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Central NJ based pop culture writer. Pedagogue of trash culture and vice. He has the appearance of an Edward Gorey drawn scarecrow on his way to a funeral. Click here to go to Facebook Click here to go to Instagram Posts about cult films and book collecting. Give a follow!

Film Review: Pig Pen (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A child wanders around Baltimore after getting kicked out of his house by his mother’s abusive boyfriend. He, much like a raccoon, eats trash and steals baby food. Unlike most raccoons, at least in my limited experience, he is exposed to constant violence and despair. REVIEW: Director: Jason M. Koch Starring: Lucas Koch, Vito Trigo, Nicolette le Faye 2 …

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Film Review: Skyquake (2015)

SYNOPSIS: Since 2012 reports of strange sounds coming from the sky have flooded social media, now Adam, a recluse, struggling with his own demons, believes whatever is causing them has followed him home. REVIEW: Director: Sandy Robson Starring: Aidan Kokotilo-Moen, John Prowse, Sandy Robson, Bronwen Smith Skyquake is writer, director, and star, Sandy Robson’s first film. He is primarily a …

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Hellraiser Franchise Movies Overview (Part 1)

Welcome to the Hellraiser Franchise Movies Overview (Part 1) Starting in March, every month at HorrorNews.Net will feature a new Bump in the Night column by Richard Sopko. Each one highlighting a franchise, monster, or phenomenon, the column will be a chance to revisit some of horror’s beloved icons. Join the conversation with your own memories, thoughts, and most of …

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Film Review: Presidents Day (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Several living personifications proving America’s cultural decline are attacked by dead presidents. Only John Wilkes Booth can save them now. REVIEW: Director: David Zuckerman Starring: Jud Zumwalt, David Zuckerman, Michael Minto Not to be confused with 2010’s ‘President’s Day.’ This one has no comma, and several more dead presidents. ‘No comma, and a bunch more dead presidents’ was actually …

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Film Review: Halloweed (2016)

SYNOPSIS: After his serial killer father is put to death, Trent Modine and his stepbrother Joey, seek a new start. They land in Mooseheart, a town with potent weed and legends of a Candy Corn Killer. REVIEW: Starring: Simon Rex, Shannon Brown, Michelle Mueller I don’t smoke marijuana. Therefore, ‘Halloweed’ is not a movie that had any intention of ever …

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Film Review: The Covenant (2017)

SYNOPSIS: After the sudden death of their daughter, Sarah Doyle’s husband commits suicide in front of her, which doesn’t seem that surprising since he already physically looks to be the embodiment of giving up on life. Sarah and her estranged brother move back into their childhood home. Not long afterwards she begins to experience paranormal events. REVIEW: Directed: Robert Conway …

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Film Review: Shock (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A private investigator and recovering drug addict struggles with his inability to believably deliver a line reading. Elsewhere, a psychiatric ward’s employees are being murdered by a bright blue orc from Lord of the Rings, wearing an ill-fitting suit with the sleeves cut off, like a pro-wrestler with an office job. REVIEW: Directors: Moziko Wink, Markiss McFadden Starring: Mohammed …

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Film Review: Galaxy of Horrors (2017)

SYNOPSIS: Aboard a spacecraft with a malfunctioning cryogenic pod a man watches 8 science-fiction horror short films. REVIEW: Directors: Justin McConnell, Javier Chillon, Todd Cobery…. Starring: Adam Buller, Elle Gabriel, Francesc Garrido, Charles Hubell… Galaxy of Horrors is the second collaboration between Rue Morgue and the Little Terrors short films festival. Like the name suggest this has a science fiction …

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Film Review: Killer Ink (2015)

SYNOPSIS: A group of irritating teenagers travel to the top vacation spot in the world, Vilnius, Lithuania. After a night of dancing awkwardly at a nightclub they fall victim to a tattoo artist and his apprentice. Proving there’s more than one way to skin vaguely attractive white people, the artist uses their flesh as a canvas for his sacred art. …

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Film Review: Ghost Team (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A rightfully depressed man assembles a ragtag group to investigate a purportedly haunted house. This group includes his nephew, who looks like someone about to attend a late 90’s rave. Along for moral support is his chubby best friend who believes his girlfriend was abducted by aliens. Also there’s a mall cop with the haircut of an Amish terrorist, …

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Film Review: Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Zombie action in the Alps: a group of young snowboarder is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem. REVIEW: Director: Dominik Hartl Starring: Laurie Calvert, Gabriela Marcinkova, Oscar Dyekjær Giese ‘An Austrian horror’ is a phrase that has a prominent place in the annals of …

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Film Review: The Neighbor (2016)

SYNOPSIS: John and Rosie are drug traffickers looking to leave their lives behind. While saving for an escape to Mexico, in the town of Cutter, Mississippi, their lives become threatened by the secrets of their neighbor. REVIEW: Directed by: Marcus Dunstan Starring: Josh Stewart, Melissa Bolona, Alex Essoe, Bill Engvall Another entry in the long line of horror movies positing …

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Film Review: Hell House LLC (2015)

SYNOPSIS: The opening night of a haunted house taking place in an abandoned hotel, a tragedy occurs. Several years later, with the help of a convenient if not suspicious, amount of found footage, a documentary crew attempts to piece together the events of that night. REVIEW: Director: Stephen Cognetti Starring: Gore Abrams, Danny Bellini, Ryan Jennifer, Jared Hacker, Adam Schneider …

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Film Review: The Witching (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Several friends and makers of a paranormal podcast called ‘the Witching Hour,’ go to the location of a supposed witch burning on Halloween night. As they sit around a campfire waiting for the titular witching hour they tell one another spooky stories. REVIEW: Director: Corey Norman Starring: Jessica Bedell, Ian Carlsen, Joanna Clark Going into this blindly like I …

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