Author Archives: John Townsend

Film Review: Lucifer’s Angels (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Lucifer’s Angels is a smart, refreshing horror film that pays homage to classic horror. A twisted film with a smart and intriguing plot. A group of friends go on their first camping trip together in the Catskill Mountains. Also, a ghost hunter from New York City and his fiance, travel to the same mountains hoping to research and record any paranormal phenomenon. All of them unknowingly entering into a world of evil. Meanwhile, a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kill Zombie! (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The bizarre story takes place in Amsterdam-West, where a virus turns people into bloodthirsty zombies. Although much blood is flowing and many limbs chopped off, there is a lot to laugh at in this bizarre horror comedy. REVIEW: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have a lot to answer for. Since Shaun Of The Dead stumbled and staggered on to cinema screens in 2004 there has been no shortage of attempts at emulating the success … Continue reading

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Film Review: Code Red (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In World War II, Stalin created a top secret nerve gas, which went missing shortly after the Battle of Stalingrad. Over seventy years later, the horrific biochemical weapon resurfaces in modern day Bulgaria, turning the local inhabitants into frenzied mutants and causing the dead to rise from the grave. Amidst the chaos, US Special Forces Captain John McGahey (Paul Logan) and NATO Doctor Ana Bennett (Manal El-Feitury) must escape the infected zone before the … Continue reading

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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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Film Review: Resolution (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Michael (Peter Cilella) is committed to getting his best friend Chris (Vinny Curran) to sober up and get his life back on track. With the best of intentions, Michael implements a plan to convince Chris to go to rehab before his drug addiction leads to an early death. But what begins as an attempt to save his friend’s life quickly takes an unexpected turn as the two friends confront personal demons, the consequences of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Night Of The Living Dead: Resurrection (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The deceased have risen with the instinct to feed on the living as a family is trapped during a zombie apocalypse. Wales. Based on George A. Romero’s classic “Night of the Living Dead”. REVIEW: When I first saw the title Night Of The Living Dead: Resurrection I was filled with trepidation. In my mind two things were possible. It was possible that this new film had some connection to the Romero classic either in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Mine (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The legend of Yamashita’s Gold lures a treasure hunter and his group deep into the Indonesian jungle. Once they are trapped in an abandoned World War II Japanese bunker, they face the terrifying reality that the only way out is to go further in. REVIEW: In recent years there have been many films set in caves, mines and anything else filmmakers can come up with to allow them to create a claustrophobic, oppressive environment. … Continue reading

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