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R.I.P. Michael J. Hein

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It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Michael J. Hein, director/screenwriter & director of the NYC Horror Film Festival. Details are scarce but it has been reported that he passed away in his sleep over the weekend. I met Michael last fall at the NYC Horror Film Festival. I had only been writing for horrornews.net for a few months when I was asked if I was interested in covering the … Continue reading

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Film Review: 2010: Moby Dick (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A modern adaptation of the classic novel of the captain of a high tech submarine and his obsessive quest to destroy the enormous prehistoric whale that maimed him. REVIEW: Happy Thanksgiving to all of my faithful readers! It pleases me no end to know that a couple of my acolytes might be reading what I’ve got in store for you on this day of giving thanks. What am I, The Black Saint, giving thanks … Continue reading

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Film Review: Priest (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. REVIEW: Once again The Black Saint has seen fit to stop by & give his opinion on the latest films playing at your local bijou. It seems like ages since I’ve posted anything, but in actuality it’s only been a little more than a week. I was lucky enough to attend the Creation “Weekend Of Horrors” in L.A. this past … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hamiltons (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: Four young adult siblings try to fend for themselves after the mysterious death of their parents. But they harbor some dark secrets which include abducting and killing strangers… REVIEW: Directed by The Butcher Brothers, “The Hamiltons” at first glance reminded me a lot of “An American Family”. Remember that one kiddies? It was basically the first reality show & featured the daily going on’s of the Loud family. It pretty much ruined their lives … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sucker Punch (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her & her friends escape from the facility. REVIEW: The Black Saint has a lot of respect for Zack Snyder, I really do. First , he remakes a genre standard “Dawn Of The Dead” & turns it into a winner. Then He goes & turns Frank Miller’s “300” into … Continue reading

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Interview: Director Scott Glosserman (Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon)

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For years film studios have occasionally released films to a small number of theaters for a week or two in preparation for their DTV release. There are many reasons why this (still) occurs, the studio doesn’t have any faith in the film & wants to make a quick buck & possibly even get a good review or two for the DVD cover. Or the studio realizes it has a total bomb on it’s hands & … Continue reading

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Special Screening Event in L.A.

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Amongst my many frien…I mean Fiends are the people at FANGORIA magazine. A magazine I know all of you are familiar with. I heard about a event coming up in L.A. & thought my West Coast Acolytes might want to attend as it sounds like it’s going to be a blast! Listen up folks!! FANGORIA hosts LA screening night with “INSIDIOUS” creators James Wan & Leigh Whannell FANGORIA will present a free screening of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A hobo turned vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with a pump-action shotgun while trying to save the life of a prostitute. REVIEW: The town is called “Hope Town”. Or at least it was before the “Hope” was painted over with “Scum” instead. This is where our titular Hobo hops off of a train looking to make collect some cans to cash in for change as he decides to save … Continue reading

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Film Review: Brain Damage (1988)

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SYNOPSIS:Poor Brian…a young man who has it all only to find that a centuries old creature that lives with an elderly couple in his building has something he doesn’t have. Something Brian doesn’t even know he wants…yet. Once he experiences it, he becomes insatiable & the only way to get more of it is to feed the creature the one thing it craves…human brains. REVIEW: The Black Saint has such fond memories of the year … Continue reading

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Film Review: Green Lantern (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Test pilot Hal Jordan is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with super powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron whose job it is to battle evil within the universe. REVIEW: Over the last few days The Black Saint has been hearing nothing but negative comments regarding “Green Lantern“. I begrudge no one their opinions of course but I had high hopes for this one & they were being dashed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Seconds Apart (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Seth and Jonah are twins born with a dangerous ability, They can influence people’s minds & make them see things that aren’t there. Things start to spiral out of their control as their classmates end up dying in twisted and bizarre ways. The police suspect them. But, jealousy begins to divide them and soon they can no longer trust each other. Leading up to a horrific battle against themselves. REVIEW: The “After Dark originals” … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fertile Ground (2010)

