Author Archives: Ross Peterson

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, isolated in the British moors. Her husband, Alec (Matthew Modine) is a struggling artist, who’s … Continue reading

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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: Harry Dean Stanton look alike Julian Richings plays Bill Cassidy, also known as Spider Nevi, … Continue reading

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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 invention to alleviate peoples’ deepest fears. He hooks them up to a face mask, slaps … Continue reading

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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 genre trope in motion, four pretty girls seemingly adlibbing dialogue on their way to the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)

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SYNOPSIS: The Candyman is back. This time he’s in New Orleans, just in time for Mardi Gras, to terrorize a wealthy family, and to take Annie, a schoolteacher, with him beyond the grave. REVIEW:

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Film Review: The Call of Cthulhu (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A man is left to settle the affairs of his deceased great uncle, who was an eccentric academic. In going through his records, he uncovers the terrifying legend of Cthulhu and the cult who worships the tentacled deity . . . and awaits its return to Earth. REVIEW: THE CALL OF CTHULHU, an adaptation of perhaps H.P. Lovecraft’s most popular and enduring Weird Tale, is ingeniously imagined as a mid-late ’20s silent film. Guy … Continue reading

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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 his online ghost hunting series. Chris says he’s wanted to come out to the particular … Continue reading

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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 in a flurry of clouds, and Claire (Tiffany Browne Tavarez) walks through an orchard, brooding, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rebound (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Claire catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Out of the utmost despair, she decides to move to Chicago. Her trip, though, quickly turns disastrous.

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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 FUNNY GAMES. Like those films, 2 LITTLE MONSTERS, based on true events, is a harrowing, … Continue reading

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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 remake). BIGFOOT WARS is a film whose existence will forever be denied by C. Thomas … Continue reading

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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. The really bad horror movies—the ones that bore us to death—the ones no one wants … Continue reading

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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 CHAINSAW HOOKERS, BEVERLY HILLS VAMP, and WIZARDS OF THE DEMON SWORD, was there. He made … Continue reading

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Film Review: Life After Beth (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Zach’s girlfriend, Beth, comes back from the dead. He resumes his relationship with her, but all is not well, he soon finds. REVIEW: LIFE AFTER BETH is a hip, feel-good romantic comedy . . . with zombies. Comparisons to WARM BODIES will inevitably be made, but that’s beside the point. Beth (Aubrey Plaza) has died. No one is taking it as hard as Zach (Dane DeHaan). He’s devastated. He can’t move on. His coping … Continue reading

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Film Review: Killer Mermaid (Nymph) (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: While on a vacation in the Mediterranean, two American women and their accompanying Serbian friends stumble into the home of a vicious killer mermaid. They must try and survive. REVIEW: “She hypnotizes you.” By this, one of the film’s characters means: she makes a dolphin-like call, compelling you to get in the water, then rips you to shreds. As if she couldn’t eviscerate victims easily enough, she has the help of another killer, an … Continue reading

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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 forty years—and still is. It’s one reboot among many . . . THE RETURN OF … Continue reading

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Film Review: Chupacabra vs. the Alamo (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Chupacabras have come from Mexico to San Antonio, Texas through drug cartel tunnels. A DEA investigation of some brutal killings turns to a brawl at none other than the Alamo, as chupacabras are discovered to be the menace. REVIEW: Erik Estrada plays Carlos Seguin, a tough-as-nails DEA agent who happens also to be a single father. He “grew up on the street.” He “knows what’s out there.” But even his world is tossed into … Continue reading

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Film Review: Death Row Diner (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: An executive of a movie studio is wrongfully tried for murder and sentenced to death by the electric chair. Before he is executed, the prison staff denies him his last meal. Decades later, a movie crew works on a horror film inside the same prison. The studio exec returns from the dead to exact revenge, killing off the film crew and eating them. REVIEW: Here’s one for you, if you like DIY shot-on-video schlock … Continue reading

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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 to meet their demises. And in a way totally unlike THE RUNNING MAN and SAW. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hide and Go Shriek (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Eight teenagers, after having just graduated from high school, throw an all-night party in a furniture store. They’re not the only ones spending the night in the store, though. A mysterious killer lurks among them … and hunts them down. REVIEW: HIDE AND GO SHRIEK is a slasher movie made after the Jason flicks started going straight to video. By ’87, seemingly every garden tool, face mask, and bad situation to shower in had … Continue reading

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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 close-up interview with a retired electrical engineer named Lloyd. Lloyd explains the research he was … Continue reading

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