Author Archives: Stephen Hill

Film Review: Night Warning (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who’s hell-bent on keeping him with her…at all costs. REVIEW: Director: William Asher Starring: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrell, Julia Duffy and Bo Svenson ‘Psycho for Laymen’. This is probably the best way to sum up Night Warning, although it isn’t necessarily as bad as it sounds. It examines a perverse relationship between mother and son, oozing slowly into the very uncomfortable arena of incest, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Pandemonium (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: Tom Smothers stars as the brave mountie, who along with his trusty horse and bitter deputy Paul Reubens must track down a killer who is stalking coeds at a nearby cheerleader camp. REVIEW: Director: Alfred Sole Starring: Candice Azzara, Carol Kane and Judge Reinhold With the Scary Movie franchise outright refusing to die, it’s pretty easy to make the assumption that spoof hit its lowest point at the turn of the millennium. When Mel … Continue reading

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Film Review: Next of Kin (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother’s diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother’s diary begin to happen to the daughter. REVIEW: Director: Tony Williams Starring: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt and Alex Scott Have you ever noticed how, in nearly every horror film ever made, there is a recurring them of ignorance? Or, to put it bluntly, someone not listening to the sage advice of another, clearly … Continue reading

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Film Review: Night Life (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: Archie is a “brain” at a small town high school who works part-time at his uncle’s mortuary and is harassed by a few of the popular kids because of it. His harassers die in an automobile accident, and the bodies are taken to his uncle’s mortuary. Archie is pulling a late night at the mortuary when he sees a storm brewing. Lighting strikes! They’re alive! The preppie bullies continue to torment him – as … Continue reading

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Film Review: The House Where Death Lives (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A nurse goes to a house to care for a crippled old man. Then people in the house start being murdered.

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Film Review: The Appointment (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A family is confronted in their house by an evil force. REVIEW: Director: Lindsey C. Vickers Starring: Edward Woodward, Jane Merrow and Samantha Weysom During my schooldays, there was this guy I used to hang out with all the time. He was rude, incredibly stubborn, didn’t shower very often and smoked at every available opportunity. And although I still enjoyed his company, I often wondered to myself if he was actually drunk whenever I … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Jack Chandler is a private eye tracking down Samantha the runaway. In his travels, he comes across a gang of chainsaw weilding prostitutes that like to carve people up for their cult REVIEW: Director: Fred Olen Ray Starring: Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley and Jay Richardson At one point in this film, a woman takes off all of her clothes and does a slow dance while duel wielding chainsaws, as part of ritualistic human sacrifice. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Blackout (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A police officer suspects that a local husband and father who has recently undergone facial surgery because of injuries received in a car accident is in reality the same man who committed a quadruple murder several years before REVIEW: Director: Douglas Hickox Starring: Keith Carradine, Kathleen Quinlan and Richard Widmark Blackout is an unusual film. It has many flaws, but strangely, they feel less inherent and more inflicted upon the film in an effort … Continue reading

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Film Review: The New Kids (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang. REVIEW: Director: Sean S. Cunningham Starring: Shannon Presby, Lori Loughlin and James Spader Movies like The New Kids aren’t like paintings, which can be interpreted many ways but ultimately can only be seen from one perspective. No, movies like this are more like sculptures. You … Continue reading

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Film Review: House of Lost Souls (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A four-part movie series made for Italian television under the umbrella title House of Doom. Legendary Italian horror maestros Umberto Lenzi and Lucio Fulci each contributed two films for the series: Lenzi made HOUSE OF LOST SOULS and HOUSE OF WITCHCRAFT, while Fulci offered HOUSE OF CLOCKS and SWEET HOUSE OF HORRORS. REVIEW: Director: Umberto Lenzi Starring: Joseph Alan Johnson, Stefania Orsola Garello and Matteo Gazzolo There are two questions that need to be … Continue reading

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Film Review: House II: The Second Story (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Strange Invaders (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Charlie’s ex-wife disappears, and he travels to where she grew up–a rural town in the Midwest–to look for her. But, surprisingly, nobody knows about her or any of her many relatives, the Newmans. He meets aliens; but when he contacts the FBI, they don’t believe him. He tells his story to a tabloid; and suddenly, he is chased by the aliens.

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