Author Archives: David Ondechek

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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Film Review: Nightscape (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: In Nightscape, an emotionally guarded drifter, Kat (Galesh), crosses paths with a phantom car responsible for a wave of supernatural violence. The drifter must learn to trust again if she is to end a lifetime of bad luck and help her new found companions survive the growing chaos and carnage. REVIEW: Being a movie lover, and especially horror movies, I try to finish any movie that I start to watch.  Sometimes this pays out … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: From the people that brought you Steve Niles’ Remains and Dead Souls comes a terrifying new anthology film based on the human senses… REVIEW: When sitting down to watch a movie called Chilling Visions: 5 Senses in Fear, the mind races at what this could possibly be about, and if you take the title for it’s most literal meaning, then it tells you plain out. This movie is about the five senses, with twists … Continue reading

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Film Review: Scarecrow (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: For generations, it was an urban legend that lived in the nightmares of children. Now, the season to rejuvenate the tale will revive a town’s darkest fears. REVIEW: “It never sleeps, it never dies, it can’t be stopped, hear our cries. The scarecrow lives to kill us all, keep it buried in the fall.” This is the rhyme of the unstoppable scarecrow that the people of this undisclosed farm town chant every year during … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Black Dahlia Haunting (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: While investigating the murder of her father by her blind younger brother, a young woman disturbs the vengeful spirit of Elizabeth Short, known in legend as “The Black Dahlia”. REVIEW: I’m sure that writer/director Brandon Slagle had a vision when it came to this project, and I would think that he was probably pretty happy with the way the film turned out, but it either went over my head, or I just missed something, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Feed (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: The wildly popular TV reality series, Ghost Chasers, is hitting its 4th year on the air; to commemorate this milestone, the members of the Ghost Chasers team have decided to broadcast their anniversary show out to the world live. REVIEW: As I headed out with my wife to go shopping, which I hate to do, I knew that there was one place I wanted to go, my local video chain store, and by local, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Forgetting the Girl (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Haunted by a traumatic history, photographer Kevin Wolfe (Christopher Denham) struggles to systematically forget all his bad memories, but erasing his past threatens to consume his future. Kevin is obsessed with finding a girl who can help him forget his unpleasant past. However, all his encounters with the opposite sex inevitably go afoul, creating more awkward experiences than he can cope with. REVIEW: Forgetting the girl is a realistic psychological drama, not about a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fresh Meat (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A dysfunctional gang of criminals invade the home of a middle class Maori family and take them hostage. But this seemingly normal family has a deep, dark secret and when the fugitives discover the home abattoir, the tables are turned and the hunters become the hunted. There’s fresh meat for dinner (washed down with a nice Chianti of course).

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Film Review: Savages Crossing (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: When a sudden flood traps a group of strangers in an outback roadhouse it becomes clear that the threat from within the group is far greater than from raging torrent outside. REVIEW: Savages Crossing is an Australian cat and mouse thriller written by brother and sister duo, John and Cody Jarrett, and directed by Australian born Kevin James Dobson. The movie takes place in and has all Australian actors, which with their own dialect and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Impaler (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Seven high-school friends begin their Euro-trip at the actual castle of Vlad the Impaler where he supposedly sold his soul to the devil over 500 years earlier, but the decrepit castle’s past envelopes them in a bloody ritual. REVIEW: The Impaler, the name makes you think of only one thing, Vlad the impaler, the man that inspired the famous monster, Dracula. Would this movie do the history of this man’s legend justice, or just … Continue reading

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Film Review: Devoured (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: You Will Be Devoured… REVIEW: Devoured is a great psychological thriller, which makes you think about the way the world thinks about us and us about them. With that said, this movie starts out with the main character, Lourdes (Marta Milans), dead on the floor of a Manhattan restaurant. Now the fun starts as we try to figure out how she died, and why. The movie then picks back up days, weeks, months, they … Continue reading

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Film Review: Slink (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In the rural town of Wickenhaven, a psychotic tanning salon owner is responsible for the disappearances of many young, innocent girls, while his wife, an exotic purse designer, is willing to overlook his evil nature. REVIEW: Slink, the word brings the imagination into full force.  What could it mean, a slasher film where they slink around, methodically stalking their pray? Could it be the name of an interstellar conquer coming to enslave humanity one … Continue reading

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