Author Archives: Craig McGee

Film Review: Sand Serpents (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: While carrying out a combat mission overseas, an elite group of soldiers (led by Jason Gedrick) comes face to face with the Taliban — and a deadly underground network of giant serpents that make their home in the hot desert sand. The soldiers catch a break when the serpents cleanly devour their terrorist captors. But the minute they’re set free, they jump headfirst into a hard-fought battle for their lives. REVIEW: Written by: Raul … Continue reading

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Film Review: Spek.ter (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A Woman screams. A mysterious figure in black wields a knife. A dead Woman appears covered in blood. For Dani, a Goth Erotic Pin-up Model, these events may be signs of something to come on one fateful night. Will she survive, or is all not what it appears to be? REVIEW: Written & Directed by: Terrence Kelsey Starring: Keisha Jackson and Serena Toxicat QUICK FIX: Dani is an entrepreneurial young woman who runs her … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rogue (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: When feuding brothers David (Andy Serkis) and Peter (Reece Shearsmith) abduct a young woman (Jennifer Ellison) and hole up in a remote rural cottage, their hostage quickly turns the tables on her captors. But soon, it’s all for one when they find that the deranged farmer next door is the real threat. Hellraiser’s Doug Bradley makes a cameo in this blood-drenched yet humor-laced terror treat from writer-director Paul Andrew Williams. REVIEW: Written & Directed … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Shadow Within (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A supernatural thriller about Maurice Dumont, a nine year-old who can connect with the dead. Propelled by grief over the death of Maurice’s twin brother Jacques at birth, his mother Marie falls under the influence of Madame Armand, who convinces Marie to force her son to act as a medium to the next world. As Jacques asserts himself through Maurice, he comes to the realization that they both desire the same thing: their parents’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Last House on the Left (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: While vacationing at their summer home, Emma and John Collingwood (Monica Potter and Tony Goldwyn) show kindness to a group of strangers, unaware that the same men just assaulted their daughter (Sara Paxton). Once they learn the truth, they set out on a no-holds-barred plan for revenge that can only end in bloodshed. Dennis Iliadis directs this updated remake of Wes Craven’s 1972 horror classic by the same name. REVIEW: Written by: Adam Alleca … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Tomb (Ligeia) (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Successful writer and scholar Jonathan Merrick falls under the spell of the irresistible, bewitchingly beautiful Ligeia. She’s fighting a fatal illness and she will stop at nothing to defeat death, her one true enemy. She steals other people’s souls and on her quest to immortality she tricks Jonathan into supporting her work, breaking him apart from his fiancé Rowena and pulling him into her dark, mysterious world. They settle down in an old manor … Continue reading

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Film Review: Horror of Our Love – short film (2010)

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REVIEW: Written & Directed by: Dave Reda Starring: Dave Reda, Kate Melia, Karl Schweitzer, Dan Wilson, Peter Redman QUICK FIX In this six and a half minute short film set to the song Horror of Our Love by the band Ludo, an unstoppable killer plays Hack ‘N Slash with a group of campers in the forest before falling in love with the last-surviving hot blonde. Needless to say, all she’s concerned with is getting away … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghost Image (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: When a young female video editor loses her boyfriend in a car crash, she finds solace in watching video of him taken the night before he died. When he starts to communicate with her through that video, she must decide if he has broken through the barrier between this world and the next, or has she slipped off into madness. REVIEW: Written by: James Dean Schulte, Jack Snyder, Srikant Chellappa Directed by: Jack Snyder  Starring: Elisabeth Rohm, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Slices (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: In the tradition of Creepshow, this macabre anthology features five short horror films, including “The Exterminator,” in which a ruthless businessman gets a taste of his own medicine — and then some — when he’s abducted by his own hatchet man. Other eerie tales include “Turnout,” “The Range,” “Night Scream” and “Dead Letters,” in which a grieving writer discovers a way to resurrect his beloved dead wife — but at what cost? REVIEW: Written … Continue reading

