Author Archives: Jay Alan

Film Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of five hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 1970’s rural Texas fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic family making up of a leather-masked chainsaw-wielding maniac, his knife-wielding grave robber brother, and their cannibal chief father and decaying grandfather. REVIEW: Written by: Tobe Hooper Kim Henkel Directed by: Tobe Hooper Starring: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Allen Danziger, William Vail, John Dugan, Teri Mcminn, Gunnar Hansen and Edwin Neal This … Continue reading

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Film Review: BTK Killer (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: After claiming a string of innocent victims in the 1960s and ’70s, a serial murderer dubbed the BTK Killer — for “bind, torture, kill” — simply stopped his rampage and mysteriously disappeared. But when his handiwork resurfaced 30 years later, police were finally able to nab him. This grisly account of his high-profile carnage and capture is based on the true story of Dennis Rader, one of the most notorious slaughterers of all time. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Flatliners (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: An edgy, eerie supernatural thriller about medical students using their skills to try crossing over to the “other side.” After they’re revived, the students are haunted and consumed by what they’ve seen, as their fears, guilt and old memories take root in the physical world. This star-studded film may be remembered more for the tabloid frenzy, upon the film’s release, surrounding actors Julia Roberts and ditched beau Kiefer Sutherland. REVIEW: Written by: Peter Filardi … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paradise Lost: The Child Murders (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: A literary prequel… THE BEGINNING: On May fifth, nineteen-ninety-three, in West Memphis Arkansas, three eight year old boys were found murdered in a patch of woods in the back of a truck stop. .. The chief juvenile Officer had an idea of who might be a suspect. He had been keeping his eyes on him for the last year. Now, the Officer was determined to watch him even closer. He was seventeen at this … Continue reading

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Film Review: Pink Eye (2008)

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  SYNOPSIS: Pink Eye is set in a small town in upstate New York, at a prison-like, dilapidated insane asylum where secret drug testing has gone inexplicably wrong. Patients are dying in sick and twisted ways and those who survive are becoming raging, homicidal lunatics. It’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose and the patients begin to crave freedom to take their vengeance out on the world outside. When one patient … Continue reading

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Film Review: SAW (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: Would you die to live? That’s what two men, Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Gordon (Cary Elwes), have to ask themselves when they’re paired up in a deadly situation. Abducted by a serial killer, they’re both holed up in a prison constructed with such ingenuity that they may not be able to escape before their captor decides it’s time to dismantle their bodies in his signature way. Attempting to break free may kill them too, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Love Forever & After – Author Michelle Echols Mount

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On May fifth, nineteen-ninety-three, in West Memphis Arkansas, three eight year old boys were found murdered in a patch of woods in the back of a truck stop. .. The chief juvenile Officer had an idea of who might be a suspect. He had been keeping his eyes on him for the last year. Now, the Officer was determined to watch him even closer. He was seventeen at this time. He had long coal black … Continue reading

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Film Review: Candyman (1992)

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SYNOPSIS:Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of Chicago, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror. REVIEW: Written and Directed by: Bernard Rose Starring: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley and Kasi Lemmons Hello, blood thirsty boils and ghouls. Look at yourself in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Maniac (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Although his mother mistreated him and is now dead, Frank (Joe Spinell), a photographer by day, misses her. In a grotesque act of reminiscence, he kills young women at night and puts their scalps on mannequins masquerading around his New York apartment. He befriends a fellow photographer, but soon his day and night lives begin to meld, blurring the lines of reality. William Lustig directs this disturbing tale known for its graphic violence. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mother’s Day (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Three female friends (Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce and Tiana Pierce) head to the woods to remember their collegiate good times, all the while with no idea they’re being hunted by a dysfunctional hillbilly family. Mother (Beatrice Pons) is teaching her backwoods boys (Holden McGuire and Michael McCleery) how to rape, torture and kill young women — and her adept pupils are more than willing to practice their lessons. REVIEW: Written by: Charles Kaufman Directed … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grande Illusion Book 2 – Author Tom Savini

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GRANDE ILLUSIONS – BOOK II Written by Tom Savini Published by Morris Customs Publication Date: 1996 Format: B&W / color – 238 pages Price: various – OOP Although these are two books in their own entity, they are one within their own right. This, the sequel to the review, continues my special Double Creature Feature Grind House Review for them both. Just as the first installment of the instructional two part novella was presented by … Continue reading

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Film Review: Last House on Dead End Street (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: After serving 1 year in jail a guy decides to repay the society by making some snuff-films. Four people are captured, tied up and held as material for his project. One by one they are killed in scenes for the camera. A woman has her limbs sawn of while he keep her conscious. Another victim is killed by a power drill. REVIEW: Written by: Roger Watkins (as “Brian Lawrence”) Directed by: Roger Watkins (as … Continue reading

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Film Review: Red to Kill (Yeuk saat) (1994) – CAT III

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SYNOPSIS: A psychopathic rapist, who attacks women that wear red, runs a home for retarded children and rapes a girl there who he sees wearing a red dress, leading to a revenge plot by the girl’s social worker REVIEW: Written by: Wong- Ho- Wah Directed by: Billy Tang Hin-Sing Starring: Lily Chung Suk-Wai, Ben NG Ngai- Cheung, Money Lo Man-Yi and Bat Leung Gum Hell-o, seekers of the extreme. Look no further than Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Film Review: The First Power (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: Detective Russell Logan (Lou Diamond Phillips) breathes a sigh of relief when the serial murderer the Pentagram Killer (Jeff Kober) is finally caught and executed. But it turns out the detective’s work is far from finished when he discovers that the killer has transferred his soul into another living body. With the help of a psychic (Tracy Griffith), Logan toils at the nearly impossible task of capturing a murderer with an ever-changing identity REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Stink of Flesh (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Wandering a zombie wasteland, Matool survives by his wits and animal instinct, often employing his trusty hammer and gigantic nails to fend off the ravenous hordes of flesh-eating undead. But when he is kidnapped by a mysterious couple, Matool must rely on an entirely different weapon in his arsenal to survive… Written & directed by Scott Phillips (screenwriter of DRIVE), THE STINK OF FLESH is a no-holds-barred splatterfest featuring non-stop action and buckets of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Mutilation Man (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: As a young boy, Terry underwent seeing his own father commit horrendous acts of crime such as rape and murder, even being forced to clean up and bury the mess of his slaughtered mother. The result of all this trauma shows itself all over the body of Terry Pucket in the form of self mutilation. Traveling from place to place putting on repulsive shows of self mutilation, Terry can’t seem to bury his horrible … Continue reading

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