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John Fallon's The Shelter hits Vimeo On Demand

Long-time fans know Shawn and I have a strong connection with filmmaker John Fallon and his directorial debut The Shelter.

Which means we're super pumped to report the critically acclaimed film, which the L.A. Times called "remarkably ambitious," is now available to watch anywhere in the world on Vimeo On Demand!

Insomniac Theatre: "Swamp Women" (1956)

It's 3:00 am.  The air wafting through the drapes is hot- slowly sucking the moisture from you.  Your restless mind feels clogged with cotton balls.

You can't sleep, but you can't fully wake up either.

That's when the flickering images on the TV screen catch your attention and you realize that you're watching an old movie.

You're watching "Swamp Women"...

Review: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

I'm not a fan of animated films. Gotta get that off my chest right away. Shawn sure is, and Mike S is our Animated Addict. That's their thing, not mine. Shawn even tried to get me to watch the animated DC films, saying they're the cat's ass (my words, not his). I could care less.

But when your six-year-old son wants to go see Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, as the Teen Titans Go! TV series is one of his all-time favourites, you take him. It's part of being a dad.

Millennium After the Millennium, Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Aside from having the longest episode title in Basement history, the latest entry in our eight-year-long series also marks the first time Shawn has not appeared on the show!

Yup, no Shawn for you! He's on vacation.

But the Mad Twit Mike S sits down with Jason for this, the extended cut of Friday's segment on the mighty Radio NL 610 AM Kamloops, featuring an interview with filmmakers Troy Foreman and Jason Morris about their documentary Millennium After the Millennium.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it

It's summer, which means it's holiday time for many people, Shawn and Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show co-host Howie Reimer among them. So where does that leave The Basement's weekly segment?

In the capable hands of Jason and Morning Show co-host Shane Woodford of course!

Lord of the Rings meets The Descent in Dragon Mountain

You read that right, it's the high-concept mashup you didn't even know you needed to see . . . coming straight to Video On Demand in August!

Yup, director Chris Raney has made a medieval horror flick with dwarves, dragons and something sinister lurking inside a cave, and it's called Dragon Mountain.

Insomniac Theatre: "Dune" (1984)

It's 2:30 am, the summer night breeze is wafting through the open balcony door as the distant, lonely sound of a train floats mournfully as it passes.

And I find myself watching David Lynch's 1984 film, "Dune"- based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name.

Review: Within (2016)

It's rare when you come across an obscure horror movie that starts with the Warner Bros. and New Line Cinemas logos. These are the studios who brought us The Conjuring films and their spin offs, plus other horror hits like Lights Out. Most of their flicks go theatrical, and not straight to VOD.

Within? Never heard of it . . . until it showed up on my Netflix account.

Pushing play, I didn't know what to expect. I certainly didn't think I'd get into it as quickly as I did, or enjoy it at all. I figured it was one of those flicks you fall asleep to after a night at the pub.

Mike S's Top 5 DC Heroes That Deserve a Big Screen Adaptation

With the recent release of the "Aquaman" and "Shazam!" movie trailers, I started thinking about a few of my favorite DC Comics characters that I felt deserve to be on the big screen.

Without further ado, here they are in alphabetical order:

Comic-Con trailer round up: SHAZAM!, Aquaman and Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Comic-Con 2018 is in full swing down in San Diego, and The Basement is unable to be there. But we can bring you the goods when able.

And at this moment, we can present the trailers for the upcoming DCU flicks SHAZAM! and Aquaman and the much-anticipated Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Millennium After the Millennium

We Came from the Basement is scheduled to return to the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show this upcoming Friday, and we're bringing our first interview in quite a while with us.

Joining Jason and Shane Woodford at about 8:40 a.m. (Shawn is on vacation) are filmmakers Troy Foreman and Jason Morris, the driving forces behind the upcoming documentary Millennium After the Millennium.

Review: The Equalizer 2

2014's The Equalizer was a loose, but decent, adaptation of one of my favourite childhood TV shows. It was a brutally violent film with a compelling lead character and some corny 80's TV show elements.

The Equalizer was a pretty big hit, so a sequel was inevitable. Four years later we've got The Equalizer 2, and I'm happy to say it was worth the wait.

Glass trailer brings Split and Unbreakable together

Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod! The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Glass has arrived, and it is a thing of beauty!

Fans have waited 17 years for a sequel to Unbreakable, not knowing Shyamalan snuck one in under the radar (kinda) with Split. Thankfully, that movie was a big hit, because the fine folks at Universal and Blumhouse put things in motion to bring the characters of The Beast, David Dunn and Mr. Glass together.

Review: Tau (2018)

Netflix has created a nice niche for itself as a purveyor of B-grade genre flicks, and we in The Basement applaud the move, as that's our bread and butter here.

Some are better than others. Spectral was decent, The Open House not so much. A couple of weeks back they unleashed Tau, featuring the voice of Gary Oldman and It Follows and The Guest starlet Maika Monroe in a one-location sci-fi thriller about a kidnapped woman and a deadly AI.

Nazi zombies attack in Overlord trailer

For some reason, the whole idea of Nazi zombies just doesn't get old. It was used to great -- and some times comedic -- effect in two Dead Snow movies. And now J.J. Abrams is bringing the scares and gore in the upcoming period horror flick Overlord.

Overlord, for the record, was the code name for the D-Day invasion of Normandy by Allied troops in World War 2. Just so you get the reference here.

The Animated Addict: "The Secret Life of Pets" (2016)

Have you ever wondered what your pets get up to while your gone?  I have, so I figured "The Secret Life of Pets" might be entertaining...

