Author Archives: Daniel King

Film Review: Hayride (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Partygoers gathering for a Halloween ‘haunted hayride’ at an isolated farm are picked off by a masked maniac who may be the killer ‘Pitchfork’ of local legend. REVIEW: A low budget but spirited slasher that takes a while to get going but eventually builds up a fair head of steam and delivers some effective moments. For those who don’t know – including us Brits, who have never taken Halloween as seriously as our transatlantic … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Nameless (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: A bereaved mother, struggling to come to terms with the murder of her daughter, begins to suspect that a depraved secret cult may have been involved. REVIEW: Adapted from Ramsey Capmbell’s 1981 novel, this Spanish thriller is intriguingly plotted but slackly directed by Jaume Balaguero and never really develops the requisite sense of dread or evil. When this film passed across my desk for review I pondered whether I had already seen it some … Continue reading

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Film Review: Crush (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A secret admirer develops a murderous crush on a high school soccer star. REVIEW: A thoroughly professional thriller that draws good performances from its cast and delivers a winning blend of mystery, suspense and teenage romance. Scott (Lucas Till) has it all: not only is he the star of his high-school soccer team, he’s bright, popular and a hit with the girls.  His world comes to a juddering halt, however, when he injures his … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Cloth (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A headstrong young man reluctantly joins a religious order that is locked in combat with the forces of darkness. REVIEW: Some impressive visuals and a decent script are undermined by weak acting and a desperately unoriginal story in this lively but unsatisfying tale of priests and demons. In a rehash of one of the most famous sequences from William Friedkin’s horror classic THE EXORCIST, this film opens with two priests – Fathers Connely (a … Continue reading

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The Doctor Who Project: The Edge of Destruction

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Original broadcast date: 8 February – 15 February 1964 Story Arc #003: 2 episodes: The Edge of Destruction / The Brink of Disaster Synopsis:  On leaving Skaro, the Doctor programs the TARDIS for its onward journey but as the ship departs there is an explosion on board which knocks out the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara.  Sometime later as the occupants come round they exhibit signs of amnesia and disorientation.  The team gradually become aware … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Dark Dealer (1995)

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SYNOPSIS: A demonic card-dealer allows three dead men to play a hand of blackjack for possession of their souls. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Modus Anomali (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: In the middle of a lush forest, a man bursts out of a shallow grave, panting for breath. He has no knowledge of who he is or how he got there. Dazed, he makes his way to a nearby cabin only to find his wife dead, his two children missing and somebody trying to kill him. REVIEW: An excellent psychological horror-thriller that sets up a baffling premise, then consistently wrong-foots the audience for an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Coffin Baby (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A serial killer kidnaps a young woman and forces her to witness his crimes. REVIEW: A gruelling bloodbath, COFFIN BABY has some interesting ideas but they are swamped by a tidal wave of sadism, brutality and gore. On top of that there are numerous signs of a troubled production leading to a jumbled mess of a story. In Hollywood, California a young woman is brutally murdered in her apartment by a home invader. Her … Continue reading

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Film Review: Comedown (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Six inner city youths break into a derelict tower block to set up a pirate radio mast but soon realise they are not the only occupants when they find themselves being picked off one by one REVIEW: Another week, another tower block movie. This one treads much the same ground as its contemporaries and despite being competently made has little to distinguish itself from the rest. Lloyd (Jacob Anderson) has just been released from … Continue reading

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Film Review: Entity (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A documentary film team take a psychically gifted woman to a former Soviet research facility where horrific experiments were carried out on people suspected of possessing extra-sensory abilities. REVIEW: Competent direction and good acting aren’t quite enough to save this decent little movie from drowning in the ocean of similarly-themed recent horror films. In other words, there isn’t anything wrong with it other than the fact that it comes so late in this particular … Continue reading

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Film Review: Curandero: Dawn of the Demon (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A Mexican curandero – a kind of spiritual troubleshooter – helps a detective to track down a vicious gang leader who dabbles in black magic. REVIEW: Unusual but incomprehensible, this horror / action movie scores high on originality but low on execution, marred as it is by a mangled narrative and flat performances. Carlos Gutierrez (Carlos Gallardo) is a curandero, an important figure in Mexican communities. Blessed with the gift of foresight, he acts … Continue reading

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The Doctor Who Project: The Daleks

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Original broadcast date: 21 December 1963 – 1 February 1964 Story Arc #002: 7 episodes: The Dead Planet / The Survivors / The Escape / The Ambush / The Expedition / The Ordeal / The Rescue Synopsis: The TARDIS, having hurriedly departed Stone Age Earth at the end of the previous episode, is flung randomly through space and time before landing.  Venturing outside into a petrified forest, Ian and Barbara quickly realise they have not … Continue reading

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Film Review: Repligator (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: At a top secret military research facility scientists working on rival projects find that their work, when combined, turns soldiers first into sex-mad women and then into walking alligators. REVIEW: An ultra-low budget sci-fi comedy this cheerfully inept movie makes a virtue of its trashiness by setting its standards incredibly low and whenever the plot, such as it is, begins to flag throws in some gratuitous nudity to keep your attention. Featuring a couple … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tower Block (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The last few residents on the top floor of a condemned high-rise apartment block are threatened by a sniper. As they are picked off one by one, the residents make an increasingly desperate series of attempts to escape. REVIEW: This is a good example of what I call a ‘dirty vest’ movie, namely a film where the heroine is really put through the wringer, gradually removing her clothes until, by the climax, she’s left … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bath Salt Zombies (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A new illegal drug – manufactured from stolen weapons-grade chemicals – turns addicts into mindless flesh-eaters. REVIEW: This ultra-low budget effort from one-man film industry Dustin Wayde Mills (who not only writes, directs and acts but shoots and edits too) sticks pretty close to the bargain basement holy trinity of sex, violence and loud music.  However, it does boast a better than average script and some incredibly imaginative solutions to get around the vexed … Continue reading

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Film Review: CrocZilla (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Xiao, befriends Amao a 36 foot crocodile, who lives on his fathers croc sanctuary. Xiao’s father is forced to sell his crocodiles to a gangster who plans to use them for high priced meals. Before Amao is due to be slaughtered, he escapes, slaying his captors in the process. Amongst the chaos, Amao accidentally swallows a bag with $1 million dollars inside. When rumor’s of this spread, the town locals are split with some … Continue reading

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