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Film Review: Altar (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A family of four moves in temporarily to a house on the British moors. They have the intention of renovating it, but, they find, it’s the site of an old ritualistic killing. Naturally, the house is haunted. REVIEW: Meg Hamilton (Olivia Williams) restores historic houses. That’s what brings her and her family to the Radcliffe house, a crumbling mansion, ...

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Film Review: Ejecta (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Bill Cassidy, alias Spider Nevi, blogs about an alien abduction and attracts the attention of a documentary filmmaker named Joe Sullivan. While in the interview process, Bill and Joe see inexplicable phenomena in the sky before a monumental solar ejecta. They must soon flee through the woods, as they have witnessed the arrival of a hostile alien being. REVIEW: ...

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Film Review: Fear Clinic (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A doctor has invented a “fear chamber,” a device used to cure people of their crippling phobias. REVIEW: Robert Englund is Dr. Andover, a scientist who, to be sure, goes against the grain. He operates the Fear Clinic, an experimental medical facility which houses his invention: the fear chamber. “Everyone is scared of something,” Englund says, and uses his ...

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Film Review: Cypress Creek (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Four girls, Tina, Kathy, Jordan, and Stephanie, go to a remote cabin for a weekend getaway. Their relaxing fun soon degenerates into chaos and mayhem as the girls encounter mysterious evil forces inside the cabin. REVIEW: CYPRESS CREEK amazed me. I thought I was in for a really dreadful experience a few minutes into this one: a heavily overused ...

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Film Review: Beckoning the Butcher (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: An Internet “ghost hunter” films an invocation called Beckoning the Butcher with his friends for an online video. Inadvertently, he summons dangerous paranormal forces far beyond his control with the ritual. REVIEW: The camcorder rolls as Chris, Tara, Brent, Lorraine, and Nicole head up to rural Victoria (Australia not British Columbia). They are working on Chris’s latest episode of ...

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Film Review: Venial (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of World War II, a woman finds out her husband has died in the war. She is devastated, and questions her strong religious tenets. Meanwhile she and her two children, who live in a very old house in the country, start noticing strange supernatural phenomena. REVIEW: VENIAL is a melodramatic film from the get-go. It opens ...

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Film Review: 2 Little Monsters (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Based on true events, Carl Withers and James Landers return to society at age eighteen, after having been incarcerated since they were ten for the murder of a small child. REVIEW: David Schmoeller, noteworthy director of PUPPET MASTER, TOURIST TRAP, and CRAWLSPACE, returns to tread the same water as HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS, and ...

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Film Review: Bigfoot Wars (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: After a mysterious slew of grisly killings, sasquatches and humans tangle in a small Southern town. The local sheriff and a backwoods hunter must stand up to the monsters . . . before it’s too late. REVIEW: Another low-rent made-for-TV creature feature? Yes, indeed . . . more of the same from director Brian T. Jaynes (the BOGGY CREEK ...

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Film Review: Zombie Games: The Knackery (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Contestants enter into battle against one another on a popular reality TV show called The Knackery. Of course, there’s a twist to this violent program: the producers unleash hordes of zombies onto the set in order to make things more challenging for the contestants. REVIEW: THE KNACKERY has an ethic, a grindhouse purism, which is both commendable and impressive. ...

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Film Review: Super Shark (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The negligent activities of an oil company in Florida have caused some unintended biological consequences. A giant shark, which walks on land, now terrorizes dwellers on the beach. A marine biologist, a skipper, and a fun-loving disk jockey must stop it before it’s too late. REVIEW: Fred Olen Ray, hero of bad cinema, director of classics such as HOLLYWOOD ...

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Film Review: Godzilla 2000 (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: Scientists discover an underwater UFO which has invaded Earth to get a hold of Godzilla’s regenerative powers. Godzilla enters into an urban battle against the UFO, and in the midst of it, the ship uses the monster’s regenerative powers to morph into Orga, a brand new beast. REVIEW: GODZILLA 2000 happened because Godzilla had been en vogue for over ...

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Film Review: Elimination (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A large group of people gather, ready to perform auditions for a new, different kind of show. It’s an online reality show, but none of the prospective performers know much about it. Unfortunate for them, they might get killed on it. Assuming they don’t, they could win one million dollars. REVIEW: Wow, what a bunch of attractive people about ...

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Film Review: The Wicksboro Incident (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: A documentary team and a retired government engineer go to the site of what was once Wicksboro, Texas to investigate a population which completely vanished in the 1950’s. They believe alien invaders were responsible for the mass disappearance, and set out to prove it on film. REVIEW: THE WICKSBORO INCIDENT opens flashing a few courier-fonted title screens and a ...

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