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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).

Film Review: Witchtrap (1989)


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 …

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Film Review: The Kiss (1988)


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 …

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Film Review: Elves (1989)


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 …

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Film Review: The Nightmare Never Ends (1980)


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 …

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Film Review: Dead Calm (1989)


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, …

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Film Review: Island Claws (1980)


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 …

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Film Review: Razorback (1984)


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 …

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Film Review: Shadowzone (1990)


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 …

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Film Review: House IV (1992)


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 …

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