Author Archives: David Ondechek

Film Review: Ghostlight (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Andrew wins a radio contest to spend one night alone in a haunted theater on the 80th anniversary of the bloody murder/suicide that occurred within its walls. His prize: $50,000. His task: To spend 12 hours alone inside. The catch: The theater has been reportedly haunted ever since the tragedy 80 years ago, and has been plagued by a series of mysterious deaths in the years since. As Andrew is locked inside the theater … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Brides of Sodom (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in a post apocalyptic world where vampires named for Greek gods, and witches rule. It is a classic vampire story with some real twists: The plot centers around a male vampire named Eros who falls in love with a human named Samuel. Eros wants to “save” Samuel and make him a vampire, but Eros evil vampire lover, Dionysus has other ideas. Matters are complicated by Eros’ sister/lover, Persephone, an ambiguous Bookkeeper and three … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sx_Tape (2013)

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  SYNOPSIS: Adam and Jill attempt to spice up their relationship by recording a sex tape in an abandoned mansion. Realizing they’re not alone in their ominous surroundings, the couple discover some sex tapes shouldn’t be made as their kinky adventure turns into a desperate fight for survival. REVIEW: Sx Tape is a paranormal found footage movie that is missing a key component, that being the paranormal essence. That is not to say that there … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mischief Night (2013) Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: Young Emily Walton, who has suffered from psychosomatic blindness ever since the car accident that took her mother’s life, must summon every instinct at her disposal to protect herself and her loved ones from a mysterious intruder. REVIEW: Mischief night, the night when teenagers run rampant, pulling pranks and playing tricks. Most common among these antics are toilet papering trees, soaping windows, egging people’s houses, and psychotically stalking and killing ones pray. What that … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Last Broadcast (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: Bristling with equipment, two enthusiastic local access cable TV producers recruit an assistant and venture into a forest in search of the mythical and horrifying Jersey Devil. Days later, only one of the trio emerges. He becomes the prime suspect in the disappearances of the other two. However, a local filmmaker examines extensive footage found at the scene and arrives at a different conclusion. REVIEW: Now a day the found footage genre is just … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Fury (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Animated parody of such horror classics as “Evil Dead” and “The Hills Have Eyes”. REVIEW: Frank Sudol’s first animated undertaking he showed use the humor in the zombie apocalypse, how would he fair as he takes his characters out of the big city and drops them in secluded forest. This is the location for his next movie, Dead Fury, and yes it is another animated horror film. This time we are introduced to a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Compound Fracture (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Michael Silna has just gotten custody of his only sister’s son after she was murdered by her husband before his very eyes. To fulfill his sister’s dying wish, Michael takes his nephew and wife and makes the journey home to his only other living relative: his estranged, eccentric (and extremely paranoid) father who is obsessed with building an unassailable compound. Once there, Michael hopes to repair his shattered family, but instead he finds that … Continue reading

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Sequels and Remakes: Return of the Living Dead

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Return of the Living Dead After the success of Night of the Living Dead, the partnership between George Romero and John Russo soon ended, with Romero continuing to write and direct his own set of sequels. John Russo continued to write, but mostly novels instead of scripts, except for the few exceptions were he ended up writing a script from a novel that he had written. That was the original plan for Russo’s novel Return … Continue reading

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Film Review: City of Rott (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: Desperately losing his mind while searching for a new pair of shoes, an old man and his trusty Walker wander the City of Rott, saturated with thousands of rotting zombies, driven to feed the blood-hungry worms residing in their skulls. REVIEW: As a horror fan one of the things I always look forward to each year are the few conventions that I get to attend. And anyone who has ever been to a larger … Continue reading

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Film Review: Low (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A lonely city girl finds herself taken hostage by disturbed outsider. Miles from home she must not only escape her captor, but also protect a dark and dangerous secret. REVIEW: Low is a low budget psychological thriller indie that plays on the concept that you really don’t know the true person that you are talking to. Yes people might look harmless on the outside, but deep down we all have secrets that we keep, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: In 1931 H.P. Lovecraft wrote his classic tale of alien horror, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Lovecraft is now considered one of America’s foremost writers of horror fiction, standing alongside the likes of Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. REVIEW: Bold black and white scenes, no end credits but instead a cast of players, and a bunch of auspicious practical effects, is this a sci-fi movie from the 50’s? Not exactly, it’s only made in … Continue reading

