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Cult classic Plaguers comes to Blu-ray and DVD

Not gonna lie, I'd never heard of the 2009 sci-fi/horror hybrid Plaguers until a PR firm hit us with an email announcing the cult classic's release on Blu-ray and DVD.

But yes, Brad Sykes' film is on disc for the first time thanks to the folks at Wild Eye Releasing. I'm sure fans are pretty excited.

This 10th Anniversary Edition includes audio commentary and a previously unseen Q&A involving the cast, which includes genre legend Steve Railsback.

Check it out... the trailer that is:

When an alien contagion is released aboard a spaceship, transforming its victims into demonic flesh eaters, the crew must destroy the infected or join them.

Looks and sounds like fun. Might have to hits this one up now that it's out on disc and digital

Source: Wild Eye Releasing
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The Pale-Faced Lady returns again with In Darkness I Wait

We're big fans of filmmaker Jeff Payne's work here in The Basement, his Pale-Faced Lady films in particular. So when word reached us a third instalment in his popular series was headed our way, we got more than a little excited.

Filming isn't slated to begin until January, but Payne tells us In Darkness I Wait centres on two characters who go into The Pale-Faced Lady's home intent on burning it down. Naturally, they are not prepared for the horrors they face.

"The first Pale-Faced Lady was mostly narrative driven, giving you some visuals with the story, and creating a dark atmosphere throughout," said Jeff. "The second, She Will Return, went into the ghost's origins and dealt with the regret of bad decisions, creating more of a suspenseful theme.

"I'm wanting to make part three a rollercoaster ride of tension and scares," Jeff told us.

I've got serious money on him succeeding.

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Marcus Flor reviews The Lighthouse

So few films are a unique experience these days, and so few stick in my mind like The Lighthouse.

It's an unsettling, haunting decent into madness that takes hold of you. It strands you on the island with these two, and puts you through the same emotional ringer. You laugh at their drunkenness, suffer through their work, and questions everything as their reality slips away.

This entire film is carried by the powerhouse performances of Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. In the hands of weaker actors, their characters would come off as stereotypes. Instead, we get two multi-layered individuals; each with a world of secrets behind their eyes.

This grim tale from the past is as hypnotic as it is uncomfortable. It's far from a typical "horror" film, but you won't forget it. Another winner from The Witch director Robert Eggers. The Lighthouse is a Good.

The Lighthouse plays tonight at the Paramount, and is presented by Drunk in a Graveyard and Kamloops Film Society. C…

Mission: Impossible/Guardians of the Galaxy star crosses 5 Galaxies

Horror anthologies are all the rage, but what about science fiction? When people think sci-fi anthologies they automatically think The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, but the makers of the new film 5 Galaxies hope to change that.

And they've recruited Pom Klementieff (Mantis from Guardians of the Galaxy, and soon to be Tom Cruise's sidekick in the next two Mission: Impossible movies) to bring butts into seats when the film hits in December.

5 Galaxies tells five stories (duh) that cover everything from love found in a time of overpopulation to space travel and exploration of the unknown. And, judging from the trailer below, it's a pretty ambitious project for a low-budget effort.

Check it:

Looks pretty decent if you ask me, which I know you didn't, but tough. I said it anyway.

5 Galaxies features the work of filmmakers Nelson Lee, Kristen Hilkert, Amir Reichart, Vitaly Verlov and Marc-Henri Boulier. It hits DVD and Digital Dec. 10.

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Top Five Educational Shows From My Youth

In addition to horror movies... and animated movies... and having an opinion about people who say stupid things... I enjoy watching educational shows, and learning.

With that in mind, I present my Top Five Educational Shows From My Youth!

"Dirty Jobs" with Mike Rowe-  This show ran from 2005 - 2012, and featured Mike Rowe getting dirty and stinky while learning about some of the jobs that most people wouldn't want to do... but need to be done in order for Society to function.

Some of the jobs explored were: worm dung farmer, removing gum from sidewalks, owl vomit collector, cleaning animals skulls, and blood worm digger.

Each show had a sense of humor, while making the audience appreciate the people who work hard in the "dirty jobs" so we can live like civilized people.

