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Film Review: Toomorrow (1970)

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SYNOPSIS: “A group of students pay their way through school by forming a pop band called Toomorrow. Sonic vibrations from a special instrument called a ‘tonaliser’ cause an extraterrestrial to abduct the group, and have them entertain the Alphoid population.” (courtesy Wikipedia) REVIEW: In the early seventies, diversification within genre films continued after the breakthrough year of 1968. For instance, …

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Film Review: Black Swan (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A thriller that zeros in on the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer and a rival. REVIEW: To say Black Swaw is open to interpretation, would be an understatement. Though we really shouldn’t expect anything less from visionary director Darren Aronofsky. His films have taken bold steps over his career, though I believe that Black Swan is well within …

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Film Review: The Burbs (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: While on vacation, suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) wants nothing more than to fritter away his time at home — drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube. But when new, secretive neighbors move in next door, Ray and his friends (Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun) let their paranoia get the best of them …

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Film Review: Catch-22 (1970)

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SYNOPSIS: “A bombardier during World War Two tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way cope with a crazy situation. Catch-22 is a parody of the military mentality and bureaucratic society in general.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Hot off the enormously successful film The Graduate (1967), director Mike Nichols could have had …

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War Movie Favourites

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War! What is it good for? An action-packed evening on the couch, that’s what! When I asked Horror News readers and Facebook friends to tell me their favourite war movies, the response was terrific. While I can’t deny the quality of films like Gone With The Wind (1939), Lawrence Of Arabia (1962), Battle Of Britain (1969), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Tora! …

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Film Review: VideoDrome (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Max Renn is always searching for new bargain basement priced content and erotic movies for his TV station. After viewing a cable-TV program run by media clairvoyant Brian O’Blivion, Max begins to see his life and the future of ‘media’ spin out of control. In a very unusual manner he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. …

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Film Review: Death Watch (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: “Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run on the popular television series Death Watch.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: A common feature of modern dystopias is to imagine a future so devoid of natural fulfillment …

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Film Review: Mad Max (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: “A vision of an apocalyptic future set in the wastelands of Australia. Total social decay is just around the corner in this spectacular cheap budget gang orientated road movie. Where the cops do their best to lay down the law and the outlaw gangs try their hardest to defy the system. Leather-clad Max Rockatansky – husband, father and cop …

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Film Review: After Hours (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: “A meek word processor impulsively travels to Manhattan’s Soho district to date an attractive but apparently disturbed young woman and finds himself trapped there in a nightmarish surreal vortex of improbable coincidences and farcical circumstances.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: During the mid-eighties, the term Quirky Comedy seemed to make film producers run for their cheque-book without even thinking, with the …

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Film Review: U-Turn (1997)

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SYNOPSIS: “When Bobby’s car breaks down in the desert while on the run from some of the bookies who have already taken two of his fingers, he becomes trapped in the nearby small town where the people are stranger than anyone he’s encountered. After becoming involved with a young married woman, her husband hires Bobby to kill her. Later she …

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Film Review: 7 Faces Of Dr. Lao (1964)

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SYNOPSIS: “An old Chinese gentleman rides into the town of Abalone, Arizona and changes it forever, as the citizens see themselves reflected in the mirror of Lao’s mysterious circus of mythical beasts.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: The early sixties were mostly years when proven formulas were being repeated, though the horror film was to hold a few surprises and, in Europe …

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Cult Movie Favourites

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When I asked Horror News readers and Facebook friends to tell me their favourite cult films, I got a terrific response. The suggestions poured in, and all kinds of weird, wonderful and outlandish films fronted up for selection. So while I can’t deny the quality or appeal of films like Reefer Madness (1938), Citizen Kane (1941), Glen Or Glenda (1953), …

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Film Review: Crash (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: “Since a road accident left him with serious facial and bodily scarring, a former television scientist has become obsessed by the marriage of motor-car technology with what he sees as the raw sexuality of car-crash victims. The scientist, along with a crash victim he has recently befriended, sets about performing a series of sexual acts in a variety of …

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