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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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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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Film Review: Rosemary’s Baby (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life. REVIEW: I’d love to know who the genius was at NBC who decided that a made for television remake of Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby“ was a good idea. I don’t mean the names on the credits of the film … Continue reading

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Film Review: Godzilla (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. REVIEW: It’s indeed a daunting task for anyone besides the good folks at Toho Studios to want to take on a new Godzilla film, especially after the abomination that Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version turned out to be. It’s even more daunting when the only other film you’ve directed was a no budget potboiler that … Continue reading

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Interview: Sianoa Smit-McPhee (All Cheerleaders Die)

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Actress Sianoa (Pronounced “Sha-No-Ah“) Smit-McPhee has been acting since she was a child and has appeared on various TV shows like Criminal Minds, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Hung and the extremely popular Australian series, Neighbors. Seemingly born to be an actor (Her dad & younger brother are also actors), she’s also appeared in films like Firelight (2012), Touchback (2011) and her latest release, All Cheerleaders Die, which will be available on VOD on May, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wer (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A defense attorney begins to suspect that her client, who is charged with the murders of a vacationing family, might be more than meets the eye. REVIEW: Although this is subject to debate, there hasn’t been a good werewolf movie in decades in my slightly skewered opinion. There are those of you reading this who’ll immediately bring up the usual suspects, films like An American Werewolf In London & The Howling (Both 1981), some … Continue reading

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Film Review: Piggy (2012) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: Joe, a mild mannered young man is bored by his life. When his beloved brother is murdered Joe finds solace in Piggy, one of his brother’s old friends. As their friendship grows, Joe finds himself in an increasingly dangerous and murky world of violence and revenge. When Joe’s life collapses around him, he starts to question who Piggy really is, and how honest he’s really been with him. When Joe confronts Piggy a series … Continue reading

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Film Review: All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle. REVIEW: If it wasn’t obvious before then it’s plain to see now, Lucky McKee likes to make films with strong, really strong female characters. His outstanding directorial debut, May (2002) is one of my favorite films of all time … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Amazing Spider Man 2 (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: It’s great to be Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price, only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorker’s from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro, Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, Peter comes to … Continue reading

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Interview: Caity Lotz (The Machine, The Pact)

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Actress Caity Lotz should be no stranger to fans of genre entertainment. She’s currently playing the dual role of Sarah Lance/Black Canary on TV’s ARROW and has appeared in 2012’s well regarded “The Pact“. She’s also appeared in “Bring It On: All Or Nothing” (2006) & “Battle Of The Year” (2013). Currently she’s got the title role in the latest film from director Caradog W. James, “The Machine“. I managed to snag her for a … Continue reading

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Film Review: EvilSpeak (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A military cadet who happens to be a social outcast taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer. REVIEW:

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Interview: John Jarratt (Wolf Creek 2)

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Here are some things I’ll bet you didn’t know about John Jarratt. He graduated from NIDA (The Australian National Drama School) in 1973. He co-hosted a television show called Better Homes And Gardens with his then wife, Noni Hazelhurst, from their home in the mid 90’s. He was Quentin Tarantino’s first choice to play Stuntman Bob in Death Proof (2007), but Robert Rodriguez urged QT to cast Kurt Russell instead. Tarantino ended up writing a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alien Abduction (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina. REVIEW: I was in a particularly good mood before I sat down to watch Alien Abduction, another entry in the found footage canon of films that I abhor so mightily. And why was I in a good mood you ask? Because I had watched a film called Afflicted a few days earlier and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-shooter Mick Taylor. REVIEW: Back in 2005, director Greg McLean told us the story of Mick Taylor and his predilection for slaughtering tourists who happened to wander near his home in Wolf Creek. The first film was a taut, nerve wracking exercise in horror that left audiences stunned at its brutality. Here we are nearly … 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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