Author Archives: Bruce Kooken

Film Review: Dawning (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: “Dawning” takes place at a Northern Minnesota lake cabin where a brother and sister visit their father and step-mom. As the first night unfolds with uncomfortable small-talk and tension, tragedy strikes as the beloved family dog is found mortally wounded. Almost immediately a stranger, potentially under the spell of some un-seen “presence”, appears in the cabin and tells the family that he has come to save them…but from what? The man’s arrival upsets what … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unnatural Dead – Author Darren WJ Mills

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UNNATURAL DEAD It’s begun! The unthinkable has happened! The dead are walking! Around the world something unthinkable is happening, something unnatural. In the British town of Hemel Hempstead many are still unaware of the horror they are about to have thrust upon them. Tom and Sarah are content with their quiet lives in the suburbs of London, but soon their ordinary life will end and they will be tested beyond imagination .In a world no … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fall Down Dead (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: It’s Christmas in the big city and this Christmas comes with the unwanted gift of rolling blackouts. Adding to the holiday stress and taking full advantage of the darkness the blackouts bring is the Picasso Killer, a serial killer who incorporates the flesh of his victims in to his grisly works of art. But now the Picasso Killer has seen Christie, a single mother with dreams of living in the country with her daughter, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Death Hunter – Werewolves vs. Vampires (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: When his wife is abducted by a group of blood-thirsty Vampires, John Croix is left to die in a forgotten region of the desert. It is here where an unspeakable evil exists. Now, by no choice of his own, Croix will come face-to-face with the most terrifying creatures of the night. Still a man, but possessing all the strength and power of a werewolf when the moon is out, Croix becomes a reluctant hero … Continue reading

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Film Review: Muay Thai Fighter (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Three childhood friends growing up in Thailand, steeped in the Muay Thai Boxing culture, grow up and grow apart because of the rampant corruption that is unfortunately the driving force behind their time-honored sport. Will the bonds of friendship be enough to keep them and their loved ones alive despite the efforts of those who are looking to cash in on their need to survive? REVIEW: Best line: (when Sriprai is given a broken … Continue reading

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Film Review: House of Bones (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A film crew and their psychic tag along enter an abandoned home to investigate rumors of its murderous past for the next episode of Sinister Sites, a reality show in the vein of Ghost Hunters. After filming numerous episodes that never revealed anything supernatural, what will happen to them when they encounter the real deal? REVIEW: ”Take a good, long look because every breath I take in this death cage Petri dish of scurvy … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Inheritance (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Five ambitious cousins set out on a family reunion during a winter storm. They hope to please the elders and secure their inheritance, a fortune that dates back to days of slavery. Their Uncle Melvin welcomes them with open arms, but warns them to respect their family traditions. During the weekend, as each of the cousins mysteriously disappears, they learn the truths about their family legacy, blood ancestor – Chakabazz, and the ultimate sacrifice … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mask Maker (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Evan has the perfect birthday present for Jennifer, his investment-minded girlfriend: a sweet old fixer-up home with a lot of land he bought for a steal. But the home has a deadly history that the locals know all too well, a history they refuse to speak of. Evan, Jennifer and their friends, who have arrived to help celebrate Jennifer’s birthday, are about to learn it for themselves. REVIEW: Directed by Griff Furst Starring: Nikki … Continue reading

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Film Review: Idol of Evil (2009)

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  SYNOPSIS: Young and successful author and Professor David Hilton is a world-renowned expert on mythology. When his friend and colleague Dr. Kixley, who is in India looking for an ancient relic known as the Eye of Kali that allows the possessor to see the souls of men, suddenly disappears David is enlisted to go find him…and the relic REVIEW: Directed by Kevin McDonagh Starring: Richard Cambridge, Adrian Bouchet, Stephanie Eliot Pabulum (pab’-yu-lum) noun: soft, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Abducted (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Velora is abducted by Ridley, a crazy dude who is adept with a sniper rifle. Will she escape before he tires of her and kills her? REVIEW: Directed by Jon Bennell Starring: James Ray, Kathleen Benner, Michael Harrelson Professional sports organizations have sources from which they farm new talent, talent that excels among an otherwise mediocre selection of athletes. The NFL has college football. The NBA has college basketball, sometimes even high school. MLB … Continue reading

