Author Archives: James Patrick Riser

Film Review: Rovdyr – Manhunt (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Its the summer of 1974. Four friends have planned a recreational weekend hiking and camping in the forest. At a remote truck stop they pick up an anxious hitchhiker who only after a short ride demands they stop the vehicle. She is clearly frightened of somethingbut what she can’t begin to describe in her carsick terror. Suddenly the group are ambushed and left unconscious. When they wake up deep in the woods, all they … Continue reading

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Film Review: Growing Out (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: After moving into a decrepit house, struggling songwriter Tom (Michael Hampton) finds an unlikely roommate in the form of a live human hand sprouting from his basement floor. As the mysterious growth continues to evolve, so does its relationship with Tom, who’s also busy falling in love with his neighbor’s girlfriend, Veronica (Devon Iott). Dark comedy, horror and musical numbers intermingle with spine-tingling glee in this warped indie film. REVIEW: Growing Out is an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hallettsville (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Tyler Jensen (Derek Lee Nixon, who co-wrote the script) and his pals in a tiny Texas town enjoy hanging out in Tyler’s new digs. That is, until said pals start mysteriously dying. Tyler must act fast if he wants save himself and his girlfriend. Gary Busey co-stars as the wily Sheriff David Ketchum, who presides over the mayhem in this supernatural thriller, which also stars Logan Patrick Brown and Katie Fountain. REVIEW: Hallettsville looks … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Dunwich Horror (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: An adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s works, “Dunwich Horror” tells the story of Wilbur Whateley (Jeffery Combs of Re-Animator, The Frighteners) and his sinister quest to procure a copy of the Necronomicon, an ancient, diabolical manuscript that will help him open a doorway to a dimension inhabited by unspeakable creatures known as the ‘Old Ones.’ Driven by his sorcerous uncle and a creature of the darkest evil in their farmhouse, Wilbur meets opposition from Dr. … Continue reading

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Film Review: End of the Line (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: In this unsettling and creepy thriller, Karen (Ilona Elkin), a young nurse who works in a psychiatric ward, boards the last subway train of the night only to have it stop suddenly in the middle of the tunnel. As those around her are brutally murdered, Karen and a handful of survivors must face supernatural forces, homicidal religious cult members, as well as their own fears and suspicions of Armageddon, in order to survive REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Long Time Dead (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of college students play with an Ouija board in an attempt to connect to the spiritual realm. Unfortunately, the drunken participants actually succeed in contacting a spirit that spells out the words “all die” on the board. Spooked, the students immediately close up the board, bringing the demonic spirit into their world. Soon enough, members of the party begin dying, leaving the rest to figure out how to vanquish the angry spirit. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Virus Undead (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Flocks of wild birds darken the sky – some birds fall dead, while others attack innocent people … Assistant doctor Robert is driving with two friends to his hometown – where the mansion of his grandfather stands. His grandfather is also one of the innocent victims of the birds. At a gas station he unexpectedly runs into his former love Marlene. He invites her with her best girlfriend to the untenanted mansion for a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bled (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: After trying a drug given to her by a mysterious foreigner (Jonathan Oldham), young artist Sai (Sarah Farooqui) enters a dreamlike space and develops a thirst for blood. As Sai’s cravings grow, she unwittingly attracts a dimensional vampire trying to cross over into the real world. A horror film full of blood and lust, Bled co-stars Alex Petrovitch, Chris Ivan Cevic, Michele Morrow and Ivan L. Moody. REVIEW: Director, Christopher Hutson and writer, Sxv’leithan … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alone in the Dark 2 (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: When the night falls, and the creatures of the dark are crawling out of the shadows, there is only one man who stands between us and evil: Edward Carnby. One of the most popular characters in video game history, Edward Carnby returns for a second mission. REVIEW: Alone in the Dark was released by Infogrames in 1992 for the PC. Following Capcom’s 1989 game, Sweet Home, Alone in the Dark was one of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: 100 Feet (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: After killing her abusive cop husband, Mike (Michael Paré), Marnie (Famke Janssen) returns to New York to serve the remainder of her manslaughter sentence under house arrest. But Mike’s vengeful ghost isn’t done taunting her in this gripping supernatural thriller. Meanwhile, Mike’s ex-partner (Bobby Cannavale) keeps close tabs on Marnie, who must wear an ankle bracelet that doesn’t allow her to escape — let alone move past a 100-foot radius. REVIEW: Marnie Watson (Famke … Continue reading

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