Author Archives: Matthew Politi

Film Review: Kill List (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Eight months after a disastrous job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred, ex-soldier turned contract killer, Jay (NEIL MASKELL: RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER), is pressured by his partner, Gal (MICHAEL SMILEY: DOWN TERRACE), and wife Shel (MYANNA BURING: THE DESCENT), into taking a new assignment. As they descend into the dark and disturbing world of the contract, Jay beings to unravel once again – his fear and paranoia sending him deep into … Continue reading

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Book Review: Steamy Screams – Editor Jack Burton

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Indie outlet Blood Bound Books has been attempting to make a name for itself in the publishing world. Their goal is to release genre fiction that can provoke readers and offer high-quality writing. I reviewed one of their publications, K.J. Moore’s Monster P*rn, and felt it an attention-grabbing but uneven tale. I’m pleased to say their anthology Steamy Screams is far more consistent and rarely fails to keep its momentum. Steamy Screams consists of twenty-one … Continue reading

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Film Review: Things (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: In 1989 it became the first Canadian shot-on-Super 8 gore shocker commercially released on VHS. Today it remains perhaps the most bizarre, depraved and mind-boggling chunk of ‘Canuxploitaion’ ever unleashed upon humanity. Adult film superstar Amber Lynn and co-writer/producer Barry J. Gillis star in this surreal saga about two friends who visit a remote cabin, only to discover a womb of monstrous horror that demands graphic dismemberment. It’s an inexplicable orgy of eye ripping, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Mutilation Man (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: An unknown man makes his way into a quiet neighborhood bringing nothing but torture and pain along side him. The police are on the hunt for someone with no identity, the only evidence of his existence is the mess he leaves behind. When he enters the home of Roy and Jessica, they have no idea what’s in store for them. As the story unravels you find that there may be more motive behind the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Oregonian (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: There is a place. A place where the skies are wide and the forests are thick and strange. You can lose yourself forever in these woods. You’ll meet truckers with problems and old women with strange powers. You may even make a furry friend. Just be sure to stay quiet. Spend some time with a woman from Oregon who is lost on the road and running away from her past. Now she has a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sledgehammer (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: A young boy murders his mother and her lover with a hammer. Ten years later, a wave of teenage murders plagues the same area. REVIEW: The early 80′s saw a wave of horror films produced by filmmakers working with no budget and a camcorder. These efforts, called “Shot-on-Video (SOV) movies”, favored buckets of blood over coherent storytelling and were intended for home video release. David A. Prior’s 1983 chiller Sledgehammer is the second of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Monster P*rn – Author KJ Moore

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Sci-fi author Robert Silverberg defended the novella as “the richest” of all literary forms. With the novella, Silverberg posited, an author can offer more character development and exploration of themes than permitted in a short story while not having to follow the rigid requirements of a full-length novel. Silverberg may be right for the most part, but some authors may benefit from the expansive length of a novel. Among that crowd is up-and-comer KJ Moore. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Night Fighters – Author Rob Smith

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As I read the synopsis for Rob Smith’s Night Fighters, a mild wave of trepidation began to sink in. A battle between Nazis and vampire fighter pilots? It brought to mind campy B-movies lacking in substance and quality writing. I then began to wonder what I was even worrying about. Vampire stories set during WWII have been done well. Dan Simmons wrote of both vampires and Nazis in Carrion Comfort, which is regarded as one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Normalcy – Author Kim Cooney

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Normalcy Disclaimer: I do reveal some details of the novelette’s plot. If you would prefer to remain spoiler-free, please skip this review. Is there no monster scarier than the serial killer? Even though werewolves, zombies, and other creatures of yore possess supernatural tricks and abilities, you can merely brush them off as figments of the imagination. You can’t do the same when serial killers are concerned. Perhaps the most frightening aspect of serial killers is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Soul Survivors Hometown Tales: Volume 1 – Editors Shawn M. Riddle | David Naughton-Shires

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Soul Survivors Hometown Tales: Volume 1 Isaac Newton, working from dates prophesied in the books of Revelation and Daniel, proclaimed the world in its current state would end in 2060. If Harold Camping were right, the end times would have already happened by now and we wouldn’t be here reading (or writing) about a doomsday-themed anthology. Let’s not forget the widespread belief that December 21st, 2012, will result in the beginning of a spiritual rebirth … Continue reading

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