Author Archives: Bruce Kooken

Film Review: The Torturer (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A U.S. Army interrogator talks with his therapist about actions that took place during a specific interrogation that had questionable results. REVIEW: Written by Graham Green, Richard Loranger Directed By Graham Green Starring: Nichelle Nichols, Andrew W. Walker, Sophia Choi With a name like “The Torturer” one would think that the subject matter of this movie would be rather obvious. Such is not the case. “The Torturer” is in no way, shape or form … Continue reading

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Film Review: Retreat (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an island retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a Man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Wisconsin Project X (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: An experiment goes wrong at a local lab in Wisconsinville, Montana during the creation of artificial humanoid organisms. These man-made creatures break free from the lab and create chaos for everyone in the town. Now the small town underdogs have to save their home before it is too late REVIEW: Written and Directed by Christian Ackerman Starring: Christian Ackerman, Danielle Ackerman, Joel Baird Best Line: “Hasta lambego, la taco enchilada….DIE” Best line runner up: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Morlocks (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: An experimental time machine opens a window into the future and mutated monsters (the Morlocks) use it to come back to the present and go on a murderous rampage. REVIEW: Written by Adam J. Karp, Royal McGraw Directed by Matt Codd Starring: David Hewlett, Christina Cole, Robert Picardo Best Line Runner up: “Let me see if I got this straight. You want me to travel through a rip in time, find and repair a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Snow Beast (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Jim Harwood, scientist and divorced father heads up to the mountains with his feisty teenage daughter for his annual lynx research trip. Once he arrives, he is surprised to discover that the lynx population hasn’t diminished; it has disappeared. The reason for this disappearance is the Snow Beast, and it has a hunger for more than just mountain feline… REVIEW: Written by Brittany Wiscomb Directed by Brian Brough Starring: John Schneider, Jason London, Danielle … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wasteland (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: When a group of religious zealots destroy everything that he loves and leaves him for dead, a man embarks on a journey of revenge that will take him through all the post-apocalyptic dangers that is WASTELAND. REVIEW: Best line: “Don’t you look like a little snickerdoodle, and maaaan do I love snickerdoodles.” Best line runner up: “Seems like we got ourselves a reeeaaal conundrum. A Mexican type standoff right here in California no less. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bat $#*! Crazy (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Joseph has one friend in the world with whom he shares his problems; everyone else just sees Joseph as missing a little cheese off his cracker. These problems include a girlfriend (who isn’t really his girlfriend anymore) who is being unfaithful, a missing dog, people talking about him at work, and now someone, or something, is following him. He’s been mixing his meds with booze and that’s not helping. He’s losing his mind, true, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Umbrage – The First Vampire (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: When a dysfunctional family moves into a remote farm, they find themselves in the middle of a centuries-old feud. As night falls hard, terror emerges from the darkness in the form of a deadly seductress, and a cowboy vampire hell-bent on revenge… REVIEW: Written and Directed by Drew Cullingham Starring: Doug Bradley, Rita Ramnani, Jonnie Hurn “I’m not a witch. I’m an ornithologist.” There were a few things I found fun about Umbrage. In … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beware (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: The town of Shady Grove holds many dark secrets. Amongst those secrets is the sadistic tale of “Shane”, a boy who was tortured and chained to a tree as a youngster. Legend has it that for years he survived in the woods all alone until one day he managed to escape. Now, damaged and broken, he wanders those woods in search of blood, with his trademark chains fused to his wrists. Despite years of … Continue reading

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Film Review: South of Heaven (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Roy Coop, Navy midshipman, returns home to his brother’s apartment full of optimism and good cheer. That is until he his mistaken for his brother Dale, who seems to have gotten himself mixed up with the wrong kind of people. People like Mad Dog who kidnap the daughters of extremely powerful, extremely vengeful men. And his day is only beginning… REVIEW: Best Line: “A world without trust is like iced tea without sugar: it … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Follows a group of friends that decide to go snowmobiling during their winter break. They make a “wrong turn”, getting lost in a storm. REVIEW: Best line: “They’re stripping pieces of flesh off of Daniel, they’re boiling it in oil, and they’re eating him…they’re…they’re eating him alive like some fu*#ed up fondue.” Interesting observation: Potatoes apparently go with anything. I own the first three Wrong Turns. As you may know from my earlier reviews, … Continue reading

