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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: 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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A Bump in The Night: March – Hellraiser Pt. 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 all, your nightmares. With nine films already in cannon …

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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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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: 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: The Sighting (2016)

SYNOPSIS: One year after seven students are mysteriously murdered at a party. A man searches for his friend after he is seemingly abducted by a family of Sasquatch. The film features shots of scenic Glacier National Park in lieu of a more original plot. REVIEW: Director: David Blair, Adam Pitman Starring: Adam Pitman, Nathaniel Peterson, Kent Harper Originally shot in …

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Film Review: Minutes Past Midnight (2016)

SYNOPSIS: As midnight falls, all manner of terror invades the Earth. Demons, cannibals, killers, ghosts and monsters swarm the world in these tales of the supernatural, the fantastic, and the just plain horrific. Featuring nine stories of horror. REVIEW: This is the first in a series of anthology films from five different production companies. This film, featuring nine horror shorts, …

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Film Review: Customer 152 (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Terence, played by DJ Qualls stunt double Dan Crisafulli, is a troubled man. He’s declared bankruptcy and exists with paranoid schizophrenia. Purchasing a car with a mysterious black credit card, Terence finds himself haunted by tall men in black suits. REVIEW: Director: Jonathan Holbrook Starring: Dan Crisafulli, Kay Whitney, Richard Garcia Due to public demand Jonathan Holbrook remakes his …

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