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Film Review: The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: No sooner does an all-American family takes possession of a baronial English manor when all manner of peculiar things occurring, including signs that point to the disappearance of a young girl during a solar eclipse decades before. Bette Davis headlines and Lynn-Holly Johnson co-stars in this suspenseful take on haunted houses. REVIEW: Written by: Brian Clemens, Harry Spalding and Rosemary Anne Sisson Directed by: John Hough Starring: Carol Baker, Lynn Holly Johnson Kyle Richards … Continue reading

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Film Review: Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: Years after witnessing his parents perish at the hands of a burglar disguised as Santa Claus, Billy Chapman dons a Kris Kringle suit of his own and goes on a terrible holiday killing spree, finally returning to the abusive orphanage that raised him. ‘Tis the season for yuletide mayhem! Charles E. Sellier Jr. directs this horror cult favorite, co-starring Robert Brian Wilson and Lilyan Chauvin. REVIEW: Written by: Michael Hickey Directed by: Charles E. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Karla (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: Director Joel Bender’s disquieting psychological drama stars Misha Collins as Paul Bernardo and Laura Prepon as Karla Homolka, a notorious husband-and-wife team who abducts, sexually abuses and kills three young women. Unfolding from Karla’s point of view, the film — based on a true story — explores whether she was a willing accomplice to the crimes or merely a victim of Paul’s influence. The supporting cast includes Tess Harper. REVIEW: Written by: Joe Bender … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kalifornia (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: Researching a book on serial killings, writer Brian Kessler (David Duchovny) and his girlfriend, Carrie Laughlin (Michelle Forbes), travel cross-country to the murder sites. Hitchhikers Earlye Grace (Brad Pitt), out on parole, and Adele Corners (Juliette Lewis) offer to share expenses for the trip, but Brian doesn’t realize just how close he is to the topic of his book — even as bodies pile up behind them and Earlye’s landlord is found dead. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: House on the Edge of The Park (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Time to party hardy. Hardly! It’s more like time to bail when two psychotics gate-crash a perfectly delightful get-together and turn it into a gore-fest with a huge body count. Directed by Ruggero Deodato, House on the Edge of the Park makes no pretense — it’s an exploitation flick complete with ritualistic torture. REVIEW: Written by: Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannini Directed by: Ruggero Deodato Starring: Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Annie Belle, Christian Borromeo, Marie … Continue reading

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Film Review: SAW III (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: Jeff is an anguished man, who grieves and misses his young son that was killed by a driver in a car accident. He has become obsessed for revenge against the man and reckless with his wife and daughter. When Dr. Lynn Denlon, who has troubles with her marriage, is abducted by the deranged Jigsaw’s apprentice Amanda, she is brought to a gruesome warehouse to keep John Kramer alive in spite of having a terminal … Continue reading

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Film Review: Green River Killer (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Adding Hollywood horror to real-life drama, writer-director Ulli Lommel (The Boogeyman) goes inside the mind of notorious serial killer Gary Ridgway (aka the Green River Killer), who pled guilty to a 20-year murder spree that left 48 Seattle-area prostitutes dead. Jacquelyn Horrell, Georgina Donovan, Shannon Leade and Naidra Dawn Thomson co-star, with George Kiseleff making his acting debut in the title role. REVIEW: Written by: Ulli Lommel Directed by: Ulli Lommel Starring: George Kiseleff, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Murder Collection Vol. 1 (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: ToeTag Pictures are proud to announce the release of their latest film, Murder Collection: Volume 1. Directed by Fred Vogel, the film revives an early 1990’s Internet clip show, Murder, which was notorious for streaming videos of actual killings. After gaining popularity, the infamous show was discovered by authorities and shut down forcing the host, Balan, into obscurity. Over more than a decade in the shadows, the obsessed host continued to search for scenes of brutality that provoke a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Murder Set Pieces (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: Sin City makes an appropriate setting for this over-the-top slasher/sexploitation flick from writer-director Nick Palumbo. When a Las Vegas fashion photographer (Sven Garrett) develops a penchant for murder, the body count rises swiftly and steadily as the shutterbug killer manages to deceive just about everyone he encounters — everyone, that is, but an 11-year-old girl — in this film notable for its heaping helping of gore and sadism. REVIEW: Written by: Nick Palumbo Directed … Continue reading

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Film Review: EvilEnko (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: Police detective Vadim Lesiev (Marton Csokas) tracks the killer known as “the Monster of Rostov” in David Grieco’s film based on true events. The story follows Lesiev as he investigates the activities of Russian literature professor Andrei Chikatilo (Malcolm McDowell), a vicious serial killer who covers his bloody crimes by eating his victims. But to catch the elusive psychopath, Lesiev must get inside the madman’s mind. Frances Barber co-stars. REVIEW: Written by: David Grieco … Continue reading

