Author Archives: Alex DiVincenzo

Film Review: Bloodlust: Subspecies III (1994)

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SYNOPSIS: Still in the thrall of the evil vampire Radu, Michelle yearns to be taught the skills of the vampire. Meanwhile, her sister Becky tries to free her from his evil clutches, and this time, she has brought some help. REVIEW: 1994’s Bloodlust: Subspecies III was shot back-to-back with its predecessor, Bloodstone: Subspecies II, so the two films share the majority of the same cast, crew, technical aspects, etc. However, the end result an entirely … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: Continuing after the events of the first film, a woman who has just become a vampire tries to escape the evil vampire, Radu, who seeks her as his love interest. But she has taken the vampire family’s bloodstone, and now Radu must find her to get it back. Her sister comes to Romania to save her soul, but it might be too late. REVIEW: For my money, 1991’s Subspecies is the best title ever … Continue reading

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Book Review: Video Night – Author Adam Cesare

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SYNOPSIS: Billy Rile is smart, adept at Nintendo and has a killer Hi-Fi setup. Life is good. But he has no idea that an alien life form has infected his town, a creature that overtakes and transforms its host. It could be inside anyone: a classmate, a pizza delivery man, even the girl next door. When Billy’s weekly movie night is crashed by this otherworldly menace, he and his best friend and their dates will … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art of Dead Space – Author Martin Robinson

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Since its initial launch in 2008, Dead Space has sold over 4.5 million units. It’s one of the most successful and highly-rated modern video game franchises, paving the way for rather lucrative merchandising opportunities. In addition to three acclaimed first-person shooter/survival horror games, the series also spawned spin-off games, films, novels, comic books, soundtracks, action figures, T-shirts and more. To coincide with the highly-anticipated release of Dead Space 3, Titan Books has published The Art … Continue reading

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Book Review: Flash Gordon: The Tyrant of Mongo

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SYNOPSIS: Continuing the comprehensive library of the greatest science fiction hero of all time, this gorgeous collection of library editions feature all-new restorations that will preserve these legendary adventures for generations to come. Featuring strips from world-famous writer-artist Alex Raymond, restored in their original format, complete and uncut! This volume continues the seminal adventures of pulp hero Flash Gordon, an ordinary man trapped on an alien world, and his ongoing battles with the deadly and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Baron Blood (1972)

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SYNOPSIS: In director Mario Bava’s sumptuous Technicolor Gothic horror classic, an American student Peter Kleist travels to Austria on summer holiday to learn more about his family roots. By reciting an incantation on a piece of ancient parchment, he succeeds in scaring up a genuine ancestor – Baron Otto von Kleist, a 16th century sadistic nobleman whose appetite for cruelty earned him the nickname ”Baron Blood’.’ Before Peter can reverse the incantation, the parchment burns. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Die Screaming, Marianne (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: Marianne, following the sudden death of her mother, stands to inherit the family fortune, along with several documents that could incriminate her corrupt judge of a father. Now, her sister and her father both want their hands on Marianne’s inheritance and they’ll stop at nothing, even murder, to get it! REVIEW: After a successful stint in the sexploitation genre, Pete Walker made his first foray into the horror realm with 1971’s Die Screaming, Marianne. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Comeback (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: Seeking a little peace and quiet to write some new songs, a washed-up American singer moves into a secluded English house. But his mind isn’t on a new romance when he’s contacted by his ex-wife’s ghost, whose clues about her murder lead Jones to a confrontation with the killer. REVIEW: Unlike the more exploitative work for which Pete Walker is known, 1978’s The Comeback shows a great deal of restraint. The death scenes, while … Continue reading

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Film Review: Schizo (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: A little girl watches helplessly as she is the sole witness to her mother’s murder. Years later, that little girl has grown into the beautiful skating star Samantha Gray (Lynne Frederick). But after her wedding announcement is published in the local newspaper, a man who becomes more and more obsessed with her begins turning up everywhere she goes. Samantha’s fear mounts as one by one her friends are murdered, and she becomes convinced that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Alien: The Illustrated Story – Author Archie Goodwin | Walter Simonson

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Alien has to be one of the most merchandised genre movies. From books to toys to video games, the sci-fi classic has been spun off into countless forms. Its profitability is no surprise; I’m not alone in considering it among the greatest films of all time. Shortly after the movie’s release in 1979, the story was adapted into comic form under the name Alien: The Illustrated Story. After being out of print since the original … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Beary Scary Movie (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Featuring the musical stylings and acting debut of iwrestledabearonce, the horror-comedy A Beary Scary Movie follows the tale of Shreddy – the deranged guitarist from legendary 80’s hair metal band White Vulture – who comes straight from hell murdering bands one by one by hacking them to pieces. Now it’s up to Steven, Mikey, John, Krysta and Ricky to make it out alive. REVIEW: The transition from musician to actor is not an easy … Continue reading

