Author Archives: Angel Van Croft

Film Review: Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s. REVIEW: Director – Philippe Mora Starring – Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil When I first saw that I had a western film to review I thought there might be some kind of mix-up. Then I saw that it was being re-released by Troma Films. Yep, Mr. Lloyd Kaufman is responsible. Okay, that’s cool but … Continue reading

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Film Review: Documenting The Grey Man (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A ghost hunting expedition goes horribly wrong when the team finds out that an old ghost story is more than legend. REVIEW: Director – Wayne Capps Starring – Patrick Hussion, Kelly Coulter, Jillian Walzer Found footage films have been around for a very long time, as in over thirty years long time. When The Blair Witch Project came out it rejuvenated the subgenre and of course imitators followed to varied success. Next came Paranormal … Continue reading

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Film Review: Jurassic Shark (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When an oil company unwittingly unleashes a prehistoric shark from its icy prison, the Jurassic killer maroons a group of art thieves and a group of college students on an abandoned island REVIEW: Director – Brett Kelly Starring – Emanuelle Carriere, Christine Emes, Celine Filion Wow. And I don’t mean it in a good way. Obviously I love horror movies and I love all kinds of them, from the grade A Hollywood blockbuster to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tied In Blood (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: George, convinced a ghost killed his family, hires Robert, a talented Medium frustrated by his job. As the dead return to tell of ghostly seduction, demonic rage, and brutal murder, Robert discovers a horror more real than any ghost story. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Blood Snow (aka Necrosis) (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: In 2009, six friends arrive at an isolated cabin to enjoy a long weekend in the snow. An epic snowstorm interrupts their vacation, trapping them on the mountain and resurrecting the haunting ghosts of the Donner Party. REVIEW: Necrosis (aka “Blood Snow”) Director – Jason Robert Stephens Starring – James Kyson-Lee, George Stults, Tiffany One of these days the young people of the world are going to realize that staying in isolated cabins is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Autopsy (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A night of partying in town turns deadly for a group of five friends, when they get into a car accident and hit a man in the middle of the road. It turns out the man is a patient at the local hospital, as an ambulance soon arrives on the scene and takes the friends and the patient there for a medical check-up. It soon appears, however, that the staff at the hospital have … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ashes (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: An obsessive doctor working on a cure for AIDS unwittingly creates an aggressive new bacteria that deteriorates the body and enrages the mind. REVIEW: Director – Elias Matar Starring – Brian Krause, Kadeem Hardison, S.A. Griffin Viruses. One word that can definitely bring a lot of images to mind. Especially when put into the context and confines of a horror movie. In that aspect you might as well put the word “super” in front … Continue reading

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Film Review: Shock Labyrinth (3D) (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of teenagers take a sick to a hospital only to find out it is a horrific labyrinth REVIEW: Director – Takashi Shimizu Starring – Yuya Yagira, Ai Maeda, Misako Renbutsu I am a big fan of The Grudge, both the Japanese original version and the American remake, so when I saw that this was directed by Takashi Shimizu it would be more than fair to say that I had high expectations. For … Continue reading

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Film Review: Smile (2009)

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  SYNOPSIS: Several students on a school holiday discover a mysterious camera, but after several of them start showing up dead after having their picture taken, they start to realize this camera is much more than they bargained for. In looking at the photos that have been taken of everyone, they find that the deaths correlate to the image. As time runs out, they must piece together the puzzle before they become the next victims. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Killer By Nature (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Horrific murders which once lived only in a young man’s nightmares suddenly begin occurring in chilling reality in his hometown. REVIEW: Director – Douglas S. Younglove Starring – Zachary Ray Sherman, Ron Perlman, Armand Assante Nature versus nurture. A debate that has graced numerous horror films in the past and is brought to the forefront once again here. And while the territory of theme is familiar, Killer By Nature manages to keep the viewer … Continue reading

