Author Archives: Ryne Barber

Film Review: Open House (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Someone is killing off nubile real estate agents. A psychologist doing a therapy talk show begins getting calls from the perpetrator, and cooperates with the police to try and stop him. Unfortunately, his lover is a real estate agent, and when it becomes clear that the madman is getting information for his kills from her discarded home listings, they both become endangered. REVIEW: Open House is one of those 80s slasher movies that attempts … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Jitters (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: In Chinatown, merciless gang goes on nightly rampages of theft and destruction. Merchant Frank Lee has no way of fighting back – until he’s undead, murdered by the gangsters…but he returns to life transformed into a “Kyonshi” – Chinese version of a vampire – and ready to avenge his unjust death in a way that’s sure going to give you the Jitters. REVIEW: The Jitters The Jitters is a film that follows in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Massacre in Dinosaur Valley (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, and its passengers must battle their way through cannibals, slave traders, wild animals and murderous piranha fish to safety. REVIEW: Massacre in Dinosaur Valley is also known as Cannibal Ferox 2, although it shares little in common with the previous film except for the fact that they’re both set in the jungle, feature white people pursued by cannibals, and fall into the nasty Italian films of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Xtro (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Tony’s father Sam, abducted by aliens three years earlier, returns to earth and seeks out his wife and son, but Rachel has since been living with Joe and the reunion is awkward. Joe doesn’t trust Sam, and Rachel can’t quite decide what her feelings are for her two men. Sam is not the same as when he left, and he begins affecting Tony in frightening ways. REVIEW: In the opening moments of Xtro, a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: halfman, halffish which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

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Film Review: Hard Rock Zombies (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A hard rock band travels to the tiny and remote town of Grand Guignol to perform. Peopled by hicks, rubes, werewolves, murderous dwarves, sex perverts, and Hitler, the town is a strange place but that doesn’t stop the band’s lead singer from falling in love with a local girl named Cassie. After Nazi sex perverts kill the band to satisfy their lusts, Cassie calls the rockers back from the grave to save her, the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mausoleum (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Traumatized by her mother’s death, young Susan is becoming possessed by the same demon that possessed her mother before she died. More and more her husband and psychiatrist are noticing the strange changes REVIEW: I used to be fascinated with mausoleums when I was a kid. I lived about a block from a cemetery, and when I started going to high school I would cut through it as a shortcut. There’s an older part … Continue reading

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Film Review: Nomads (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A French anthropologist moves to Los Angeles and is followed by the evil spirits of an extinct tribe he once uncovered. REVIEW: Nomads is a strange concoction of surrealism, often involved with the supernatural but deeply rooted in the ‘80s punk and bad-boy scene. Directed by John McTiernan (who directed Predator Flax (Leslie-Anne Down) who cares for a seemingly mentally ill patient down by the beaches. He raves in French, he cuts her face, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Street Trash (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: When a liquor store owner finds a case of “Viper” in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. The drinks causes its consumers to melt, very messily. Two homeless lads find themselves up against the effects of the toxic brew, as well as going head to head with “Bronson” a Vietnam vet with sociopathic tendencies, and the owner of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: DeepStar Six (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace. REVIEW: After Friday the 13th, director Sean S. Cunningham went in a different direction with his horror films. A Stranger Is Watching was a similar torture/slasher film a couple of years after, then came the 80’s comedy Spring Break. But in 1989, Cunningham set his sights on a movie that completely disposed of the mysterious killer … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Housekeeper (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: An English woman, psychotic and sexually repressed, murders her sadistic father, then moves to America. She soon secures a job as a maid for a wealthy family. Soon her severe psychosis and her attempts to keep her sexuality from asserting itself combine to cause trouble for all concerned REVIEW: It’s just as dangerous having a live-in maid as it is being one. Coming into a new household, you never know how your employers will … Continue reading

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Film Review: Eternal Evil (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A dissatisfied Montreal director of TV commercials is taught to astrally project himself by a mysterious woman. But soon he finds that he does it against his will when he sleeps, and while he does it, he commits savage acts against those in his life. REVIEW: George Mihalka struck gold with his miner slasher in My Bloody Valentine, and he returned to horror again a couple of years later with Eternal Evil, also known … Continue reading

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Film Review: Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A guy called Eric owns a huge house and some greedy people want to build a mall over it. So they get someone to burn down his house. Eric is badly burned but not dead, and a year later the mall opens. What they don’t realize is that Eric is living underneath the mall and he’s very angry! REVIEW: The title of this 1989 horror flick is most likely what will draw interest from … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Zero Boys (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends travel to a wilderness area to play a survival game. Soon they unexpectedly find themselves in a real-life survival situation.

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Film Review: The Lift (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them, and decapitating a security guard. Felix, the technician from the lift company, can’t find anything wrong with the circuitry. When he and a nosy reporter begin asking questions of the lift company’s electronics partner (Rising Sun Electronics) his boss puts him on a leave of absence. A subsequent visit to a professor leads them to believe that some … Continue reading

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About Ryne Barber

Along with doing reviews for HorrorNews.net, Ryne also writes for his own horror blog The Moon is a Dead World (http://www.themoonisadeadworld.net).