Most of the Vancouver-shot movies I covered during my time as a freelancer for Fangoria magazine actually made it into theatres. One that didn't was The Resurrected, which was based on the H.P. Lovecraft novella, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

The movie--aka Shatterbrain--went directly to video, but that's okay with me. The main reason I wanted to cover it, apart from the Lovecraft angle, was that it was directed by Dan O'Bannon, who horror freaks may recall wrote the screenplay for Ridley Scott's Alien.

In other words, the guy was hot shit.

Here's a heavily edited version of my set-visit piece which ran in the September 1991 Fangoria, a special Lovecraft issue.


Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are six events happening in or around Vancouver on Monday, January 26.


Scandinavian death-metal bands Mayhem and Watain coheadline at the Rickshaw Theatre.

Bluegrass banjoists Alan Munde and Bill Evans (pictured above) perform bluegrass, original compositions, fiddle tunes on banjo, and slow songs at the ANZA Club.


The very strange Dennis Rodman is back in the news again. The former NBA star and onetime Celebrity Apprentice star has made most extensive comments to date on a movie depicting the assassination of his friend Kim Jong-un.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Rodman said that he didn't believe that Kim's North Korean regime hacked Sony Pictures' email system in response to Seth Rogen's comedy, The Interview.

"How many movies have there been attacking North Korea?" Rodman said. "And they never hacked those. North Korea is going to hack a comedy, a movie that is really nothing? I can’t see that happening."

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American folk-rock singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (pictured above) takes the stage at the Kay Meek Centre in support of latest release Listening Booth: 1970.

The Victoria B.C. Ska Society presents ska-reggae acts Mad Caddies and the Aggrolites, along with guests the Bunny Gang, at the Imperial.

Uber has tried to turn the tables on the City of Toronto by claiming that 26 of its licensed taxi drivers didn't meet the San Francisco-base company's standards.

The Toronto Star reported that Uber Toronto's general manager, Ian Black, made this claim in an affidavit filed in his firm's legal battle with the city.

The story carried the standard disclaimer: "None of the allegations have been proven in court."

Uber, which created a ride-booking app, has claimed that it relied on a company to conduct background checks on the Toronto taxi drivers.

The world's high and mighty have gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for their annual talkfest.

In recent years, these meetings have invariably attracted a protest from Femen, the sextremist feminist group that goes topless to highlight its opposition to tyranny, patriarchy, and religious oppression.

This year, Femen did something different. Rather than trying to storm a conference room, one of its demonstrators stood outside and begged for spare change in the freezing cold.


Naturally, she was hauled away by security officials.

It’s National Handwriting Day, the annual moment when everyone is reminded how much theirs sucks. If your penmanship hasn’t always looked like the product of a DMT trip during aircraft turbulence, it probably does now, what with all the years you’ve spent thumb-typing.

Still, it’s an art that deserves celebration, alongside origami, thatching, and other remnants of the slow-motion pre-Internet world. As David H. Baker, executive director of the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association, puts it, “Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word.”

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The Georgia Straight presents local instro-surf quartet the Hang-Ten Hangmen (pictured above) in a performance at the Media Club. Guests Butch Murphy, Hank Pine & Lily Fawn, and go-go dancers Lydia DeCarllo and Villainy Loveless will also be taking the stage.

It's not a very auspicious sign when commentators start zeroing in on the health of the new king of the world's largest oil producer.

Salman bin Abdulaziz Saud, 79, has assumed the throne after the death of his half-brother, 91-year-old King Abdullah.

According to the Washington Institute's Simon Henderson, Salman's brain is "evidently ravaged by dementia".

"Visitors report that after a few minutes of conversation, he becomes incoherent," Henderson wrote on December 31

When Rev. Trisha Elliott of Ottawa was getting her photo taken, the photographer told her: “Don’t tilt your head to the side. You look like Jennifer Aniston. You have to look like a Minister.”

After sharing her experience on Facebook, fellow female ministers flooded her with stories about how they were told what a minister should look or act like: to cut their hair to look less sexy, how they were treated differently once they became pregnant, and more.

They came up with the idea to make a calendar depicting female ministers to shatter stereotypical, gendered conceptions of what a minister should look like. And thus, the Calendar Revs 2015 ("Real women, real ministers") was born.