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Film Review: Texas Killing Fields (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders. REVIEW: LIFE SPOILERS AHEAD THERE IS A LOT OF BAD NEWS IN THIS REVIEW. And by bad news I mean remakes and sequels that you probably didn’t want to know about. The short version of the story is there is a serial killer in a small town in Texas and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Weight (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Charlie is traveling through the wilderness to find his girlfriend, Samantha, after civilization is destroyed by widespread biological attacks. He must try to survive while dealing with other survivors and his own emotional burdens. REVIEW: The reason I feel in love with horror film was I saw George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” and it opened my eyes up to what horror film could be emotive, deep, packed with symbolism with a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Comforting Skin (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: With the start of June this foul year 2012 is half over and I feel I can say with extreme confidence “Comforting Skin” is one of the best films I have seen this year. This is a gorgeous, morbid, intelligent film about self love and loathing, mental illness, isolationism and obsession. REVIEW: After being ignored night after night on the club scene, on a whimsy Koffie decides to get a tattoo on her back … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gums (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: A killer nympho mermaid with an oral fixation prowls the ocean waters, devouring – up to a point – any man unlucky enough to be swimming naked. REVIEW: So in 1975 Steven Spielberg directs one of the greatest horror films ever made “Jaws” starring Roy Schneider, Richard Shaw, and a then unknown Richard Dreyfuss. This is one of the first well-known summer blockbusters and really the film that launched Steven Spielberg’s career. Of course … Continue reading

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Film Review: Society (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Bill is worried that he is ‘different’ to his sister and parents. They mix with other ‘upper class’ people while Bill is more down to earth. Even his girlfriend seems a bit odd. All is revealed when Bill returns home to find a party in full swing. Not for the weak of stomach REVIEW: If you read my review of “30 Minutes or Less” where I mentioned the “trip to Peru” I can tell … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dolemite (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: Dolemite is a pimp who was set up by Willie Greene and the cops, who have planted drugs, stolen furs, and guns in his trunk and got him sentenced to 20 years in jail. One day, Queen B and a warden planned to get him out of Jail and get Willie Green and Mitchell busted for what they did to him. However, Dolemite is no stupid man and has a lot of warriors backing … Continue reading

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Film Review: God Bless America (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy. REVIEW: “A Dream To Some…–A NIGHTMARE TO OTHERS!” Merlin from John Boorman’s “Excalibur” The television was too loud. It had to be it was competing with the screaming infant in his mother’s arms. The entertainment report was going on about how even more allegations of Michael Jackson being a child molester were coming … Continue reading

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Film Review: Altered States (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. REVIEW: “Altered States” “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” -Dr. Johnson. This film is a juggernaut of intellectual and stylistic eye candy, it is apocalyptic in imagery and in its nature this film is a tiny milestone marking the beginning of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Devil’s Carnival (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Lost souls enter The Devil’s Carnival where they are each faced with the sins they committed in life REVIEW: I feel like this should be reviewed as separate entity from say watching the dvd/torrent or even seeing it in the theater when it gets released on a regular run. I have to write about this as its own thing because right now the way the film is being shown is in its own carnival … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: In a remote corner of England’s lavish Peak district, a young archaeologist, Angus Flint, unearths a mysterious skull. When Angus escorts Eve and Mary to “holiday” festivities at Lord James’ castle, the sensuous and snakelike Lady Sylvia Marsh seizes the moment – and the skull. Lady Sylvia brings the skull down into the dank recesses of her gothic mansion where she engages in the erotic worship of her pagan god, the White Worm. Since … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fascination (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: This erotic horror film, set in 1905, tells the story of a thief who seeks refuge in a castle owned by two women, Eva (Brigitte Lahaie) and Elizabeth (Franca Mai). The women are seductive and teasing, but turn out to be part of a vampiric cult of blood-drinking aristocrats. REVIEW: This film is a beautiful piece of genius sexploitation as only director Jean Rollin can deliver. As far as quality euro-smut from the 70’Erly … Continue reading

