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THE HAUNTED VILLAGE Part 1 of 2 (2021) - We Want to Believe

On a cold, wintery weekend before Halloween, the We Want to Believe team is invited to explore the Village of Ashcroft, which is in the Interior of British Columbia. Led on a tour of haunted locations by resident John W. Fair, the investigators not only learn about the community’s spooky history, but find themselves communicating with ghosts from the gold-rush era, and uncovering the sad story of two deceased children. Writer/director’s statement: Our trip to Ashcroft was the first time the team had no idea what it was in for prior to an investigation. All we had was an invite from John W. Fair to explore the area’s haunted past. We got more than we bargained for in terms of encounters with potential spirits, and ticked one more off the paranormal investigator’s bucket list by spending the night in a local cemetery. And it was cold… very, very cold. Here's some pics from the latest episode: An EVP session in the snow. Lead investigator Peter Renn and director Jason Hewlett What did
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Werewolves Within and the Mishna Wolff interview

It's the final countdown to the last prime-time episode of From The Basement, and Jason and Shawn have a gooder (real Canadian English) for folks when they tune in to this, the latest podcast... From The Basement! Not only do they review the upcoming horror/comedy Werewolves Within, they interview its talented and witty writer, Mishna Wolff. And this is the full, feature-length interview with her! Wolff is a comedian and author of the bestselling memoir I'm Down, and Werewolves Within is her first feature screenplay. How did she take a video game and turn it into a funny werewolf film? And what was it like working with director Josh Ruben and star Milana Vayntrub? What were her influences and inspirations? Stick with us! And stick around for Jason and Shawn's review of Werewolves Within! Is it the best movie since this pandemic started? Or should The Basement Boys have stuck with genre staples An American Werewolf in London and The Thing instead? You can find out by pushing

Mishna Wolff is a Werewolf Within

It's the final countdown to the last prime-time episode of From The Basement, and Jason and Shawn have a gooder (real Canadian English) for folks when they take to the mighty Radio NL airwaves tonight at 6:05. Not only do they review the upcoming horror/comedy Werewolves Within, they interview its talented and witty writer, Mishna Wolff! Wolff is a comedian and author of the bestselling memoir I'm Down, and Werewolves Within is her first feature screenplay. How did she take a video game and turn it into a funny werewolf film? And what was it like working with director Josh Ruben and star Milana Vayntrub? Stick with us! And stick around for Jason and Shawn's review of Werewolves Within! Is it the best movie since this pandemic started? Or should The Basement Boys have stuck with genre staples An American Werewolf in London and The Thing instead? Tune in tonight at 6:05, and only on Radio NL ! Note: this episode repeats Saturday at 7 P.M. and Sunday at 6 A.M. The podcast dro

Marcus Flor vs Castlevania: The Full Series

Seeing as the Castlevania animated series has recently concluded, I thought it apt to give my thoughts on the series as a whole.  I'm not going to lie, I have mixed feelings about the show. For me, it would often flip-flop between interesting and bland. It had some intriguing concepts and characters throughout, but these would often be overshadowed by a meandering and haphazard plot. There were many subplots that were underutilized, misused, or straight-up abandoned by the end. The Infinite Corridor, for example, is a plot point that's given a lot of build up in Season 3. It gets well established, a character's fate gets tied to it... and it's turned into a useless footnote in the last season. It seemed like the show's mission statement would change from season to season, so established plot threads would have to be re-woven to accommodate. Regardless, this show is still a good watch, and there is some splendid animation by the end. I'd still call this series a

Safety's Off: "Lethal Weapon" (1987)

  After taking a short break after my " Run, Bandit, Run " series, I'm back.  This time, I'm taking aim... with a " Lethal Weapon "... 50 year old Sergeant Murtaugh has a nice home, a lovely family, a new fishing boat, and a fairly safe career... Sergeant Rigs has a motor home, memories of his deceased wife, a risky career... and a "special" bullet for a "special" occasion... When they get partnered up, it becomes a question of who'll get the "special" bullet in the end... 1987's " Lethal Weapon " helped to transform the Buddy Cop movie from a genre that was generally comedic to one that had action, humor, and depth of character. The story is pretty 1980's in that it consisted of drug cartels- which was the real hot topic back then due to Nancy Reagan's " Just Say No " campaign.  But it's really only the bones from which hangs the real "flesh" of the movie- the relationship betwe

