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Film Review: The S From Hell (short film) (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Built around interviews with survivors still traumatized from viewing the logo after shows like Bewitched or The Monkees, the film brings their stories to life with animation, found footage, and reenactments. REVIEW: This quirky and light-hearted short film uses a pseudo documentary technique to try to turn something innocent – like a logo and the sound of a synthesiser …

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Film Review: Patient Zero (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Two young scientists are swept up in a government plot to suppress the truth about a biological disaster at a genetic research facility. REVIEW: The distributor, Hannover House, has been marketing Patient Zero as a prequel to Humans vs. Zombies (also directed by Brian T. Jaynes), and although I haven’t seen the original film, I found Patient Zero a …

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Film Review: Odd Thomas (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces REVIEW: Originally a novel by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas is a great little film about a guy with the special ability to be able to communicate with the dead, as well as seeing the evil invisible creatures …

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Film Review: Savages (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend. REVIEW: Director Oliver Stone has given us a wide range of fantastic films over the years (I shan’t bother mentioning all of these because it would simply take too long!), and although I enjoyed watching Savages, I don’t think that it is …

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Film Review: F (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of teachers must defend themselves from a gang of murderous kids when their school comes under siege after hours. REVIEW: This is a fairly brief feature length film and it wastes absolutely no time in launching straight into the story, which is something I admire. Although plot development is undeniably important, I can’t help but respect a …

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Film Review: True Bloodthirst (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in a not-too-distant future in which a synthetic blood substitute, dispensed by the Romanian government, allows humans and vampires to potentially co-exist. REVIEW: So the premise for True Bloodthirst (previously known as Vampyre Nation) is not exactly an innovative one, but I certainly felt that it was an exciting and interesting watch – and that’s all that matters …

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Film Review: Black Water (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia REVIEW: Ever since Wolf Creek was released in 2005, the Australian outback has gained a sinister element to it which is incomparable to most horror movies set in urban areas – and Black Water has undeniably followed in its footsteps on this front. Just imagine a tranquil …

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Film Review: The Legend of Pumpkin Face (short film) (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: As Halloween nears, a group of people begin to realize that the stories of a pumpkin faced killer are more than just an urban legend. REVIEW: Perhaps the most appropriate way to introduce this film is to quote their Buzzfeed page, ‘This is what happens when pumpkins decide to carve back. Viewer discretion is advised. Contains images of gore, …

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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 …

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