Max the terrier has the perfect life: a warm bed, free food, and a loving human.  Then his human gets a second dog... a large shaggy one named Duke.  During their struggle to determine dominance, they find themselves lost in the city.  Now, they must team up to find their way home...

Some behind-the-scenes pics from The Proposal

Cameras are officially rolling on the upcoming action short The Proposal, written and produced by our man John Fallon and starring actor/producer/martial artist Marc Natoli.

In fact, the shoot is a couple of days and change old at this point, which means it's high time to share a few behind-the-scenes shots for your eye holes.

From the Corner: "Death on Demand" (2011)

When I buy my horror box sets, I expect plenty of low budget horror movies.  I expect a fair number of bad ones.  I expect fewer decent ones.  I expect even fewer jewels.

"Death on Demand" definitely wasn't one of those jewels.

Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Jason and Shawn return one more time before a two-week hiatus, with an all-new episode featuring their latest appearance on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show with Howie Reimer, plus a bunch of other cool shat.

That's right, the Basement Boys talk Dwayne Johnson's latest effort, the Die Hard in a skyscraper action flick Skyscraper, plus the Adam Sandler animated Sequel Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Die Hard in a Skyscraper

Another week has come and gone, and a few new movies are ready to land in cineplexes across North America. That must mean it's Friday, and Jason and Shawn are ready to join Howie Reimer on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show.

This weekend there's a pair of new movies that will compete for your movie-going dollar: Skyscraper and Hotel Transylvania 3.

First look at Godzilla: King of the Monsters

I'm a hard-core Godzilla fan. I even have a tattoo of the King of the Monsters on my right leg. Love the classic Toho films. Love the 2014 version by Gareth Edwards. The 1996 Matthew Broderick film?

... not so much.

District 9 director to helm RoboCop sequel

And we're not talking a sequel to the 2014 remake either. Nope! Neill Blomkamp will direct a sequel to the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic that starred Peter Weller and coined the phrase "I'd buy that for a dollar."

Sweetening the deal: the script for RoboCop Returns is by Michael Miner and Edward Neumeier, who penned the original film, with a polish by Justin Rhodes, who scripted the upcoming Terminator.

Insomniac Theatre: "14 Blades" (2010)

At one time or another, we have all been there- unable to sleep, flipping idly through the channels and creating our own story from the bits and fragments we catch between channel flips, until we come across a show or movie that makes us go, "Huh... this might be interesting."

Or in my case, flipping through my DVD/Blu-Ray collection.

Chicago Fire, Ray Donovan star headlines Bronx SIU

We don't talk a lot of TV here in The Basement, but I figure it's high time that we do. TV, books, video games . . . it's all up for grabs from now on.

And that brings us to Bronx SIU (Special Investigations Unit), which hits UMC and Amazon Prime on July 19.

Having My Say: The Good, The Bad, The Fandom

Star Wars fans are the latest group of "fandoms" that have become toxic to their chosen franchise, and geekdom in general.  Their outrage at the prequels, a Jamaican sounding alien, a black stormtrooper, the revelation about Rey's parents, the introduction of Rose, the portrayal of an older Luke Skywalker, etc.

They make me shake my head.

Ant Man and the Wasp and The First Purge

It's the big holiday weekend in the U.S. of A., and Jason and Shawn are back to chat what they think is worth watching during the week ahead in this, an extended cut of their segment on Radio NL 610 AM Kamloops.

Shawn wasn't able to attend the NL Morning Show with Howie Reimer, but he delivers his two bits and change on the weekend's big releases: the latest MCU effort Ant Man and the Wasp and the horror prequel The First Purge. What does he have to say and what does he think? Stick with us!

Make mine The Basement on Friday

It's the biggest weekend of the year down the good 'ole U.S. of A., and that means a mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe release is headed our way.

This of course can only mean one thing: it's time for We Came from the Basement to join Howie Reimer on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show and talk about it.

Retro Review: The Hidden

Some movies, no matter how dated, are like comfort food. When you're in the mood to watch it, you just gotta. Predator is like that for me, as is Jaws, Aliens, and a few other 80s action/sci-fi/horror flicks.

Flicks like 1987's The Hidden!

I had a crap day full of family crisis on July 4, and just needed to unwind with a couple of cold ones. For whatever reason, all I wanted to watch was The Hidden. It had been a few years, so I guess I was due. And watch it I did!

Movie Catch Up: Tomb Raider (2018) and A Quiet Place

Given the juggle that is family, a full-time job and this site, neither Shawn nor I get to see every movie we want to in theatres. While unfortunate, it also means we have the joy of catching up with these flicks when they hit the home market.

I got to do just that this Canada Day weekend, taking in not only the new Tomb Raider, but the much acclaimed A Quiet Place. How do these flicks rate on the Basement scale? Stick with me!

Mike S's Top Five Canadian Horror Films

It's the Canada Day long weekend, and what better way for me to celebrate... than with a list of my top five favorite Canadian made horror movies?

Am I right- or am I right, eh?


The Drunken Review: Shark Lake

The Drunken Review is a Basement feature wherein movies are reviewed under the influence of alcohol. Why? Because some movies are better reviewed with booze, almost like the filmmakers designed them that way.

Last night, I tackled the 2015 Dolph Lundgren flick Shark Lake. Because if any movie was designed for The Drunken Review, it's one where Dolph Lundgren punches a shark in the nose . . . in a lake. Does Miller High Life make this a fun and enjoyable ride? Stick with me!