Author Archives: Daniel King

Film Review: Behind the Cross (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A depraved priest and his gimp assistant abduct young women before torturing and killing them.

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The Doctor Who Project: An Unearthly Child

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Original broadcast date: 23 November – 14 December 1963 STORY ARC #001: 4 episodes: An Unearthly Child / The Cave of Skulls / The Forest of Fear / The Firemaker Synopsis: Two teachers at Coal Hill School who are concerned for the welfare of one of their pupils – a precocious but artless girl called Susan – follow her after school to her home address, which turns out to be a run-down scrapyard.  Inside the … Continue reading

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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 out-and-out comedy, rather than a horror-comedy hybrid, this mines a rich vein of varsity humour … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hansel and Gretel Get Baked (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A brother and sister team up against a witch who has been luring the local teens to her house by selling super-strength weed. REVIEW: One of a number of Hansel and Gretel movies that are doing the rounds at the moment, this is a marked improvement on The Asylum’s HANSEL AND GRETEL: WARRIORS OF WITCHCRAFT (reviewed elsewhere on horrornews.net) which had only torture p*rn to offer. Director Duane Journey’s horror-comedy version of the fairy … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Experiment: Who’s Watching You? (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman struggling to make ends meet as a pole dancer signs on as a human guinea pig for trials of a new drug intended to boost the female sex drive. REVIEW: I’ve seen some tawdry films in my time but this beats anything the likes of Joe D’Amato, Bruno Mattei and Jess Franco had to offer. It’s a sleazy, seedy and deeply unpleasant film but most unforgivably of all is shoddily made. … Continue reading

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The Doctor Who Project: Introduction

Title from the very first episode of Doctor Who, from way back in 1963

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television series the very first episode of which was broadcast by the BBC on 23 November 1963.  The central character, known only as ‘the Doctor’, is a Time Lord – a custodian of the integrity of time, if you will – from the planet Gallifrey and the series follows his journeys backwards and forwards in time, on Earth and on alien planets, via his time-travelling spacecraft the TARDIS which … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Haunted Dollhouse (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: An anthology of horror tales, each involving malevolent dolls. REVIEW: Love him or loathe him, Charles Band is a leading figure in genre cinema. Admittedly his output varies wildly in quality but I could never bring myself to dismiss a man who gave the world a gem like TRANCERS. In recent years Band has largely been confined to working on video and a cursory look at some of the titles he has been involved … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: American teenagers Hansel and Gretel (no, really) are imprisoned by an evil old lady who lives in the woods and makes meat pies out of the youngsters she captures. REVIEW: When the fateful words ‘An Asylum Production’ appeared on my screen, barely a few seconds into the movie, my heart sank. For those few innocent souls who have still to hear of The Asylum they are a production company that specialises in low-budget rip-offs … Continue reading

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Film Review: Collision Earth (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A maverick scientist discovers that the planet Mercury has been knocked off its normal orbit by a wave of magnetic energy and is now headed towards Earth. REVIEW: A TV movie made for the SyFY channel this provides ninety minutes’ hokey fun in an endearingly old-fashioned way. More than anything it reminded me of a Saturday morning serial, what with spaceships, meteors, super-computers, missiles and a nick-of-time climax. The film opens on board the … Continue reading

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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 conspire against it being a success: a very poor period sense, a script that apes … Continue reading

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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 that her newly awakened sexual desire is giving her werewolf-like visions. REVIEW: I should say … Continue reading

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Film Review: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: John awakens from a coma to discover his wife and daughter were slaughtered in a brutal home invasion. Haunted by images of the attack, he vows to kill the man responsible: Luc Deveraux. While John tries to piece his reality back together, things get more complicated when he is pursued by a relentless UniSol named Magnus. Meanwhile, Deveraux and surviving UniSol Andrew Scott are preparing to battle anarchy and build a new order ruled … Continue reading

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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 go for full on horror or horror / comedy it’s not the worst way to … Continue reading

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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 personal experience American films almost never take an overt position, more often relying on the … Continue reading

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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 internet distribution they are often designed to showcase the talents of one or two individuals, … Continue reading

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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 a documentary’ angle has been flogged mercilessly ever since THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT became an … Continue reading

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