Author Archives: Dave Gammon

Interview: Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, The Eternal)

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HORRORNEWS: Welcome my very special guest Mr. Justin McConnell to Horrornews.net. It’s been well documented your trials and tribulations while making The Collapsed. What gives an independent producer and director the intestinal fortitude to persevere when arguably many others would have simply given up? JUSTIN McCONNELL: Ah, ‘Intestinal Fortitude’. That also happens to be a good song by Nuclear Rabbit. In all honesty, I just think I’ve always had an attitude in which I just … Continue reading

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Interview: Teri Mcminn (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

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HOOKED ON AN ICON AN INTERVIEW WITH TERI MCMINN DAVE GAMMON: I just wanted to extend a very warm welcome in a much anticipated interview Ms. Teri McMinn with Horrornews.net. Director Tobe Hooper had first discovered you in Austin, Texas in 1973 after seeing a local news paper article. Reflecting back on that fateful evening then flash forward to a precarious predicament of in the clutches of one Leatherface, did you have any idea at … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pazuzu’s Girl – Author Rachel Coles

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Pazuzu’s Girl By Rachel Coles Pazuzu and Lugal are human incarnates of Mesopotamia with unearthly powers. An ancient tablet of destiny is stolen from the goddess Lamashtu. As a result the two are exiled to exist among humans as their infinite sentencing. Gradually indication the two with supernatural powers can no longer keep up with their cleaver contemporary disguise. As nosey neighbours, meddlesome community members and the school system notice that something is dreadfully amiss … Continue reading

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Book Review: Woman Scorned – Author Angela Alsaleem

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Woman Scorned – Angela Alsaleem Camilla is raped and brutally murdered at the hands of a corrupt police officer. She wakes up dead, oblivious to the fact she’s crossed over into another realm of existence. As she collects herself, consumed in despair and distraught she begins to walk along the road side, hauntingly closer to her ultimate fate. Libitina is an aspiring mortician in training and steals Camilla’s body from a nearby hospital morgue. Her … Continue reading

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Interview: John Russo (Night of the Living Dead)

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MACABRECON RENANIMATED AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN RUSSO Generations of fright fiends have been struck with terror at the hands of conceptual genius John Russo. Co-Creator and collaborator of Night of The Living Dead, where our current zombie phenomenon had all began; Mr. Russo sheds some light on a dark genre that chills us to the bone yet captivates us, glued to our seats. I caught up with Mr. Russo recently while taking a break in … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide 2012 – ‘Niagara Falls Comic Can/MacabreCon’

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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE 2012 NIAGARAFALLS COMIC CON/MACABRECON COMES TO NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO CANADA Reflecting back on my humble upbringing, it isn’t any mystery how my interests of today evolved. Life wasn’t easy growing up in the small rural town of Seagrave, Ontario. Our closest neighbour was over a kilometre away. With three older sisters, few friends and a bit of an eccentric misfit in school I was constantly in search of an escape. An imagination … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Unleashed (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: When Madison Kennard (Trisha Echeverria) returns to her home town after an eight year hiatus, a certain sense of harrowing anxiety is in the air. Estranged from her family, her mother’s passing prompts the reluctant visit in order to sell the house and get her affairs in order. Memories of an unsettling upbringing are overwhelming making the appearance a challenge to cope. Lindsay, (Jessica Salgueiro) her childhood friend soon arrives on the scene offering … Continue reading

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Book Review: Loose Ends – Author WD Jackson

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Loose Ends By WD Jackson When perpetual under achiever Jake Harper purchases a computer for a new office job it appears as though life is finally turning around. Encountering his next obstacle, he grapples with assembling and installing the PC so landlady/best friend Anna intervenes giving him a crash course in computer use 101. Getting online seemed to be the mandate of the hour as she sets him up with an email account to be … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Nursing Home – Author James J Murphy III

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THE NURSING HOME By James J Murphy III Any fan or critic of commercial, conventional or literary horror can attest to reading through a wide variety of different themes, genres and styles. Each can be as unique as the author itself. Few writers in the horror business can disagree that the ultimate achievement will be to craft a tale that terrifies a universal audience. Fears can vary on a wide spectrum both rational and irrational. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Haftmann’s Rules – Author Robert White

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HAFTMANN’S RULES By Robert White Grand Mal Press “Blood is like a rainbow, like red violet when it first flows, black in the moon light.” Every now and again a volume of literature is so gritty, so enthralling, so psychologically spell binding we tend to forget what particular genre it slides most neatly into. Robert White’s story of private d*ck Thomas Haftmann and his obsession with solving an increasingly complex case is if nothing else … Continue reading

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Festival Storms Great White North with Chilling Fury

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada As an avid cinematic aficionado since early childhood I’d embraced the opportunity of attending the annual Canadian Film Fest with bedazzled awe. With mixed feelings of neurotic nervousness and preconceived notions the event would serve copious quantities of artsy, pretentious content that would require an interpreter for later translation I walked into the gala ready for anything and everything. My initial impressions could not be further from the truth. Kicking off the … Continue reading