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Wrath of Man and Army of the Dead

The Basement Boys are back! And they're bringing the first of the final three prime-time From The Basement episodes with them with this, the latest podcast... From The Basement! What have Jason and Shawn got in store for listeners? How about an easy half dozen, if not more, reviews for your ear holes? Sound good? Great! The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, is put on the chopping block. Can the latest film based on the alleged case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren stand up to the previous two, not to mention all those spinoffs? Stick with us! And stay tuned, as Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, and the new Jason Statham/Guy Ritchie collaboration Wrath of Man, are also put to the test. Shawn has caught up with the Canadian comedy series Letterkenny, and Jason took on the horror offerings Great White with Katrina Bowden, and The Djinn. Plus he's seen the Saw sequel Spiral: From the Book of Saw. You get all this, and a little bit more, when you push play on the player below. So

The Conjuring Wrath of the Dead

The Basement Boys are back! And they're bringing the first of the final three prime-time From The Basement episodes with them when they take to the mighty Radio NL airwaves at 6:05 tonight! What have Jason and Shawn got in store for listeners this eve? How about an easy half dozen, if not more, reviews for your ear holes? Sound good? Great! The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, is put on the chopping block. Can the latest film based on the alleged case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren stand up to the previous two, not to mention all those spinoffs? Stick with us! And stay tuned, as Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, and the new Jason Statham/Guy Ritchie collaboration Wrath of Man, are also put to the test. Shawn has caught up with the Canadian comedy series Letterkenny, and Jason took on the horror offerings Great White with Katrina Bowden, and The Djinn. Plus he's seen the Saw sequel Spiral: From the Book of Saw. You get all this, and a little bit more, tonight at 6:05, and

Marcus Flor vs Love Death + Robots

I've always been a fan of anthology shows, as they have the opportunity to showcase new and interesting ideas. Love Death + Robots is such a series, as it is essentially a collection of unrelated animated sci-fi short films. It hosts a variety of interesting concepts, unique art styles, and a fair helping of gore. In the current era of restricted, often sanitized science fiction, this series is so refreshing in its creative freedom. Unsurprisingly, the show's quality can be hit or miss. Some episodes are fairly generic, and offer little substance on the second watch. However, this is somewhat balanced by the great attention paid to the animation and stylization of each story. This is a futuristic, sardonic box of chocolates that's got something for almost every kind of sci-fi nerd. Even if certain episodes fall short, they still manage to be thought provoking and entertaining. This series is definitely a Good.

From The Basement - the "final" three

Just a gentle reminder From The Basement returns next Friday -- June 11 -- to the mighty Radio NL with an all-new episode! That's the good news. The bad news it'll be the first of our final three prime-time shows. What, you might ask? Are you bastards quitting AGAIN!?!? No. No we're not. We learned our lesson the last time. Shawn and I's long-running show will return to being "just a podcast," and not adhering to any set broadcast schedule. Why, you ask? Our lives are becoming increasingly busy outside of The Basement, and it's getting harder for Shawn and I to keep up with the latest movies, TV shows and entertainment news. We'd rather cease our weekly duties than produce an inferior product. Simple as that. Much thanks to Howie Reimer and the Radio NL crew for hosting us the last three years, first as a Friday morning segment, then as a prime-time series. It's been a blast! Don't worry, we're not coasting on these last three episodes. T

Marcus Flor vs Invincible

It's not often I find anything superhero related that I wholeheartedly recommend, but the animated series Invincible is just one of those pieces of media. Invincible is an adult superhero series, in more ways than one. It has the violence, gore, and swearing you'd expect with that kind of tag line, but it's fairly adult with it's storytelling as well. Instead of characters taking a back seat to the action, as they do in most superhero stuff, their struggles and internal conflicts are front and center. We get to see the consequences of wearing the cape and saving people, we get to see how difficult a job it is, and how you can't save everyone no matter how invincible you are. I was afraid this series would end up being just another "edgy" addition to the genre, but was pleasantly surprised at how mature it was.  Now, don't get me wrong. There's still plenty of fun, superpowered action to be had here. Thanks to it being animated, everything hits with