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Interview: Director Peter Engert (Aftermath)

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Director Peter Engert’s latest film, Aftermath, was something he wasn’t expecting to direct! He came onto the project after the previous director left (Because of “Creative Differences“), but there was a long slow haul to get the film in the can & distributed. The beauty of this story is that Aftermath is one hell of a good movie that combines good acting with a very downbeat, but engrossing, script. But none of this would’ve worked … Continue reading

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Film Review: Afflicted (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely. REVIEW: It’s no secret that I’m not what you might call an aficionado of films in the found footage genre. There have been a few decent enough ones since The Blair Witch Project debuted back … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Raid 2 (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force REVIEW: It’s nearly impossible for me to put into words how anxious and excited I was to see The Raid 2. After the incredible intensity & jaw dropping fight scenes of the first film the sequel had its work cut out for it. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. REVIEW: In 2011, director Rupert Wyatt did what some thought would be impossible, he resurrected the Planet Of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A mechanic and his family join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: NY police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city. REVIEW: It’s funny how the powers that be in Hollywood keep foisting “Based on a TRUE story” in front of a lot of the horror films they release, as if that’s gonna make audiences flock to see them. I cling tight to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rigor Mortis (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos. REVIEW: J-Pop star turned actor turned writer/director Juno Mak makes his directorial debut with Rigor Mortis, a decidedly offbeat but visually stunning homage to Asian horror films of the 80′s. Working with producer Takashi Shimizu (Writer/Director of The Grudge), Mak has fashioned a film light on frights but heavy on atmosphere and dread.

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Film Review: Hunting The Legend (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: In 2008, a deer hunter was taken by something in the Alabama woods. Only his rifle, blood and a 16″ footprint were left behind… Five years later, his son seeks revenge. REVIEW: After having just watched a found footage film centered on the legend of Bigfoot (Willow Creek), I hardly expected (or needed) to see another one. But I can’t say I was necessarily surprised to open my mailbox the other day and find … Continue reading

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Interview: Writer/Director Paul Hough (The Human Race)

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Writer/Director Paul Hough is poised to make a big splash with the forthcoming release of his latest film, The Human Race, on June 13th. It’s a brilliant take on films like The Hunger Games (2012) & Battle Royale (2000) that takes the concept a lot further than those films did. His father, John Hough, is the director of (in my humble opinion) the greatest haunted house film ever produced, The Legend Of Hell House (1973), … Continue reading

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Film Review: Witching & Bitching (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A gang of escaping jewelry thieves get trapped by a coven of witches. REVIEW: Imagine if you will, a film that opens with a jewelry heist and the robbers are: Jesus Christ, A 6 ft tall green toy soldier, The Invisible Man, Minnie Mouse & Spongebob Squarepants. Then imagine that Jesus brings along his 10 yr old son (Who’s pretty handy with a pistol) along with him to the heist. Imagine a bit further … Continue reading

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Film Review: Willow Creek (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend – the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North America. It was there that in 1967, the legendary beast was captured on film and has terrified and mystified generations since. Keen to explore more than 50 years of truth, folklore and hoaxes, Kelly goes along for the ride to keep … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Sacrament (2014) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: A newsteam trails a man as he travels to an undisclosed location to find his missing sister. Upon entering “Eden Parish” and meeting the community’s leader, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. REVIEW: Young director Ti West has come a long way and has built up quite a reputation in the years since his first feature he directed, The Roost (2005) was released. He’s built … Continue reading

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Interview: Directors Lucky McKee/Chris Sivertson (All Cheerleaders Die)

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Director Chris Sivertson was at the helm of successful films like The Lost (2006), I Know Who Killed Me (2007) & Brawler (2011). Lucky McKee has directed The Woman (2011), Red (2008), The Woods (2006) and one of my top 10 fave films of all time, May (2006). Together they collaborated on a short called All Cheerleaders Die back in 2001 and, although it took longer than expected, they’ve finally gotten to directing a full … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Monkey’s Paw (2013)

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  SYNOPSIS: Jake is given a monkey’s paw that grants three wishes. After the first two wishes leave his friend Cobb undead, Cobb pushes Jake to make a final wish. REVIEW: Presented as more of a sequel to the short story by W.W. Jacobs rather than as a straight up re-telling, director Brett Simmons has hit a solid double with The Monkey’s Paw which features some good performances & ambiance but doesn’t seem to want … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Haunted House (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Malcolm and Kisha move into their dream home, but soon learn a demon also resides there. When Kisha becomes possessed, Malcolm -determined to keep his sex life on track – turns to a priest, a psychic, and a team of ghost-busters for help. REVIEW: The calendar year 2013 has not gotten off to a very good start for me movie wise. First I watched “John Dies At The End” which was just OK. Then … Continue reading

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Film Review: X-men: Days of Future Past (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The X-Men join forces with their younger selves in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future by sending Wolverine to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

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About The Black Saint

Those of you who don't know of The Black Saint & have yet to commit yourselves to him body, mind & soul will find yourselves in a most uncomfortable position when my army of acolytes is complete & ready to wreak havok upon this pitiful blue ball we live on. Oh, I really like horror movies as well & will take on all comers in a horror trivia contest. Bring it on!
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