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Film Review: Der Todesengel (Angel of Death) (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: Story about a raped model who takes bloody revenge. German Extreme horror film –  mixture of amateur-gore, bad but entertaining acting, some semi-hardcore scenes, much blood and extremely bad taste. REVIEW: Der Todesengel translates into English as “Angel of Death,” but I guess that wasn’t an accurate enough title for Andreas Bethmann (director of Rossa Venezia, Exitus Interruptus, and many others). So he added some words, giving the final product the title Angel of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sick-O-Pathics (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: 40 Minute short anthology featuring cameos from Lucio Fulci to Joe D’ Amato, in this wacky horror comedy who also is a love letter to the Italian Horror sub-genre REVIEW: One of my favorite things about horror is, for the most part, there is a general sense of humor (albeit sometimes a gross one) throughout the genre, and all of us can share a good laugh about what we are into. I don’t think … Continue reading

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Film Review: Abnormis (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: German Splatter Gore film directed by Maik Ude REVIEW:

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Book Review: The Remnant: Into the Collision – Author P. A. Douglas

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The thing I really like about the stories of author P.A. Douglas, whether it be his Lovecraftian The Old One or his anti-establishment, bizarro novel Cucumber Punk, is that he knows how to hook you from the start and then keep your interest levels high all the way through to the final page. With The Remnant: Into the Collision, Douglas shows he’s only getting better with his sharp hooks and tension building devices. In the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road – Author Various

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First things first, Sixty-Five Stirrup Iron Road is bigger than your average horror novel. When fellow author Tom Piccirilli (four time Bram Stoker award winner, author of The Last Kind Words, A Choir of Ill Children, etc…) ran into health problems and subsequent medical bills, some friends decided to lend a hand. And what better way to raise money than write a book and donate the profits to the cause? So, what we have here … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mutation 2 – Generation Dead (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: The toxic chemical rediscovered in the original film causes more death and destruction across Germany, leading to a new mutation unlike anything the world has ever seen…

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Film Review: Der Todesking (The Death King) (1990)

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SYNOPSIS: Seven episodes, each taking place on a different day of the week, on the theme of suicide and violent death. REVIEW: From the years 1988 to 1994, you’d have been hard pressed to find a more disturbing, yet artistic, filmmaker than Jorg Buttgereit. In just six years, the man released some of the most depressing, moody, and controversial films you’ll ever see, then stopped for fifteen years before starting up again in 2009. There … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lucker the Necrophagous (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A serial killer awakens from a coma and escapes from a mental hospital to kill a survivor of his slayings years ago, all the while stalking, terrifying, and killing women on the way. REVIEW: There are some movies that fall into the category of “cult classics” that you want on your shelf because they are simply amazing films, and there are others that you want just so that you have them. Lucker the Necrophagous, … Continue reading

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Interview: Erin Russ (Porkchop, Upsidedown Cross)

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HorrorNews: Describe Erin Russ in just a couple sentences. What is something you’d like us to know about you, and what is something we all NEED to know about you? Erin Russ: I’m a recluse. I’m very anti-social. My idea of fun is staying home and watching horror movies with my boyfriend, William Hellfire. The only outdoor activity I enjoy is hanging out in graveyards. I’m fascinated with death.

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Film Review: The Beast (La bête) (1975)

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SYNOPSIS: The head of a failing French family thinks that fate has smiled down on him when the daughter of a wealthy man agrees to be married to his son. The daughter and her aunt then travel out to the French countryside to meet with the family, unaware that a mysterious ‘beast’ is stalking the vicinity.  REVIEW: The Beast (La Bete) has one of those opening scenes that you will never forget, no matter how … Continue reading

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Book Review: Food For Thought – Author Jessica McHugh

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To stand out in the indie publishing world, you not only have to put out quality work, but you often have to do something to grab people’s attention and get your name remembered. Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing (or PMMP, as the kids might be calling them) is doing just that, with a relatively new series they’re calling One-Night Stands. Rather than putting out a collection of various authors’ short stories, they are instead releasing one … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Devil (Diabel) (1972)

