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 #7: I Saw What You Did (1965)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies.

Criterion Releases Proto-Slasher Classic

On July 29, the Criterion Collection will release Roman Polanski’s proto-slasher classic “Repulsion” starring Catherine Deneuve. This 1965 flick features Deneuve as a paranoid psychotic who loses all grip on reality when her sister/roommate goes away for the weekend. Ceilings crack, hands reach out of walls, a bunny corpse starts to rot, and Deneuve finds [...]

Proto-Slashers # 6: The House That Screamed (1969)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. The House That Screamed (1969) Someone is killing the students at a private girls school. Sounds like the premise for any one of countless 80′s slasher flicks, but in this case it’s the plot of the 1969 proto-slasher, [...]

Proto-Slashers #5: Homicidal (1961)

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. Homicidal (1961) I love William Castle movies… The Tingler, The House on Haunted Hill, Mr. Sardonicus, Macabre, I Saw What You Did, 13 Ghosts, The Night Walker, Straight-Jacket. I mean, what’s not to love? Castle made movies that [...]

Proto-Slashers #4: Hands of the Ripper – 1971

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies. Hands of the Ripper (1971) Suppose an infamous serial killer had a baby daughter who witnessed her father murder her mother. Years later, the memory of the event buried, the daughter commits a series of murders herself. That’s [...]

Proto-Slashers #3: Fright – 1971

Proto-Slashers: Looking at the flicks that paved the way for Halloween and the heyday of slasher movies.