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Film Review: RoadKill (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Six young friends on a road trip in Ireland run afoul of gypsies who curse them for accidentally running down an old woman. The curse takes the form of a terrifying flying beast that tries killing them all. REVIEW: Directed by Johannes Roberts Written by Rick Suvalle Starring: Kacey Barnfield, Stephen Rea, Eliza Bennett Best line: “Ok, I don’t know what is more creepy: imagining some gypsy death hawk, or freaky, feral kid out … Continue reading

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Film Review: Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Capturing the sadistic serial killer “The Wolf” was just the beginning for rookie cop Johnny Morgan. As he escorts the monster to his new home in the dark underground halls of Parker’s Asylum, bedlam ensues and Johnny along with a handful of civilians become players in a night of survival against the world’s most terrifying inmates

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Film Review: Triple Hit (2009)

SYNOPSIS: Disgraced scientist Rebecca Hunter gets more than she’d bargained for when her illegal research into parallel universes lands her in a terrifying, dystopian alternate reality, unaware that similar experiments are also being attempted by two of her parallel selves: Anastasia, the Science Director for a gulag in the People’s Republic of Great Britain, and Sarah, a professor in a utopian, high-tech society. As the universe begins to unravel around her Rebecca come face to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Downstream (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Wes Keller is a young man living in a world where oil has collapsed, the food supply has been wiped out, and cancer rates for women have skyrocketed, depleting the female population. In a barbaric environment where bio fuel, batteries, bullets and people are currency and marauders roam free, Wes tries to escape to a mythical world run on cold fusion “Plutopia”, a place that may only exist in the mind. THE BILL IS … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Tenant (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A simple man, Dr. Walter Newman, has high aspirations to cure all disease through genetic manipulation. His obsession with his mission draws him deeper into his own dark world, distracting him from his wife Olivia and from his responsibilities to his patients at the Edgewood Asylum. The doctor’s loyal but diabolical nurse, Ms. Tinsley, decides to take matters into her own hands and in secret she conducts her own experiment. When Dr. Newman realizes … Continue reading

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Film Review: Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren) (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of three college filmmakers set out to investigate what appears to be an illegal bear hunting situation in the mountains and forests of Norway. What they discover instead is the gruff but quiet hunter Hans who reluctantly acquiesces to their accompanying him as he hunts something far more unlikely…and far more dangerous. REVIEW: Directed by Andre Overdal Written by Andre Overdal Starring: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen and Tomas Alf Larsen I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dark Fields (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: The town of Perseverance has been cursed for generations because of the transgressions of the White Man against a Native American shaman and his people. To keep the curse at bay each generation is required to do something unthinkable. Who will be strong enough to end the cycle of atrocity? REVIEW: Directed by Douglas Schulze Written by Kurt Eli Mayre and Douglas Schulze Starring: David Carradine, Dee Wallace, Richard Lynch Dark Fields is a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dinoshark (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Frozen in the ice for millennia the Dinoshark has thawed out and he’s hungry. Now he patrols the coast of a Mexican resort for his next meal, feeding on the unsuspecting vacationers who can have no idea that a prehistoric feeding machine is in the water with them. His speed: unfathomable. His tenacity: unforeseen. His appetite: insatiable. Will the few locals that truly understand what they’re dealing with be able convince the skeptics that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Anniversary at Shallow Creek (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: All American med student Sam has planned an intimate getaway surprise for his girlfriend Paige, until Sam’s best friend, Paige’s brother Anthony, invites himself and their three other best friends along. The carefree group of twenty-something’s arrive at the remote, picturesque home of Sam’s uncle, unaware they have walked into a trap. They will spend the night in a fight for their lives, where everyone’s strength, stamina, and bonds will be tested. REVIEW: Directed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Eyes of the Chameleon (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A serial killer is on the loose in Las Vegas. People do coke in Las Vegas. People get their hoo-ha’s pierced in Las Vegas, by guys who are on coke. There is at least one hot goth girl who does coke and has sex in Las Vegas, who just got her hoo-ha pierced by a guy who just did a bunch of coke. And there’s a serial killer…in Las Vegas. REVIEW: Directed by Ron … Continue reading

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