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Top 10 Most Painful Horror Movie Death Scenes

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I’ve been watching horror films my entire life and as such I have seen more death scenes than I could every possibly count. Some of them have been quite fun and awesome while others were pretty lame and left a lot to be desired. There are some that really stand out for a number of reasons thanks to the fact that they are interesting or original, but the ones that always had an impact on … Continue reading

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Film Review: Schizoid (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: Someone is killing off the members of a therapy group that advice columnist Julie is a part of. Is it the weird psychiatrist that is leading the group, his mentally unstable daughter, or someone entirely different? Julie better find out as fast as she can because it looks like she’s the next to die. REVIEW: Schizoid is one of those movies that sort of flew in under the radar and never really got a … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Night of the Living Dead (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of people hide out in a house and try to survive the night against an ever-growing army of zombies. A reimagining of George Romero’s classic horror film. REVIEW: I was a little torn when I heard that this movie was being made. On the one hand I’m not a fan of remakes/reimaginings and think that the biggest majority of the suck out loud, but on the other I have always liked director/co-writer … Continue reading

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Film Review: Don’t Panic (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of teens are stalked and killed by an evil spirit (named Virgil no less) after messing around with an Ouija board.

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Film Review: Demons 2 (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: Residents of a high rise apartment building struggle to survive an outbreak of murderous demons. REVIEW: I absolutely love Demons. I saw it when I was in the 7th grade and it scared the living shit out of me (though not as much as it did a neighborhood kid who was so freaked out by it his mother had to take him to the doctor because he wouldn’t eat or sleep after he saw … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fatal Games (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: Someone is using a javelin to kill off a group of Olympic hopefuls at the Falcon Academy of Athletics. Will anyone survive to win a gold medal or all they all destined to die? REVIEW: Fatal Games was one of those rare 80’s slasher flicks that somehow managed to elude me for years. I always wanted to see it because I thought that it sounded awesome but didn’t get my hands on a copy … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Dead and the Damned 2 (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: After the zombie apocalypse decimates most of the world a solider helps out any survivors he runs across as he makes his way to the ocean to spread the ashes of his dead wife and daughter.  REVIEW: I never saw The Dead and the Damned but thought that it sounded interesting due to the fact that it was set in the old west (sort of like Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare). The sequel however … Continue reading

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Film Review: Don’t Blink (2014) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends head to an out of the way resort for a weekend of fun and relaxation. When they get there no one is around and it isn’t long before members of the group start to literally disappear. Will anyone survive and figure out what is going on or all of them destined to vanish into thin air? REVIEW: I really enjoyed Don’t Blink and thought that it was one of the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2 (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: Back in the 50’s prom queen Mary Lou Maloney died during the prom after a prank went horribly wrong. Now she’s back and she isn’t happy. REVIEW: Even though it doesn’t really have anything to do with the original Prom Night (other than the fact that it takes place at the same high school) I have always been a big fan of Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night 2. As a matter of fact I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dark Frequencies – Author Timothy Lee Frasier

SYNOPSIS: This short horror story collection includes stories about a demonic little girl, the spirit of an evil clown, a zombie apocalypse, a malevolent radio that sends its users to different dimensions, and many others. REVIEW: I recently met Timothy Lee Frasier at the Providence Literary Festival in Kentucky where we were both guests and thought that he was an all around awesome person. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Haunting at Preston Castle (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Three friends take a trip to the abandoned remains of Preston Castle, a former correctional institution for boys that is supposedly haunted. Too bad the rumors are true and none of them may ever leave. Based on a true story. REVIEW: I went into A Haunting at Preston Castle with some pretty low expectations since I’ve seen a ton of similar movies lately and I’m glad I did because it just wasn’t very good … Continue reading

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Film Review: Junior (aka A Cut Above) (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: After being released from prison K.C. and Jo move out to the country in hopes of a fresh start only to be terrorized over and over again by a demented redneck named Junior and his backwoods pals. REVIEW: Review-I saw Junior (also known as Hot Water as well as A Cut Above) back when in the day when I was in middle school and didn’t really like it (I was a little let down … Continue reading

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Film Review: Programmed to Kill (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: After CIA agents capture a dangerous terrorist they decide to turn her into an even more dangerous cyborg so she can hunt down and kill her fellow terrorist. Unfortunately something goes wrong and she starts killing off the people responsible for turning her into a cyborg (as well as anyone else who gets in her way).

