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Bill Burke

Bill Burke is the author of the horror novel, Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising, which has gotten rave reviews from The Columbia Review of Books and Film, Horrornews.net, Horrorpalace.com and won the Hungry Monster Book Award. His print articles have appeared in Fangoria and Videoscope Magazine. In the world of television he was the Producer and occasional screenwriter on the Cinemax series Forbidden Science, Lingerie and Sin City Diaries and was creator and director of the Destination America paranormal Series Hauntings and Horrors. He also created and directed the campy Canadian paranormal series Creepy Canada. He lives in Toronto and is currently busy writing Voodoo Child, Book Two as well as more articles and reviews for horrornews.net.

Film Review: Death Doll (1989)

SYNOPSIS: Trish, a young pregnant widow’s life becomes a nightmare when she starts getting threatening phone calls from a mysterious stranger. But things only get worse when the phantom caller graduates to stalking her. He also leaves ceramic dolls lying around to terrify Trish and justify the film’s title. REVIEW: The horror genre loves creepy dolls. Whether they’re the antique …

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Film Review: Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

SYNOPSIS: A trio of bohemian dropouts buy a remote farmhouse only to discover that a mysterious young woman named Emily has taken up residence. The three allow their free-spirited tenant to stay on, and she quickly becomes part of their unconventional family unit. But Jessica, who is recovering from a nervous breakdown, discovers their idyllic farmhouse hides a dark past, …

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Zombie Factoids – Living Dead Trivia

I’m a huge consumer of horror movies and weird factoids, which is a very dangerous combination. While researching my novel Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising I discovered some offbeat zombie trivia that even I didn’t know. So sit back and enjoy a few delightfully macabre bits of living dead data. THREE BILLION PEOPLE ALREADY HAVE THE ZOMBIE PARASITE How’s …

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Tales of Voodoo – The 1970’s Comics that Scared My Mind

Recently my niece uncovered covert actions within her own household. Apparently my seven-year-old nephew had devised and executed a complex plan to watch The Walking Dead– a show that was deemed strictly off limits. Yet he’d managed to set an alarm for three in the morning, sneak out of bed, navigate Comcast’s Video On Demand feature and watch half an …

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Alternative 3: Part 2 – The Public Freaks Out

Within minutes of Alternative 3’s broadcast the switchboard at Anglia Television was flooded by terrified viewers convinced they’d seen a genuine documentary; a phenomena that hadn’t been seen since the War of the Worlds radio panic. But while Orson Welles had gone into hiding after his historic broadcast, the makers of Alternative 3 happily faced the public. As director Christopher …

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Film Review: Deadtime Stories (1986)

SYNOPSIS: a babysitting uncle spins a trio of twisted bedtime stories freely adapted from the Brother’s Grimm. REVIEW Fairy tales have always been great source material for low budget filmmakers, primarily because the stories are public domain (AKA free), have built-in marquee value and the films can be distributed to a less discerning audience of children. During the sixties and …

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Film Review: The Survivor (1981)

SYNOPSIS: A 747 carrying three hundred passengers crashes killing everyone on board but the pilot. The sole survivor miraculously walks away unharmed, with no memory of what caused the crash. The victim’s ghosts return to haunt the lone survivor while taking vengeance on anyone who desecrates their memory. REVIEW: 1981’s The Survivor was produced during the 70’s and 80’s heyday …

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Alternative 3: The Strange Saga of the First Mockumentary

Reader beware—we are about to tear away the veil of secrecy surrounding what one researcher has called, “The most dangerous film ever made!” revealing a conspiracy so controversial that even Breitbart News wouldn’t have dared publish it. It was all the brainchild of a dark cabal that involved a respected British newscaster, the screenwriter of Amityville 3D, electronic music pioneer …

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Film Review: The Psychotronic Man (1979)