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Interview: Manuel H. Da Silva (The Unleashed, Cycle of Fear )

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UNLEASHING MANUEL H DASILVA Perhaps this year’s most anticipated screening at the annual Canadian Film Fest was Dark House Film’s The Unleashed Mere hours before the festivities commenced I spoke with Manuel Da Silva from his studio on a myriad of topics ranging from the origins of the Ouija board, the future of independent genre films and what makes a truly spine tingling movie experience. DAVE GAMMON: A warm welcome Mr. Da Silva to Horrornews.net. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cemetary Club – Author JG Faherty

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CEMETERY CLUB By JG Faherty Faherty’s latest effort is spell binding terror with a paranormal slant with tons of twists and turns. Often thought provoking and spine tingling several prominent themes are introduced simultaneously. Who wouldn’t love a good ghost, ancestry, paranormal, zombie tale right? Toss in a few skeletons in the closet and it seems we have ourselves a blue print for thrill ride into the mind and imagination of one JG Faherty. The … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dead Hunger 2 – Author Eric A Shelman

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DEAD HUNGER 2 THE GEM CARDOZA CHRONICLE By Eric A Shelman A clever, witty sequel pitting our vigilante survivors grappling with the continuous zombie plague in modern American society; it’s within the first person narrative this time from Gem Cardoza’s perspective. For those not yet privy to The Dead Hunger trilogy, Gem is the bad ass, shoot now ask questions later female companion of Flex Sheridan who told his own story in the original. Our … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twice Dead (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: The Cates family is thrilled to learn they have inherited the old mansion of the deranged, stage actor, Tyler Walker. They arrive to discover that the mansion has turned into a playground for a local street gang. But the gang is not all the Cates children have to worry about as Tyler’s ghost makes it known he is not pleased with their intrusion. REVIEW: Directed by: Bert L. Dragin Starring: Tom Bresnahan, Jill Whitlow, … Continue reading

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Film Review: City of The Living Dead (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from the grave REVIEW: Directed by: Lucio Fulci Starring: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlinghi, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Fabrizio Jovine “The soul that pines for eternity shall out span death. You dweller of the twilight void come Dunwich.” From the get-go we’re served a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Demon of Renaissance Drive – Author Elizabeth Reuter

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DEMON OF RENAISSANCE DRIVE By Elizabeth Reuter Annabelle a succubus nestled comfortably in the confines of eternal damnation is bored and restless. Her primary role is to deliver a multitude of incubus unto the Lord of Darkness. Gestation ordinarily lasts twenty four hours. Feeling a constant void she longs to experience the emotions of a mortal and devises a plan to stow away on a voyage to earth through a possible porthole. Often witty, whimsical … Continue reading

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Film Review: C.H.U.D. 2 – Bud The Chud (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A military experiment to create a race of super-warriors go awry, and legions of murderous zombies are unleased upon a surburan neighborhood. REVIEW: Directed by: David Irving Starring: Ed Naha, Brian Robbins, Bill Calvert, Tricia Leigh Fisher, Gerrit Graham, Robert Vaughn Perhaps one of the persecutions fans of horror face the most is their taste in cinema. Make no mistake about it C.H.U.D. will never be confused for an Oscar nominee or acclaimed chiller … Continue reading

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Book Review: 90 Minutes to Live – Editors Joel Kirkpatrick, Bill Patterson

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Journalstone’s 2011 Warped Words – 90 Minutes to Live “There’s a time to live and a time to die When it’s time to meet the maker There’s a time to live, but isn’t it strange As soon as you’re born you’re dying” Bruce Dickinson-Iron Maiden Clairvoyant 1988 A true milestone for any budding author is to pen a tale that forces the reader to re-evaluate their own life and learn something about himself. Granted we … Continue reading

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Book Review: Revenge – Authors Gabrielle Faust and Solomon Schneider

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REVENGE By: Gabrielle Faust and Solomon Schneider Barking Rain Press “Unfortunately there is no place in Hell for insurgents.” Marcus is a prisoner of the mundane. Long lost is his passion for anything aside from consuming countless bourbon after bourbon in his tattered, withered upholstered chair. Submitting to reclusiveness and withdrawn even his live in partner Brenda becomes steadily estranged. One evening he receives a text she’d sent indicating she wouldn’t be home for the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hills Have Eyes II (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of dirt bike racers set off on a bus trip to enter a race across the notorious desert of all the legendary folklore murders. The bus breaks down off the beaten path. While searching for help they split up and end up in the clutches of the desert mutants’ traps. REVIEW: Directed by: Wes Craven Starring: Tamara Stafford, Kevin Spirtas, John Bloom, Colleen Riley, Michael Berryman, Penny Johnson, Janus Blythe Wes Craven … Continue reading

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