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Film Review: Frankenstein Unlimited (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A feature-length anthology project composed of six independently produced short films by young Montreal filmmakers all using the themes of the original Frankenstein novel as inspiration REVIEW: Written & Directed by: Matthew Saliba, Matthew Forbes, King-Wei Chu, Maude Michaud, Martin Gauthier, Peter James Starring: Christina Sciortino, Kayden Rose, Aimee Davison, Brad Carmichael, Kayla St. Cartier, Christophe Cecconi  QUICK FIX: From the twisted-genius mind of Matthew Saliba (and Company), our neighbors up in the Great White North, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hide and Creep (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: Unexpected visitors wake up the sleepy town of Thorsby, Ala., when a bloodthirsty army of the undead wreaks havoc in the streets, and the paranoid residents begin killing one another. With federal agents on the ground and flying saucers in the air, one thing’s for sure: Life in Thorsby will never be the same. This campy horror flick — the first full-length feature from Crewless Productions — is based on the short film “Birthday … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hard Ride to Hell (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of family and friends on a camping trip through the Texas badlands are taken on a one-way ride to Hell after they inadvertently witness a ritual sacrifice at a deserted campsite. Pursed by the devil worshiping biker gang responsible, they hole up in an abandoned church near the border, only to discover that they are pawns in a decades-old battle between good and evil. REVIEW:  Written by: Penelope Buitenhuis, Matthew Chernov, and David … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hurt (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: When Robert Coltrane suddenly dies, his wife (Melora Walters) and two kids (Johanna E. Braddy and Jackson Rathbone) can no longer afford their affluent lifestyle. So when Robert’s loner brother Darryl (William Mapother) offers lodging to the downsized family, they reluctantly accept — a fatal mistake. Their transition is shaken up by the arrival of a troubled foster child (Sofia Vassilieva), who sets into motion a string of horrifying events. REVIEW: Written by: Eduardo … Continue reading

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Film Review: Skull Heads (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: The eccentric Arkoff family shuns society to preserve the secrets of their castle home in Italy. Along with great treasures, they guard the “skull heads,” mysterious beings that have power over life and death. When the castle is raided by art thieves, violence erupts, endangering the Arkoffs as well as the criminals. Noted horror director Charles Band presents this creepy thriller, which features eerie marionettes along with a live cast. REVIEW: Written by: August … Continue reading

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Film Review: Frayed (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Small-town sheriff Pat Baker (Tony Doupe) is facing a worst-case scenario: His insane son, who offed his mother 13 years ago, has escaped from a mental asylum and is loose in the woods where Baker’s daughter (Alena Dashiell) is camping. To no one’s surprise, the masked psycho gets right back into the killing groove, with the suspense and wanton bloodshed accelerating all the way to an unnerving climax in this gripping thriller. REVIEW: Written … Continue reading

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Film Review: Headhunter: The Assessment Weekend (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A motley group of business students in Berlin, Germany sign up for Takahashi Corp.’s assessment weekend, hoping to land one of the coveted spots with the consulting company. Under the watchful eye of a company psychologist, the team-working and improvisational skills of the aspirants will be put to the test in a survival-type situation. But nothing goes according to plan – the group arrives to find the base camp completely destroyed. Trapped in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Diary of a Sex Offender (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Michael Regardie is a lonely, delusional and sick religious zealot of his own invented faith – a faith that justifies hideous rituals of murder, rape and sexual torture. Absolution from his escalating nihilism and debauchery may lie in his latest victim. But as salvation seems at hand, a specter from his past demands revenge… REVIEW: Written and Directed by: John Niflheim Starring: Peter Grouse, Allison Quick, Karma Jean, Penny Nichols, Lilly St. Claire QUICK … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mega Python vs Gatoroid (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: There’s a crisis in the Florida Everglades as giant pythons are threatening the alligator population. REVIEW: Written by: Naomi L. Selfman Directed by: Mary Lambert Starring: Deborah Gibson, Tiffany, A Martinez, Kathryn Joosten QUICK FIX: Pythons are pissing off the locals in the Flo-rida Everglades by growing bigger and angrier and eating everything from the gator population to dogs to the locals themselves. The Park Rangers, led by the scrumptious Tiffany, and the locals, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Open Door (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A pirate radio station is granting callers their hearts’ desires. But as some teenagers find out, be careful what you wish for. REVIEW: Written and Directed by: Doc Duhame Starring: Catherine Georges, Sarah Christine Smith, Ryan Doom, Daniel Booko QUICK FIX: Angela is in trouble. Not in an “unplanned pregnancy, don’t know who the father is” way, but as in a “got home late, got grounded, and now has to miss the biggest party … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bitter Feast (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A celebrity chef exacts revenge on a food blogger who torpedoes his career. REVIEW: Written & Directed by: Joe Maggio Starring: James Le Gros, Joshua Leonard, Amy Seimetz, Larry Fessenden, and Chef Mario Batali QUICK FIX: Iron Chef Peter Gray just can’t seem to catch a break…he loses his TV show, his kickass restaurant job, his woman, his self-respect, and finally, his mind. So does he look inward and try to become a better … Continue reading

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Film Review: Evil Angel (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Evil Angel takes the ancient myth of Lilith into the 21st century with a murderously sexy and seductive villainess who, as the earth’s first woman, proudly lays claim to being the world’s first serial killer. “Jewish mythology describes Lilith as Adam’s first wife in the Garden of Eden,” says writer/director Richard Dutcher. “When she refused to submit to Adam’s authority, God cast her from the garden and replaced her with Eve. This infuriated her, … Continue reading

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