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Film Review: Pink Eye (2008)

  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 …

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Film Review: SAW (2004)

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 …

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Film Review: Candyman (1992)

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, …

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Film Review: Maniac (1980)

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 …

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Film Review: Mother’s Day (1980)

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 …

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Film Review: The First Power (1990)

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 …

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Film Review: West of Memphis (2012)

SYNOPSIS: West of Memphis is an examination of a failure of justice in Arkansas. The documentary tells the hitherto unknown story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to bring the truth to light. Told and made by those who lived it, the filmmakers’ unprecedented access to the inner workings of the defense, allows the film to show the investigation, research …

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Film Review: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

SYNOPSIS: A further investigation into the arrest of three teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas and spent nearly 20 years in prison before being released because DNA evidence proved their innocence REVIEW: Starring: Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines, Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky and Eddie Vedder Directed by: Joe …

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Horror is No Laughing Matter

WARNING: The following article may be controversial and objective to some without an open mind. While most of my articles are informative (this is as well) this one is strongly opinionated. A sense of humor is not required…. I just thought I’d unleash some personal opinions on the mixing of the Horror and Comedy genres. Why is there such a …

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Film Review: The Shining (1997)

SYNOPSIS: A recovering alcoholic must wrestle with demons within and without when he and his family move into a haunted hotel as caretakers. REVIEW: Written by: Stephen King Directed by: Mick Garris Starring: Melvin Van Peebles, Pat Hingle, Wil Horneff, Shawnee Smith, Sam Raimi, Mick Garris, Steven Weber, Rebecca De Mornay, Courtland Mead and Stephen King Based on the novel …

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Film Review: Stoked The Rise and fall of Gator (2002)

SYNOPSIS: The aggressive style of Mark Gator Rogowski (a.k.a. Gator Mark Anthony)–his unpredictable lines, and outrageous personal antics–made him a favorite on the 80’s pro skateboarding circuit, and for years he rode a career wave of fame, wealth, and world travel. At the end of the decade Gator found himself with personal and career troubles, and tried to reinvent himself …

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Film Review: Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)

SYNOPSIS: Horrific, disturbing and absolutely fascinating, the Emmy nominated Paradise Lost 2: Revelations reviews the chilling saga from HBO’s award winning hit, Paradise Lost: The child murders at Robin Hood Hills. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky return to West Memphis, Arkansas to reexamine the most notorious murder case in the state’s history, revealing startling new evidence and exploring the ironies …

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Film Review: Hannibal (2001)

SYNOPSIS: Anthony Hopkins returns as one of the great villains in screen history, Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, in this riveting sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. Lecter’s only surviving victim, the hideously scarred Mason Verger (Gary Oldman), tries to draw the serial gourmet out of hiding using the one person he cares about: Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore). Can the …

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Film Review: Monster (2003)

SYNOPSIS: Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron, in an Oscar-winning performance) faced difficult odds early in life, abusing drugs and becoming a prostitute (and pregnant) by the age of 13. Wuornos moved from Michigan to Florida where she continued to ply her “trade,” specializing in a clientele consisting mainly of truck drivers. It was during that time that she began murdering any …

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