Author Archives: John Townsend

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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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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