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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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Interview: Greg Lamberson (Slime City, Slime City Massacre)

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WHO: Greg Lamberson WHAT: Director “Slime City”, “Slime City Massacre” Greg Lamberson Interview – 05.18.09 The Insomniac was able to hunt down and tie down Greg Lamberson for a few minutes to have a little chat. Greg Lamberson is the director/writer of the cult horror movies “Slime City”, Undying Love (New York Vampire), Naked Fear and the writer of such horrorifying tales of fiction “Johnny Gruesome”, “Personal Demons” and nonfiction “Cheap Scares”. What drew you … Continue reading

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Film Review: Doomed to Consume (2006)

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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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Film Review: Dog Soldiers (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: In Neil Marshal’s directorial debut, a squad of soldiers is sent out on what should have been a routine military exercise in the wilds of Scotland. But the excursion turns into a waking nightmare when Sgt. Harry Wells (Sean Pertwee) and his men discover the bloody corpses of Capt. Richard Ryan’s (Liam Cunningham) battalion. As the sun goes down, the soldiers are tracked by a pack of werewolves determined to feast on their flesh. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Diary of The Dead (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: While filming a low-budget horror film, Jason (Joshua Close) and his film school friends hear news reports of zombie sightings. As the living dead close in on the film crew, Jason seizes the opportunity to add real blood and guts to his movie. Meanwhile the American government promises to stop the violent uprising, but the relentless zombies gain an advantage by wiping out all forms of communication with the outside world. REVIEW: “I’m just … Continue reading

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From the NightShift: ‘Decayed’ with Director Emil Novak

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From the Nightshift – Emil Novak “Decayed” The Insomanic caught up with Emil Novak and got an update on the movie he is currently working on. The movie is called “Decayed” and involves a plot line full of zombies and desperate human fighting for survival. The story focuses on the evil that men do in times of trouble. What gave you the idea for “Decayed?” The idea was to make follow feature movie up to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lowlife Underdogs – Author Dustin LaValley

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Lowlife Underdogs Author Dustin LaValley Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press Cover design: Chris Williams Book design: Jennifer Barnes 146 Pages I grew up reading short stories as part of anthologies and reading them in magazines. I think I was used to seeing the classic formats for the way stories were developed. Fiction has changed over the last 30 years and often I think I am a throw back. Often new stories to me don’t … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midnight Call and The Other stories – Author Jonathan Thomas

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Midnight Call and The Other stories Author Jonathan Thomas Published by Hippocampus Press Cover art by David C. Verba. Cover design by Barbara Briggs Silbert 258 Pages I feel that writing about writing often reveals more about the reviewer than the original authors work. Reviewers can’t help but put our noses and likes and dislikes into a review. When I was about 12-13 I used to go to a bookstore in Canada and they would have old copies … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Poultrygeist, Night of the Chicken Dead

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THE INSOMNIAC and Poultrygeist, Night of the Chicken Dead” I attended the Buffalo premiere of “Poultrygeist, Night of the Chicken Dead”. I had been promised a screener but have been waiting on it so long I decided to attend the movie when it came to my town. The film had been shot in Buffalo which subbed for Tromaville. Lloyd Kaufman was on hand to introduce the film and to do a Q & A afterward. … Continue reading

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Film Review: BloodWine (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Andrea is just an ordinary Goth college girl trying to deal with the tragedies life has thrown at her. When her best friend, Brandy, comes back into her life, Andrea thinks things might finally be taking a turn for the better. But when the machinations of a mysterious woman, Carmilla, cause a birthday gift to go horribly awry, Andrea is forced to make the most difficult choice of her life, not only for herself, … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: I was a Middle Age Zombie for the FBI

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I was a middle age zombie for the FBI Life had put me in a funk and I decided to fight the feeling and force myself out of my comfort zone and do something I always had wanted to do with my life. Yes you guess it; I have always wanted to be a middle age man working for minimum wage in an area haunted house for the Halloween season. I don’t know what fantasies you have, … Continue reading

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