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TV Review: Friday the 13th (TV series) (Season 1) (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Unrelated to the classic horror film franchise, this series revolves around cousins Ryan (John D. LeMay) and Micki (Louise Robey), who inherit an antique shop from their Uncle Vendredi and soon find that, due to their uncle’s pact with the devil, the wares are all cursed. Now, with the help of Vendredi’s business partner, Jack, the cousins must track down the jinxed antiques before their new owners use them for sinister purposes. REVIEW: Written … Continue reading

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Serial Killers, Psychos and Sociopaths on the Silver Screen and In Your Neighborhood

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Monsters are real… They live inside of us and sometimes they win.” – Stephen King There are many hideous killers in hockey, clown or Halloween masks lurking around every corner. Killers such as Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and as obscure as he may be, Trevor Moorehouse have stalked the screen for decades and continue to rise from the grave every so often to bring sequel after gore soaked sequel to bloodthirsty audiences worldwide. These masked … Continue reading

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Book Review: Devil’s Knot – The True Story of the West Memphis 3 – Author Mara Leveritt

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DEVIL’S KNOT : THE TRUE STORY OF THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE Written by Mara Leveritt Published by Atria Books Publication Date: 2003 Format: B&W – 404 pages Price: $15.00 Hell-o, True Crime buffs (and false imprisonment Fighters). This review is for a novel that I hold near and dear to my heart. I am a big part in the battle in which this novel refers to. It is based on a true story that is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bloody Murder 2 (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: Camp Placid Pines has wrapped up another successful summer, and the counselors left behind are closing up for the winter. But life is far from bucolic. More than five years after he terrorized the teens of Placid Pines, Trevor Moorehouse — a psycho decked out in a hockey mask with a chainsaw in place of his left arm — is back, and it looks like he’s here to stay. Can anyone stop him? REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: BloodStained Romance (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Holdens a young college student who has never believed in love at first sight …until he sees Sadie, a sweet young coed who is everything he’s ever wanted. But when Holden’s anti-social behavior gets in the way of his attempts to talk to her, his life starts to unravel. Holden believes he loves her and doesn’t want to let that love go. He would do anything to keep it and as the thin line … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Burbs (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: While on vacation, suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) wants nothing more than to fritter away his time at home — drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube. But when new, secretive neighbors move in next door, Ray and his friends (Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun) let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evil doings. Naturally, the nosy trio decides … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bone Sickness (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: Kristen is caring for her Terminally ill husband who is suffering from a degenerative bone disease. With no cure available she turns to a friend to help find an alternative form of medicine that has unimaginable side effects. REVIEW: Written by: Brian Paulin Directed by: Brian Paulin Starring: Darya Zabinski, Ruby Larocca, Rich George, Brian Paulin, Kevin Barbare and Ernest Hutcherson Hell-o, Horror creatures of the night. This review is for the outrageous zombie … Continue reading

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Film Review: Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: One of the most notorious films of the 1980s still terrifies. Serial killer Henry serves as mentor to dim-witted fellow killer Otis and as the object of his sister’s affections. Trouble is, Henry’s heart is too hard for friendship to penetrate. Disturbing, chilling and full of knockout power, this cult classic includes a half-hour interview with writer-director John McNaughton. REVIEW: Written by: Richard fire and John Mcnaughton Directed by: John Mcnaughton Starring: Micheal Rooker, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Helter Skelter (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: Steve Railsback gives a haunting performance as charismatic cult leader Charles Manson in this graphic three-hour made-for-TV movie about the grisly Sharon Tate/La Bianca murders orchestrated by Manson. Based on Vince Bugliosi’s novel, the movie demonstrates the almost hypnotic pull Manson exerted over his impressionable followers — a devotion that led to the brutal killings in the Hollywood hills. REVIEW: Written by: J.P. Miller Directed by: Tom Gries Based on the novel by: Vincent … Continue reading

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Magazine Review: Ultra Violent Magazine – Issue 7

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ULTRA VIOLENT MAGAZINE #7 Edited by Scott Gabbey Published by Ultra Violent Magazine Publication Date: Unknown Format: B&W Price: $6.00 Hell-o, information sucking leeches of the Horror literary world. This is a special coinciding review of Ultra Violent Magazine to go along with the movie review of Murder-Set-Pieces. You’ll see many other magazine, comic and book reviews from me in the future, from Masters of Horror and Strange Tales…. to Toxic, Fangoria, Rue Morgue and … Continue reading

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Film Review: NightStalker (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: An evil serial killer dubbed the Nightstalker has the city of Los Angeles on its knees during the summer of 1985, and Los Angeles police detective Gabriella Martinez (Roselyn Sanchez) has made it her mission to do whatever it takes to catch him. But when she discovers the Nightstalker has her in his sights, she girds herself for a ferocious battle. REVIEW: Written by: Chris Fisher Directed by: Chris Fisher Starring: Bret Roberts, Joseph … Continue reading

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