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Film Review: The Bushwhacker (1968)

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SYNOPSIS: A deranged man (with a groovy Davy Crockett hat) shoots down a small plane and then hunts down the survivors. REVIEW: I knew that I was in for an awesomely bad treat when The Bushwacker started and I saw that the title card for the film was just painted on plywood and placed haphazardly in front of the camera. From there things just got progressively stranger and I have to admit that I loved … Continue reading

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Film Review: Werewolf Rising (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A recovering alcoholic moves back home to the country to get away from it all, unaware that there is a vicious werewolf on the loose. REVIEW: I’ve always loved werewolves and think that they have never quite gotten the love that they deserve in comparison to vampires, zombies, and other horror movie monsters. I’m always excited when a new werewolf movie comes along so I was pretty stoked when I heard about Werewolf Rising … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Devil Incarnate (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A young couple is excited once they find out that they are having their first baby. Too bad the baby is pure evil. REVIEW: The Devil Incarnate is a strange little movie and I’m not sure if the people behind it knew exactly what they wanted to do with it. It’s a half-assed found footage film at times (and sometimes it isn’t) that desperately wants to be as good as Rosemary’s Baby but it … Continue reading

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Film Review: Autumn Blood (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: After being raped an orphaned young lady struggles to survive (and protect her younger brother) when her attackers come back to finish her off. REVIEW: I went into Autumn Blood expecting it to be a total rip-off of the classic 1978 revenge flick I Spit on Your Grave (which is one of my personal favorites) but in reality it wasn’t. Yes, the plot revolves around a young woman being raped by a gang of … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (2013) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: A group of people investigate a supposedly haunted church that has been abandoned for years.

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Film Review: Last House on Dead End Street (1977) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: An odd young man (who obviously has a ton of mental problems) decides to get together with a group of his weird friends and make movies in an old abandoned building. What kind of movies? Why snuff films, of course! REVIEW: Have you ever watched a movie and afterward wonder to yourself What the Hell did I just watch? That is exactly what I did tonight after watching Last House on Dead End Street. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Prom Night (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of kids playing a very strange game leads to the accidental death of a little girl. Years later when the group is in high school and looking forward to attending their prom someone decides to make them pay for their actions that caused the little girl to die by killing them one-by-one. Will Kim and the school principal be able to figure out who is behind the murders and stop them before … Continue reading

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Film Review: Pieces of Talent (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A struggling young actress meets a guy who claims to be a filmmaker who wants to work on a project with her. Unfortunately he’s actually a deranged killer who enjoys filming people as he murders them. Will she figure it out before it’s too late or is she destined to be the star of his next snuff film?

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About Todd Martin

Todd Martin grew up in Irvington, a small town in Kentucky. Thanks to his mother, father, and favorite uncle he started watching horror films at a very young age and has been a horror geek ever since. He is basically a walking encyclopedia of horror flicks (especially the 80’s slashers), comic books, and pro wrestling, and has been writing for the biggest majority of his life.

His first book, Nightmare Tales was published in 2006 and he has had several short stories published in several collections. He and his wife Trish published their book “The Gardener,” a horror novel that is a throwback to the slasher films of the 80’s in 2011 and he is working on a collection of short horror stories When he isn’t reviewing movies and books or doing interviews for Horrornews.net he has been known to act from time to time as he has appeared in a handful of low budget horror films. He also enjoys writing screenplays and enjoys making movies as well. He wrote the segment “Angel” which appeared in the 2004 film “Tales from the Grave 2: Happy Holidays!” which was produced and directed by Stephanie Beaton, and recently appeared in Tim Ritter’s film “Deadly Dares: Truth or Dare 4.”. He resides in Kentucky with his wife Trish, their cat Buffy, and their wiener dog, Cujo

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