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Film Review: Theater of the Deranged II (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Five short stories are presented by psychic ghost hunter Damien Shadows. REVIEW: It’s great that we have horror anthologies to satisfy a craving we have for our short attention spans. Some of them are great while others just end up being a waste of time. With anthologies, there’s also the chance to end up with something that’s a complete mixed bag of elements. Theater of the Deranged II fell into that category for me. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tunnel Vision (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: When a jury fails to convict the serial killer who savagely murdered his family, one man must rise above his desire for revenge and descend into the deranged world of a sadistic predator to uncover the truth and finally get justice. What begins as a classic revenge tale takes a dramatic turn into a haunting land of horror and murder. REVIEW: I’m not really sure what I was expecting when I sat down to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Absence (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Doctors are baffled when an expectant mother wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy apparently disappear overnight. Police investigate the situation as a missing child, and only her husband and brother trust her version of events. REVIEW: Absence is just another found footage horror film that has a few really solid moments but ends up being mostly a waste of time. It feels very much like The Blair Witch Project, never even coming close to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Portrait of a Zombie (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When son, Billy, becomes a zombie the family chooses to take care of him in the home much to the chagrin of the neighbors and the local crime boss. REVIEW: There are currently two subgenres that’s have been done to death the last few years, the zombie film and the mock documentary. The two have been combined before with mixed results but for the first time, it was done right. Portrait of a Zombie … Continue reading

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Film Review: Europa Report (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter’s fourth largest moon. REVIEW: At a time when the found footage films have been done to death, one comes along that does away with any preconceptions I may have had of the gimmick and hits the audience with a healthy dose of mystery, beauty, and fear. This is all accomplished in the vast openness of space. This is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Mimesis (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of horror fans find themselves unwilling participants in a nightmarish role playing game that pays homage to a classic horror film. REVIEW: The idea of a red carpet premiere in the small town of Port Huron, Michigan is absolutely ridiculous to me. I grew up here and still reside here. Nothing of the sort has ever happened here before. All that has changed tonight with the Midwest premiere of the Michigan lensed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Virus X (aka H1N1: Virus X) (2010)

SYNOPSIS:A group of medical scientists are quarantined inside their lab after being infected with a deadly hyper-mutant form of the H1N1 virus. With only 3 days left to live they have no way to escape and no way out. While the deceitful head doctor monitors them from a hidden surveillance room the scientists must uncover the harrowing truth behind their detainment and force their own way to freedom REVIEW: “H1N1: Virus X” is a guilty … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dead Season (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When a worldwide viral outbreak leads to a plague of zombies scouring the earth for the living, two survivors flee the chaos of America to a remote island, hoping for a chance to start a new life. What they find is unrelenting horror. Beyond the hordes of the flesh-hungry undead, the other people already on the island force the pair into a fight-or-die battle amongst themselves. Armed only with crude weapons, they must descend … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker. REVIEW: What the hell is “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”? I have been asking myself that question for the last few years. I knew it was a trilogy of books turned into three foreign films and that the female lead had been cast in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”. I … Continue reading

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Interview: Dave Campfield (Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas)

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Interview: Dave Campfield (Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas) One of the first films’ I reviewed when I started here at HorrorNews was “Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre”. It was one of those movies that kept me smirking from beginning to end. A couple of years later, we now have “Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas” which is just as much fun (actually it is better) than its predecessor. The man responsible for the madcap fun … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gangsters, Guns, and Zombies (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The whole “zombie thing” has been hyped up so much that everyone thinks it’s the end of the world! Of course, where one man sees the dead rising from the grave, another sees opportunity. Q had a plan: drive the robbery getaway van, deliver everyone to the safe house and get paid – a nice, simple, plan. Unfortunately, life is never really that simple, and to top it all off, this is the first … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dropping Evil (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: After his friends slip him LSD on a camping trip, ultra-nerdy Nancy hallucinates that they are evil beings and begins to systematically hunt them down. Meanwhile, a mysterious corporation monitors the entire event for their own hidden purpose. REVIEW: Last night I had trouble sleeping. I woke around 3 or 4am. I tried going back to sleep but nothing was working. I knew that I had films to review so I figured I would … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Earth Rejects Him (short film) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: A young boy discovers a corpse while biking in the woods, then faces unexpected and macabre consequences when he tries to bury it. REVIEW: It isn’t always easy to write a review for a short film. As with a feature length film review, you don’t want to give away too much to the reader, which is even more difficult when you have less material to work with. There was a time when I felt … Continue reading

