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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.

Horrifying History: Part 2 – The Real Chainsaw Massacres

Horror film history is filled with imaginary psychopaths whose exploits are based on real life maniacs. Classics like Psycho (1960), Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), M (1931), and Targets (1968) were all fictionalized versions of genuine human monsters who had fascinating stories well-worth revisiting. To kick things off, we’ll focus on the inspirations behind the late Tobe Hooper’s …

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

Rate This Movie 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 …

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Film Review: Necromancy (1972)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: After losing her baby, Laurie and her husband Frank leave New York to start a new life in the small town of Lilith. But despite its bucolic façade, Lilith is no Mayberry. The local populous all practice witchcraft and Mr. Cato, the town’s patriarch has demonic designs on Laurie. REVIEW: I vividly remember a Variety ad …

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Film Review: Hellgate (1989)

Rate This Movie 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 …

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Top 10 Dream-like Surreal Films To Experience At Least Once

Most films strive for linear, coherent storytelling, creating a believable world full of relatable characters. But occasionally you stumble across a film that breaks the shackles of logic and reason to explore a dreamlike realm. Here are ten films that offer a guided tour of a filmmaker’s inner thoughts, fears and desires. You can label them experimental, surreal, oneiric or …

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Horrifying History: Part 1 – The Boyd Massacre

Sometimes I wonder why Hollywood leans so heavily on sequels and remakes when producers could just crack open a history book and find some of the most ghoulish tales imaginable. If Hollywood was pitching this epic they’d proclaim, “It’s MASTER AND COMMANDER meets THE HILLS HAVE EYES!” So lets kick off the Horrifying History series with that gruesome saga known …

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Top 10 Hippie Horror Films

2017 officially marks the fiftieth anniversary of “The Summer of Love”, when a hundred thousand young people descended on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district with the collective dream of reinventing America. Their movement grew exponentially, changing outlooks and raising the nation’s consciousness. Today there are cynics who dismiss the hippie movement—pigeonholing it as a bunch of longhaired, drug addled, peace sign …

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Film Review: Incubus (1966)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A female demon, or Succubus, is charged with seducing wicked men before sending them to their hellish eternal reward. Tiring of her duties she vows to seduce a man who is pure of heart. She sets her sights on Marc, a heroic ex soldier now living in isolation with his sister Amael. But to accomplish her …

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Film Review: Impulse (1974)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Professional gigolo and part time con artist Matt Stone sets his larcenous sights on a flirtatious dowager and a widowed single mom. But his attempts to con both women are complicated by the widow’s meddling twelve-year-old daughter. To avoid capture Matt is forced to kill everyone who gets in his way.  REVIEW: IMPULSE  (1974) could be …

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Film Review: The Psychotronic Man (1979)

Rate This Movie 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 …

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Film Review: Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Rural Texas is struck by an invisible energy wave that transforms nice small town folk into BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE. REVIEW: On this round of reviews I was assigned two of the greatest titles ever conceived – Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977) and Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984). I didn’t say they were great movies, just great titles …

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Film Review: Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977)

Rate This Movie   SYNOPSIS: A quartet of cheerleaders set out for the big game, only to be shanghaied by a coven of Satanists. REVIEW: 1-2-3-4, let me hear you stomp the floor… It’s SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS! A title that should send any miscreant’s heart fluttering with visions those pillars of sleazy cinema—Satan and cheerleaders. To its credit, Satan’s Cheerleaders delivers …

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10 Podcasts From Hell

Aside from being something that’s impossible to explain to your grandmother, Podcasts are also one of the most overlooked entertainment options spawned by the Internet. The best ones offer thought-provoking discussions of alternative ideas or showcase left of the dial humor. At their worst they’re the stoned ramblings of bitter fan boys dropping at least two F-bombs in every sentence. …

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