Author Archives: Jay Alan

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: Nekromantik (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Nekromantik is about a middle aged man called Robert Schmadtke who works at a Street Cleaning Agency, that is his job is to take care of the remains of dead bodies in accidents etc. He has a hobby of collecting body parts and conserving them in booze. One day he gets to take care of a rotting corpse. Instead getting the corpse buried, he takes it home to his girlfriend and the fun begins. … 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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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: Chaos (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Two teenage girls on a mission to find drugs at a rave get more than they bargain for. One is sexually assaulted and they are both killed in horrific ways. The attackers seek refuge in the parents’ of one of the victims’ homes… REVIEW: Starring: Kevin Gage, Sage Stallone, Steve Wozniak, Kelly K.C. Quinn, Chantal Degroat and Maya Borovich Written and Directed by: David DeFalco Does that sound a bit familiar to any of … Continue reading

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