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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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Film Review: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. REVIEW: OK…I was one of the select few who actually kinda dug the first “Ghost Rider“ film from a few years back. I thought that film was fun in a stupid kinda way & definitely delivered the goods in terms of action & special effects. The story was ridiculous but seriously, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Home Movie (2008)

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  SYNOPSIS:  In the woods of upstate New York live the Poe family. They have a seemingly idyllic lifestyle but all is not what it seems. As the father slowly begins to realize as he documents the family’s day to day life on home video, his children aren’t as perfect as he thinks them to be. In fact, they are evil personified. David, along with his wife Clare have to find a way to stop … Continue reading

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Film Review: Thor (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. REVIEW: By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth! It’s a beautiful day outside..the Sun is shining brightly, the skies are Blue & the air is cool. I hate days like this. So what do I do? I go to the only place where … Continue reading

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Film Review: Frankenweenie (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Young Victor Frankenstein conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. REVIEW: For those of us who dig animated films in the horror genre have been blessed as of late. Last month we were treated to “ParaNorman“, last week we got “Hotel Transylvania” & last Friday we got “Frankenweenie” which is Tim Burton’s second release this year (“Dark Shadows” was released a … Continue reading

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NYC Horror Film Festival Returns For 2012!

It is my sincerest honor to help spread the word about the return of the NYC Horror Film Festival! Back & better than ever this year it will be featuring some very special guests in attendance in addition to the best in independent horror shorts and features which will all be in competition for the coveted “Best of” awards. Ahh..what the hell is wrong with me? Special guests? These ain’t no special guests , These … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beast Within (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: 17 years after being brutally raped & impregnated by a creature on her honeymoon, Caroline MacCleary’s son is changing into something…but why and more importantly…what? REVIEW: Oh yeah, The Black Saint remembers the build up before this one was released way back in 82′. The tagline was “We dare you to watch the last 30 minutes of this film without screaming, covering your eyes, or running from your seat” Now how could anyone who … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Heat (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Roger Mortis and Doug Bigelow are cops that are dead serious when it comes to catching criminals. But when the criminals they’re chasing are already dead…things get complicated to say the least. REVIEW: In the tried and true tradition of “48 Hours”, “Tango & Cash” & any buddy cop movie you can come up with comes “Dead Heat”, the story of a pair of detectives who are also best friends. Detectives Roger Mortis (Treat … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hotel Transylvania (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter. REVIEW: As we get closer to Oct. 31st & our favorite holiday, we get a few more horror films released into theaters for our entertainment. Most are not for children but this year they get a ghoulish treat from Sony Pictures called “Hotel Transylvania” and after … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cujo (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: A friendly St. Bernard named “Cujo” contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a mother and her asthmatic son. REVIEW: There was a time when it seemed like everything Stephen King put to paper was turned into either a television mini series or a feature film, and I mean everything. “Cujo” was one of his earlier successes, a novel about a beloved St. Bernard that gets bitten by a rabid bat and … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them. REVIEW: Throughout the 80’s and well into the 90’s the production team of Menahem Golan & Yoram Globus were quite familiar to genre fans worldwide. Their company, The Cannon Group, was responsible for quite a few horror/sci-fi/fantasy/action films during this period. They even won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1986 for their Dutch production of a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dredd 3D (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its … Continue reading

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Film Review: Breathless (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Lorna & her best friend Tiny suspect that Lorna’s ex con husband Dale was responsible for a robbery and demand to know where he’s hidden the $100,000 bounty. Unfortunately for all of them, sheriff Emmitt Cooley has the same notion and he’s waiting just outside of their trailer home for a search warrant to enter the premises and investigate for himself. REVIEW: “Breathless“? What the hell is this? Did my evil editor finally snap … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hombre Y Tierra (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Mauro Bosque explores some of the most dangerous places in the world and sharing those adventures on his Internet reality show, HOMBRE Y TIERRA. In January of 2005 he sought out to explore the dense forests of Belize to search for a series of legendary caves which he believes were once home to a clan of historic Mayan warriors. While on that excursion, he disappeared without a trace. What happened during that three day … Continue reading

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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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