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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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Book Review: Sheep and Wolves – Author Jeremy C. Shipp

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Sheep and Wolves By Jeremy C. Shipp Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press Cover design by Jennifer Barnes Book design by M. Garrow Bourke 164 Pages How often does a book give you the creeps or the willies? How often do you find yourself at a loss for words after reading story after story? “Sheep And Wolves” takes my words away from me and brings them back just to tease me with them. The writing … Continue reading

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Book Review: Spirits and Death in Niagara – Author Marcy Italiano

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Spirits and Death in Niagara By Marcy Italiano Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. Niagara Falls and its surrounding area are full of history, dead and tales of ghostly encounters. Knowing the area well before reading “Spirits” I have been well aware of the history but am always interested in what new gems come up or how old stories are remembered. Not that long ago Ghost Hunters from the SCI FI Channel investigated the Buffalo Central … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Interview Ken Cosentino (Crimson)

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Interview with movie maker Ken Cosentino. He is one of the driving forces behind “Crimson: the motion picture” which is currently being shot in Niagara Falls, NY. While the movie is an a low budget independent release, the scale is large, with many action centerpieces. What made you want to be a movie maker? I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was about 9 years old. That’s when I first picked up a video … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Pocket Essential George A. Romero – Authors Tom Fallows and Curtis Owen

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The Pocket Essential George A. Romero By Tom Fallows and Curtis Owen Published by Pocket Essentials in 2008. 160 Pages This book is a pocket guide to all things George A. Romero. The authors cover Romero’s movies from “Night of the Living Dead” to “Diary of the Dead”. Each movie is given a brief synopsis, behind the scenes information, reviews of the time and the social climate. They clearly understand that Romero’s films must be … Continue reading

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Film Review: Under the Raven’s Wing (2007)

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  SYNOPSIS: A young filmmaker documents the murder confessions of three young women who seduce him into their strange world of spiritual “dimensions” and “transcendence.” The ringleader, Raven, holds everyone in her psychological grip, until her secret is exposed and a power struggle ensues. REVIEW: “Transcendence is a gift” Often the signs of a low budget film are poor audio, half-baked script, bad acting and bad visuals. Even a well reviewed DVD can end up … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Toronto After Dark Film Festival

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previously published -10.21.08 The Insomniac was off to the Toronto After Dark Film Festival to get some of the color of the festival and to check out some new flicks. The Insomniac was joined by horror diva Ms. Nikki for company and so I didn’t have to talk to myself all the time; people do stare when you talk to yourself and have no phone handy to hide the fact. Wish those meds worked better, … Continue reading

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