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Film Review: Sphere (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years’ worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean. REVIEW: Realistic and believable, the film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best selling novel Sphere combines acting heavyweights with the intriguing tale and doing it justice. When a spaceship is found sunken beneath years of coral growth buried under one thousand feet of water, a psychologist, Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman) is called in under the guise … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lost Souls (2000)

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SYNOPSIS: A small group of Catholics led by an ailing priest believe that Satan intends to become man, just as God did in the person of Jesus. The writings of a possessed mental patient lead them to Peter Kelson, a writer who studies serial killers. They think it’s his body Satan will occupy. The youngest in the group, a teacher named Maya Larkin, goes to Peter to investigate further and to convince him to believe … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Haunting (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house’s ghostly past. REVIEW: With direction by Jan De Bont, The Haunting, a 1999 Dreamworks big budget ghost story with an equally big budget cast, started off slick, creative and impressive in every way and had the potential to wow audiences. However, after … Continue reading

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Film Review: High Tension (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: Two college friends, Marie and Alexa, encounter loads of trouble (and blood) while on vacation at Alexa’s parents’ country home when a mysterious killer invades their quiet getaway. REVIEW: As the name implies, High Tension (2003) is certainly not a misnomer. It is a terrifyingly suspenseful film and absolutely one of the best to come out in a long time. But beware, once the gory action starts, relatively soon enough, you will spend the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hostel Part II (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Three American college students studying abroad are lured to a Slovakian hostel, and discover the grim reality behind it. REVIEW: Eli Roth is widely known for writing and directing demented films heavily depicting violence and gore and thoroughly shocking viewers. With Hostel II, he has done it yet again, this time pushing the horror even farther, by taking a small portion away. Beth (Lauren German), along with best friend Whitney (Bijou Phillips) and emotionally … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hostel (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them. REVIEW: Touting welcome to your worst nightmare, and rightfully so, Hostel is certainly one of the most gruesome films ever created. And, considering that the film is presented by Quentin Tarantino, and written and directed by Eli Roth, does it really surprise? Paxton (Jay Hernandez) and Josh (Derek Richardson) are two … Continue reading

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Film Review: Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy’s male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth behind her friend’s transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it … Continue reading

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Film Review: Rabid (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic. REVIEW: Rarely is an ex-adult film star ever seen in a normal role. Typically this is primarily due to lack of acting ability and being pigeon holed in the genre. However, occasionally one does breakout and explore alternatives, which Marilyn Chambers … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Legacy (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: A millionaire and a million-dollar prostitute, a star-maker and a nation-killer, a woman whose lusts are as cold as graveyard snow…Five of the most powerful people in the world, gathered in an ancient mansion to inherit a Legacy of bloodsome horror. And Maggie makes six. REVIEW: Initially, I was intrigued by this 1978 film directed by Richard Marquand and starring Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, two exceptional actors in their own right. However, when … Continue reading

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Film Review: Demons (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of people are trapped in a large West Berlin movie theater infected by ravenous demons whom proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one thereby multiplying their numbers. REVIEW: For many horror fans, the nineteen eighties was a premiere time for horror flicks, offering a bevy of them, some more well-known than others. It was a time when Dario Argento, probably considered the best Italian horror director, gave us his masterpiece Zombi or … Continue reading

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Film Review: All Dark Places (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Jamie and Christian are giving their marriage one last shot for the sake of love and their young son, Dylan. But when Christian proves unable to hold up his end, forces both within and outside their relationship will decide their future. REVIEW: Clowns have always been my thing…especially the wicked ones. But, I had yet to find one that frightened. Even Stephen King’s Pennywise (with exception of his teeth) is somewhat laughable to me. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Deep Rising (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first. REVIEW: There has always been a fascination with sea monsters, simply take a look at Jules Vern. However, unlike the giant squid of Vern lore, the monster of Deep Rising, similar in shape only, makes … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hatchet (2006)

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SYNOPSIS: When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare. REVIEW: Hatchet, a 2006 film written and directed by Adam Green has all the clichĂ©s of the typical horror flick. A compelling and believable creepy premise, a more than suitable locale, thunder, lightning, rain, darkness, blood, gore, body parts, and victims. Victor Crowley, played by … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mr. Brooks (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. REVIEW: While gore for fear sake certainly does have a place in film, psychological horror stands alone, typically being considerably much more frightening and leaving a lasting impression. When the film is loaded with some of Hollywood’s best actors, this aspect is emphasized even more. Hitchcock was a master at creating that increasingly tense feeling deep within the screener, … Continue reading

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Recipe of Fear

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Cooking up a good scare is nothing more than congealing the right ingredients. While some of the best recipes are typically a matter of taste, most will include darkness and solitude as a base. Keep in mind that no formula is the same and while one ingredient may work well in one instance, it may not in another. Therefore, experimentation is highly encouraged, requiring adding a pinch here and taking away a dash there. Don’t … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beyond the Door II (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman’s former husband who possesses her young son. REVIEW: For those expecting the storyline of the 1977 Italian made film Beyond the Door 2 (originally titled Shock) to be similar to the devil possession storyline based in Beyond the Door 1, prepare to be disappointed. However, don’t let this dissuade you, for it is still a possession tale, just … Continue reading

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About Wee Willie Wicked

Wee WillieWith the seeds firmly planted in his mind by Pittsburgh's Chiller Theatre, Thomas Scopel found the weekly scares he desired. After obtaining a degree and working in the engineering field and constantly feeling the writing itch, he pursued it, becoming a correspondent at the Daytona Beach News Journal. This scratched the itch, but left only raised, bloody, horror aspirating welts on his flesh and he converted to horror fiction.

Since entering the macabre he has been published in various horror based publications and his alter ego, an evil clown named Wee Willie Wicked, was born. His tales include: The Pumpkin Patch, Lickety Split, While You Sleep, All the Creatures Were Stirring…Even the Mouse, The Eight Legs of Night, The Argument, A Cup of Sugar, The Horrors of Easter, Don't Forget the Fingers: A Guide to the Perfect Zombie Family Picnic, Welcome, The Christmas Help, and more.

He has written two novellas, Twitch and The Daily Death – How I Killed My Co-Workers In 30 Days, a collection of macabre fictional death tales.