Author Archives: Rob Getz

Film Review: Deep in the Darkness (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Dr. Michael Cayle thought leaving the chaotic lifestyle of New York City behind for the quiet, small town of Ashborough would bring his family closer together. Soon after arriving, however, he discovers the town’s deepest secret: a terrifying and controlling race of creatures that live amongst the darkness in the woods behind his home. REVIEW: In the bygone era of 2013, I reviewed a couple of Chiller Films originals, the products of that most … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Wrong House (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: An isolated house in the woods looks like an easy mark to a group of friends camping in the Maine wilderness. The thieves haul away several ounces of pot and hallucinogenic mushrooms in the heist. But when the homeowners track them down, the thieves learn too late that there are some people you just shouldn’t mess with… and that they picked The Wrong House. REVIEW:

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Film Review: No Vacancy (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Seven friends on a road trip to Las Vegas break down near a rest-stop motel, where they encounter a seemingly helpful group of people. Convinced to stay overnight, the friends wake up in their rooms to a gruesome and bloody terror. REVIEW:

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Film Review: The Zombinator (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A fashion blogger documentary turns into a Zombie horror nightmare when Youngstown Ohio college students come face to face with the undead. Their only hope of survival is a former soldier turned zombie killer trying to protect them from a mercenary working for an evil corporation who developed the serum that causes zombie-ism. REVIEW: There is only so much one can expect from a low-budget horror outing entitled “The Zombinator.”  The initial impression I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Proxy (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: The life of three parents who have all shared the loss of a child. Motives are not what they seem and sanity is in short supply in this thriller. REVIEW: One can only imagine the harrowing level of grief inflicted by the death of a child.  Morbidly, this tragic real life horror has historically served as fertile stomping grounds for motion picture melancholy.  Dramatic pieces have delved headlong into the deteriorating psyches of mourning parents … Continue reading

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Film Review: Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1 (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Return to the Class of Nuke ‘Em High follows a young couple that are up against the school glee club. Unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a gang called The Cretins. When the other students begin to undergo mutations, our couple must solve the mystery and save Tromaville High School. REVIEW: By the time the 1980s were reaching the back nine, the shine was starting to wear off the slasher template for us Getz … Continue reading

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Film Review: Armistice (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A Royal Marine awakens to find himself imprisoned and forced to fight to the death against inhuman opponents again and again. REVIEW: War is Hell.  For yours truly, being fortunate enough to never have encountered firsthand what the term “war” encompasses, it took merely my 8th grade English required reading list to bring to light that it isn’t all justified murder and a hero’s welcome home.  The book was Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Amazing Adventures of the Living Corpse (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A somewhat self-aware zombie takes it upon himself to keep the rest of the walking dead at bay. REVIEW: It was only a matter of time before someone was savvy enough to bring us a comic book zombie hero.  In this humble opinion, James O’Barr had already accomplished that exact artistic feat when he created The Crow over twenty years ago, but that’s neither here nor there.  Besides, Eric Draven never once had a … Continue reading

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Film Review: My Pure Joy (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: On the outside Adam appears to be a normal teenager, but underneath…his mind has been so rotted by trauma from his past and the gory films he watches, that he has blurred the lines between reality and pretend! This prompts Adam to start killing people in similar ways to films he watches, making sure to put his own little spin on it REVIEW: There is a contemplative, perhaps brilliant film lingering beneath the ugly … Continue reading

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Film Review: 13 Sins (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last. REVIEW: Since Richard Connell warped the man vs. man plot archetype in his 1924 short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” the thematic device of have-nots being treated as disposable, unwilling entertainment for those who have remains fertile ground for genre artists.  Direct … Continue reading

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Horror Funding: BLACKED OUT! to Film This Summer

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It isn’t what you think. . . To begin shooting in Michigan this July for an early 2015 release, Blacked-Out! is the first film from Half-Empty Flicks.  Co-written and directed by Horrornews film critic and playwright Rob Getz, this is a twisted horror-comedy that must be seen to be believed! Twentsomething slacker Chet (Gino Fracassa) drifts between our reality and an animated nightmare dimension during the lost time he experiences after a car accident has … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chasing the Devil (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Patrick McCord doesn’t accept the explanation of his sister’s mysterious death as suicide, and instead teams up with a team of paranormal investigators to delve deeper into the inexplicable circumstances that surround what he believes to be murder. REVIEW: Demonic possession has been getting a lot of play in Redbox kiosks and Netflix queues these days.  Since “The Exorcist” threw down the gauntlet by inspiring mass hysteria and controversy in 1973, it has not been an … Continue reading

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Film Review: Holy Ghost People (2013) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: On the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord – a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. REVIEW: Christianity has taken a beating from the horror genre in recent years.  One could surmise this is a reflection of modern society’s ever-widening chasm separating believers from heathens.  Those of faith feel that their … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Walkers: Rise of the 4th Reich (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In 1945 the Second World War came to an end and the Nazis fled. Scientists and military elite escaped across borders and found themselves in new worlds. Some fled to Russia, some the United States and others to South America. But there was another division, a forgotten group. A top secret and powerful team of men and women formed in the womb of the Nazi Occult. REVIEW: As I sit at my desk, fingers … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kill Your Darlings (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs REVIEW: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl and Other Poems” made its debut nearly fifty years ago, and remains quintessential material for scarf-wearing hipsters and literary students alike.  His angry, often obscene diatribe against commercialism and conformity still resonates today, though no mere work of prose could ever change world views.  If that were true, war and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Unlucky Charms (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Five girls vie for a chance to model diva Deedee DeVille’s fashion line, but they’re soon competing for their lives against four mythical beings, led by the mischievous Farr Darrig. REVIEW: There was a time in my youth, during the wonderful heyday of “Garbage Pail Kids” trading cards/stickers/unchewable gum, that I recall one of the many lesser successful coattail riders of that particular medium.  It was a series of twisted takes on breakfast cereals, … Continue reading

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About Rob Getz

Rob Getz was born poor and ugly in rural Michigan to a horror fanatic father and an incredibly good sport of a mother. He and his younger siblings spent countless weekend evenings ushered off in their pajamas by their parents to a local drive-in movie theater, where they were assured to be completely unconscious before the opening credits of the second film were finished rolling. Rob vaguely recalls these blurred images launching such classics as Ridley Scott's "Alien" and "The Changeling" through drooping eyelids. As he became older, he took the initiative nobody else in the Getz household had the moxie nor the energy to attempt and learned how to program their antiquated V.C.R. to record heavily edited horror films from one of the four available channels. Without these nocturnal bootlegs, there would have been no youthful introduction to the likes of "Re-Animator" or "Eraserhead." Rob wanted to be a part of this twisted universe from those days forward, regardless of the role he played. The tiniest, most insignificant cog in a machine is truly happy if it adores the machine. Even a critic.