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Film Review: Red Victoria (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Talented but broke screenwriter Jim (Tony Brownrigg) reluctantly agrees to pen a horror script to raise some cash. But his inspiration comes in a very unusual form: a murderous muse named Victoria (Arianne Martin) who’s determined to give Jim a true taste of terror. As the vengeful spirit begins killing his friends one by one, Jim turns to his pal Carl (Edward Landers), a horror movie expert, for help in evicting his deadly visitor. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Noon (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: In this shoot ‘em up western horror tale, ancient demons, walking skeletons and cowboy zombies join forces to take the law down in a blaze of hellfire and brimstone. With the powers of hell at his disposal, Frank, a blood-thirsty outlaw from the old west, is resurrected to seek his revenge on the present day town of Weston. As the past collides with the present, Sheriff Logan Kane, his incompetent younger brother, Stuart, and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Halloween (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: The first flick in the trilogy from director John Carpenter, Halloween almost single-handedly invented the 1980s slasher genre. Escaped lunatic Michael Myers (no, not the Austin Powers actor) goes on a murderous baby-sitter-slaying rampage on Halloween. Only baby sitter Jamie Lee Curtis (the quintessential scream queen) and psychiatrist Donald Pleasence can stop him. REVIEW:

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Book Review: Splattered Beauty – Author Brandon Ford

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SPLATTERED BEAUTY Author Brandon Ford Published by Arctic Wolf Publishing Cover art and Design by Konnik Publication Date: 2009 Format: B&W The low budget horror movies normally mean an almost unstoppable killer (in some cases totally unstoppable) and the beautiful women who are their prey. In some movies actresses are just a body count while in others they become the “final girl” who grows during the course of the movie to be able to face … Continue reading

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Film Review: Wicked Lake (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Four beautiful coeds retreat to a mountain lake for some weekend R&R, but their holiday is shattered when four creepy admirers show up at their cabin. But when the clock strikes midnight, a mysterious power is unleashed that surprises everyone. Now it’s up to the uninvited guests to fight for their survival from the bloodthirsty beauties. Zach Passero directs this fun frightfest starring Carlee Baker, Eryn Joslyn, Eve Mauro and Robin Sydney. REVIEW: Directed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Aversion (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Aversion is an action-packed tale of a private investigator who discovers too late that the woman who he’s hired to follow…is possessed by a demon. REVIEW: “You better keep it in your pants, boy.” Dr. Cliff In what seems to be a tip of the hat to “Vertigo” a private detective (Andrew Roth) is hired to get the goods on whether a rich man’s hot wife (Melantha Blackthorne) is cheating on him. He tails … Continue reading

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Interview: Melantha Blackthorne (Death House Dolls, Sinners and Saints)

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I was able to interview the lovely and talented Melantha Blackthorne and to escape with my life afterwards. Ms. Blackthorne is a very busy actress and producer and has a large cult following. She has appeared in such movies as SINNERS & SAINTS, ORDER OF ONE, and PRISON OF THE PSYCHOTIC DAMNED. Her production company is called Robomonkey Productions. What are some of your current projects you are working on as an actress or developing … Continue reading

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Interview: Richard Lovejoy (Charred Oak, Satan Camp)

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Interview with Richard Lovejoy Actor, Writer, co-founder of Charred Oak Films What made you decide to write Satan Camp? Like all good stories about the origins of things, this starts at a bar. I was enjoying some whiskey with actor Kent Meister and director Scott Chinn, talking about this insane script I had just completed called Mosquito. That script involves bloody hordes of insects, large scale epic apocalyptic battles, body swapping (complete with totally bizarre sexual … Continue reading

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Interview: Angelina Leigh

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I was able to talk with Angelina Leigh for a few moments about her rapidly growing body of work in the horror industry. For those who are not aware of her now, and you will be soon, she is a model/actress who is currently working out of Buffalo. Her work has been seen on the silver screen as well as Playboy, which she is probably most famous for. You have appeared in quite a few … Continue reading

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Film Review: Splatter Movie (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of filmmakers shooting their latest horror movie are unaware that they’re being stalked and killed by a maniac posing as a member of the crew. REVIEW: “Oh, he came while you were filming the orgasm scene, he brought cookies…” –Stacy Filmmakers are fascinated with themselves. The film industry has told many stories about itself over the years on any number of subjects, horror included. The average audience member isn’t as interested in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Stash (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: In the backwoods of Kentucky, Bud (Kevin Taylor) operates a marijuana-growing operation from his house. When he catches a pair of crooks trying to make off with his valuable stash, Bud forces them into a dangerous game they may not survive. Debbie Rochon, Billy W. Blackwell and Chris Begley co-star in this highly disturbing horror movie about drugs, kidnapping and brutal torture. Jacob Ennis directs. REVIEW: Directed by Jacob Ennis written by Jacob Ennis … Continue reading

