Author Archives: Lizzie Duncan

Film Review: Abracadaver! (short film) (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A demented magician hires a new assistant and might make him disappear, forever. REVIEW: A title which is also a play on words. A tagline which includes the words ‘demented magician’ in it. This has all the ingredients to be another fascinating addition to the independent horror scene. However, it was actually rather average and I felt that the ‘weirdness’ angle of it was overplayed too much for my liking. The acting seemed odd … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghost Bride (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Supernatural thriller from New Zealand filmmaker David Blyth following the romance between Chinese immigrant Jason Chen and Kiwi girl Skye. When Chen proposes to Skye, tensions arise from his parents and the woman they wanted him to wed, Mei Ling. But the traditional Chinese culture clash is nothing compared to the conflict of two worlds: the living and the dead.

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Film Review: Zero (short film) (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A young mother must come to terms with letting go the thing she loves the most, her only son. She must do the deed herself for he is subject zero.

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Film Review: The Machine (short film) (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: The Machine, is a gothic ghost story that follows two hard-pressed vagrants who break into an old farmhouse one night. The film will be directed by Zack Gross (The Blame Game, Bagmen, Harborview), Produced by Zach Griffin (Macabre, The Zach and Zack Podcast) and written by Henry Leeker (Macabre).

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Film Review: She’s Having a Baby! (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Jenny wants a baby and she will go to any lengths to get one. REVIEW: This one comes from the twisted minds of Australian brothers Robert and Chris Smellin, who wrote, produced and directed it. It tells the thrilling story of a crazy woman who is determined to have a baby and will go to any means necessary to do this. Sorry fellas – this time round it’s you who are the pieces of … Continue reading

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Fim Review: Lucid (short film) (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: Karen’s nightmares pick up exactly where they left off every single night and it’s affecting her new marriage to Sam. She wants to finally get control her dreams – but she’s not the one creating them. REVIEW: Overall, the general themes explored by Lucid are interesting and unusual; however, I’m not sure if it was executed as well as it could have been. The build up was really powerful and I was really excited … Continue reading

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Fim Review: Wasted Night (short film) (2014)

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REVIEW: This is another great little film by the talented young director, Joseph Catté. I had the honour of reviewing another one of his (‘Like A Doll’) earlier on this year and his follow up certainly does not disappoint. He uses the same light-hearted approach to make Wasted Night, in which he manages to get the balance of being quirky and sinister just right – something which isn’t easy to achieve. Despite exploring some potentially … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Jungle (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Big cat conservationist LARRY BLACK and his filmmaker brother BEN travel into the Indonesian jungle to find and document the rare and endangered Javan Leopard. As they travel deeper and deeper into the jungle they realize they are being stalked by a deadly predator. REVEW: To be brutally honest, I came away from watching The Jungle feeling very disappointed and a little cheated. It was just boring, boring, boring from start to finish. In … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beast (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: THE BEAST is a short horror film about the internal struggle that a father faces when his young boy is afflicted with the curse of the werewolf. REVIEW: Saying that this is simply another werewolf movie doesn’t do The Beast any justice whatsoever. Yes, the main premise is very closely tied with the concept of a werewolf, but this short film focuses more on a father’s moral dilemma. Should you kill your son because … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chrysalis (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Joshua and Penelope are survivors of a deadly infection that laid waste to humanity 25 years ago. When they encounter fellow survivor Abira, their lives are forever changed as they fight off the remnants of the infected. REVIEW: Zombie films have always been fairly popular. From the old classics like George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978) to Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002), for some reason those flesh-eating folk always seem to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Speak No Evil (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A single mother fights to protect her daughter from demonically possessed children and a town gone mad. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Witchfinder (short film) (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A small community lives in fear of the Satanic evil that festers within the dark forests that surround their small village. One night, a love-struck villager ventures into the oppressive woods in search of forbidden magic and ancient rites. To aid them, the townsfolk enlist the aid of William Thatcher Blake, a witch hunter whose arrival stirs a cauldron of terror that threatens to engulf them all in a bloody pit of horror! REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Vampire Academy (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigo

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Film Review: Devil’s Knot (2012) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual. REVIEW: Making a film about such a high profile case – the West Memphis Three – was always going to be tricky, especially as there’s been so much on it already (what with the dozens of books as well as a bunch of documentaries, including the popular Paradise Lost … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Defence of Traditional Marriage (short film) (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: This satire of the marriage equality movement is presented with a documentary feel, until an act 2 twist brings in classic horror tropes. REVIEW: Marriage is not often a topic for a horror, even a horror short, and so I was most curious about what to expect from this 6-minute piece. I was pleasantly surprised and thought that the juxtaposition of romance and horror worked a treat. Because the lighting was kept very ‘nice’ … Continue reading

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Film Review: Call Me Crazy (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A charming young cannibal tries to win over a relationship-jaded vampire within the confines of an insane asylum. REVIEW: This insane horror short has got to be the only one of its kind – described as a cannibal/vampire rom-com on their Facebook page, this is certainly not something many people have encountered before. (Vampires and werewolves, now that’s a different story!). I loved the quirky style of Call Me Crazy and thought that the … Continue reading

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Film Review: After (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When two bus crash survivors awake to discover that they are the only people left in their town, they work together to unravel the truth behind the strange events. REVIEW: It is always nice to see a film that successfully combines a variety of genres, and After does just that – with elements of sci-fi, horror and romance all featuring at some point or another. Indeed, I know that most films these days are … Continue reading

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Film Review: Like a Doll (short film) (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: 2014 French short horror film directed by Joseph Catté REVIEW: I’ve long believed that the French make some of the most f*cked up horror movies ever released (how about Baise Moi, Irreversible, Inside, Martyrs, In My Skin – to name just a few!) and Like a Doll – despite being only 5 minutes long – seems to fall comfortably into this idea as well. The story itself is told with subtlety and much is left … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kiddy Kiddy Bang Bang (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Killer twin sisters wage war on a monster who just attacked their friend. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Call Girl (short film) (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: “In one man’s attempt to exploit his date night via video-chat, he ends up sharing something far more disturbing.”

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Film Review: Event 15 (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Three soldiers get trapped in an elevator when terrorists set off a dirty bomb. But when White escapes, her world turns upside down as she realizes nothing is what it seems. REVIEW: As a big fan of psychological horror, Event 15 ticked a lot of boxes for me. It explored relationships between people in a highly stressful situation, as well as throwing a few curve balls in there to keep the audience guessing. Tension … Continue reading

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