Author Archives: Lizzie Duncan

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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Film Review: The Truth About Emanuel (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a troubled young woman, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Jessica Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. REVIEW: This is a dark drama exploring issues of loss, motherhood and secrets, and there’s an intensity to this film that some might find unsettling. I’m not entirely sure if the more surrealistic elements of the film worked, but there was certainly a fresh and creepy quality present throughout … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Bag Man (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag. REVIEW: Don’t let the fact that The Bag Man stars Robert De Niro and John Cusack fool you into thinking that this is going to be a decent movie, because it isn’t. The title alone sounded lame, but I decided to be fair and give the film an honest shot … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Appearing (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: City detective Michael (Will Wallace, “The Tree of Life,” “The New World”) relocates to a quaint, small town with his wife Rachel (Emily Brooks, “The Eugenist”), following her emotional breakdown after the sudden death of their young daughter. Michael takes a job in the sheriff’s office, thinking not much will happen in such a quiet town. However, on his first day of duty, Michael is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a teenage … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Darkest Part of the City (short film) (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Zelda, recently divorced, has moved to a new city and started a new job in a rundown section of the city. Each night when she comes home she’s forced to cross through an old viaduct where she feels she’s being followed by some of the local gang members. But shortly she begins to realize that those pursuing her are not human

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Film Review: Next Time You’ll Know Me (short film) (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: This moody, urban story centers on the relationship between the Price brothers who owned a restaurant that hit bad fortunes. LaFayette, the older of the two, discovers that his brother Harris went on the street for money to finance their failing venture, only to end up owing an amount he could never repay. Knowing that his life is in danger he goes to desperate measures — including conjuring something inhuman that mankind faced and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Punishment (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of college students escape their troubled lives but only to find themselves fighting for their lives from a revenge seeking mad man. REVIEW: My first statement about this film must be regarding the title, as it seems to have a few! Although it was originally titled and promoted as Down The Road, it was changed to Punishment overseas. Then called Nobody Gets Out Alive in the US and Canada. In Germany it’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Perfect House (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A young couple’s dream home turns into a house of horrors when the disturbing, violent acts of three generations of doomed families is reawakened for them to witness. REVIEW: As I pressed the play button on my laptop to watch The Perfect House, I literally had no idea whatsoever of what I was in store for – obviously, from the title I could piece together a few suspicions, but as far as the storyline … Continue reading

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Film Review: Children of Sorrow (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman embeds herself in a cult looking for answers to her sister’s disappearance, only to find a dark secret within the cult and an even darker secret within herself. REVIEW: There’s nothing I like more than a good psychological horror, and Children of Sorrow falls into that category…or at least it nearly did. Whilst I think that the core idea was a brilliant one, the execution of it was rather sloppy. There … Continue reading

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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 that linger around when death is soon to be present. The storyline is rich in … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Fear (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, Tom and Lucy are terrorized by an unseen tormentor exploiting their worst fears. Eventually they realize they’ve let the evil in – it’s sitting in their car REVIEW: Fear. It is at the heart of all horror movies and was the theme that inspired Jeremy Lovering to create this film. He wanted to ask the question ‘does fear inevitably lead to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gingerclown (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: 1983: A group of high school students are having a great time near Hollywood Hills at the weekend when they bump into the Loser from their school, Sam, who’s just on his way home. Sam would do anything in order to get Jenny’s attention, one of prettiest girls in school. Unfortunately she’s also the girlfriend of the school’s bully, Biff, the quarterback of the football team. Biff and his buddies are keen to take … Continue reading

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Film Review: Buck Wild (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A hunting vacation goes horribly awry for 4 friends after they accidentally shoot the lease’s land owner. REVIEW: I can’t help but have a certain amount of admiration for Buck Wild, simply because it isn’t trying to be anything it’s not – it knows it’s not the best film ever, but simply embraces its lowly position on the horror totem pole. Described as a tongue-in-cheek movie, there are definite similarities to be drawn with … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Invoking (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Samantha Harris (Trin Miller) and three friends head to rural Sader Ridge to inspect the property. Soon after arriving, Sam begins to experience horrific visions of savage brutality and unspeakable evil. Plagued by the sinister forces closing in around her, Sam descends into a waking nightmare when the demons from her past refuse to stay buried any longer. REVIEW: Despite the fact that The … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Facility (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Eight volunteers find themselves fighting for their lives when a drug trial goes horribly wrong.

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Film Review: Shadow Dancer (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son’s welfare. REVIEW: This is a fairly decent little thriller surrounding the Troubles that took place in Ireland just a few decades ago. It tells the story of a woman who, acting as part of the IRA, plants a bomb on the London underground (which fails to go off) who is then arrested and … Continue reading

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