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SYNOPSIS:  A young couple leave the city for the rural comfort of the husbands ancestral home in the country. Once there, his wife is plagued by horrifying visions and haunted by the ghosts inhabiting their isolated new home. REVIEW: There are so many stories that are just retold in movieland these days. I suppose it’s always been that way, especially in the horror genre. Originality & horror are two words that (Very rarely) go together. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Killer Yacht Party (2006)

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SYNOPSIS:  This is one VIP list you don’t want to be on! LA club people have a ‘killer’ party on a private yacht, except the boat is haunted by the original owner Samantha who died on the maiden voyage. REVIEW: This will probably be the shortest review that The Black Saint will ever write. I’ve seen a whole bunch of movies in my lifetime. Some good ones..some bad ones & some that straddle the line … Continue reading

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Film Review: Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles. REVIEW: The Black Saint is a reasonable saint. I am willing to ignore stupid dialogue & plot holes big enough to drive the space shuttle through if the movie is enjoyable. There are lots of “Bad” good movies, you know what I mean. Movies that are bad but enjoyable enough to warrant paying whatever your local bijou is charging for admission. Much … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Frankenstein Syndrome (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of researchers conducting illegal stem cell research discover a cell anomaly that has the potential to regenerate dead tissue. Unable to conduct legal human trials, the researchers turn to corpses to test their serum. REVIEW: As I looked at the title of this film I thought to myself “Oh crap, my editor just sent me another dud”. I mean really…”The Frankenstein Syndrome”? It just sounds cheesy…super duper cheesy actually. Let me take … Continue reading

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Film Review: Super 8 (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon. REVIEW: You know, when The Black Saint attends movie screenings, he usually attends private ones in small 30-40 seat screening rooms. I abhor waiting in line for anything. Usually the line leads to me and it’s filled with acolytes seeking absolution. … Continue reading

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Film Review: We Are The Night (2010)

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SYNOPSIS:  A centuries old vampire falls in love with a scruffy pickpocket & transforms her into a creature of the night. REVIEW: Ok, here we are. “Where are we” you ask? Well acolytes, we are in the “Twilight Zone”. I don’t mean the classic Rod Serling series of the 60’s though, I wish it were that easy. No, I mean the pithy, sugary sweet & unfathomably (to me) popular series of “Twilight” films, all stemming … Continue reading

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Film Review: Exorcismus (The Possession of Emma Evans) (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A family allows their young daughter’s exorcism to be recorded secretly. REVIEW: You know acolytes, I think I’ve made it clear in the past that if there is one thing The Black Saint doesn’t like to watch are films that deal with Satanic possessions. Ever since the summer of 73′ when I first viewed “The Exorcist” (the only time I’ve seen it, I might add) I have avoided films of this ilk. Some scars … Continue reading

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Film Review: Vanishing On 7th Street (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: When a massive power outage plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, a disparate group of individuals find themselves alone. The entire city’s population has vanished into thin air, leaving behind heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. Soon the daylight begins to disappear completely, and as the survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, they realize the darkness is out to get them, and only their rapidly diminishing light sources can … Continue reading

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Latin Horror: Cinco De Miedo

The Black Saint was lucky enough to be in attendance last night for an evening of horror shorts. All of them either written, produced or directed by Latinos. Subtitled “Cinco De Miedo (a nice take on Cinco De Mayo), The event was held at the Anthology Film Archives on the lower East side of Manhattan & featured a nice selection of shorts followed by a feature. The whole event was put together by Edwin Pagan … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Green Hornet (2011)

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  SYNOPSIS: Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team. REVIEW: Hey, hey people! The Black Saint & all of his acolytes hope the new year has been good & grisly to each & every one of you. Despite my extremely busy schedule (gathering new worshippers, punishing those who aren’t on the bandwagon as … 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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