Dave Stewart

A Writer/Project Manager at Graphcom Group (an advertising agency) by day, and a freelancer at night, I’ve written, mainly about movies, for Retro Slashers.net, The Buzz, Rue Morgue, and Cathay Pacific’s in-flight entertainment magazine Studio CX. I’m a grad of Humber College’s (Toronto) Film & TV Production program, and I’ve directed and co-written short films, one of which (Florid) won the Viewer’s Choice Award at the 2004 Reel Island Film Festival. I’ve been heard as a movie reviewer and pop culture commentator on CBC Radio, and I’ve edited and contributed scripts and ideas to television productions including My Messy Bedroom and Thrill on the Hill (CBC-TV’s Canada Day Celebration). My movie review cartoon strip And Yet I Blame Hollywood was adapted and animated as 26 two-minute television interstitials for CBC-TV’s late night program ZeD, and I wrote every single stinkin’ last episode.

Proto-Slashers #10 – The Spiral Staircase (1945)

Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1945)

More Slashers on Disc

More slasher and proto-slasher discs are on their way. October 13: The Stepfather This terrific 1987 slasher has been M.I.A. on DVD for far too long. Lost’s Terry O’Quinn stars as a family man who, when disappointed by his family, simply kills them, changes his identity, and moves on to a new family until they, [...]

Proto-Slashers #9: Jaws (1975)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. JAWS (1975) That’s right… Jaws. The story of a killer who terrorizes a small community, leaving many of its inhabitants slashed to bits. Of course, the killer here is a shark and its weapon is its teeth, but [...]

Proto-Slashers #8: Repulsion (1965)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. REPULSION (1965) Roman Polanski’s first English-language film, Repulsion is a bonafide, certified Retro Slashers classic, and one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It stars Catherine Deneuve as Carol, a repressed young beautician, sharing an apartment with [...]

Inside (2007)

Somebody wants to claim a pregnant woman’s baby for her own. To make matters worse, the baby is still in his mother’s womb. We’ve all heard shocking news reports (and a few urban legends) about childless women attempting to steal other women’s unborn babies using car keys and other unimaginable surgical instruments. Apparently so have [...]

THE GREAT RED NORTH: Canada & Slasher Movies

Growing up as a horror fan in Canada during the 70’s and 80’s was a double-edged sword. Yes, we produced a lot of horror flicks during that period, but at the time most of them seemed like half-baked attempts to rip-off American successes. And to a Canadian teen in the 70’s and 80’s, if the [...]