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Film Review: Exit 101 Halloween Party Massacre (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: 7 friends uncover a long forgotten deadly military experiment in the small rural town of Lakeshear. REVIEW: “Exit 101: Halloween Party Massacre” was such a frustrating experience. There was much to enjoy if you are a fan of retro cinema and mid-80’s output from Troma. At the same time, this was a movie that was far too fat and needs some serious trimming. If the film had been close to forty or so minutes, … Continue reading

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Film Review: American Horror House (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Pretty girls learn the ugly truth about their sorority. REVIEW: If I didn’t know any better but with a title like “American Horror House” you would have thought the film was a cheap knock off from The Asylum trying to cash in on the success of the FX series “American Horror Story”. Instead, this film is a SyFy premiere that is incredibly silly (like many of the other films that premiere on SyFy) but … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cherry. (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: When Brian Cherry, a sweet, sensitive young Los Angelino, falls for the beautiful, electric, and damaged Jules, she turns his ideas about women and sex upside-down. Slowly, he is drawn into a twisted love-triangle that includes Jules and his best friend, Sam. When Jules eventually leaves him for Sam, Cherry decides on a shocking course of action that will destroy the lives of all three. REVIEW: I’m not much of a drama guy. Very … Continue reading

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Film Review: Foresight: Killer Instinct (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When corrupt detectives attack the home of Glenn parsons, a local psychic, leaving his wife dead and him grievously wounded; a medieval xenophobic rage boils to the surface in a maelstrom of blood soaked vengeance. REVIEW: When you review films like I do, packets of films’ come in the mail, you never know what you’re going to get. You spend time sifting through the dirt trying to find a gem. The junk outweighs the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Zombie Ed (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Loser Ed has a lame job, a crappy apartment and no hope of a girlfriend. None of this mattered to Ed until he woke up one morning to find he had “gone zombie”. Being a human loser is bad, but is being a Zombie worse? How does Ed become the Zombie he was always meant to be? REVIEW: Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a movie comes along like nothing you have … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Beacon (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: While trying to get their lives back on track after the loss of their four year old son, Bryn and Paul Shaw move to the charming old Beacon Apartments. Bryn begins seeing a ghostly little boy skulking around the building. With the help of an eccentric young professor and a tough old beat cop, Bryn tries to uncover the details of the boy’s death. She hopes that freeing the child will allow him to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Found. (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Based on the novel by Todd Rigney, “Found” centers around Marty, a shy, bullied fifth-grader who takes refuge in horror films… until his life turns into one. After finding a human head in his brother’s closet, Marty fears for the safety of his family while making a desperate effort to reconnect with Steve, the big brother whose homicidal cravings threaten to destroy life as Marty knows it. REVIEW: It’s Monday afternoon and I’ve been … Continue reading

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Film Review: Psycho Street (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Four Twisted Tales that lead to a Dead End. REVIEW: It was in late 2010 when I had my first exposure to the film “Psycho Street”. I was at the HorrorHound Weekend show in Cincinnati, Ohio and they were having a short film festival. Most of the shorts were forgettable with the exception of three. “Meth”, “United Monster Talent Agency”, and “Hypochondriac” were all distinctly different, with “Hypochondriac” being the funniest and most outrageous. … Continue reading

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About Corey Danna


Corey has been with HorrorNews since 2009. He's a self-proclaimed geek with an appetite for the bizarre! He's also contributing to the upcoming book, "The Good, The Tough, and The Deadly: Action Stars and Their Movies" to be released by Schiffer Publishing in the fall of 2015. Connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.