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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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Film Review: Ghoul (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: In small town America in the 1980s, a young boy comes to believe that the local abandoned mine may be home to a gruesome monster. REVIEW: GHOUL is very much in the Stephen King tradition of horror tales centred around children, with all the secret hideouts, midnight meet-ups, rival gangs, domestic issues, bicycles, etc., that entails. Unfortunately several things …

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Film Review: Ghost Quake (2012)

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SYNOPSIS:  At Hallowman High School the ghost of a former Principal, who also happened to be a cult leader and serial killer, is unwittingly brought back from the dead by his grandson. REVIEW: As made-for-TV movies go, this isn’t too bad. It has an enthusiasm about it that is rather endearing and despite not really knowing whether it wants to …

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Film Review: The Life Zone (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Three pregnant women are abducted by an anti-abortion group who bombard them with pro-life propaganda and intend to imprison them until they give birth. REVIEW: Generally speaking, very few English language films dare to push an unequivocal political or moral message; Ken Loach being one of the better known directors whose films fall into that select category. In my …

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Film Review: The Hounds (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: When four friends decide to spend the weekend camping in the local woods they discover a shallow grave; but the following morning the corpse has disappeared… REVIEW: One of increasing number of low budget horror movies, THE HOUNDS is what I would call a semi-pro feature. Shot on video and bypassing movie theaters altogether in favour of DVD and …

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Film Review: Animus (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of students making a documentary about a reputedly haunted abandoned mental institution discovers there is more than a grain of truth in the rumours. REVIEW: Let’s face it, ANIMUS is not going to win any prizes for originality: the ‘abandoned asylum’ thing has been done several times in the last couple of years alone and the ‘making …

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Film Review: Devil’s Angel (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A fertility specialist takes up a post on a Government-funded cloning project; desperate to have a child of her own she artificially impregnates herself in the laboratory. Years later, her child begins to demonstrate powers that cause her to question where he really came from. REVIEW: DEVIL’S ANGEL is a terrible mess. Originally released under what is possibly the …

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Film Review: Another Kind (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends find themselves at the mercy of the elements and mysterious unseen forces while spending a weekend camping in the Catskill Mountains. REVIEW: ANOTHER KIND is a good, solid thriller from writer-director Jonathan Blitstein that combines familiar elements from of a number of genres but manages to add something new into the mix. Four friends have …

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Film Review: 247°F (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: At a lakeside retreat, three young friends get trapped in a sauna while a fourth lies in a drunken stupor outside. REVIEW: I think director Levan Bakhia missed a trick when he named his film 247°F; with a title like that it could be about pretty much anything except snowboarding. What he should have done is call it KIDS …

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Film Review: Wrong Turn 5 (2012)

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 SYNOPSIS: A small West Virginia town is hosting the legendary Mountain Man Festival on Halloween, where throngs of costumed party goers gather for a wild night of music and mischief. But an inbred family of hillbilly cannibals kill the fun when they trick and treat themselves to a group of of visiting college students. REVIEW: I’m not entirely sure how …

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Film Review: Kiss the Abyss (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: When his wife is accidentally killed a grief-stricken young man resorts to unnatural science to resurrect her, with horrific consequences. REVIEW: Or, to put it another way, “Wife Sematary”. Actually I’m being rather flippant there because Ken Winkler’s KISS THE ABYSS – while lacking originality – is a well-made, intelligent and decently-acted low budget horror flick. It’s from that …

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