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Film Review: Ghoul (2012)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


 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)


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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