Author Archives: Ryne Barber

Film Review: Transmutations (AKA Underworld) (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds traces that lead to Dr. Savary, who has produced a strange white powder that’s coveted by a race of deformed human beings who live in the underworld in the sewers below the city. REVIEW: There aren’t many films that keep me disinterested throughout the entire … Continue reading

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Film Review: Creepshow 2 (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die. REVIEW: George A. Romero and Stephen King can be a great combination – take Creepshow for example, which works on so many levels as a satisfactory horror anthology with some very memorable stories. You don’t hear as much about Creepshow 2, though, and that’s because the three … Continue reading

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Film Review: Witchtrap (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Parapsychologists try to make an inn haunted by an evil witch’s ghost safe for guests. REVIEW: From Kevin Tenney, the writer and director of Night of the Demons, comes this pile of viscera titled Witchtrap. The usual suspects are present here: Linnea Quigley shows up in a minor role where she disrobes, James W. Quinn is the hero Tony Vincenti, and even Tenney himself shows up for a small role. But Witchtrap doesn’t capture … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Rejuvenator (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A rich actress who has gotten too old for leading roles employs a scientist who is working on a formula for eternal youth. The formula involves withdrawing certain fluids from the human brain. She takes the serum, but its unforseen side effects turn her into a murderous monster REVIEW: The Rejuvenator is a mad scientist film about trying to find the metaphorical fountain of youth. Its title sounds a lot like The Reanimator, but … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Kiss (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off with a relative who possessed an unusual bloodline which was passed on to Felice via a kiss. Now all grown up, Felice is a jet setting model, while Hillary is happily married to husband Jack with a daughter, Amy. One day, Felice calls Hillary and tells her she needs to pass her bloodline onto another relative. When … Continue reading

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Film Review: Elves (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil nazi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves, an attempt to create a race of supermen. She and two of her friends are trapped in a department store with an elf, and only Dan Haggerty, as the renegade loose-cannon Santa Claus, can save them. REVIEW: Generally Santa Claus is the main focus of holiday movies, but Elves takes Santa’s little helpers and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Forgotten One (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A man moves into a house that is supposedly haunted. Although he is attracted to his pretty next-door neighbor, he finds himself being seduced by the spirit of a woman who had been killed in his house 100 years previously REVIEW: The Forgotten One truly is forgotten. Despite starring Terry O’Quinn in an early role before Lost, this film has never gained a large following or even been noticed outside of obscurity. In a … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Nightmare Never Ends (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Police detective, Mitchell, investigating the death of a victim of a Nazi concentration camp discovers a nightclubbing playboy who has strange powers over women and is seemingly ageless. REVIEW: Some films are just unfortunately titled, as is the case with The Nightmare Never Ends (AKA Cataclysm and Satan’s Supper). The pun practically writes itself, and once you actually get into the film to find that the nightmare really does never end, it’s almost a … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hidden (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: An alien is on the run in America. To get his kicks, it kills anything that gets in its way, and uses the body as a new hiding place. This alien has a goal in life; power. Hotly pursued by another alien (who’s borrowed the body of a dead FBI agent), lots of innocent people die in the chase. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Deadly Prey (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of sadistic mercenaries kidnap people off the streets and set them loose on the grounds of their secret camp, so the “students” at the camp can learn how to track down and kill their prey. REVIEW: Deadly Prey is the epitome of ‘80s action flicks. From the mullets to the techno drum beats to the insane action sequences, Deadly Prey is a little known film from director David Prior that hasn’t aged … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Calm (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A mass-murderer kidnaps and seduces a young woman after leaving her husband to die on the vessel whose crew he’s just slaughtered. REVIEW: The title to this 1989 suspense/thriller from director Philip Noyce is fairly spot-on; Dead Calm is, in large part, a lot of floating at sea without much terror at all. Sure, there are ripples of horror, and the big storm hits towards the finale when things really get rocky, but for … Continue reading

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Film Review: Island Claws (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A biological experiment in Florida goes awry. The result: 8-foot long land crabs which roar loudly and kill everything in sight. REVIEW: The premise of Island Claws is totally ridiculous. It’s important to get that observation right out front in this review, because if you’re looking for a really good film about killer crabs, something akin to Arachnophobia but with crustaceans, you’ll have to look elsewhere. With that said, Island Claws is reminiscent of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Razorback (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: A wild, vicious pig terrorizes the Australian outback. The first victim is a small child who is killed. The child’s granddad is brought to trial for killing the child but aquitted. The next victim is an American TV-journalist. Her husband Carl gets there and starts to search for the truth. The local inhabitants won’t really help him, but he is joined by a hunter and a female farmer to find the beast.

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Film Review: Shadowzone (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: After someone is killed in the subterranean project called “Shadowzone,” a NASA captain is called in to investigate. In the project, sleeping subjects are induced into a deep EDS state whereby they become portals to a parallel universe. Unfortunately this causes adverse reactions in the subject, and something gets through the portal, the consequence of which is an attrition problem. REVIEW: Shadowzone works heavily within a genre already established by films like Alien and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Zone Troopers (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: In Italy during WW II, a patrol of American soldiers discover a space ship that has crash-landed in the woods, and they come across its alien crew. A nearby Nazi unit also finds out about the alien craft, and sends a patrol to capture it and the Americans. REVIEW: Zone Troopers is about as sterilized and campy as films from the era it is set in. Because the movie is meant as a hokey … Continue reading

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Film Review: House IV (1992)

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SYNOPSIS: Roger Cobb (William Katt) is killed in a car accident. His family must move into the house that has haunted him for several years. Soon the family begins to experience scary and unexplained phenomena. REVIEW: The majority of the crew behind House IV was involved in the original House and its sequel, House II: The Second Story, but this film doesn’t incorporate the same tone that the originals managed to capture. Producer Sean S. … 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).