Another statue of Ogopogo can be found at a children’s play park in Cultus Lake, British Columbia.

We have received the following ‘information’ relating to the Ogopogo, which seems more like a blatantly tongue-in-cheek plug for Big Dik Blak’s latest musical endeavours. Anyway, the sheer effrontery of the approach compelled us to add it here. Make of it what you will:

Most recently, a Canadian rock musician has claimed to have seen the legendary monster near his seaside home – and that he has lured it from the depths when recording his latest material. Previously in the bands Patsy Decline and The Rash, Big Dik Blak (aka George Swan) first witnessed something unusual in Lake Okanagan, a huge freshwater lake in British Columbia earlier this year:

“I had borrowed the Rolling Stones’ mobile recording studio truck that Deep Purple had used back in the day at Montreaux. I had shipped it over here in May so I could use it throughout the summer and have it parked on the shoreline overlooking the lake.

I was working on my song “Deep in the Mountain” when I noticed something slowly approaching in the lake. It then stopped. It was there for about twenty minutes and it appeared to be listening! I could see its neck and head. After I stopped playing the creature slowly slid below the surface out of sight. I asked one of the local native Indians what it was and he said “It’s Ogopogo”

I’ve spent the next 2½ months recording and have seen the Ogopogo three more times. Each time I’ve been unable to get a picture, the Ogopogo only comes when I’m playing. The Ogopogo seems very intelligent to me, very calm and very large.  She seems to like the distorted Hammond/Leslie organ run through old tube guitar amp sounds, and of course the old school mono-synths. I’m very happy to have seen her and hope I will again! It was great”

Website: www.bigdikblak.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-571409490

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Alive. – Canada, 2018

Alive. is a 2018 Canadian horror feature film directed and edited by Rob Grant (Fake Blood; Mon Ami; Yesterday) from a screenplay by Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent. The movie stars Thomas Cocquerel, Camille Stopps, Angus Macfadyen (Saw III and IV) and Chantal Perron.

A severely injured man and woman awake in an abandoned sanitarium only to discover that a sadistic caretaker holds the keys to their freedom and the horrific answers as to their true identity…

Alive. movie film horror driller killer 2018

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