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Film Review: You’re Next (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. REVIEW: An unexpected mélange of “The Strangers“, “Straw Dogs“ and “Home Alone“, director Adam Wingard’s “You’re Next” is one of the most bracing and exciting films of the year! As written by Simon Barrett, it tells the story of an anniversary celebration gone terribly … Continue reading

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Film Review: Do Not Disturb (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Holed up in a seedy hotel, Hollywood screenwriter Don Malek is writing about a bloodthirsty serial killer but he’s doing all of the research himself, by actually committing the murders! REVIEW: I’m just gonna come out and say it, “Do Not Disturb” is one of the oddest movies I’ve seen this year. A really strange amalgamation of a serial killer flick and a character drama that feels like it’s being made up as it … Continue reading

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Interview: Steven C. Miller – Director (Under The Bed)

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In 2005, immediately after graduating film school at Full Sail University, Steven C. Miller moved from Florida to Hollywood where he and two close friends raised the money to fund his feature film debut. “Automaton Transfusion” The no-budget cult phenomenon (which Miller also wrote and edited) was shot in 9 days and had a budget of under 30k. In October 2007, “Automaton Transfusion” premiered at the “ScreamFest” horror festival at the famous Mann’s Chinese Theater. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hands Of The Ripper (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen years later she is a troubled young woman who is seemingly possessed by the spirit of her father. She continues his murderous killing spree subconsciously but has no recollection of the events afterwards as they are triggered by either bright lights or certain physical movements. A sympathetic psychiatrist is convinced he can cure her … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Conjuring (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives. REVIEW: James Wan has come a long way from “Saw” (2004), a long way indeed. Although he’s already established himself as a true master of the genre since then with films like “Dead Silence” (2007) & … Continue reading

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Film Review: Pacific Rim (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. REVIEW: I cannot begin to describe the excitement I felt as this film got closer to it’s release date. As a certified (Some would say “Certifiable”) Ultraman/Gigantor geek of the highest order there is nothing that … Continue reading

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Film Review: 23:59 (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: An army recruit was found dead during a 24km road march. After the death of the recruit, strange things began to happen, haunting all the soldiers in the barracks. REVIEW: Originally released in Singapore a few years ago, writer/director Gilbert Chan’s “23:59″ is just arriving on our shores thanks to the good people at Magnet Releasing and while it’s not the scariest flick I’ve seen this year it still managed to raise a hair … Continue reading

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Film Review: Malibu Shark Attack (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: When a tsunami floods Malibu, it brings with it a hunting pack of deep-water, prehistoric goblin sharks that go after the lifeguards in their half-submerged station on stilts and a team of construction workers stranded in a flooded house. REVIEW: Originally airing on the SYFY channel a few years back Malibu Shark Attack is one of many films that just makes you wonder what substances were being ingested by the cast & crew as … Continue reading

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Interview: Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska Part 2 (American Mary)

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Interview: Directors Jen & Sylvia Soska Part 2 (American Mary) The Black Saint can be such a klutz sometimes! The tape recorder that I used to record my interview with the fabulous Soska twins, Jen and Sylvia, had mysteriously vanished before I could completely document our entire discussion. I held out as long as I could but I had to eventually submit the interview incomplete but today the little vanishing micro recorder suddenly turned up … Continue reading

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Film Review: Birdemic 2: The Resurrection (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A platoon of eagles and vultures attack Hollywood, California. Why do the eagles and vultures attack? And who will survive?

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Film Review: World War Z (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

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Interview: Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary)

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Jen and Sylvia Soska are twin sisters who kick all kinds of cinematic ass! Having been involved in acting since they were kids they have been in the film business for a long time and after having funding pulled from a film project that they were working on while in film school they simply forged ahead and finished it on their own with their own money. The resulting short film got them a lot of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Man Of Steel (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. REVIEW: It’s been seven years since Hollywood attempted to resuscitate Superman and bring him … Continue reading

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Film Review: Black Rock (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival. REVIEW: Feeling a whole lot like a female version of “DELIVERANCE”, Director (& star) Katie Aselton’s “BLACK ROCK” tries very hard to separate itself from the standard “Women in Distress” film that you’re more than familiar with already. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sin Reaper (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Young Samantha Walker has been tortured by nightmarish visions for years. With the help of Dr. Hoffman, she faces her unknown past by taking his advice and traveling to Germany where she begins to seek out the true roots of her ancestral past. Her journey leads to a former German convent and after she breaks in to the convent at night her life becomes a horrible struggle as a masked monk starts the merciless … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sexcula (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman inherits a mansion and discovers a centuries old diary which details the exploits of Dr. Fellatingstein, who has created a man to satisfy her insatiable desires but he doesn’t seem up to the task. She summons a relative, Countess Sexula, to assist her in her quest for sexual satisfaction. Oh yeah…there’s an ape in here as well. REVIEW: What did I do? All I did was say “Sure” to a request … Continue reading

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Interview: Kane Hodder (Hatchet III) (2013)

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   If the name Kane Hodder isn’t familiar to you then you’re probably looking at the wrong website. Kane has been involved in the film business since 1974 as a extra and performing stunts on film since 1977. But it was in 1988 that his name became memorable to horror fans worldwide when he took on the role of Jason Voorhees in “FRIDAY THE 13th PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD”. His singular take on Jason … Continue reading

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Interview: BJ McDonnell – Director (Hatchet III)

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One of Hollywood’s finest cameramen, BJ McDonnell has worked on blockbuster films such as “BATTLE L.A.” (2011), “THE LORDS OF SALEM” (2012), “ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER” (2012), “JACK REACHER” (2013) & “STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS” (2013). He’s also worked as the camera operator on director Adam Green’s first two “HATCHET” films (2006/2010) which made him the perfect choice to helm the third entry in the series, “HATCHET III”, which sees release this week in theaters … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hatchet III (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and Marybeth learns the secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades. REVIEW: The last time we saw Victor Crowley he had a problem with his face, it was blasted away! That was how “HATCHET II” had ended, with Marybeth (Danielle Harris) having shot off Victor’s mug in … Continue reading

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TV Review: The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season (1960/2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Rod Serling’s seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished. REVIEW: THE TWILIGHT ZONE remains television’s most treasured anthology program. The brainchild of writer and narrator Rod Serling — inspired by the pulp comics, novels and sci-fi films of his youth — the series introduced its own special brand of weirdness … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Purge (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. REVIEW: I first heard of this film 2-3 months ago and I distinctly remember thinking what an absolutely awful idea it was for a film. Then again, the idea of an ancient Indian Medicine man reincarnating himself thru the back of Susan Strasberg’s neck (THE MANITOU) makes … 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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