Author Archives: Angel Van Croft

Film Review: Prowl (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Amber dreams of escaping her small town existence and persuades her friends to accompany her to find an apartment in the big city. When their transportation breaks down, she and her friends gratefully accept a ride in the back of a semi. But when the driver refuses to stop and they discover the cargo is hundreds of cartons of blood, they panic. Their panic turns to terror when the truck disgorges them into a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wake Wood (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter. REVIEW: Director – David Keating Starring – Eva Birthistle, Aidan Gillen, Timothy Spall Resurrection. A theme and plot that has been covered many times before in horror movies. So I have to give credit to the filmmakers of Wake Wood for not only keeping the film entertaining, but giving a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Evil Spirits (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: A strange woman runs a boardinghouse whose tenants–mostly misfits and others who won’t be missed–begin dying off or simply disappearing. She still cashes their government benefit checks even after they’re gone, and it turns out that disappearing tenants aren’t the only weird things that are going on in that house REVIEW: Director – Gary Graver Starring – Karen Black, Arte Johnson, Virginia Mayo You know you’re going to be in for a wacky time … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stone (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) has only a few weeks left before retirement and wishes to finish out the cases he’s been assigned. One such case is that of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Edward Norton), a convicted arsonist who is up for parole. Jack is initially reluctant to indulge Stone in the coarse banter he wishes to pursue and feels little sympathy for the prisoner’s pleads for an early release. Seeing little hope … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Defiled (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: In a post apocalyptic world, science and technology have backfired leaving unfathomable destruction and a permanently diseased planet in its wake. A virus is mutating the human race turning innocent survivors into mindless cannibals. REVIEW: Director – Julian Grant Starring – Brian Shaw, Kathleen Lawlor Is there such a thing as a zombie art film? After seeing “The Defiled” you can definitely answer that question with a resounding yes. Okay, so they might not … Continue reading

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Film Review: Detention (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A  group of high school students are sent to Detention. Abandoned and locked in, images of Ghosts appear as they attempt to escape, only to find themselves connected to a past horrific death and made responsible for it with their lives. REVIEW: Director – James D.R. Hickox Starring – David Carradine, Billy Aaron Brown, Thomas Calabro Ah, the prank. Where would horror movies be without it? From Prom Night, Terror Train to Sorority Row, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ultramarines Warhammer 40000 (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A squad of Ultramarines answer a distress call from an Imperial Shrine World. A full Company of Imperial Fists was stationed there, but there is no answer from them. The squad investigates to find out what has happened there.REVIEW: Director – Martyn Pick Starring – Terence Stamp, John Hurt, Sean Pertwee I’ll be honest up front and say that I have never read the popular Warhammer 40,000 books. So I wasn’t really sure what … Continue reading

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Film Review: Shibyo Osen Dead Rising (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Live action film “Shibyo Osen Dead Rising” based on the zombie action game “Dead Rising.” Set in Japan and directed by Keiji Inafune. REVIEW: Director – Keiji Inafune Starring – Onoue Hiroyuki, Shibukawa Kiyohiko A bit of a disclaimer here, I love the Dead Rising video games, especially Dead Rising 2. Killing zombies has never really been more fun. So I was anxious to see how this film was going to turn out, coming … Continue reading

