Author Archives: Ross Peterson

Film Review: Cannibal (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Carlos is a tailor by day, serial killer by night. A young woman named Alexandra moves in next to him, tries to befriend him, and goes missing. Her twin sister, Nina, turns up afterward, asking for Carlos’s help investigating. He agrees, although–unbeknownst to Nina–is responsible for the disappearance. Nina then becomes dangerously close to deadly Carlos and his secret life. REVIEW: CANNIBAL begins dark–slow, bleak, and brooding. We follow Carlos, the psycho predatory protagonist … Continue reading

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Film Review: Killer Legends (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A documentary team looks at the true origins of common urban legends in America. REVIEW: If you grew up losing sleep over episodes of UNSOLVED MYSTERIES—and, strangely, remember the experience fondly (I did), then KILLER LEGENDS is the movie for you. It is wonderfully sensationalist, replete with eerie piano music and gritty stock footage. The real events, which, in turn, urban legends grow out of are way scarier than the myths themselves. That, anyway, … Continue reading

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Film Review: After Death (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: After the death of their eccentric inventor father, four siblings gather at his home to sort out his affairs. They confront their own problems, too, as well as bizarre phenomena which challenge most notions of reality. REVIEW: AFTER DEATH is unconventional, genre-bending, at times postmodern, and . . . to use one of my least favorite adjectives, whimsical. It’s also inconsistent, and not much happens. You could say the same thing about a lot … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Addicted (Rehab) (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A reporter, in an effort to get the big story, ventures into an abandoned re-hab clinic with her friends. Rather than the big story, she finds a malicious ghost. REVIEW: You wanna talk plot devices? How about a struggling journalist after a big story—one that may even turn her career around? How about several friends exploring an abandoned building . . . then getting hunted by a malevolent force?

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Film Review: Malignant (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A grieving alcoholic falls prey to a mad scientist’s experimental—and maniacal—treatment. REVIEW: Alex (Gary Cairns) had a wonderful wife. He lost her to cancer, though, and has become hopelessly depressed. He’s turned to drinking, and finds himself blacked out drunk most nights of the week. One night, while at his favorite bar, he gets a text message from an unknown number that reads: “Don’t drink it.” He doesn’t pay it much heed, continuing to … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Last Light (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of people have secluded themselves off from the world in an abandoned hospital after a critical apocalyptic event. REVIEW: Chained and locked doors are the first hint you get in the beginning of THE LAST LIGHT as to the apocalyptic status of the world. We don’t know what happened, but something big and something bad. And seven people have gathered for shelter in an abandoned hospital. The movie keeps flashing days—it’s a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mine Games (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Some college friends go on a camping trip. Their van breaks down and they find a cabin, which they stay in. They soon discover an abandoned mine, which unlocks strange metaphysical doors. REVIEW: The world did not need another “psychological thriller.” It did not need another movie about vapid youths going into the woods to party, finding only trouble. But with THE EVIL WITHIN, also known as MINE GAMES, it got one anyway. The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Anna (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: John Washington, a “memory detective,” is assigned a seemingly simple case: he must make Anna Greene, a disturbed sixteen-year-old on a hunger strike, eat. Difficulties ensue, though, as he finds Anna could be much more dangerous than she seems. REVIEW: What if a sixteen-year-old girl was a diabolical genius? For real, imagine what that would be like. For real. And such is the spirit of Jorge Dorado’s new psychological thriller, ANNA.

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Film Review: Demon Resurrection (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A cult leader summons undead servants to retrieve what is his from a reformed cult member. REVIEW: What makes a bad horror movie enjoyable? There are so many things, I know. And every lowbrow’s taste is unique. But I find the best bad horror films are unified by their sense of daring. They’re made by people unafraid to “push it,” to go over the top. They’re made by people who recognize they pander to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dark Universe (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: On its way back to Earth, the space shuttle Nautilus passes through a cloud of alien spores causing its sole occupant, astronaut Steve Thomas to transform into a blood-thirsty monster. The shuttle crashes into a swampy region of central Florida, creating a situation which threatens contagion and/or death to all who encounter the shuttle or its mutated pilot. REVIEW: DARK UNIVERSE would be a Fred Olen Ray production, wouldn’t it? Indeed, it stacks up … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gila! (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A giant gila monster is causing havoc, disrupting the lives of teenagers in a small town in the 1950s. REVIEW: Jim Wynorski, director of CHOPPING MALL, the remake of NOT OF THIS EARTH, and about a thousand others, never quits. These days, when he’s not making softcore porn under his alias, Sam Pepperman, he’s cranking out made-for-TV sci-fi flicks, like GILA!, a remake of Ray Kellogg’s cult classic, THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959). The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Abby (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: Abby, a wholesome young woman becomes possessed by the Nigerian god, Eshu. REVIEW: ABBY is a forgotten blaxploitation gem from the golden age of American International Pictures. Upon its release, it had been remarkably successful, grossing millions (its budget had been under $500,000). But, shortly after its initial run, American International got sued by Warner Bros. for ripping off THE EXORCIST. Warner Bros. won the case, and ABBY, as a result, became buried in … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Aztec Box (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: 4 college students dig up an ancient Aztec relic in their own backyard, only to discover a dark force that is attached to it. REVIEW: Two things have come along, enabling almost anyone to make a horror movie: changes in technology and the found footage sub-genre. Anymore, all you need is a digital camera, some editing software, a friend with a midi synth, and a screenplay that invokes constant running cameras. Boom. You’ve got … Continue reading

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Film Review: Treasure Chest of Horrors (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Percival Pirate goes on a journey to discover his Grandpappy’s hidden treasure chest. What he believes is treasure turns out to be four never before seen horror films. REVIEW: TREASURE CHEST OF HORRORS: it’s like an unofficial sequel to VHS. It’s an anthology flick . . . and each story is understood to unfold from an old VCR. There are no sleazoids finding scary tapes in the act of burglary, though. Instead, a pirate … Continue reading

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Film Review: Indie Director (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Metalhead film director Bill Zebub toils, trying to maintain his integrity, in the world of no-budget, subversive, genre film making. REVIEW: Any review of INDIE DIRECTOR would be misguided–incomplete–without an introduction to its notorious creator, Bill Zebub. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Maybe you haven’t. In any case, he’s brash, manic, politically incorrect, obsessed with heavy metal music–and nudity–and, for the past two decades, has been churning out twisted, no-budget shock flicks like JESUS … Continue reading

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Film Review: Robo Vampire (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Drug dealing gangsters enter into battle with a narcotics task force; both parties have secret weapons. REVIEW: You’ve scraped the bottom of the barrel. You’ve scraped, and scraped, and scraped—until you think you can scrape no more. You’ve seen TROLL 2, SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS, THEY SAVED HITLER’S BRAIN. You don’t believe it can possibly get any worse. I mean, how could it? How could a movie be more cheap, incoherent, and ludicrous than … Continue reading

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