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SYNOPSIS: During the Prussian army’s invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of Jakub’s fellow conspirators. Following his mysterious saviour across the country, Jakub sees the overall chaos and moral corruption including his father’s death and his girlfriend’s betrayal. Being apparently demented by what he has seen, he commits a number of seemingly motiveless and gory … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beyond the Darkness (Buio Omega) (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: A young rich orphan loses his fiancée to voodoo doll mischief on the part of his housekeeper who is jealous of his attentions. He digs his girlfriend up, cleans her out, stuffs her, and puts her in bed at the mansion. Following this, he tries out and disposes of a series of young maidens, trying to find the right replacement for her, and the disapproving housekeeper helps him with the disposals. REVIEW: When I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Porcile (1969)

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SYNOPSIS: Two dramatic stories. In an undetermined past, a young cannibal (who killed his own father) is condemned to be torn to pieces by some wild beasts. In the second story, Julian, the young son of a post-war German industrialist, is on the way to lie down with his farm’s pigs, because he doesn’t like human relationships. REVIEW:

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Book Review: Gory Hole: A Horror Triple Bill – Author Craig Wallwork

Craig Wallwork is a writer with skills, an author of two novels (To Die Upon a Kiss and the much celebrated The Sound of Loneliness) as well as a short story collection (Quintessence of Dust). In April of this year, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing will be releasing his newest effort, a chapbook in the tradition of Creepshow and Tales From the Darkside, called Gory Hole: A Horror Triple Bill. Within these pages lay three intense, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fantastic Earth Destroyer Ultra Plus – Author Cameron Pierce

Sinister Grin Press is known for releasing some fantastically nasty, gruesome horror books from some equally fantastic and disturbing authors (Wrath James White, Nate Southard, Jack Ketchum, and Monica O’Rourke, to name just a few). So when I say that their newest release, Fantastic Earth Destroyer Ultra Plus, is an illustrated fairy tale for adults, don’t get the wrong idea. The story is written by Cameron Pierce, who’s not only the head honcho over at … Continue reading

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Book Review: The First One You Expect – Author Adam Cesare

The First One You Expect – by Adam Cesare Broken River Books, 2014 Horror writers beware! You know that idea for a story that has been kind of lingering in your head, the one where you take your favorite sub-genre of horror movie and turn it into a novel, and how excited you are because it hasn’t really been done yet and it’ll be your big splash into the horror fiction community? Well, my friends, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dard Divorce (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: What started with a routine divorce between Natalie Stein and her husband Tim, will soon take a turn into the unexpected and evolve into scenes of torture, bloodshed and slaughter. REVIEW: You’ve got to hand it to the German horror movie-makers, they know what they’re doing and constantly pushing the envelope. No matter the budget (or the quality), there’s a certain level of extreme horror that we’ve come to expect from the films made … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Last House in the Woods (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: Young lovers escape a group of bullies seeking to harm them and then take refuge with a seemingly kind older couple. All too late, we discover that this older pair has a dark hidden secret which unfolds in the quiet, secluded Last House in the Woods. REVIEW: There are plenty of examples of exploitation films where the poster and advertising end up better than the movie itself. With The Last House In the Woods, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Little Boy Inside and Other Stories – Author Glenn Gray

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The Little Boy Inside and Other Stories – by Glenn Gray Concord ePress, 2013 Hello, my name is Sean, and I sometimes suffer from what I have decided to call extreme hypochondria. It’s not a constant, and it’s not something that affects my daily life, but it is there nonetheless. It’s not that I always think I’m sick; on the contrary, I’ve had a cough for what seems like months and I’m not one bit … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New Black – Editor Richard Thomas

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The New Black – edited by Richard Thomas Dark House Press, 2014 Sometimes I forget that there are big-time, majors in the world of book publishing, because it seems like everything good is coming out of the indies. Between the titles coming out of established indies like Lazy Fascist Press, Sinister Grin Press, and Samhain Publishing (just to name a few), and the high-quality work coming from “new guys” like Broken River Books, Bizarro Pulp … Continue reading

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About seanofthedead

Sean has had a few short stories published and a few punk records recorded. If you watch a horror movie with him, he'll drive you crazy connecting the actors to their other movies and dropping useless bits of trivia. He thinks the Exorcist III is by far the superior film of the franchise, and believes Braindead was more deserving of an Oscar than Lord of the Rings.