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Film Review: Forgive Me For Raping You (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: About a depraved priest who lures innocent suburban girls into sexual slavery. REVIEW: Director – Bill Zebub Starring – Michael Stevens, Eidolona, Taylor Trash There are two options a writer / filmmaker has when deciding how to convey the theme of a film to the audience. The first, and more traditional, is to use subplot. There can be one, usually two or three or more but in some way they add dimension to the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Deadland (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A man must cross post-world war III terrain and the new martial-law to save his missing wife. REVIEW: Director – Damon O’Steen Starring – Gary Weeks, Brian Tee, Emily-Grace Murray Written by Gary Weeks, Deadland is a post-apocalyptic thriller as one man goes in search of his estranged wife. She needed a break after he lost all of their money in a bad investment, but wouldn’t you know that World War III breaks out … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Eerie Midnight Horror Show (aka The Sexorcist) (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: Satan arises seeking bloody revenge in the guise of an ancient sculpture with a shocking history. The lifelike carving comes to life and rapes a beautiful art student, possessing her soul. In a series of twisted orgies with the unholy demon, the girl is stirred into a manic frenzy, unable to control her sexual impulses. When psychiatrists and doctors are powerless to help the young woman, her desperate parents turn to a priest, an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Slave (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A dangerous and masochistic psychopath known as the White Arab. While Georgie fights for her life and her sanity, David must wade through a quagmire of corrupt officials, drug dealers and crazed locals in an attempt to discover her location and rescue her before it is too late. REVIEW: Director – Darryn Welch Starring – Sam Page, Natassia Malthe, Michael Maxwell It seems like anymore in the movies when we Americans go on vacation … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hide And Go Kill (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A blog on a mysterious website quickly spreads like wildfire, starting a dangerous online game. At 3:00 in the afternoon, a teddy bear stuffed with rice and nails is sunk into a bathtub. The lights go out and the player is required to stab the bear with the knife, then write their experiences in the blog. But lately the comments have taken a dark, demented turn, as if the players are being possessed. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Oxford Murders (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try and stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols. REVIEW: Director – Alex de la Iglesia Starring – John Hurt, Elijah Wood, Leonor Watling I remember years ago seeing John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness and thinking it was pretty cool to see a horror movie that incorporated quantum physics. Hey, who says you can’t learn something while watching … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Disappearance Of Alice Creed (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Two men fortify a nondescript British apartment so it can serve as a prison, and then kidnap a woman and tie her to a bed. Before there’s even time to react, we’re plunged into a very nasty situation, but not a simple one REVIEW: Written and Directed by J Blakeson Starring Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston Let me start right off by saying this film is not at all what it seems, … Continue reading

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Film Review: 30 Days Of Night – Dark Days (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: After surviving the incidents in Barrow, Alaska, Stella Olemaun relocates to Los Angeles, where she intentionally attracts the attention of the local vampire population in order to avenge the death of her husband, Eben REVIEW: Director – Ben Ketai Starring – Kiele Sanchez, Rhys Coiro, Diora Baird, Harold Perrineau, Mia Kirshner If you love vampires or just love to see women toting guns a la Linda Hamilton in T2, then boy is this the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Army Of The Dead (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: In 1590, Coronado dispatched a division of one thousand men to find El Dorado, the legendary city of gold. Those men were never seen again. While searching some Baja peninsula caves as part of an archeological expedition, a university professor and his students unwittingly unleash a long dormant curse. They soon find themselves in a life or death battle with an army of skeletal warriors, the undead remnants of Coronado’s conquistadors. REVIEW: Director – … Continue reading

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Film Review: My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)

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  SYNOPSIS:  Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword. REVIEW: Director – Werner Herzog Starring – Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny From film auteur Werner Herzog comes a haunting portrayal of one man’s descent into madness and murder. David Lynch was the executive producer and maybe that tells you all you need to know. This isn’t your run of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Don’t Wake The Dead (2008)

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  SYNOPSIS: German horror director and goremeister extraordinaire Andreas Schnaas delivers yet another over the top and at times downright silly movie. Templar zombies, Nazi zombies, human zombies and rock band zombies, oh my! REVIEW: Director – Andreas Schnaas Screenplay – Klaus Dzuck, Ted Geohegan Our movie starts off with a very cool voiceover as the history of the castle is given. Seems a long time ago some Templar Knights were killed there by an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strip Mind (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Director – Frank Geiger Screenplay – Matthew Giaquinto You’ve got mail! Unfortunately it’s not from Meg Ryan. In fact, spam would be better than what our protagonist Samantha (played by Jodie Ahlborn) gets when the beep of incoming mail sounds on her computer. Strip Mind is a German horror film, which actually plays more like a suspense story, which would be fine if there was some suspense. What we have instead is a relatively … Continue reading

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Film Review: Titanic 2 (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: On the 100th anniversary of the original voyage, a modern luxury liner christened “Titanic 2,” follows the path of its namesake. But when a tsunami hurls an ice berg into the new ship’s path, the passengers and crew must fight to avoid a similar fate. REVIEW: Written and directed by Shane Van Dyke Starring: Shane Van Dyke, Marie Westbrook, Bruce Davison and Brooke Burns Oh, the humanity!!! Oh wait, that was another disaster. The … Continue reading

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