Author Archives: Daniel King

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 world’s worst title of I’M NOT JESUS MOMMY it has been retitled and marketed as … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Thompsons (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: On the run with the law on their trail, America’s most anguished vampire family heads to England to find an ancient vampire clan. What they find instead could tear their family, and their throats, apart forever. REVIEW: I should preface this review by saying that I missed the first movie in this series – THE HAMILTONS (2006) – so I’m not in a position to comment on how well this sequel matches up. However, … Continue reading

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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 decided to escape their city lives and spend a weekend hiking and camping in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Selling (2011)

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SYNOPSIS A real estate agent trying to raise money to pay for his mother’s hospital bills takes on a property that looks too good to be true, and is. REVIEW Horror-comedy is one of the most difficult movie tricks to pull off. Nine times out of ten the film isn’t frightening enough to be a horror and not funny enough to be a comedy, thereby failing on both counts. There are some good comedies that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rudyard Kipling’s Mark of the Beast (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: On New Year’s Eve, a small town sheriff hosts a party at his cabin in the woods; on the way home, one of the party-goers drunkenly desecrates a native shrine releasing a terrible curse. REVIEW: This movie has, on the face of it, all the elements to make a classic horror film: a literary source; a cabin in the woods; an ancient curse; an evil awakened; a B-movie icon in the cast. They’d have … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blood Was Everywhere (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A small Massachusetts town is terrorised by a series of random murders. REVIEW: I understand that this movie was original intended to be a reworking of horror classic FRIDAY THE 13TH but when an official remake was announced writer-director Jason Torrey had to change his plans. Happily for him, I reckon we’ve ended up with a better film as a result. The reason I say that is because the last thing the world needs … Continue reading

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Film Review: 1000 Times More Brutal (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Four guys from Brooklyn get in over their heads after exacting revenge on a mobster for a beating he gave them.  REVIEW: I suspect the title of this film originated from the pitch writer-director Kamal Ahmed must have given to potential backers when describing the movie he wanted to make. “It’s like MEAN STREETS”, I imagine him saying, “but 1000 times more brutal.” And while viewers will have to make up their own minds … Continue reading

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Film Review: No Tell Motel (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: After wrecking their RV in the middle of nowhere, five young friends decide to pass the night at an abandoned motel which, it transpires, is haunted by the malevolent spirits of a family that died there. REVIEW: Judging purely by the title I thought NO TELL MOTEL was going to be dreadful. I mean, if that’s the best the film-makers could come up with just for the title what expectations could I have for … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Messengers (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Having moved to rural North Dakota for a fresh start, a young girl has trouble convincing her parents that their new home is haunted. REVIEW: Speaking as a forty-something I have to confess that I find the success of Kristen Stewart somewhat mystifying. She has played the same part in all of the films I have seen her in to date: a sullen, uncommunicative teenager. Quite how this is enough to propel a young … Continue reading

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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 IN A SAUNA and let word of mouth do the rest. This is one of … Continue reading

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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 the watchable but unremarkable WRONG TURN has managed to spawn four sequels but then again … Continue reading

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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 sub-genre of films which make an effort to consider what the practicalities of undeath might … Continue reading

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Film Review: Harold’s Going Stiff (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: In the north of England elderly men are afflicted by a disease which gradually turns them into violent zombies while gangs roam the streets looking to exterminate them. REVIEW: In the current boom for horror film production one sub-genre towers above the rest in its ubiquity: the zombie movie. From big budget A-list films such as Marc Forster’s forthcoming WORLD WAR Z to micro budget semi-pro efforts like DEADLANDS: THE RISING it seems that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chatroom (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A disturbed teenager sets up a chatroom with the intention of grooming someone into committing suicide. REVIEW: Not a horror film per se but nevertheless an upsetting psychological drama that avoids most of the pitfalls that commonly beset films based around current technology. It’s tempting to see this movie as a real departure for director Hideo Nakata, best known for his J-Horror series RINGU, and it’s true that it’s his first British film and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Barrio Tales (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: An anthology horror movie presenting three stories with a Mexican theme. REVIEW: Everyone likes anthology horror movies don’t they? There’s almost always something for everyone, in nice bite size pieces, and even if one segment doesn’t work there will be another one along in twenty minutes. Everything moves along at a fast pace, there’s very little padding and there’s usually a juicy little twist in each tale. Which brings me neatly to BARRIO TALES, … Continue reading

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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: with so many films being released the choice can be almost overwhelming. In this time … Continue reading

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