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Film Review: Puppet Master X: Axis Rising (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: After foiling a plot to blow up an American arms plant, Danny Coogan and his girlfriend, Beth, quickly find that their troubles have just begun. One of Toulon’s mysterious Puppets has been kidnapped by the Nazis, and under the wicked, watchful eye of the occultist Commandant Moebius, the Puppets’ life-giving serum is synthesized to create a master race of unstoppable soldiers. Moebius plots to assassinate the highly-decorated General Porterto deliver a crippling blow to … Continue reading

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Interview: Heather Langenkamp – Actress (A Nightmare on Elm Street, I Am Nancy)

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I recently sat down with the lovely Heather Langenkamp at the Rock and Shock horror convention in Worcester, MA to discuss her new documentary I Am Nancy, the lasting legacy of A Nightmare on Elm Street, working on The Cabin in the Woods, her upcoming role in the new Star Trek film and more. We’re here at Rock and Shock in Worcester, Massachusetts. How’s your weekend going so far? It’s been a really great convention. … Continue reading

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Contest: Win 247°F on Blu-ray

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247°F is out this week via Anchor Bay Home Entertainment, and we have two Blu-rays to give away! The film is directed by Levan Bakhia and Beqa Jguburia. It stars Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween remake), Travis Van Winkle (Friday the 13th remake), Michael Copon (“Power Rangers Time Force”), Christina Ulloa (“Charmed”) and Tyler Mane (Halloween remake). In 247°F, Jenna is traumatized when she is trapped in a small vehicle after a car accident, forced to observe … Continue reading

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Convention Report: Rock and Shock 2012

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Rock and Shock is an annual horror convention that takes place every October in Worcester, MA. Its ninth incarnation occurred on October 12-14, and I was on hand for all three days. Perhaps the biggest draw this year was former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, who had his own private signing room. Other celebrity guests included Danny Trejo (Machete), Tony Todd (Candyman), Doug Bradely (Hellraiser), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Derek … Continue reading

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Contest: Win Excision on Blu-ray

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Excision is out this week via Anchor Bay Home Entertainment, and we have two Blu-ray copies to give away! The film stars AnnaLynne McCord (Day of the Dead remake), Traci Lords (Blade), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), Roger Bart (Hostel: Part II), Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights”), Matthew Gray Gubler (“Criminal Minds”), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks”), John Waters (Pink Flamingos) and Malcolm McDowell (Halloween remake). Based on writer/director Richard Bates, Jr.’s short film of the same … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bag of Bones (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is unable to stop grieving after the sudden death of his wife Jo. Suffering from writer’s block, a dream inspires him to return to the couple’s lakeside retreat in western Maine. While there, Mike befriends an attractive young widow, Mattie and her daughter Kyra, and becomes involved in a custody battle with the child’s enormously wealthy grandfather, Max. Though his ability to write suddenly returns, Mike is plagued by ever-escalating … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Evil Clergyman (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: In 1987 Charles Band directed Pulse Pounders, an anthology film comprised of three 30 minute sequels to the biggest hits of Empire Pictures: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Evil Clergyman, a Trancers sequel, and a sequel to The Dungeonmaster. Pulse Pounders was shot and edited in 1988 before circumstances prevented it from being released. In addition the original 35mm negative for the 3 episodes has never been found. For the last 25 years, fans have been … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

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SYNOPSIS: John Harrington and his wife, Mildred, run an exclusive salon devoted to wedding apparel for women. Although he seems a harmless fashion designer, John is actually a serial killer, doing in his young customers on their wedding nights. With each murder, John is able to see a bit more of the long-repressed memory of his mother’s death. When he murders his wife, she returns to haunt him. REVIEW: Filmmaker extraordinaire Mario Bava changed the … Continue reading

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Rock and Shock 2012 Convention Preview

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I’ve been counting down the days all year, and it’s finally here this weekend! Rock and Shock 2012 will take place will take place October 12-14 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. As a horror fan from Massachusetts, I look forward to the convention every year. This year’s list of guests is quite impressive and diverse. Celebrities in attendance will include such notable names as Danny Trejo (From Dusk Til Dawn), Heather Langenkamp (A … Continue reading

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Film Review: Black Sunday (1960)

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SYNOPSIS: In Mario Bava’s gothic horror masterpiece steeped in rich atmosphere, condemned witch Princess Asa returns from the dead two centuries after her execution and wreaks vengeance on her killers’ family. Possessing the body of a descendant who happens to look just like her, Asa pulls out all the stops to exact her revenge. This is Bava’s credited directorial debut, and it catapulted Barbara Steele and him to stardom. REVIEW: Mario Bava needs no introduction … Continue reading

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