Author Archives: Angel Van Croft

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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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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