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We lost an icon today. Not just an icon, but a cultural touchstone for so many of us. Leonard Nimoy died at home on February 27, 2015 from final complications of COPD. He was 83 years old. He had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in early 2014. He had quit smoking 30 years ago, but the damage was already done. If you grew up during the 1960s, then you know Leonard Nimoy as … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: It’s Halloween day in 1989 and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester at school. Her friend Amber has other ideas and persuades Jackie to come to the annual Monster Mash party on campus after her shift at the local movie theater. As murder plays out on the silver screen during the theater’s Halloween night Horrorthon, Jackie falls under a strange spell, all while … Continue reading
Demonboy is a horror rock/theatrical spectacle from New York City, giving haunted house realness with a stage show inspired by the likes of shock rockers Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson. It’s a heavy metal cabaret of props and smoke machines, loaded with comedy as well as awesome tunes. Demonboy also stars in his own comic book, and recently signed to indie label Flying T Records. The new album, “Memories and Nightmares”, is available … Continue reading
Terror, Inc is a horror rock band based in central Pennsylvania. Combining musical elements of early punk, metal, and goth rock, with lyrical themes of horror, sci-fi, and the occult, the band has been playing everywhere and drawing crowds all over the Tri-state area. Their debut album, “Tales of the Zombie King”, is available from Pumpkinhead Records.
SYNOPSIS: Years after a tragic accident leaves a young child scarred for life, the people responsible pay – with their lives. REVIEW: Bullying is bad, m’kay? And if your bullying leads to something to really terrible, the least you can do is learn from your mistake and maybe become a better person. Apparently not if you’re one of the douche canoes in this story. and if you like to see a bunch of little a**holes … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: In a post-apocalyptic future where the earth is a desert and water is the most precious substance of all, a band of survivors must turn to a mysterious stranger to battle a ruthless gang of motorcycle psychos for control of the wasteland and the water. A glorious crash of guns, nuclear fallout, and synthesizers make this a must-see for anyone whoâ€™s been longing for the day in which they can finally get beyond Thunderdome. … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: The Tale of a Monster: Lilith is the story of what happens when the creation becomes the creator. Lilith wakes up in a laboratory with no idea of where she is at; the only thing she knows is two bodies surround her. The story becomes a tale of beautiful horror and twisted romance as writer and director EJ Moreno takes you through his retelling of The Bride of Frankenstein and doesn’t let up until … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: In Bacon Head, director Ray Mahoney pulls no punches in a series of sketches mocking everything from kitchen utensils to the Shroud of Turin. REVIEW: In the interest of full disclosure, I should tell you that I have worked for Troma in the past. I freely admit to a great love for Lloyd Kaufman (whom I affectionally call Uncle Lloydie) and all the great stuff Troma has brought us over the years. Once upon … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: A priest is scratched by a piece of amber and begins to turn into a dinosaur. At first, he is horrified by his darker desires, but soon he realizes his powers might be used for good, albeit violent, murderous good. REVIEW: Just take a minute and read this title again – THE VELOCIPASTOR. I cannot rate the amount of happies the title alone gives me. I’ve actually started writing this review before I even … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: Young Samantha Frasier’s concerns about her older brother widen as she realizes a horrible problem he had as a child has only gotten worst.
SYNOPSIS: A couple and their daughter moves to Colombia to take over a family manufacturing plant, only to realize their new home is haunted. REVIEW: So this is a ghost story, but it’s also something else. The story follows Paul and Sarah Harriman ( Scott Speedman, Julia Stiles) and their daughter Hannah (Pixie Davies) as they leave England to take up residence in Columbia. Sarah’s Father Jordan (Stephen Rea) has offered her a position as … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: The ancient and modern worlds collide when archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen finds the true meaning of the secret runes found in the Oseberg ship. REVIEW: I love me a viking film, truly I do. Most of the time, you get something really cheesy or, at best, wildly historically inaccurate. To have a chance to see a viking film directly from Norway, the place most of the real vikings actually came from? Priceless. Our story begins … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: A group of unsuspecting theatre goers are trapped, after a ravenous spirit is resurrected and released from a Ouija board. REVIEW: I looked this up before I got started. The title I found for it is actually The Ouija Experiment 2:Theater of Death. Apparently this is a sequel to another film. Having not seen the first one, I’m coming into this a bit blind. However, I should point out that the opening credits do … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: It’s ‘every man for himself’ in this post apocalyptic world, where a biological mistake has turned most of the population into animalistic eating machines.
SYNOPSIS: While working in a greenhouse, a man receives an insect bite after touching an exotic plant. Immediately, he falls ill and is taken to an emergency room where the doctors diagnose him as suffering from an unknown bacteria, and a strange parasite which emerges from his mouth as a large slimy wormlike creature. Soon, there are more cases of bacterial infection, but the more immediate problem for the hospital is the wormlike creature which … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: The events surrounding the unsolved police case in which guests of a mountain hut come face to face with terror, when the mysterious force that stalks them in the dark, violently knocks on the door of their consciousness.
SYNOPSIS: A clueless, flamboyant college kid discovers that the soul of a great vampire king resides within him. Now he must choose between his friends and his destiny.
SYNOPSIS: Tells the story of an attempt by some aliens to abduct a girl who will fight hard to save her life. REVIEW: Short films are awesome. Compact stories with little to no background information that force you to draw conclusions for yourself. A few shorts have been sent my way for review and I’m very excited about that. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to review a short film without ruining it for the next viewer. But … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: A psychologist discovers the terrifying trauma haunting her young patient may in fact lurk beyond the girl’s fractured mind. REVIEW: Another short film, this time DARK ORIGINS, a crowd funded short out of Australia. Meet Ella (Rosie Keogh) who has been in a mental hospital since she was a child. All the drugs in the world cannot stop her from seeing the “Shadow People”, the same ones she spoke of following the death of … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: Set in rural Arkansas in 1973, Come Morning is the tragic story of Frank and his 10-year-old grandson and the hunting accident that forever changes their lives.
SYNOPSIS: Black Shuck shows what happened to a Suffolk film makers pet dog. After he was murdered while shooting a low budget film 100s of years ago villagers told of a large black dog following young ladies home after dark as a protector to them until the lady arrived safely home. Often she would turn around as home was coming into vision only to see that the dog had disappeared. REVIEW: Ok so I have … Continue reading