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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: 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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Lon Chaney, Jr.’s Trifecta of Terror

During the Golden Age of Horror, Universal Studios was the undisputed king of horror cinema, and its Big Three monsters—Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolf Man—remain definitive horror icons nearly a century later. Not coincidentally, the three actors most associated with those iconic Universal monsters—Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney, Jr., respectively—also remain the biggest names in classic horror …

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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: Arbor Demon (2016)

SYNOPSIS: An adventurous woman with a secret from her husband insists the couple go camping to reconnect. Something in the woods wipes out a group of hunters nearby, preventing the couple from leaving their tent. Secrets and supernatural stories come to light, and they must determine if the real threat is inside or outside their enclosure. REVIEW: At some point, …

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Film Review: Quarries (2016)

SYNOPSIS: To escape her abusive boyfriend, Kat joins a wilderness expedition with a group of women, all of whom are struggling with the uncertainty of life. What was supposed to be an opportunity for personal discovery quickly becomes a fight for survival, forcing each one to discover the strength within themselves that they didn’t even know they possessed. While being …

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Film Review: The Red Man (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A successful DJ living in a trendy apartment building learns his psychiatrist and new neighbor may be involved in a secret society plot drugging and killing fellow celebrity tenants. REVIEW: Certain filmmakers wear the incoherence of their films like a badge of honor, from relatively mainstream directors like David Lynch and Darren Aronofsky to experimental filmmakers across every genre. …

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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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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 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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