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Sequels and Remakes: Night of the Living Dead Sequels

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After the eventual success of Night of the Living Dead, it would take George Romero 10 years to make his triumphant return to his world of the now growing zombie apocalypse, and this time he would be without most of his original team, most notably writer John Russo. But that is not to say that Romero had disappeared from the movie scene, in between that time he had directed four feature length movie, the last … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Other Side of Sleep (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Loosely inspired by the director’s own memory of a girl’s disappearance from her village, the film follows Arlene (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), a young factory worker living alone in a rural Irish community REVIEW: It’s not uncommon to see horror movies made in foreign counties and then brought over to the United States. The most common of these movies will usually come from places such as; England, Italy, and Japan, but you might even come across … Continue reading

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Film Review: Joy Ride (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer. REVIEW: With this being the age of the internet, many people think that they can hide in the shadows of a fake name and not be held responsible for what they say, in a sense Joy Ride is a morality tale that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Roadside Massacre (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Five teens struggle for their lives after becoming stranded in a cannibal infested mountain town REVIEW: Texas Chainsaw… I mean Texas Roadside Massacre is a quaint little film with great dialogue and even better character development. Na, I just messing around, it’s quite the opposite of both those statements. The characters are flat and boring, and the acting is just bad, there really isn’t a better way to explain it, it’s just awful. The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Killer Holiday (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A startling motive is revealed when psychotic killer Melvin ‘Spider’ Holiday stalks 8 unsuspecting teenage victims lured to an abandoned amusement park off old Route 66 REVIEW: Killer Holiday is one of those movies that you start to watch with little to no expectations for, and you aren’t very surprised when it comes true. The first thing that you notice in this movie is the production company, that being Ridiculous Pictures, and that’s just … Continue reading

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Sequels and Remakes: The Good, The Bad, and The Regrettable

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Night of the Living Dead is a staple in the history of horror, be it with its bold casting choices, casting Daune Jones (a black man) as the lead character, something unheard of in 1968, or helping to spawn the cannibalistic zombie genre (even though they don’t once use the word zombie in this film), and eventually putting the names George Romero and John Russo on the map. Even choosing to make the film in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Knight of the Dead (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Hunted by raiders, a band of crusading knights escort the holy grail through a valley of black death where they must hack and slash their way to freedom. REVIEW: Knight of the Dead, honestly I would have thought that it wouldn’t have taken almost 50 years to make this bad pun into a movie. The question remains, is it going to live up the name that it so clearly ripped off, or does it … Continue reading

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Film Review: 7E (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A young man struggles with unexplained events inside of a New York apartment where tenants are not who they appear to be. REVIEW: When a title like 7E comes up it instinctively makes me thing of movies such as 1408 and Apartment 1303, which are movies where the rooms themselves are haunted by a paranormal entity. This is not the case with 7E; this movie is an indirect and complex psychological thriller. Even though … Continue reading

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Film Review: WNUF Halloween Special (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Originally broadcast live on October 31, 1987, the ‘WNUF Halloween Special’ is a stunning expose of terrifying supernatural activity that unfolded at the infamous Webber House, the site of ghastly murders. Local television personality Frank Stewart leads a group of paranormal investigators including Catholic exorcist, Father Joseph Matheson and the prolific husband-and-wife team Louis and Claire Berger. Together, the experts explore the darkest corners of the supposedly haunted Webber House, trying to prove the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Occupants (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Lucy has a new husband, a new home and a new baby, but old ghosts won’t let her be. She tries to help the tortured souls break free of their torment and move on, but soon finds these ghosts don’t want her help REVIEW: When looking at the genre of horror, it’s easily the most diverse genre in cinema. With the multiply sub genre’s, anything from the monsters of the 30’s and 40’s to … Continue reading

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