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Film Review: Red Mist (aka Freak Dog) (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: A young doctor decides to test an experimental drug on a man who’s been languishing in a coma, and the procedure has unexpected consequences: Although the man’s body remains rooted to his hospital bed, his spirit can move around at will. Now, the crazed patient can inhabit unsuspecting bystanders and force them to exact his revenge. First on his list? The meddling medical students responsible for his comatose condition. REVIEW: ‘Freakdog!, Freakdog! Freakdog!” –Wasted … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Gore film log

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I am not only a columnist, sometime reviewer and hair club for men president but an actor as well. Working in the no budget world gives you a different view of movies. People are hard at work making movies for thousands rather than millions. People pack lunches or carry lights when not acting. It is filming at the most basic level. Some of the movies never get out of their home town or if they … Continue reading

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‘SinEaters’ – Hits post production!

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“Cthulhu Blues Productions (based in Arkansas) and Crow-Nan Productions (based in New York) have wrapped principle photography on their latest feature film collaboration ‘Sineaters’, a dark action story of violence and redemption. Principle photography occurred in the city of Conway, Arkansas. Sean-Michael Argo directed this Bekah Kelso script, with cinematography by Leo Smith. Post-production is presently underway. Sineaters is the story of a lone drifter who has come to the end of a violent and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ghosts of Goldfield (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of five led by Julie set up their filming equipment in the hotel of the derelict town of Goldfield, hoping to capture footage of the ghost of Elisabeth Walker, a maid tortured and killed in room 109. Troubled by visions, Julie discovers that a necklace, handed down to her from her grandmother, is somehow connecting her to this tragedy. REVIEW: This place is doing things to us” ~~Chad Directed by Ed Winfield … Continue reading

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Film Review: Habit (1997)

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SYNOPSIS: In this stark vampire film, the near-alcoholic Sam (Larry Fessenden) meets the hauntingly beautiful Anna (Meredith Snaider) at a Greenwich Village, N.Y., costume party — and then she promptly disappears. Sam becomes obsessed with the woman, abandoning his friends when they need him the most — most notably his pal Larry (Jesse Hartman), who had a fling with a similarly mysterious girl and now appears sickly and pale. REVIEW: “Actually, I’m committing suicide on … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Horror of the Shade – Author Peter Meredith

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THE HORROR OF THE SHADE On a warm summer night, death comes for Gayle Jern. It comes unheralded and like all of us, she is unprepared. Her mind is on her family’s recent move to a new home and she is happily filled with the promise of a new beginning. However, promises were made to be broken. In one terrifying night, Gayle must find within her a desperate courage to face the Horror of the … Continue reading

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From the NightShift: ‘Snow Shark’ – exclusive with Sam Qualiana

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Sam Qualiana, was one of last years winners of the Buffalo Screams Film Festival “Filmmakers to Watch Award” for his submission “No Road Out”, a crime drama. Sam has been very busy producing short films, for example “Swamp Squad of the Dead”, “Like Icarus, Quickly Falling”, “Toxic Hoppers” among many more. Originally he had decided to remake one of his movies “Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Shark”as a short movie but found that when he announced … Continue reading

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Film Review: Scar (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Joan Burrows (Bettis) returns to her hometown for her niece’s graduation, only to be confronted by the serial killer she thought she offed years ago — after he kidnapped and tormented her and her best friend. REVIEW: Directed by Jed Weintrob Written by Zack Ford Starring Angela Bettis, Brittney Wilson, Ben Cotton. Another in the long line of Saw like torture p*rn movies. The gimmick is that the killer tortures you in front of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tomb of the Blind Dead (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: In the 13th century, evil knights known as the Templars — who sought eternal life by drinking human blood — were executed and left exposed so that birds could peck out their eyes. But when a group of people in 1970s Portugal stumble on the knights’ abandoned monastery, they unleash their rotting corpses to terrorize the land. This chilling film is the first installment of writer-director Amando de Ossorio’s four-part horror masterpiece. REVIEW: La … Continue reading

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Film Review: Slime City Massacre (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: In the wake of a “dirty bomb” attack, a New York City neighborhood known as “Slime City” has been evacuated, except for the homeless (“displaced refugees”). Four squatters searching for food in the ruins of the Zachary Devon Soup Kitchen discover a supply of mysterious wine. When they drink the wine, they are transformed into hideous slime creatures driven to murder – an intermediate step as they are possessed by the spirits of cultists … Continue reading

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