Author Archives: John Townsend

Film Review: Love Sick Love (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A ‘boy meets girl’ romance that quickly turns into a twisted thriller. Dori, a sexy siren, traps Norman, a slick New York businessman, and forces him to live through a year of holidays to prove they’re a perfect couple. But with Dori, Valentine’s Day, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations take place over one weekend in an isolated country house far from help or a phone tower. “Love Sick Love” is a complex and suspenseful … Continue reading

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Film Review: Errors of the Human Body (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When a potentially lethal virus is created within his new lab, Dr Geoff Burton is shocked to discover he is not only the unwitting cause, but also its first victim. REVIEW: At a time when the horror genre is packed full of loud bangs, gory torture and CGI monsters it is refreshing to find a film like Errors Of The Human Body. This is an understated, thoughtful production that tackles issues greater than simply … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghost Storm (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: An action packed chase led by Hal and Ashley to save the people on this small island from a strange electrical storm which is led by angry souls from a mass suicide looking for revenge. REVIEW: Ghost Stormis a made for television horror film from prolific writer and director Paul Ziller. For the most part this type of film is met with derision and immediately negative judgement prior to viewing as television films are … Continue reading

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Film Review: Infected (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A blood virus infects a small group of hunters turning a father & son trip into a fight for survival. REVIEW: Where to begin? Zombie films. There are always going to be zombie films, or films where a viral outbreak or chemical explosion turns humans into rabid beasts. Many recent ones have gone for the comedy horror option such as Zombieland and Shaun Of The Dead. Some play it straighter, an excellent recent example … Continue reading

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Film Review: I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of teenagers in Colorado find themselves being stalked and killed one-by-one by a mysterious figure with a hook, exactly one year after they covered up a friends’ accidental death… REVIEW: I have to confess, of the films spawned from the success of Scream and it’s sequels, the original I Know What You Did Last Summer was probably my least favourite. I found the story to be an interesting one that unfortunately was … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rituals (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers. REVIEW: It would be fair to say I hadn’t heard of Peter Carter’s Rituals before, either in this form or by its other name The Creeper. Now I have seen it I am a little embarrassed as this film is a crucial piece in the history of the genre and has influenced directly or indirectly much of the horror franchises being produced … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stitches (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A clown comes back from the dead to haunt those who took his life during a fatal party mishap. REVIEW: Comedy horror is something that will always polarise audiences. Should the film primarily be a horror with some funny lines or should it be a laugh out loud affair with a few gory bits? From writer / director Conor McMahon comes Stitches which attempts to find this elusive balance. The film tells the story … Continue reading

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Film Review: 616: Paranormal Incident (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: When Special Agent Watts and his Investigation Unit are called to the derelict Woodburrow Prison he thinks it’s business as usual. But there’s nothing usual about Woodburrow. A mysterious woman is found attempting to flee the scene and things begin to spiral out of control as an evil force picks the team off one by one. Soon Agent Watts is left alone to face what might be the world’s most powerful evil…The Devil. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Riddle (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: College student Holly Teller (Elisabeth Harnois) is drawn to the mysterious small town of Riddle, Pennsylvania in search of her missing brother. Against the will of the local Sheriff (Val Kilmer) and town elder (William Sadler), she begins to unravel a mystery connected to an abandoned psychiatric hospital on the edge of town, uncovering a terrifying past the town in determined to keep hidden REVIEW: It is always a shame when a film doesn’t … Continue reading

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Film Review: U.F.O. (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Friends get together for a night out in a bar. Life is wonderful as a couple share their proposal moment. When, suddenly strange things start to happen. Loss of power. Throughout the city. No phones, no lights, just darkness as the friends try to cope. Then an invasion from UFOs, big ones! The sky is darkened by the ships of the alien invaders. The takeover of planet Earth has begun as our the five … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Awakened (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A category three hurricane is headed straight to Miami. Five friends decide to have a hurricane party to weather the storm. They close the doors and the hurricane shutters and are locked inside for the night. After a while, they grow weary of playing drinking games. That’s when they decide to recreate a spiritual healing that they saw a gypsy perform some weeks before. But something happens during the healing. As the electricity starts … Continue reading

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Film Review: 30 Nights Of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, a young woman returns to the house where her father killed the entire cast of The Artist during his exorcism. REVIEW: It is almost impossible to imagine that you would ever remember the Scary Movie franchise with fondness but that is exactly what I found myself doing while watching 30 Nights Of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (for the remainder … Continue reading

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Film Review: State of Emergency (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility explodes releasing a deadly toxin. Moments after the leak, the town’s residents show signs of mutation, causing the military to quarantine the area leaving any survivors helpless and trapped inside. The story follows Jim, a young man isolated within the red zone, as he eludes flesh eating zombies in an attempt to win back his freedom. REVIEW: Entering into the zombie genre, or taking on … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lake Noir (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends head off for a secluded getaway and encounter more than they bargained for. ‘Nothing good happens at this lake’ warns Ol’ Mr. McAvoy to a group of unsuspecting campers looking forward to a sex and alcohol fueled romp at a secluded lake. Little do they know the lake’s sordid past, the lake’s horrible atrocities and the resident of the lake who does not take kindly to visitors. ‘Michael J Gonzalez’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: Reel Evil (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Struggling filmmakers – Kennedy, Cory and James – finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a ‘behind-the-scenes’ documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when they explore the legendary, haunted location and find something far worse than anything Hollywood could create. Terror becomes reality for the filmmakers as they uncover the malevolent secrets of the hospital, and the sinister … Continue reading

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Film Review: Psycho Killer (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: a seasoned detective who comes face to face with the ‘Juggernaut’ a serial killer who’s complete, relentless desires are carrying out on young women. After the detectives partner is taken by this psychotic killer the detective sets out to find justice only to discover darker horrors and deeper evils that are carried out by the ‘Juggernaut’ REVIEW: From time to time you will watch a film that is more of a sensory challenge than … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hold your Breath (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends on a weekend camping trip find themselves being picked off one by one when one member of the group refuses to abide by the urban myth that you can breathe in evil spirits when passing cemeteries.

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Film Review: The Occultist (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: When a group of med students go to take their final exams, they find themselves subjects of a twisted and bloody Satanic ritual led by their professor. It’s up to two of them to save all. REVIEW: In these austere times it is admirable for a film to be produced for a relatively small budget. I don’t meant the micro-budget films such as Everyone Must Die which are made for less than the price … Continue reading

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Film Review: Thale (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Norwegian folklore turns out to be real when Leo and Elvis encounter Thale in a basement. A regular cleaning job turns into a struggle for survival, while they’re trying to figure out what or who Thale is REVIEW: Before I sit down to review any film I carry out some basic research. I purposely avoid other reviews, plot spoilers and the like but try and find something out about the cast and crew, or … Continue reading

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Film Review: Holy Motors (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man… REVIEW: Holy Motors is a strange film. There, I’ve said it. There really was no other way to start. I have considered this film for some time now and viewed it more than once as I was concerned … Continue reading

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Film Review: American Grindhouse (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s. REVIEW: Before I begin let me first state that I love film history and film trivia. I look forward to the DVD extras that in many cases are longer than the actual film they accompany. I love the insights you get from directors, actors and producers; those little snippets of information the audience would never normally be party … Continue reading

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