Author Archives: Lizzie Duncan

Film Review: Velvet Road (short film) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Velvet Road takes place in a time when segregation in the south plagues the souls of men. The color of a man’s skin becomes a symbol for the dead. Hatred is passed through men like a disease. Little is known about what is causing the infection. Ignorance fuels the misconceptions and bigotry. A truck races down the road of a small backwoods town. Bobby squeezes the wheel as he tries to save the infected … Continue reading

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Film Review: Darklands (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: A reporter investigates ritual profanations and finds himself involved with a Druidic cult. REVIEW: I think the best way to describe this film is to say that it is The Wicker Man meets Rosemary’s Baby (and I’m aware that I’m not the first person to say this). However, it would be an insult to these two movies to place Darklands even in the same league as them. Whereas The Wicker Man was at least … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven. REVIEW: Film fans from all around the world are now familiar with the term ‘Twilight’ and it always manages to spark a heated debate, both for and against it. It has often been dubbed a ‘marmite’ franchise – either you love it or you hate it. Say what … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hellgate (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A western businessman (Cary Elwes), his Thai wife and son experience a horrible accident while visiting Bangkok. In the aftermath, they find there is a shadow world between life and death where endless darkness lies. REVIEW: This film is also known in some places as Shadows, which did at first cause some confusion, but I personally think that Shadows was in fact a better suited name for the movie. Although ‘Hellgate’ is still slightly … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Cleansing (short film) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A new mother suffers from post partum depression. REVIEW: This short film manages to be unsettling in a way that is not easily accomplished. It is built up slowly (despite lasting only around seven minutes) and is very subtly done. There’s that wonderful sense of eeriness from beginning to end, which I thought worked a treat. The horror here is more ‘emotional’ and does in fact touch upon a few issues that are a … Continue reading

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Film Review: No Way Out (short film) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Isolated in a place where twisted creatures torment him from the dark, a man desperately tries to find an escape REVIEW: Although this short film was made on a mere $3000 budget, it was wonderfully shot and puts even some feature length films to shame! The action cuts in straight away, before the audience even has a chance to question what is going on – there is a man running, scared for his life, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Whisper (short film)

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SYNOPSIS: Mike moves into a new dorm room and finds something strange whispering to him at night in his closet. What is it and how far will Mike go to learn it’s secret? REVIEW: Now short films don’t come much more D.I.Y than Whisper does, and I mean that entirely in a good way. The filming took place in director Bryan Wolford’s apartment (shooting for 17 straight hours on a Saturday and 9 on the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The House That Cried Blood (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Four teens venture up to Old Lady Death’s house to find the remains of her dead decomposing body they believe to be lying in the house. What they end up finding is far worse then what they could’ve imagined REVIEW: This has been described as ‘a Halloween short of badass proportions’ by the star Damian Maffei, but I wish I could share his sentiments. Don’t get me wrong, there were some good moments present … Continue reading

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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 up there with his other greats. This action/drama/thriller takes the audience on one hell of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dogman (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Hanklin Purvis enjoys the outdoors, and he loves to hunt. He and his wife, Dorothy, live on a farm in the rural mid-west. For some reason, during the season before autumn, things start happening. The first victims are family pets, then wild animals. But it’s not until people are injured that the police get involved. The attacker is not human, that’s for sure and it needs to be stopped. Then they discover that the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Slaughter Creek (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: In February of 2006, a documentary film crew from Dallas, Texas followed a young woman as she began her career in the p*rn industry. By March, she had disappeared. REVIEW: Fake documentaries (or ‘found footage’) films seem to be all the rage at the moment, but they are more often than not, quite a limited field when talking about how to shoot it. However, Slaughter Creek managed to escape these boundaries and so become … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sweet Tooth (short film) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Flex Films brings you a short horror flick to get through your Halloween… REVIEW: I’m going to start by saying that I really loved how the credits were adjusted to properly fit the horror ‘theme’, stating that it was ‘shot, chopped and screwed by Andy Schmidt and Sam De Angelis’. This was a simple but effective move, and I’m actually surprised that I haven’t seen it done before. The cinematography was good and I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bearz (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: 6 year old Sam gets a birthday gift – a new teddy. Old Ted is not so pleased with this turn of events. A short horror filmette from Rob Parnell for R&R Film.

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Film Review: Get Off My Porch (short film) (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A man is terrorized by Girl Scouts selling ‘delicious’ cookies. REVIEW: Mixing horror with comedy can often have disastrous consequences if not done well, yet Get Off My Porch managed to pull this off with ease! Ok, so it’s not exactly the scariest short film out there, but I liked the quirkiness of it and thought that it managed to be both memorable and innovative at the same time – priceless qualities when trying … Continue reading

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Film Review: Desecration (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: On a dark remote road a car is stopped at a military check point. Something isn’t right and the Soldiers find themselves in a situation they could never understand with deadly consequences. REVIEW: Based in Northen Ireland and described as a ‘creative, modern take on an Irish myth’, this short film offers something a little different from your ‘conventional’ horror movies. Perhaps Desecration even managed to be too bizarre for my liking, as a … Continue reading

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

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SYNOPSIS: This is 2 Man Production first short film. TRT 6min. REVIEW: This is a beautifully shot film, which uses light and darkness very effectively to create an ominous atmosphere from the very first minute. The silhouettes and perfectly brooding mood are addictive to watch and I felt myself compelled to see where it was leading. The way light was used reminded me very much of the old days of film noir, where light played … Continue reading

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