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MadisonFilmGuy has been a lifelong film buff and got his start as a “professional” writer selling movie reviews to his hometown newspaper, The Fond du Lac Reporter. Though a fan of movies of every genre, he is particularly fanatical about horror film and has become a collector of classic horror film memorabilia. He counts as one of his most memorable movie moments receiving an unexpected telephone call from director Stuart Gordon while actually watching Gordon’s modern cult classic, "Re-Animator". You can read other reviews and movie essays at his personal film blog, www.madisonfilmguy.com .

Film Review: Spectral (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings. REVIEW: The cool thing about science fiction—whether it be timeless literature, matinee classics, or episodic series delivered through popular streaming services—is that there’s almost always more there than meets the eye. Damn the budget, the star power, the pedigree, and—yes—even the quality, science fiction …

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From the Tomb: Karloff vs. Lugosi: Clash of the Horror Titans

After more than one hundred years of horror cinema, reasonable people still disagree about who is the greatest horror star of all time, but most arguments tend to boil down to Boris Karloff vs. Bela Lugosi. While the versatile and inimitable Karloff may have boasted the more robust and impactful career overall, the dark and mysterious Lugosi—despite a legacy that …

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Film Review: Antibirth (2016)

SYNOPSIS: In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality while stories of conspiracy spread. REVIEW: The final image of Antibirth is far and away its …

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Film Review: The Phoenix Incident (2015)

SYNOPSIS: Blurring the line between fiction and reality, the fact-based, sci-fi thriller revolves around a military conspiracy and the controversial missing persons case surrounding the infamous Phoenix Lights. REVIEW: There is an awful lot to like about the new paranoid sci-fi/horror flick The Phoenix Incident. Presented as an explosive documentary that blows the lid off the government conspiracy surrounding the …

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Film Review: The Ones Below (2015)

SYNOPSIS: After giving birth to her first child, a woman (Clémence Poésy) starts to believe that her downstairs neighbors have sinister intentions. REVIEW: The Ones Below is a slow burn. No, strike that. The Ones Below is a leisurely, gradual, protracted, dawdling, painstakingly slow burn. In fact, it burns about as slowly as anything could possibly burn. It doesn’t spark, …

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Film Review: Adam K (2016)

  SYNOPSIS: A day in the life of mild-mannered and seemingly good-natured auto insurance claims manager Adam Kraul. He sets out to be a do-gooder and make friends, however ends up with mutilated victims in his wake when his invitations for friendships are rejected. REVIEW: Late in the 2016 thriller Adam K, one of the central characters is run through …

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Film Review: Clowntown (2016)

  SYNOPSIS: A group of friends get stranded in a seemingly deserted small town and find themselves stalked by a violent gang of psychopaths dressed as clowns REVIEW: Clowns are like the special sauce of the horror genre. No matter how undercooked the storyline or overbaked the performances, a generous, heaping helping of crazy, killer clowns will cover up all …

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Film Review: Let’s Be Evil (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A vision of augmented reality. REVIEW: Let the record show that Let’s Be Evil is a complete mess from start to finish. A cautionary tale for anyone considering getting mixed up with combination of Google Glass, virtual reality, and an underground summer camp for gifted and talented kids, Let’s Be Evil imagines itself to be intelligent, thrilling, next-gen sort …

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Film Review: Big Bad (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A playful nod to 80’s adventure films that finds a group kids spending the night in an abandoned jail for a school fundraiser. Things take a chilling turn when their chaperone vanishes just as a vicious beast attacks REVIEW: If you dig Glee and the High School Musical flicks, you just might like Big Bad. If you’re waiting with …

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Film Review: The Rezort (2015)

SYNOPSIS: The ReZort, a post apocalyptic safari, offers paying guests the opportunity to kill zombies in the wake of an outbreak REVIEW: The Rezort—the 2015 British zombie movie directed by Steve Barker—cannot decide which is worse:  heartless corporate greed and opportunism or liberal crusading and do-gooder-ism. So, both are ultimately depicted with equal derision and disdain. And, more importantly for …

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Film Review: TLMEA (2016)

SYNOPSIS: TLMEA tells the story of two undercover cops, caught in a dream during a drug raid in which they descend into the 9th level of hell – the Ptolomea. REVIEW: “Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear.” Stephen King The depiction of surreal, nightmarish visions …

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Film Review: Chubbies (2014)

SYNOPSIS: It’s Halloween night at the Bowl-o-Rama where Samantha and her friends are having a party. Everyone’s having a great time… until the Chubbies arrive. From the distant planet of Snerd, where sex is outlawed, come the chubbies. A race of grotesque, and horny little creatures, hell bent on global domination by invading your body through any orifice they can …

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