Author Archives: David Coen

Film Review: 1408 (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: No one can explain the strange goings-on in room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel. In this thriller based on a Stephen King story, writer and paranormal debunker Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is determined to demystify the ghostly events, even though a hotel clerk (Samuel L. Jackson) begs him to rethink his plans. Mike needs to write another book soon, and room 1408 may be his ticket to the top of the best-seller list. But … Continue reading

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Film Review: Silver Bullet (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: Adapted from author Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf, this campy thriller tells of a sleepy American town that’s terrorized by extreme sadistic murders — seemingly, by a werewolf. While all the town’s inhabitants prepare to lock themselves up at night, Marty Coslaw, a 13-year-old, wheelchair-bound boy, is the only person brave enough to try to track down the mysterious killer. REVIEW: The thing I love about Stephen King adaptations from the 80’s is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sometimes They Come Back (1991)

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SYNOPSIS: Based on stories by horror master Stephen King, this chilling pair of features follows two men beset by vengeful spirits. In Sometimes They Come Back, schoolteacher Jim Norton (Tim Matheson) must confront the literal ghosts of his past. In the sequel, John Porter (Michael Gross) returns home after a long absence and stays to help his town fight a sinister battle. Hilary Swank co-stars. REVIEW: Sometimes They Come Back is a TV mini-series from … Continue reading

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Film Review: Small Town Folk (2007)

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  SYNOPSIS: Stumbling upon the remote village of Grockleton — where backward locals and their creepy landlord (Chris R. Wright) kill uninvited interlopers — married couple Susan (Hannah Flint) and Jon (Greg Martin) find themselves in a fight for their lives. But their situation becomes truly twisted when the landlord decides to take Susan as his own bride. Peter Stanley-Ward directs while Simon Stanley-Ward co-stars as another would-be victim. REVIEW: Small Town Folk is a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Phantom of the Opera (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A newer, gorier version of the classic 1910 Gaston Leroux tale has A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Robert Englund playing the Phantom. Christine DaaĂ© is a young Broadway singer in New York City. She is auditioning for a show, and comes across an old piece of music written nearly 100 years before by an unknown musician name Erik Destler. Destler it seems had made a pact with the devil (maybe by accident) so the … Continue reading

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Book Review: City of Dust – Issue 5

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CITY OF DUST: A PHILIP KHROME STORY #5 (COMIC) Written by Steve Niles Art by ZID, GARRIE GASTONNY and BRANDON CHNG Published by Radical Publishing Publication Date: 2009 Format: Color – 28 pages Price: $2.99 City of Dust #5 is a logical rap up to a clever series by horror comic guru Steve Niles. If you didn’t read the last review City of Dust focuses on Philip Khrome a cop in a Blade Runner meets … Continue reading

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Film Review: Planet of the Vampires (Terrore nello spazio) (1965)

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SYNOPSIS: Planet of the Vampires is a 1965 Italian science fiction/horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film stars Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell. The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman, and Rafael J. Salvia, was based on an Italian language science fiction short story, Renato Pestriniero’s “One Night of 21 Hours”. The story follows the horrific experiences of the crew members of two giant spaceships that have crash landed on a forbidding, unexplored … Continue reading

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Film Review: Graveyard Shift (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: This Stephen King story will give you the willies! The manager of a textile mill attempts to tidy up after a fatal accident in his plant brings a safety crackdown. Some new graveyard shift workers are to rid the plant’s underground floors of rats. But what lurks beneath the floors isn’t just any rat’s nest — there’s one giant, man-eating rodent waiting for his midnight snack. … REVIEW: My next review in my ongoing … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ticks (Infested) (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: Problem teens in Los Angeles join an inner-city wilderness project in and attempt to get back in touch with life’s priorities, led by do-gooders Holly and Charles. When they get to the campsite, they begin having problems adjusting to the wild life, particularly local marijuana growers using herbal steroids to accelerate plant growth, and the mutated ticks that the leaky steroid system has created. REVIEW: If your dog ever brought ticks into your house … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dance of the Dead (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: It is prom night in middle America. Tuxes have been rented and dresses have been bought. But when the dead unexpectedly rise from their graves to eat the living, it’s up to the geeks, the nerds, the outcast and the losers who couldn’t get dates to the dance to save the town from the undead. Unlikely heroes will rise to the challenge as they are forced to put aside their differences and band together … Continue reading

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Book Review: Netherworld – Issue 1 Author Chad Jones

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NETHERWORLD Written by Chad Jones Art by Brazilian and RB Silva. Published Author Studio 407 Publication Date: 2009 Format: Color Price: $2.99 “Netherworld” has alien zombies. Most people will probably make up their mind about this comic after that statement alone, but let me continue. Netherworld is about two reluctant scientists, Emily Hark and Ernst Voss, drafted into a mission to retrieve enemy alien technology from a world where inexplicably all the aliens had died. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dead Man Holiday – Issue 2-3

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DEAD MAN HOLIDAY #2-3 (COMIC) Written by Colin Panetta Art by Colin Panetta, Chris Fillhart, Brandon Dawley, Jeremy Gregory Published by DEAD MAN HOLIDAY Publication Date: 2008 Format: B/W Price: $3.99 Dead Man Holiday is a comic that never wants to stray from the words weird and subversive. The artist and writer, Colin Panetta, states that he hates exposition and wants the reader to figure out every facet of the plot himself without any extemporaneous … Continue reading

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Film Review: Magic (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: Acclaimed director Richard Attenborough helms this unconventional horror-thriller that reveals Anthony Hopkins’s penchant for creepiness years before his Oscar-winning turn as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. After bombing in his first solo performance, a magician’s assistant (Hopkins) holes up with a ventriloquist’s dummy named Fats and eventually hones his act into something spectacular. But when Fats starts talking back, his master’s at his mercy. REVIEW: First of all, I need to get this out of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Punisher War Zone (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson), a one-man force of vengeance known as “the Punisher,” battles mob boss Billy Russoti (Dominic West). Left disfigured by the encounter, Russoti reemerges as Jigsaw, a psychotic villain with a small army at his command. Too bad for the baddie that the Punisher is preparing to annihilate Jigsaw and his reign of terror, armed with a cache of high-tech new weaponry by the handy Microchip (Wayne Knight). REVIEW: Punisher War … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cat’s Eye (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: Three shocking Stephen King short stories are linked by a stray cat that roams from one tale to the next. First, Dick (James Woods) is trying to quit smoking by any means necessary — even joining a shady self-help organization. Next, Johnny (Robert Hays) is an adulterous man forced by the wronged husband to circle a building’s hazardous ledge. Last, Amanda (Drew Barrymore) is threatened by an evil gnome who throws suspicion on the … Continue reading

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