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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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From the Nightshift: Interview Tammy Reger (Slugs)

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In 1988 New World Pictures released a Spanish film that had partially been made in New York State. The movie is called “Slugs: the movie” and is one of those so bad it’s good movies. It is a movie that you have to see at least once in your life. The main character is named “Mike Brady” and he faces super strong, super slow moving killer snails with teeth. One of the actresses from the … Continue reading

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

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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 September, I will probably be there not sleeping (and there would be no reason to … Continue reading

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

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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 romp through the supernatural also features Kate Graham and Allyson Sereboff. REVIEW: “How can I … Continue reading

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From The Nightshift: Buffalo Screams Awards

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The Insomanic attended Buffalo Screams which was a four day film festival that showed 33 independent movies from all over the world. Most of the fare was horror but there were some crime dramas and a violent western for good measure. Greg Lamberson and Emil Novak chaired the festival and worked long and hard hours to get it running as smooth as clock work. Actress Debbie Rochon, filmmaker Brett Kelly and animator Mike Boas were … Continue reading

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Film Review: Prison of The Psychotic Damned (2007)

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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 pal Nessie (Noel Francomano). REVIEW: “That would be showing, that would be telling.” –Kansas “The … Continue reading

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From the Nightshift: Interview Sherri Lyn Litz

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From the Night Shift Interview with Sherri Lyn Litz . Sherri Lyn at first look is a statuesque woman with a piecing glaze. When she talks she has a strong intensity and a clarity in her words. A strong woman who knows what she wants. Her modeling pictures are eye catching and done with a ease. A natural. A lover of Halloween and dressing up she has moved her talents to acting. Currently she can … Continue reading

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Film Review: Believers (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: When paramedics David (Johnny Messner) and Victor (Jon Huertas) respond to a call from a girl who says her mother passed out, they find themselves thrust into a nightmare in this creepy spine-chiller helmed by The Blair Witch Project’s co-director Daniel Myrick. Held captive by members of a strange cult, the two try to decipher the secret symbols and bizarre goings-on that point to a deadly plan the sect has in store for them … Continue reading

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Film Review: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: A self-promoting serial killer who dreams of being the most infamous slasher of all time hires a documentary film crew to follow him as he launches a reign of terror on a small town. Preparing tirelessly for his murderous debut, Leslie Vernon (Nathan Baesel) shares his bloody ambitions with director Taylor Gentry (Angela Goethals) and her crew. Directed by Scott Glosserman, this quirky indie also stars Robert Englund and Scott Wilson. REVIEW: “I’ll tell … Continue reading

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From the NightShift: Kyle Kaczmarczyk – Slime City Massacre

The Insomniac met Kyle Kaczmarczyk on the set Slime City Massacre. Kyle played one of the homeless people who live in Slime City. I found out besides being an actor, that Kyle was a graphic artist with two well done series The Red Eye and Pulp: The Old Kingdom. He has also done the poster and DVD cover design for Born to Die (and his arm can be seen getting the tattoo version of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Moon Child (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: In the year 2014, Japan has collapsed economically and thus its people emigrated in large numbers and settled in other parts of the world. In a corner in Asia, there is a little street called Mallepa, a big melting pot where Asians such as Hongkongers, Taiwanese and Japanese live together. It was a place where people fought for order, food and freedom. It was there where Shou (Gackt), raised as an orphan and Kei … Continue reading

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Film Review: Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

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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 Hilton, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head and Sarah Brightman round out the deliciously diverse cast. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cheap Scares – Author Greg Lamberson

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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 moviemakers had to make do with magazine articles and film commentaries to try to learn … Continue reading

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

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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 have some fun. After my two hour drive to Toronto I was looking forward to … Continue reading

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From the NightShift: Slime City Massacre – Don’t worry it’s my fault

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The first two days of the shoot were unusual as we had power and a bathroom to use. Not having to the face the Johnny-on-the-spot or Jenny-on-the-job the first few days made everything seem like it was going to be a comfortable, happy shoot. The location was a warehouse that has been made into a hall for concerts, and has an interesting look that has attracted filming before us and probably after us. We would be … Continue reading

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From the NightShift: Life on ‘Slime City’

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From a point somewhere around Thanksgiving last year I have been working on SLIME CITY MASSACRE. I had met Greg Lamberson a few years before that, but I really didn’t know that much about him other than he had made some horror movies while in New York City and he was a writer. I think the only reason I knew of the Johnny Gruesome video was that I knew one of the actresses in it. I ran … Continue reading

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