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Film Review: Anneliese The Exorcist Tapes (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: In 1976 a young woman in Bavaria by the name of Anneliese Michel died of starvation and dehydration after an alleged failed exorcism attempt. REVIEW: Anneliese Michel was indeed a real person who indeed went through an alleged failed exorcism and did indeed die of dehydration and starvation in July of 1976. If the internet is to be believed, people make a pilgrimage to her grave to this day, for, as the end of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Choose (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Aspiring journalist Fiona is on the outside looking in of an investigation conducted by her father of a psychopath who is forcing his victims to choose between two different horrific choices. But with the anniversary of her mother’s suicide coming up, the mad man begins to bring her in to the circle, communicating via hints and clues with her directly. What is his motivation for these bizarre and seemingly ruthless crimes, and are they … Continue reading

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Film Review: Behemoth (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: In the mountains north of Olympia, WA lies the town of Ascension, a town that has been plagued for decades with seismic activity. This seismic activity is a little different these days, however, as the cause of the activity is organic, huge, and tired of sleeping under the Earth’s crust. REVIEW: Directed by David Hogan Starring: Ed Quinn, Pascale Hutton, Cindy Busby Behemoth is a SyFy Channel Original movie. That can also be read … Continue reading

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Film Review: River of Dakness (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Logan is the sheriff of a sleepy little town with a dark past. Thirty years ago a girl was raped and in a regretful case of small town vigilante justice three brothers were unjustly accused of and murdered for the crime. Now they are back to exact their revenge on the perpetrators and their descendants and Logan must try to stop their thirst for vengeance. REVIEW: Kurt Angle, the sports entertainment star with the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hyenas (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Deep in the forests of Bisbee, AZ, there is a roving clan of shape-shifting creatures that prowl and hunt for human prey. Unfortunately for their existence they have devoured the family of a man who, with the help of a veteran tracker of their kind, will bring the hunt to them. REVIEW: Written & Directed by Eric Weston Starring: Costas Mandylor, Christa Campbell, Meshach Taylor, Joshua Alba, Andrew James Allen The Hyenas movie site … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Presence (2010)

SYNOPSIS: A woman travels to an isolated cabin where she is unknowingly stalked by an obsessive apparition. The arrival of the woman’s boyfriend brings a change in behavior to not only the woman but the presence residing in the home as well. The woman becomes defensively irrational to her boyfriend and the apparition must decide if he wants to intervene or let things fall as they may. REVIEW: Written and Directed by Tom Provost Starring: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Strigoi (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Vlad investigates a mysterious death in his grandfather’s village that raises questions about land ownership in the community. The trail points to ex-communist Consantin Tirescu and his wife, but when Vlad confronts them, he discovers that the richest landowners in the village have become real bloodsuckers. Strigoi is a vampire movie that defies categorization. Shedding a fantastic light on a post-communist Romanian village, the film introduces us to an ancient myth: Strigoi, the souls … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chain Letter (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: When high school senior Jessie Campbell and her tight-knit group of friends begin to receive a series of foreboding email chain letters, they have no idea the terror that awaits them. With a warning that if they break the chain, they will lose a life, the seemingly harmless email turns deadly when one-by-one the friends that do not forward the chain letter are hunted down and gruesomely killed by horror’s newest villain, the Chain … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hell’s Highway (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of four college students from Pennsylvania head to Redondo Beach, CA on a road trip to do what college kids do best: drink their livers into oblivion. Along the way, on a stretch of road in Death Valley known as the Devil’s Freeway, they pick up the young, attractive hitchhiker Lucinda, whose idea of a good time is far different than that of the unsuspecting travelers. REVIEW: I remember when I was … Continue reading

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Film Review: Interview with a Serial Killer (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Ellen Carter is an award-winning True Crime novelist whose specialty is in her ability to get her subjects, serial killers, to reveal the motivations behind their murderous tendencies. She unwittingly leases out a room in her home to the nondescript, polite gentleman Leslie Steckler who just happens to have a dark secret. Mr. Steckler is the White Angel, the notorious British serial killer, so named for his method of choosing his victims, and he … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Cutting Room (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Jordan is making an indie slasher flick but is having trouble getting the kill scenes to look the way he wants them to. Good for him he has Edit, the lovely Goth film editor, who is taking the initiative to make his shots better looking and more realistic. Problem is that his cast and crew are disappearing. REVIEW: The Cutting Room (2009) Shot, Produced, Edited, Written and Directed by Travis Ammons Starring: Ellen Dyer, … Continue reading

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