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Film Review: Famine (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A high school stages a 24hr charity famine five years after an accident at a similar event left a teacher horribly disfigured. As night falls, new teacher Miss Vickers attempts to control her unruly students while a masked figure stalks the empty corridors in search of blood. REVIEW: This is a great time to be a horror film aficionado: …

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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, …

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Film Review: Jack & Diane (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Jack and Diane, two teenage girls, meet in New York City and spend the night kissing ferociously. Diane’s charming innocence quickly begins to open Jack’s tough skinned heart. But, when Jack discovers that Diane is leaving the country in a week she tries to push her away. Diane must struggle to keep their love alive while hiding the secret …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Film Review: Vamp U (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: An ancient vampire who has renounced drinking human blood since killing his one true love finds his passion reawakened when the woman’s double enrols at the university where he teaches history. REVIEW: Also released under the terrible title DR LIMPTOOTH this movie turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve had for quite some time. An …

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