Author Archives: John Townsend

Film Review: Stitch (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Parents grieving the loss of their young daughter head to the deep desert for a healing ritual, where they unexpectedly release sinister forces. REVIEW: There are times when a film suffers from its own ambition when the people behind the project simply aim too high. In the world of low budget film making it is essential to work within your limits and for a director to extract the best from his cast and crew. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hospital (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Old St. Leopold’s Hospital has many urban legends surrounding it, but the residents of Bridgeport all agree on one thing: tortured souls roam its abandoned halls. The mystery proves too much for a pretty young student who decides to investigate for her senior class project. Unfortunately, she does not find ghosts. She, instead, finds Stanley… serial rapist, murderer, and psychopath. As the young girl becomes Stanley’s new pet, a team of young investigators descend … Continue reading

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Film Review: Murder University (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A series of brutal, cult-like murders are taking place at a New England college. Josh Greene, a shy freshman, is the lone survivor of a series of murders that are reminiscent of a similar string of killings some twenty years prior. As he seeks to uncover the secret behind the attacks, he is joined by Detective Forrester, who was instrumental in halting the bloodshed before, and his daughter Meg, who had barely escaped being … Continue reading

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Film Review: Crossland (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A young jogger named Jason is out doing what he loves, running cross- country. Unknown to him, the runner trespasses into a private property, and is soon lured into a self-sense of security. What seemed like a routine run in the countryside, turns into a heart-pounding nightmare. Fear will run its course. Will Jason ever escape to tell the story? REVIEW: It would probably be fair to say that there are very few, if … Continue reading

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Film Review: To Jennifer (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Joey suspects his girlfriend of two years, Jennifer, is cheating on him. He is so convinced that he enlists the help of his cousin Steven to create a Video Diary of his attempt to catch her in the act as well as to document the heartbreak she is putting him through. In an attempt to make her feel guilty, he intends to give this tape to her after catching her in the act. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Soft for Digging (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A man wanders into the woods in search of his cat and witnesses a murder REVIEW: Soft For Digging is an example of an extremely good idea that proves to be difficult to end satisfactorily. The premise is basic but effective, the simplicity is to be admired, but unfortunately J.T. Petty who wrote, edited, produced and directed the piece didn’t quite come up with a final act that matched everything that had gone before. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Cabining (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Todd and Bruce, a hapless horror screenwriting duo, head to a remote artists’ retreat seeking inspiration. Instead, they find death and deception, as, one by one, the other artists get knocked off, each in a more gruesome way than the last. The morbid atmosphere proves perfect for Todd’s writing, but will he live to finish the script? REVIEW: For a comedy film to be successful it must be funny, or at the very least … Continue reading

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Film Review: Uwantme2killhim (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A teenage boy’s descent into the dangerous world of the Internet and the harrowing consequences of his actions. A true story.

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Film Review: Scenic Route (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Tensions rise between lifelong friends Mitchell and Carter after their truck breaks down on an isolated desert road as they start to attack each other’s life decisions with unwavering brutality. REVIEW: The road movie is a plot staple that populates every genre from comedy to horror. In the latter this theme has appeared multiple times in many variations from Wolf Creek to Jeepers Creepers but the antagonist is usually an outsider. With Scenic Route … Continue reading

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Film Review: Apartment 1303 (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A modern ghost story which turns a love/hate relationship between mother and daughter into a tale of horror. Some rentals are too good to be true. REVIEW: With some films you start to wonder what people were thinking, what meetings took place and decisions were made that result in the finished production. Apartment 1303 (I’m going to ignore the 3D bit) is one of the dullest horror films I have ever seen. There is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Among Friends (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends get together for a murder mystery party, but things take a dark turn when one hijacks the evening and is out for blood.

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Film Review: Kiss of The Damned (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered. REVIEW: It is clear sometimes when watching a film that it will divide audiences. I don’t mean in a simplistic way between just liking or disliking the production, but genuinely feeling that you have just watched a great film while … Continue reading

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Film Review: Detention of the Dead (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of oddball high school students find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of Zombies. REVIEW: If you’re going to make a comedy-horror film with zombies then you need to be pretty confident you can deliver. When Shaun Of the Dead was released in 2004 it raised the bar not just for this genre but for any comedy with a darker edge. Now we have Detention Of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Prank (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In the Summer before their senior year, three teens tried to execute the perfect prank on their bully. Instead, they executed him. REVIEW: It is becoming increasingly difficult to be a supporter of found footage films, or at least films that use first person filming as their primary trope. There are still some good examples being produced but ultimately a new approach is required to maintain the audiences interest. Prank from writer / director … Continue reading

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Film Review: Axe Giant: The Wrath Of Paul Bunyan (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Young adults at a first-time offenders’ boot camp discover the legend of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan is real, but is much more horrifying than they could have imagined. REVIEW: There are many films in the horror genre that attempt to parody themselves. I don’t mean in a lazy Scary Movie way but by being so over the top as to make the audience chuckle as well as cringe, but this is an extremely … Continue reading

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