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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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From the Nightshift: Interview Kris Hulbert (Director) ‘The Perfect House’

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Where did the idea of “The Perfect House” come from? The idea came from a short I wrote entitled “Dinner Guest that was very violent and packed a punch but just couldn’t be translated into a feature without watering it down. I held onto it for a while until I saw a craigslist posting for horror features and shorts. I submitted it and quickly got a response from Randy Kent explaining how much he loved … Continue reading

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Film Review: Undead (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: When an intense meteor shower covers the countryside, it spreads an incurable infection among the people of a peaceful fishing town, transforming them into flesh-eating zombies. Running for her life, a local girl named Rene finds refuge in an isolated farmhouse, where she meets four others who survived the disaster. Together, they fend off the walking dead and learn the truth about those they’re fighting. REVIEW: “Time is short. So you gotta ask yourself: … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Upcoming in the independent horror circle

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While I was vacationing from the Night Shift it kept calling me back so I really didn’t have a choice I need to write so here I am again. Not sure if it is just the lower cost of HD filming or what but Buffalo NY has gotten very busy and will keep being busy making horror films as the year goes on. I will do my best to get some interviews and pictures from … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Death Factory Bloodletting (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: “Death Factory: Bloodletting” (‘Saw’ meets ‘Grindhouse’) is a horror film about a group of online deviants who are invited to an abandoned factory to witness a “bloodletting”, an event displaying the torture and murder of an innocent person. Once inside, they soon realize that they have been lured into a trap by a self-righteous madman who uses the factory and its bloodthirsty inhabitant as his own personal version of Hell REVIEW: Directed by Sean … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kill Theory (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of college students visit a secluded vacation home to celebrate their upcoming graduation. The fun doesn’t last long when a sadistic psychopath forces them to participate in his deadly contest. The rules are simple — in order to survive they must kill each other. As tension builds, and relationships begin to crumble, they realize that only one can make it out alive. Could you trust your boyfriend? Your girlfriend? Your best friend? … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: NFTS Productions – some crispy independent frights

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I am waiting on some information from the Western New York film making community so in the meantime I decided to check out some independent works. When I was growing up horror movies was normally good for some nudity now and again. Teen age boys couldn’t see hardcore p*rn but sure could find a way to see a horror movie if there were lots of blood and topless girls. A lot of horror movies lately … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Horror primetime – that was then, this is now

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You would think that Television would be the best medium for bring scares into your living room. TV series become like people we know, the characters can be come part of our lives and everything seems intimidate. But Television hasn’t been known for its horror series or at least its successful series. We have been the red headed step child, even lower down the list than science fiction or fantasy when it came for shows to be made … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Batman sex, Superheroes and comic books

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Without the support of the fans no television series would ever survive. The small group of hard-core fans has even gone to letter writing and other shows of support to keep their show on the air. Some people know everything about a show in details that would scare the actors and producers of the show. There are web sites celebrating series and stars of these cult shows. Horror, fantasy, and science fiction fans seem to be the most dedicated … Continue reading

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From the Nighshift: Gagsters – The Movie

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From the Nightshift Gagsters:the Movie Aleksandar Ivicic Hot Iron Productions The Insomanic met up with actor/writer/director Aleksandar Ivicic the force behind the short comedy/horror film Gagsters: the Movie. The movie strongly enters the killer clown gene, which I think should have more entries as I am pretty scared of clowns. The storyline for the movie is about two brothers who are slightly more insane than should be allowed who go come across a killer dressed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Feed (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: A small Mid-western town is thrust into chaos after an airborne virus swiftly turns most of the locals into raving mad zombies with an insatiable hunger for the living! Caught amidst the epidemic is an eclectic group of survivors who’ve been hiding out in a ram- shackled farmhouse. Now running low on food, water and vital ammunition to keep the growing number of living dead at bay, they pack up their gear and set … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Interview Adam Steigert (Bitez, Gore, The Final Night and Day)

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Adam Steigert is busy editing the final cut of a zombie movie called “The Final Night and Day”. He is racing against time so the DVDs will be ready for the first screening. Adam has been heavily involved in all his movies, having shot, co-written, co-directed and edited his first two features “Bitez”, and “Gore”. He has also made two shot two shorter movies “Bitez 2: The Fever” and “The Pigman vs. Gore” (edited and … Continue reading

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