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31 Days Of Horror: What To Watch On Netflix Canada


Halloween falls on a Monday this year which means that if you have to get up early the next day, you probably will be too tired from a weekend of festivities to do much of anything except sit on the couch and eat leftover candy. Or maybe Halloween parties aren’t your thing and you’d much rather watch something scary on TV.

I remember trying to rent some scary movies for Halloween during the death throes of the video rental chain stores and it was not a pretty sight. Thankfully, we have Netflix now.

Here’s a list of some of Netflix’s best offerings for this, the spookiest of all weekends.
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31 Days Of Horror 2016: I Have Finally Seen “Saw”

It’s crazy to think that the first Saw movie came out over a decade ago and I only saw it this week for the first time. In 2004, I was just starting to admit that I enjoyed horror movies, but I wasn’t quite ready to see something that seemed so gruesome and terrifying in the theater yet. Jeepers Creepers, 28 Days Later, and Signs had all left quite an impact upon my still-impressionable psyche.

After numerous sequels – including the recently announced Saw: Legacy, which will hit theaters in 2017 – I figured it was time for me to finally see what all the fuss was about.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Books To Accompany Your Fave Movies and TV Shows

As the holidays approach, many of us wish we’d had the time to watch all those movies and TV shows that people have been talking about all year. With so many great things appearing on the big and small screens, it’s easy to forget about how many books there are waiting to be read, too. But not just any books; I’m talking about those which would make the perfect side dish to your main course of movie and TV entrees (or vice versa, if you prefer).

Here are four book and Blu-ray/DVD combo meals to whet your appetite.


True Detective, Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray and James Ellroy’s White Jazz: While folks are still divided on whether or not True Detective Season 2 was on par with the HBO show’s first season, I still think it’s worth watching (and rewatching) not only for its complex narrative and the terrific acting of the cast, but also because it is the spiritual brethren to the Los Angeles noir fiction of James Ellroy. To get a good feel for the seedy underbelly of L.A. that seems to have inspired the show, check out Ellroy’s White Jazz. True Detective Season 2 won’t hit shelves until January 5, 2016, so you’ve got time to read this gripping fourth installment of Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet before then. (White Jazz on; Pre-order True Detective Season 2 on Read the rest of this entry

Trailer Time: Hannibal Season 2

hannibal-season-2Take a look around and you’ll find some stellar television showing up not just on cable channels like HBO and Showtime, but network broadcasters as well. For my money, no show last season was more chilling and clever than Bryan Fuller’s awesome Hannibal. How good is it? How about this – as classic a performance Anthony Hopkins has given as Dr. Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, as much as he once defined the character, for me, Mads Mikkelsen is now MY Hannibal. He gives the character a cool and calm demeanour, as we watch investigator Will Graham (the equally brilliant Hugh Dancy) uncover a series of crimes with Lecter’s help. The first season of Hannibal was almost a buddy cop show. Almost.

The trailer for the second season of the NBC series has now dropped, and offers lots of hints as to what we’ll be seeing. Colour me hugely excited for this (and the news today that American Mary star Katherine Isabelle has been added as Margot Verger makes my anticipation that much greater.

Have you watched Hannibal? Will you be watching Season 2 when it premieres Friday February 28th?

My Take on NBC’s Dracula


Created by journalist and comic book writer Cole Haddon in his first TV endeavor, and run by the genius behind “Carnivale” Daniel Knauf, NBC’s “Dracula” was one of the shows of the new season I was looking forward to. A steampunk version of Dracula on the small screen sounds so intriguing, let’s see how it actually holds up.

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Saturday At The Movies – Red Dragon

Red_Dragon_movieLast week I was seriously under the weather, dealing with some “minor” pneumonia. Essentially, all I could do for a week was making ghastly coughing noises, sleep and lay on the couch watching television series and movies. The latter part wasn’t so bad, mind you, as I was able to catch up on Hannibal, the Bryan Fuller created NBC series that I now think is one of the best of the last few years. Feeling inspired, I then decided to watch what is arguably my favourite of the four Hannibal Lecter films to hit theatres – the under appreciated Red Dragon.
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Guest Blogger London McGuire Looks Back On Hannibal Season 1 – The Story So Far

London McGuire is a freelance writer and blogger for In addition to the horror and thriller genres, she enjoys writing about sports, great food and anything related to television or movies. Follow her on Twitter @londonmcguire.

It’s official – NBC’s Hannibal has been renewed for a second season despite the ratings and the network. For those of you reading this who might have missed the fun or are just raging crime addicts, let’s talk about season 1 and the story so far…

Will Graham – Our knight in bloody armor

Those of you familiar with the various incarnations of Red Dragon know about Will Graham, but you might not be familiar with this interpretation.

Will GrahamThis is Will. He’s the first guy we meet in the first episode of the season, Aperitif. It’s here that we see his true power – an uncanny capacity for empathy. To be more specific, he’s a criminal profiler who really gets into the heads of the bad guys he’s chasing. He doesn’t just surmise and form conjectures – in his head, when he’s about to work, all time stops and he becomes the killer. He visualizes himself violently executing his victims in order to understand the serial killer’s design.

As you might imagine, this can’t be good on Will’s psyche, and that’s where another familiar name comes into play…
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Saturday At The Movies: G.I. Jane (1997)

Over the last few weeks, this column has seen two different reviews of the new G.I. Joe: Retaliation film – one by “Joe” fanatic, Andy Burns, which you can read here and one by regular Los Angeles cinema-goer, Emily McGuiness, which you can check out here.

It’s safe to say that the two movies in the franchise are pretty cheesy viewing. In private circles, I’ve been known to mercilessly rip the first flick – yet I still have an interest in viewing the second. Call it nostalgia for the cartoons I watched and the action figures I collected and played with as a kid.

Still, as we’re experiencing military grandstanding in North Korea, active operations in Afghanistan, and political machinations back home in North America, it’s a great time to curl up on the couch, ditch the cheese, and watch a great G.I. film that carries a weighty and important philosophy.

I’m talking, of course, about the underappreciated G.I. Jane.

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Trailer Time: Hannibal

One of the most terrifying villains in film and literature is finally coming to prime time television. Are you read for Hannibal?

The new ongoing crime thriller stars Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

“Hannibal” by Bryan Fuller debuts on NBC April 4th.


Biff Bam Pop’s Favorite Couples—Guest Blogger Janice Gable Bashman On Hannibal and Clarice

Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter and Clarice Starling aren’t your average couple.

They’re anything but average.

Two diametrically opposed people who together create one of the most intriguing couples, in their own twisted way.

Who would have thought that a serial killer and a FBI trainee would become one of pop culture’s most well-known couples? And most loved.

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