SYNOPSIS After a paranormal encounter, a Chicago barber develops uncontrollable telekinetic powers. In a fit of psychotronic rage, he kills an elderly man, becoming the target of a citywide manhunt. REVIEW: I’m a huge admirer of independent horror films, particularly regional ones by the likes of Don Dohler (The Alien Factor) or Charles B. Pierce (Legend of Boggy Creek). These …

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Film Review: Death Race 2050 (2017)

SYNOPSIS: In the year 2050, America has been taken over by corporations, the countryside is a contaminated wasteland, and the population is unemployed, unmotivated and unwashed. To placate the masses, the ruling corporations present brutal and addictive virtual reality games, including the annual Death Race where champion drivers race each other while racking up bonus points for killing pedestrians. The …

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Film Review: Spawn of the Slithis (1978)

SYNOPSIS: A vicious creature emerges from the canals of Venice California preying on dogs before graduating to human victims. A curious high school journalism teacher investigates the gruesome murders, discovering evidence that the beast is the product of nuclear radiation leaking from a nearby plant. He teams up with a local fisherman, and the intrepid duo set out to destroy …

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Film Review: Demonwarp (1988)

SYNOPSIS: A young man brings four friends to a remote cabin for an idyllic weekend. But the trip is a ruse; secretly he’s come to track down a mysterious Bigfoot like creature he blames for his uncle’s disappearance. His suspicions were correct and within hours the group is fighting for their lives against the murderous beast. REVIEW: 1988 was a …

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Plagiarism in Hollywood Films – The Invasion of the Screenplay Snatchers – Part 2

ALIEN (1979) – Genre buffs are probably aware that this classic shares its concept with Edward Cahn’s 1958 monster on a space ship funfest It! The Terror From Beyond Space. But that similarity could be chalked up to its core idea being a science fiction trope rather than plagiarism. But viewers weaned on late night television also noticed that Alien’s …

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Plagiarism in Hollywood Films – The Invasion of the Screenplay Snatchers – Part 1

“The only ‘ism’ Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.”- Dorothy Parker 2016 has ended with the usual chorus of journalists endlessly recapping the year’s major and minor events. But they overlooked one Hollywood story that’s subject should have been near and dear to any writer’s heart—plagiarism. It all started in 2012 when French filmmaker Luc Besson co-wrote and took sole story …

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Film Review: Killer Nun (1979)

SYNOPSIS: Sister Gertrude (Anita Ekberg) is a nurse assigned to a geriatric sanitarium. This once dedicated nun recently underwent neurosurgery and since the operation she’s struggled with morphine addiction and hallucinations. To feed her drug habit, Sister Gertrude emotionally manipulates Sister Mathieu (Paola Morra), a younger, sexually infatuated nun, into stealing morphine. Sister Gertrude’s behavior grows more erratic, with escalating …

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Film Review: The Antichrist (1974)

SYNOPSIS: Ippolita is a young woman paralyzed by a childhood accident and confined to a wheelchair ever since. Struggling with a crisis of religious faith, she consults a psychiatrist who hypnotizes her as part of past life regression therapy. The treatment temporarily cures her paralysis, but also awakens a demon that has haunted the family for generations. The demon possesses …

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Film Review: Tales That Witness Madness (1973)

SYNOPSIS: An eccentric psychiatrist introduces a colleague to four particularly bizarre cases, each being the subject of a short story. There’s a boy and his lethal imaginary friend, an antique dealer who slips back and forth in time, a man who becomes romantically involved with a tree stump, and a Hawaiian author planning a very ghoulish luau. REVIEW: Since 1924’s …

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Film Review: Hellgate (1989)

SYNOPSIS: Four friends discover that an urban legend about a seductive phantom hitchhiker is no myth. Now the spectral beauty is intent on loving one of them to death. To lift the curse they must venture to an abandoned ghost town and face a parade of zombies and evil spirits. It’s a deranged paint-huffing Evil Dead wannabe from the director …

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