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Film Review: Return To Horror High (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: A few years ago, a mysterious serial-killer caused panic on Crippen High School. The killer was never caught. A movie company, Cosmic Pictures, has decided to make a feature movie about these events – on location, at the now abandoned school. Since members of cast and crew disappear without a trace, it seems as if history is repeating itself. REVIEW: Director – Bill Froehlich Starring – Richard Brestoff, George Clooney, Vince Edwards Did you … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Pit (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A solitary and strange boy wreaks revenge on the people who harasses him when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest. REVIEW: Director – Lew Lehman Starring – Sammy Snyders, Jeannie Elias, Sonja Smits In the interest of full disclosure I own this movie. I bought it as part of a double pack, drive-in double feature that Anchor Bay was offering a few years back (it was coupled with Hellgate). … Continue reading

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Film Review: Specters (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: An unforgettable journey into the darkest reaches of terror. REVIEW: Director – Marcello Avallone Starring – John Pepper, Trine Michelsen, Donald Pleasence I so wanted to like this movie. I mean really wanted to like it. You have some classic ingredients here: an old tomb deep within some catacombs that contains an ancient evil, the curse that surrounds said tomb, a group of archeology students that open it up and unleash lord knows what. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Out of the Body (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Some gravity-defying being is killing women in Sydney, Australia, and removing their eyes. The only hope of catching the fiend lies in a hapless man with a psychic link to the killer, who is soon suspected of the crimes. REVIEW: Director – Brian Trenchard-Smith Starring – Mark Hembrow, Tessa Humphries, Linda Newton From the land down under comes Out Of The Body, a by the numbers but nonetheless somewhat entertaining low budget horror movie. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Pet Sematary (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Behind a young family’s home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable. REVIEW: Director – Mary Lambert Starring – Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne Pet Sematary. Two words that every respectable horror fan knows. As a youngster I read everything that Stephen King put out there, and of course this was one of my favorites. … Continue reading

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Film Review: U Mugs (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A low budget filmmaker is shooting a documentary about his early comic mishaps in film, making and pointing out some of the pitfalls of British film-making. When he is asked to film a rave being held in a well known haunted Suffolk wood, things take a far more serious turn for all involved. The film maker who shows the viewers behind the scenes to movie stunts and leads the viewers down a path of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Goblin (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Every Halloween, a small hamlet in the deep woods is visited by a fierce goblin, intent on capturing infants and brutally murdering anyone in it’s path. REVIEW: Director – Jeffery Scott Lando Starring – Gil Bellows, Tracy Spiridakos, Camille Sullivan Brought to you by the good folks over at the SyFy channel, Goblin is a decent little creature horror movie that while not really scary in anyway, manages to keep the viewer entertained. Sure … Continue reading

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Film Review: Saturday The 14th (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A Family moves into a house inhabited by scary creatures and a number of close calls ensue. REVIEW: Director – Howard R. Cohen Starring – Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Jeffrey Tambor There are some movies that stand the test of time and no matter how long ago they were made still manage to enthrall audiences. I really wish I could say the same for Saturday the 14th. I saw this back in the theaters … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Last Hunter (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: During the Vietnam war, an American soldier gets trapped beind enemy lines. A squad of his buddies sets out to rescue him. REVIEW: Director – Antonio Margheriti Starring – David Warbeck, Tisa Farrow, Tony King As a child of the eighties my introduction to the Vietnam war movie genre came courtesy of one John Rambo. Some would say not the best way to be introduced to it but at the time I thought those … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cheerleader Camp (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: An unknown killer is killing off the members of a small cheerleader group at a remote cheerleader training camp. REVIEW: Director – John Quinn Starring – Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey In a way there is nothing like the eighties for run-of-the-mill slasher movies. There were plenty of them back in the day and Cheerleader Camp (which also went by the title of Bloody Pom Poms) was one of the slightly more memorable … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Woman In Black (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman’s dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing. Ignoring the towns-people’s cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes … Continue reading

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