"In Search Of" with Leonard Nimoy-  This was a favorite of mine growing up.  It ran from 1977 - 1982.  Each episode covered a different theme, and explored aliens, monsters, ghosts, s…

Book Review: Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird

I've been a Sherlock Holmes fan since I was a kid. My parents got me The Complete Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle one Christmas, and I was hooked.

My enjoyment of the character spread to his various film and TV incarnations. If I had to pick a preferred version of the great detective... I couldn't. I like them all for different reasons, which would make a great article of its own one day...

I know other authors have tackled Holmes and Watson, and kept their literary adventurers alive and well, but I never bothered picking one up until I came across Art in the Blood by Bonnie MacBird. I didn't believe anyone could continue what Doyle did in book form. Fortunately, when it came to Ms. MacBird's work, I was wrong.

Art in the Bloods reads a lot like Doyle's stories, with Watson continuing to narrate some "lost cases" he and Holmes embarked on. This one has to do with art theft, a series of murders, and a child's disappearance.

The story gets dark -- real…

Harrison Ford and a CGI dog answer The Call of the Wild

I've never read Jack London's classic The Call of the Wild, but I really should. I love adventure stories, be they about man or beast, and have always had a strong desire to shrug off society and go live in the woods somewhere.

So I relate to Harrison Ford's character in this big-screen adaptation of London's 1903 novel... at least the getting away from it part. And I'm becoming a cranky old man myself.

We've got a pretty solid looking story here that should be good family entertainment. I'm betting my son will enjoy this one, which is why I post about it here, on a site known for genre films.

That and I'm a huge Ford fan, and wonder how much longer he'll stick with us...

Check out the trailer:

The Call of the Wild is directed by Chris Sanders, and also stars Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, and Omar Sy. We'll catch it in theatres Feb. 21, 2020.

Source: 20th Century Fox

Retro Review: Pale Rider (1985)

"Nothing like a nice piece of hickory."

Of all of Clint Eastwood's one liners, this has to be my favourite. The timing of it -- right after Eastwood's Preacher puts the beat down on group of lowlifes -- is perfect. The fight with said nice piece of hickory is well staged and fun to watch. And it's a great introduction to our protagonist, who is among Eastwood's finest characters.

Pale Rider was Eastwood's last Western before his Oscar winning Unforgiven. As much as I enjoy that movie, I like this one just a little bit more. Preacher could easily be The Man With No Name, or Josey Wales, later in life.

Or, as we're led to believe at one point, Preacher could the spirit of either of those characters after meeting the business end of a bullet.

It's this mythical quality that gives Pale Rider an extra resonance for me. The Wild West is full of mythos and ghost stories. The fact this could be one of them is most enjoyable, and makes Pale Rider a nice c…

80s horror is alive and well in Pickaxe

Because there aren't enough crazed unstoppable killer movies out there, the folks at Wild Eye Releasing have yet one more to add to the list with Pickaxe.

And, if you're thinking it sounds like something you've seen before... you're right!

Try this on for size: the survivors of a series of brutal killings in a small town are forced to face the killer once again when a ritual resurrects him from the grave.

Yup, sounds like any one of the 80s slashers that came in the wake of Halloween and Friday the 13th. To its credit, Pickaxe does star Phatasm's A. Michael Baldwin and legendary scream queen Tiffany Shepis, so there's that.

Now here's the trailer:

Pickaxe is directed by Jeremy Sumrall and... holy crap! It's available now on VOD!

Source: Wild Eye Releasing

Review: The World According to Jeff Goldblum Season 1, Ep. 2

Continuing the weird and wonderful journey that is The World According to Jeff Goldblum, I eagerly dove into the second episode of this unique docu-series to discover everything I needed to know about ice cream.

Yes, ice cream!

Did you know the U.S. Navy holds ice-cream socials as a regular way to boost morale on their vessels? Or that ice cream is used to treat battle fatigue, as the mix of sweet and fat triggers pleasurable feelings of nostalgia in the brain. Yes, ice cream is as good for your mood as it is bad for your waistline.

Yes, these are just a few of the things I gleaned during the second episode of The World According to Jeff Goldblum. I also learned about the treat's origin and how it's an integral part of most people's upbringing, including our host's.

All these fun facts, when combined with a fun host like Goldblum, make it hard not to like this half hour of television. And, as with other Disney + offerings, we only get an episode a week, so one's a…