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Film Review: Deadly Blessing (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: This film is set in Amish Country, at a local farm, where a woman’s husband is mysteriously killed by his own tractor! REVIEW: Directed by the legendary Wes Craven, “Deadly Blessing” is much tamer fare after making the now classics, “The Hills Have Eyes” and “The Last House On the Left.”Perhaps the pressures of making his first seven figure …

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Film Review: Late Fee (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A young couple’s quest to rent the scariest movies on Halloween results in a real life horror show they may not live to regret. REVIEW: When I was nine, my father handed me a copy of “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and said, ‘Here, read this.” Rather heady material for anyone, let alone …

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Film Review: Slaughtered (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Everyone’s getting slaughtered in the pub tonight! REVIEW: As important as first impressions are they should always be tempered with another cliché; never judge a book by its cover. A first impression is just that, an impression, and should never be used to replace getting the whole story. This is especially true for movies since the movies are all …

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Film Review: The Squad (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Its the story about nine pro soldiers of an special anti-guerrilla “comando” unit, sent to an abandoned base located over a 14.000 ft. mountain in the colombian andes. which has lost contact few days ago,supposedly beacause they were under guerrilla attack. at the time the “comandos” arrive, they found only one survivor. REVIEW: Horror aficionados have known for some …

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Film Review: Asylum Blackout (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm. REVIEW: George (Rupert Evans), Max (Kenny Doughty) and Ricky (Joseph Kennedy) together form a struggling rock band in Washington State during the late eighties. Blissfully we are never subjected to a random live performance of piss-poor music intended …

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Film Review: Mommy’s Little Monster (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A Light in the Darkness concerns Taylor Melnick (Matt Terzian), a former mental patient who is discharged after four years in a sanitarium. He returns to his hometown and runs head-first into his own psychoses, then decides to seek violent revenge against the town for the treatment he received, axe-in-hand. Geoffrey Lewis, Troy Beyer and the legendary Karen Black …

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Film Review: Poe (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Brilliant and wealthy Dr. Andrew Casey is a serial killer who goes by the name ‘The Chef’. One night eleven years ago his wife found out. He was arrested and imprisoned at Marathon County Asylum for the criminally insane. Eleven years pass and he is released, completely rehabilitated and moves to Los Angeles under the alias Mr. Jack Conway. …

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Film Review: Livid (Livide) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: “It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the …

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Film Review: Gothic (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: Story of the night that Mary Shelley gave birth to the horror classic “Frankenstein.” Disturbed drug induced games are played and ghost stories are told one rainy night at the mad Lord Byron’s country estate. Personal horrors are revealed and the madness of the evening runs from sexual fantasy to fiercest nightmare. Mary finds herself drawn into the sick …

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Film Review: A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: A man and his son vacation to the quiet vampire populated town of Salem’s Lot. REVIEW: Hollywood has been doing a far better job with its sequels in recent years by maintaining production levels, story continuity and recasting actors. Audiences are given a better movie experience and Hollywood is rewarded with higher grosses, but this wasn’t always the case. …

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Film Review: Alligator (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded lab rats, injected with growth hormones. The small animal grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage. REVIEW: Urban legends, by now we’ve heard them all; killer calling from inside the house, the kidney thief, killer in the backseat, saying ‘Bloody Mary’ …

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Film Review: Lunacy (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A horror movie testing two approaches to running an insane asylum – absolute freedom versus control and punishment – within the context of a world that combines the worst of both. Jean Berlot, a young man subject to a nightmare of being forced into a straitjacket by two orderlies, is befriended by a marquis. At the marquis’s estate, Jean …

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Film Review: Behind the Wall (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Maine coastal town Harrison Bay is broke, so deputy mayor Drew Cabot arranges a deal with a contractor to develop the abandoned lighthouse for tourism. Father Hendry fails to convince the town council to veto the project. He also invited, sneakily, Katelyn Parks, who was foster-raised out of state after her father Christopher was locked-up for her mother’s murder …

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