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Film Review: Raze (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In order to protect their families, a group of abducted women are forced to fight each other to the death using their bare hands. REVIEW: In an underground chamber a group of kidnapped women are forced to fight each other to the death to protect their loved ones from being murdered. If they win their fights then they (& their loved ones) live to see another day. But if they lose (& die) then … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hell Baby (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican’s elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby. REVIEW: How come nobody told me that 2013 was the year for bad horror film spoofs? We got the putrid “A Haunted House” at the beginning of the year and then “Scary Movie V” stunk up theaters nationwide a few months ago, now comes … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. REVIEW: Why oh why did the “Spider-Man” franchise need a reboot? Was “Spider-Man 3” really that bad? Is the recent success of Marvel franchises like Iron Man, Thor & Captain America responsible for the reasoning here? I haven’t got a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A depressed musician reunites with his lover, but their romance which has already endured several centuries is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. REVIEW: A new Jim Jarmusch film is cause for excitement for fans who like his extremely laid back, no rush style of film making. Before I go any further with this review let me state that I’m not one of those fans. I did enjoy Ghost Dog (1999), … Continue reading

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Film Review: Into The Storm (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton. REVIEW: The Black Saint has a tradition that has come to bite me in the ass in recent years. What I’ve done since I was 16 years old is see whatever movie opens on my birthday. This has led me to see some delightful films that I never would’ve thought to watch otherwise (The Spongebob … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Possession Of Michael King (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Michael King doesn’t believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, he decides to make a film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment, allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him, in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have … Continue reading

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Interview: C.J.Thomason (Aftermath) (2014)

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Actor C.J. Thomason has come a long way in the last few years. From his debut in The Brotherhood 2: Young Warlocks (2001) to last year’s The Monkey’s Paw, he’s made his face one that’s recognizable & getting more & more familiar with each role he takes on. Currently he can be seen in the just released Aftermath, a truly dark and unforgiving tale of a group of people, from different walks of life, who … Continue reading

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Film Review: Septic Man (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A sewage worker gets trapped inside a septic tank during a water contamination crisis and undergoes a hideous transformation. To escape, he must team up with a docile Giant and confront the murdering madman known as Lord Auch.

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Film Review: Ginger Snaps (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: One of the Fitzgerald sisters, suburban goth girl outcasts, gets bitten by something in the woods (and it ain’t a neighborhood dog). REVIEW: What do lycanthropy & menstruation have in common? An odd question for sure but as presented in the film “Ginger Snaps”, the answer is pretty damn scary. It’s been a dog’s age (Pun unintended) since I’ve seen this flick and I forgot how great it is. The plot tells the story … Continue reading

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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.  As the film begins, Chin Sio-Ho (Of 1985’s … Continue reading

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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: 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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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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