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


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. ...

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


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 ...

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


  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, ...

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From the Nightshift: ‘Bitez’ and ‘The Pigman’


The Insomniac was invited to a movie premiere in Buffalo New York last Thursday Night and the thoughts of hot warm popcorn drew me there. A double feature was playing of “Bitez” and “The Pigman”. “The Pigman” had been premiered at Rotten Jack’s Creepshow 2, which should be on everyone’s go to list. Watch for Rotten Jack’s Creepshow 3 next ...

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Film Review: Poultrygeist: Night of the Dead Chicken (2007)


SYNOPSIS: What happens when a fast-food chicken franchise is built on a sacred Native American burial site rife with restless spirits? Zombie chickens! Now it’s up to high school grad Arbie (Jason Yachanin) to find a way to destroy the featherless fiends. Or will the fowl beasts turn the hungry drive-thru customers into the insatiable undead, too? This gleeful free-range ...

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Film Review: Prison of The Psychotic Damned (2007)


SYNOPSIS: Five ghost hunters, led by professor Rayna Bloom (Susan Adriensen), investigates undead activity in a spooky terminal in Buffalo’s rough East Side neighborhood. But our heroes find more than they bargain for in this claustrophobic horror thriller. Along for the gory ride are Rayna’s cameraman (Jim Vaughn), a psychic (Demona Bast), a trust-fund goth princess (Melantha Blackthorne) and Rayna’s ...

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Film Review: Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)


SYNOPSIS: In the near future, a biotech company saves mankind with synthetic replacements for failed organs. But those who default on their new liver or heart are subject to repossession. Shilo (Alexa Vega) navigates this dystopia while searching for a cure for her rare illness. Her odyssey is set to a number of catchy songs in this tongue-in-cheek opera. Paris ...

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Book Review: Cheap Scares – Author Greg Lamberson


Cheap Scares: Low Budget Filmmakers Share Their Secrets By Greg Lamberson. Most low budget filmmakers have a well-thumbed copy of “Rebel Without a Crew”; it has been the bible for independent filmmakers to get inspiration and information. No book had successfully tackled low budget horror movies the way the Robert Rodriguez’s book had with the low budget action genre. Horror ...

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From the Nightshift: Toronto for the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear


The Insomniac journeyed to Toronto for the Rue Morgue Festival of Fear. The convention is part of Fan Expo Canada which contains horror, gaming, anime, Sci Fi and comic book sections. It is not uncommon to see Jason Voorhees face down a troop of stormtroopers. The horror people seem to be strangely the least crazy and the more let’s just ...

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