Author Archives: Jay Alan

Film Review: SAW II (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Detective Eric Matthews (Donnie Wahlberg) desperately tries to catch notorious killer Jigsaw in this suspenseful sequel. Jigsaw stays true to his bloodthirsty M.O. of creating devious plans in which people are forced to kill each other. This time, he kidnaps eight supposed strangers and locks them all up in one room, and it’s up to Matthews to find the demented killer before his bloody plan is complete. Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell co-star. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: West of Memphis (2012)

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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 and appeals process in a way that has never been seen before; revealing shocking and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Devil’s Knot (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Three children were savagely murdered in 1993. Weeks later, police announced the arrest of three teens accused of committing the murders as part of a Satanic cult ritual. REVIEW: In 1993, three eight year old Cub Scouts were found bound with their own shoelaces and murdered in a ditch bank, in a patch of woods in West Memphis, Arkansas. The area was commonly known as Robin Hood Hills to the locals. Rumors started to … Continue reading

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The complete list of Stephen King Adaptations

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Bag of Bones Black House, The (in production) Carrie/ Carrie re-make/ The Rage:Carrie II/ Carrie: The Musical Cell Christine Cujo Dark Half, The Dark Tower, The/ The Dark Tower Comic Book Series (film in production) Dead Zone, The/ The Dead Zone Television Series Delores Claiborne Desperation Dolan’s Cadillac Dreamcatcher Firestarter/ Firestarter II: Rekindled From a Buick 8 (in production) It- Television Series/ It-Theatrical Motion Picture (in production) Misery/ Misery Stage Act Monkey Shines Needful Things … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

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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 Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Hello, True Crime buffs and seekers of truth, justice and the … Continue reading

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Horror is No Laughing Matter

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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 combination? Horror is supposed to leave you with an uneasy feeling of dread, fright and … Continue reading

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The Horror Genre’s Inspiration On the Music Industry

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From the early nineteen seventies, horror movies have inspired different bands. In a way, Horror films have inspired a genre of music in itself, Heavy Metal. The one band that inspired and began the metal movement was inspired themselves, by the Horror genre. They are called Black Sabbath. The guitar player has taken his love for Horror one step further with recently making his own Horror franchise entitled ominously enough… Black Sabbath.  Not only did … Continue reading

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Murder, Media, Macabre Collectibles and Killer Publicity

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What is America’s fascination with holding cold blooded killers’ status at a celebrity level? The higher the body count, the more fame is pasted to the infamous name. Many choose to write books on them, make movies about them and even make fan clubs or websites devoted in their honor (or in some cases, freedom, such as Charles Manson or Tex Watson). Is this dark fascination (and sometimes extreme obsession) with these criminals growing in … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Shining (1997)

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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 by: Stephen King Hello, “constant viewers.” This is for what some would call the re-make … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Amityville Horror (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: This 1979 chiller is based on the reportedly true story of George Lutz (James Brolin) and his wife, Kathleen (Margot Kidder), who move into their Long Island dream house with their children. But the Lutz’s lives turn into a hellish nightmare as the legacy of a murder committed on the premises gradually affects the family. Even the priest they call in, Father Delaney (Rod Steiger), cannot exorcise the demonic presence from the home. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Silence of The Lambs (1991)

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SYNOPSIS: In this pulse-pounding adaptation of Thomas Harris’s novel, FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer; unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape … and now, two deranged killers are on the loose. REVIEW: Written by: Ted Tally Directed by: Jonathan Demme … Continue reading

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

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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 with a name change, new sponsor, born-again Christianity, and a split from his longtime girlfriend. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Redsin Tower (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: From Fred Vogel (AUGUST UNDERGROUND, AUGUST UNDERGROUND’S MORDUM) comes the latest and greatest Toetag Pictures’ movie! Nothing seems to be going Kim’s way. After recently being dumped, her heartbroken ex-boyfriend has become obsessed with trying to win back her love. Now the party she was supposed to attend with her best friend just got raided. After teaming up with four friends who are not ready to call it a night, the group decides to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)

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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 and ambiguities of a mystery that refuses to go away. REVIEW: That’s right, fellow true … Continue reading

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Book Review: In the Flesh – Author Clive Barker

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IN THE FLESH Written by Clive Barker Published by Pocket Books Publication Date: 1998 Format: B&W – 255 pages Price: $7.99 Hell-o, book maggots. This is a review for the man that Stephen King calls “better than he is now.” The quote is on the front cover. Of course, I can’t agree with the King, but Clive does kick some ass all the same. This review is for the anthology which spawned the story that spawned … Continue reading

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Film Review: Nightmare (aka ‘Nightmare in a Damaged Brain’) (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A mental-patient, who is troubled with horrible nightmares, has escaped from his hospital. Now on the streets, he can’t help killing innocent people. But there is one family he is more than interested in and when he tries to kill them, he finds that it’s not that easy.

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