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Film Review: Debauchery (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: The sexy RyĂ´ko Watanabe stars as Ami, a jaded housewife who pitches herself, body and soul, into the Tokyo decadence of the decade in an attempt to pep up her marriage. She secretly joins the elite “Madame Machiko Society Club” to experiment with discrete sex games and the thrill of making love to anonymous men. The sexual perversion and sick depravity she is subjected to, by her clients, is much more than she bargained … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Devils (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: This film focuses on an outspoken priest and a group of sexually repressed nuns in 17th-century France. REVIEW: I have this immense feeling of wanting to write about his film yet simultaneously I am at a loss for words merely because the landscape and the grandiose nature of what could be said about such an incredible cinematic achievement is simply so vast in its nature that the only upside to writing on such a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sister Mary (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Homophobic detective Mark Rima (James Vallo) must “partner” up with the very gay and flamboyant Detective Chris Riant (Shawn Quinlan) to stop a serial killing Nun (Judy Tenuta) from offing 5 band members otherwise known as “The Ex Choir Boys.” But when it is determined that the detectives can’t solve the case on their own, expert F.B.I. profiler Agent Peccant (comedian Ant) is assigned to the case. As the details of the case slowly … Continue reading

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Film Review: Skeleton Key 3 – The Organ Trail

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SYNOPSIS: So once again, Nilbog calls to you! It calls you back… Do you hear it? Howard does. And once again he and his band of merry men venture through that covered bridge and back into the world of monsters! With Cornelius still trapped in the town and on the run from zombies, Howard and crew try to seek him out for a glorious rescue and at the same time cure Howard’s all new zombie … Continue reading

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Film Review: 30 Minutes or Less (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Two fledgling criminals kidnap a pizza delivery guy, strap a bomb to his chest, and inform him that he has mere hours to rob a bank or else… REVIEW: Oh boy where to start… I guess I need to start with Kevin Smith… He has NOTHING TO DO with this film –that I know of… But Kevin Smith is the place to start, more specifically the influence of his film “Clerks” on a legion … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Devil’s Double (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein’s sadistic son REVIEW: Okay before I get into this review there are a few disclaimers that I have to start with, because the film is a bit of a hand grenade. 1.  I understand that films (even Hollywood films) are used as propaganda during times of war. … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Child’s Eye (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends find themselves stranded in an old hotel. As they uncover the history beneath the walls they’re slowly drawn into its sinister past making it harder to get out alive! REVIEW:

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Film Review: The Hide (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: On the windswept Suffolk mudflats creaks a bird-hide, inside which hovers Roy Tunt, a prematurely aged, mildly obsessive-compulsive birder. With one more sighting – the elusive sociable plover – he will have ‘twitched’ the entire British List. Tunt has his shortwave radio, packed-lunch and a portrait of his ex-wife Sandra for company. Suddenly, in the midst of a conversation with Sandra’s portrait, the hide door blows open and a bedraggled stranger – unshaven, edgy … Continue reading

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Film Review: Unhappy Birthday (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in and around the remote tidal island of Amen, Unhappy Birthday is the fictional story of three outsiders’ battles against the twisted morals of an antiquated community. Inspired by British cult classics such as The Wicker Man and Hammer House of Horror, the film explores the fear of isolation and nature versus nature. A special birthday party becomes a living nightmare for City-dwelling couple Sadie and Rick and their friend Johnny. They visit … Continue reading

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Interview: John Lechago (Bio-Slime, KillJoy 3, Blood Gnome)

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Every now and then there is a director who makes a movie and just “explodes” on to the scene which their micro budget independent and they are totally embraced the world and suddenly you have you have you’re “Blair Witches” and you’re “Paranormal Activities.” Other times a director makes a good film but still have to work like hell to get their work out there. John Lachego might not be blowing up over night but … Continue reading

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About Josh Darling

Writer, cartoonist, social anarchist and born again atheist, horror, cult and B-movie enthusiast Josh Darling divides his time between trying to raise or steal the money and equipment to make his own low budget opuses, writing reviews for HorrorNews.Net and raising 4 children to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. He is currently working on a pro-atheist comic book series called "The Adventures of Pete and Steve" done in the style of religious "tracks."


As a child he was forbidden to watch horror films and due to said film being a taboo he became obsessed with them. Later during a deep depression while working at a video store back in 1995 Josh started watching 3 - 7 movies a day and by best guess has probably seen close to 20,000 films. He owns thousands of rare and hard to find horror, art and silent films. Please do not ask him for a copy of "La Fin Absolute De Mond" because he will not share it.