Author Archives: Daniel King

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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