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Film Review: John Dies at the End (2012)

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SYNOPSIS A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion? REVIEW: It’s a brand new year and with it comes new hope for some better horror films to quench my thirst for blood, guts, mayhem & nubile young women being chased by monsters, psychos, slashers…take your pick. And the first film … Continue reading

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Film Review: House at the End of the Street (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A mother and daughter move to a new town and find themselves living next door to a house where a young girl murdered her parents. When the daughter befriends the surviving son, she learns the story is far from over. REVIEW: “House At The End Of The Street” (HATEOTS from now on) has a really generic 70’s grindhouse kind of title and I was thoroughly convinced it was going to be a turkey, giblets … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Possession (Dibbuk Box) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child. REVIEW: It’s something of a dare for The Black Saint to sit through any films that deal with demonic possession. I was subjected to “The Exorcist” at the tender age of 9 and my psyche … Continue reading

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The Black Saint’s Ten Best Films Of 2012 (And a few that really sucked…)

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I know. I know that it’s been a while since you’ve seen anything new here on HNN from your pal The Black Saint. I hear the cries from the huddled masses…”WHY HAVE YOU SO FORSAKEN US”? My loyal acolytes were left on a ship with no rudder for awhile and for that I must apologize. Apparently the tendons in my hands aren’t in as good a shape as they should be & I had to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Total Recall (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. REVIEW: Colin Farrell is once again the star in a remake of a film that didn’t need to be remade. Last year it was “Fright Night” which really … Continue reading

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Interview: Patrick Rea – Director (Nailbiter)

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Film director Patrick Rea has been operating under the radar for a while now. He has been directing features & shorts exclusively in the state of Kansas where he lives. But with the upcoming release of his latest feature “Nailbiter”, He’s not going to be under the radar much longer! Horrornews has described “Nailbiter” as “An independent gem definitely worth checking out” and I think that’s small praise for what was a really exciting film … Continue reading

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Film Review: Waxwork (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Come one, come all to the mysterious waxwork museum that’s come to town! A special showing will be taking place at midnight tonight and you are invited! Just remember, you can step inside the hall of horrors but can you pay the price…? REVIEW: A crazy mash-up of quite a few horror classics linked together by a story that puts them all under one roof, Director Anthony Hickox hits a solid double with “Waxwork“. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1992)

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SYNOPSIS: The saga continues as Duane recovers from his delusional breakdown to find his freakish basket-bound brother Belial will soon become a father. But not everything is joyous as the once tight knit brothers no longer seem to trust each other. REVIEW: Filmed back to back with “Basket Case 2″, director Frank Henenlotter’s third entry of the franchise picks up exactly where the second one left us. Namely with poor Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck) re-attaching … Continue reading

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Film Review: Bloody Christmas (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Police are searching for a child murderer in a small town. Meanwhile Rich Tague a former 80’s action movie star, is attempting to figure out the meaning of Christmas as he plays Santa on a Public Access T.V show & at the local mall. He fantasizes about murdering everyone that has crossed him. Can he resist his sinister urge to slay innocents on Christmas? REVIEW: I’m not all that much a fan of Christmas … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beyond The Grave (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: In a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus absolute evil. REVIEW: Sounds like a pretty good movie from that there synopsis doesn’t it? Makes ya wanna rush to wherever you pilfer your movies from (Come on…you know who you are) and watch this bad boy don’t it? Well do … Continue reading

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Film Review: Carl Panzram: The Spirit Of Hatred And Revenge (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The true story of lifelong criminal and serial killer, Carl Panzram who wrote his autobiography for a jail guard in 1928. REVIEW: The quality of the films I get to review for this fine website amaze me to no end. One day I’ll get the cinematic equivalent of bilge water (“Panman“) and then I’ll get something like this little flick which, upon reading the title, I just knew was going to be awful. Instead … Continue reading

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Film Review: Panman (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A demon chef murders culinary students one by bloody one. REVIEW: Sometimes I get a new movie to review and I just bemoan my very existence as I’m forced to watch it (There are far too many to mention here). Sometimes I get lucky and I get to screen a new movie that isn’t, all things being considered, half bad (Not enough of those to mention now. Wait for my “Top 10″ list at … Continue reading

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Film Review: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets. REVIEW: Before The Black Saint gets to the meat & potatoes of this review, I wanna tell you about my son (It’s pertinent people. Just read.) Lil’ Saint III is 9 going on 10. He starts 5th grade in the fall (Accelerated class, natch). He reads on a college level … Continue reading

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Event Review: 2012 NYC Horror Film Festival: Day One

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New York City has had a bad couple of weeks. Both Hurricane Sandy & Nor’easter Athena unleashed their wrath on the city & it’s five boroughs. But the late Michael J. Hein’s dream of NYC having it’s own horror film festival lives on despite mother nature’s best efforts to thwart it. The combined efforts of some very dedicated people have brought the festival back after a year off and it’s bigger and better than ever! … Continue reading

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Film Review: Supernatural Activity (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A Paranormal Spooftacular! REVIEW: I had just seen the trailer for what looked to be an amazingly unfunny film called “A Haunted House” starring the amazingly unfunny Wayans Bros last week. The film is to be a spoof on “Paranormal Activity” & it’s ilk and I realized that there hasn’t (To my knowledge) been any spoofs on the “PA” series released at all, perhaps that’s a good thing. But lo & behold! What did … Continue reading

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Interview: Chris Alexander (Blood For Irina, Fangoria)

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That’s right…it says Director up there in the title. Although he’s perhaps better known as the current editor in chief of FANGORIA magazine Chris Alexander has dipped his toes in all sorts of different media over the years. He was the resident film critic on Canada’s “The John Oakley Show”, he wrote the “Schizoid Cinephile” column for Canadian horror mag “Rue Morgue”, authored “Chris Alexander’s Blood Splattered Book” in 2010, composed & released music (On … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghostbusters 2 (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business. REVIEW: The monstrous success of “Ghostbusters” in 1984 guaranteed that a sequel would be put on a fast track to get made. Columbia pictures put immediate pressure on original writers Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis to script a sequel as quickly as possible. Pressure was also put on director Ivan Reitman … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghostbusters (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

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Film Review: The Fly 2 (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: The almost human son of “The Fly” searches for a cure to his mutated genes while being monitored by a nefarious corporation that wish to continue his father’s experiments. REVIEW: David Cronenberg’s “The Fly” (1986) is (In my opinion) the greatest film of his storied career. A perfect melding of science fiction and horror which surprisingly, also works as a tragic love story. A true benchmark of the genre & a critically lauded film … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in. REVIEW: It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years since the first “Paranormal Activity” film graced movie screens nationwide. I remember seeing it on opening day & thinking that it wouldn’t be around too long, especially since there were only 8 people in … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Fly (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. REVIEW: “Be Afraid. Be very afraid” So went the tagline to director David Cronenberg’s “The Fly”, more a re-imagining than a remake of the original 1958 shocker. I remember seeing the posters for this film all over back in 86′ and the excitement I felt as I bought a ticket and saw it … Continue reading

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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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