Author Archives: Sean Becktel

Film Review: Fright Night Part 2 (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Charlie Brewster and Peter Vincent from the original Fright Night must face more vampires out for revenge. REVIEW: Sometimes more of the same isn’t necessarily a bad thing and “Fright Night Part 2” has enough new blood mixed in with what made the first one so enjoyable. Maintaining that balance between seriousness and humor which worked in the first one, this sequel, while not perfect, carries over those positives. Both William Ragsdale(‘Herman’s Head’, ‘Justified’) … Continue reading

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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’ in the mirror three times, the licked hand and more. These myths are so prevalent … Continue reading

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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 budget movie (the budget was higher than “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) weighed down the … Continue reading

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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 witnesses a black Mass, buries someone alive, and is invited to try preventive therapy. He’s … Continue reading

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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 there. Once the basement is broken open, new bloodshed starts, and the horrible truth about … Continue reading

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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 a nine year old. To this day it’s still one of my favorite books of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Some Guy Who Kills People is about Ken Boyd, a lonely man fresh out of the loony bin, who sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Killer Stories (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: “A true horror anthology containing perverse stories detailing serial killers stalking the local townspeople. A couple retreat home to have sex after meeting at a nightclub. Following their steamy lovemaking, they start to talk about the psychopathic local serial killers they have heard about. The first is about a killer who kidnaps a woman to torture her in as many sick and perverse ways possible. The second story follows a madman who has escaped … Continue reading

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Film Review: House of Mirrors (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Max Emerson, played by Brian Shotwell, is a successful music executive whose seemingly perfect life is turned upside down after waking up in his mansion. Amnesiac and unable to remember how he got there, he receives a phone call from a stranger claiming to have evidence that he committed a murder the night before. With just 48 hours to solve the crime, the sadistic madman strings him along, taunting him with clues as his … Continue reading

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Film Review: Grey Skies (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of old college friends reunite to relive their glory days by renting a beautiful cabin in the woods. As the sun sets on their first day in the cabin, bright flashes of light announce the arrival of mysterious creatures. These friends will have to outwit a force that is both inhuman and extremely intelligent in order to survive. The outcome will shock and amaze you as we come to realize… we are … Continue reading

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Film Review: Silent Night Zombie Night (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A week before Christmas a viral outbreak turns the citizens of Los Angeles into the walking dead. On the brink of severing ties with both his wife and longtime partner, L.A.P.D. officer Frank Talbot finds himself trapped with them. As death closes in their survival is further threatened by the fact that both men love the same woman.

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Film Review: Zombeak (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: On the darkest night of the year, when Satan is allowed free reign to walk the earth, a motley crew of Satanists kidnap a sharp tongued southern waitress to be a given up as the Dark One’s bride and mortal host of the antichrist. But when her rowdy redneck friends botch up the ritual in a violent rescue attempt, all power of hell is inadvertently transferred into the most unlikely of hosts: a sacrificed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Renfield The Undead (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: R. N. Renfield, once the slave of Dracula, is now an insane vampire stalking a modern day metropolis (Bayou City). REVIEW: There was a time when video games had the technology to add real video to the experience but budget constraints were still an issue. Some games, “Command & Conquer” and “Wing Commander” are good examples, have cut scenes that are inserted but have bad computer generated backgrounds instead of a real set, horribly … Continue reading

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