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Film Review: Spellbinder (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past. REVIEW: Director – Janet Greek Starring – Tim Daly, Kelly Preston, Rick Rossovich I had seen this movie a couple of times before it was recently sent to me to review and have always enjoyed watching it. But how did it hold up after multiple viewings? I’m proud to say I still enjoyed it. Part … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paperhouse (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane present, she is drawn only deeper into a dream turning into a nightmare. REVIEW: Director – Bernard Rose Starring – Charlotte Burke, Elliott Spiers, Glenne Headly I can’t … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lifeforce (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populous. REVIEW: Director – Tobe Hooper Starring – Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth If you’ve never seen this movie it’s the one with the nude space vampires. Well, at least one nude space vampire that is worth mentioning and her name is Space Girl (played by the absolutely stunning Mathilda May). Seems weird in a movie review that in the first paragraph … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dark Night Of The Scarecrow (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave. REVIEW: Director – Frank De Felitta Starring – Charles Durning, Robert F. Lyons, Claude Earl Jones, Larry Drake The year was 1981 and on CBS a made for television movie debuted in the spooky month of October. Who would have thought that all of these years later, when it finally got the DVD release it so … Continue reading

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Film Review: The House Of Clocks (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Three lowlife punks are trapped in a posh villa while trying to rob it and become at the mercy of the murderous owners whom have the power to stop and reverse time via their mystical clocks. REVIEW: Director – Lucio Fulci Starring – Keith Van Hoven, Karina Huff, Paolo Paoloni From famed Italian horror director Lucio Fulci comes The House Of Clocks, a somewhat tame Italian horror movie (though considering it was shot for … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mortuary (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Convinced that her father’s death was not accidental, a beautiful girl decides to investigate to find out the truth, aided by her boyfriend. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where many secrets will be revealed. REVIEW: Director – Howard Avedis Starring – Mary Beth McDonough, David Wallace, Bill Paxton, Lynda Day George From low-budget producer and director Howard Avedis comes this serviceable if not somewhat strange horror movie from the early eighties. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beyond Evil (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: An architect and his wife moves into a house with a bloody past and a 100 year old ghost, who possesses the wife. REVIEW: Director – Herb Freed Starring – John Saxon, Lynda Day George, Michael Dante Sometimes there is nothing like a good haunted house movie. This subgenre is filled with classics and of course some not so classics. I think it would be safe to say that Beyond Evil falls somewhere in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bad Dreams (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: In the mid-’70s, a cult group called Unity Field commits mass suicide, but a young girl survives. After being in a coma for thirteen years she wakes up in a psyche ward, not remembering the incident. The psychiatrist tries to help her remember, but she begins seeing the leader of the cult talking to her from the grave, and the other members of her therapy group begin to commit suicide around her. Or is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fright Night (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him. REVIEW: Director – Tom Holland Starring – Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys This gem of a horror movie came out in 1985 and at the time was a welcome breath of fresh air. Until then, the screen was starting to become dominated by the ever popular splatter genre (in all honesty my … Continue reading

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Film Review: Nightmare City (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: An airplane exposed to radiation lands, and blood drinking zombies emerge armed with knives, guns and teeth! They go on a rampage slicing, dicing, and biting their way across the Italian countryside. REVIEW: Director – Umberto Lenzi Starring – Hugo Stiglitz, Laura Trotter, Maria Rosaria Omaggio From Italian director Umberto Lenzi comes one unique zombie movie. Maybe super zombies is a more accurate term because I’ve never seen zombies like this before. They are … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Monster Squad (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes – the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. REVIEW: Director – Fred Dekker … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blood Beach (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Something or someone is attacking people one by one on the beach. Some of them are mutilated, but most of them are sucked into the sand, disappearing without a trace. What is the creature responsible? Where does it live, and where did it come from? And is there any chance of it reproducing? Meanwhile, David Huffman and Mariana Hill are once-almost-married old friends, reunited over the death of her mother on the beach, and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stag Night Of The Dead (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: If the mysterious plague sweeping the nation wasn’t bad enough, Dean is still going ahead with his doomed wedding tomorrow morning. That leaves him with a choice. Pick up the button holes and chocolate fountain as instructed by bridezilla Elaine, or go with five mates (and a stripper) to play ‘Zomball’ at a top secret military compound where you get to shoot zombies with huge stun guns. Disobeying the golden rule of Zomball (‘never … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Two lovable West Virginian hillbillies, are headed to their “fixer-upper” vacation cabin to drink some beer, do some fishin’, and have a good time. But when they run into a group of preppy college kids who assume from their looks that they must be in-bred, chainsaw wielding killers, Tucker & Dale’s vacation takes a bloody & hilarious turn for the worse. REVIEW: Director – Eli Craig Starring – Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ninjas vs. Vampires (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Ninjas battle Vampires for the fate of the world in this all new Action-Horror-Comedy from the creators of 2010’s cult smash, “Ninjas Vs Zombies”! Moments after down-on-his-luck Aaron is rejected by the girl of his dreams, they both are attacked by blood sucking VAMPIRES. Driven to save her, Aaron tracks down the mysterious NINJAS, who wage a nightly war against the forces of darkness. Now, as the Vampire overlord Seth plots to destroy Mankind, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Baby Blues (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: On a secluded family farm, a mother suffers a psychotic break due to postpartum depression, forcing the eldest son to protect his sibling from the mother they have always known and loved. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Bunraku (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: The story of a a young man who has spent his life searching for revenge only to find himself up against a bigger challenge than he originally bargained for. REVIEW: Director – Guy Moshe Starring – Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson I can’t remember the comedian’s name, I believe it might have been George Carlin or Bill Cosby but they did a routine on how violence is just a part of man’s nature. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Satan Hates You (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Inspired by films from the golden age of religious cinema such as A THIEF IN THE NIGHT (1972), IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU, WHAT WILL HORSES DO? (1971) and STALKED (1969), SATAN HATES YOU is a graphic horror film that tells the stories of two individuals and their personal struggles with Lucifer himself. We follow Marc (Don Wood) a homicidal maniac driven by demons buried deep within his soul, and Wendy (Christine Spencer) Marc’s polar … Continue reading

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Film Review: Territories (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Five friends return home from a marriage in Canada to the United States. Not far from the border, two customs officers stop them to check their identity. REVIEW: Director – Olivier Abbou Starring – Roc LaFortune, Sean Devine, Nicole Leroux Cripes, it’s not even safe to travel to Canada. What is this world coming to? “Territories” falls into the traveler as torture victim subgenre and actually does a pretty good job of making the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bad Reception (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: The spirit of a long dead priest returns to terrorize a young writer and his friends. REVIEW: Director – Mark A. Todd Starring – Randy Brown, Ashley Trevathan, Theo Caesar Is “Bad Reception” a bad movie? For the most part yes. That said, writer and director Mark A. Todd does show promise throughout. There are some cool parts in this movie, just not enough to make up for the rest. Supposedly this is “based … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fading Of The Cries (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Jacob, a young man armed with a deadly sword, saves Sarah, a teenage girl, from Mathias, a malevolent evil that has begun plaguing a small farmland town while in search of an ancient necklace that had belonged to Sarahs Uncle. Jacob sets out to get Sarah home safely, running through streets, fields, churches and underground tunnels, while being pursued by hordes of demonic creatures. Along the way, both come to terms with the demons … Continue reading

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