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Film Review: Invasion Of The Bee Girls (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: “In the small town of Peckham, California, many men die for excessive effort during sexual intercourse. When a scientist from the Brandt research laboratory is found dead in a motel, the government sends Agent Neil Agar (William Smith) to investigate the mysterious deaths. He suspects that the deaths may be related to some experiments of Doctor Susan Harris (Anitra ...

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Film Review: Hysteria (1997)

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SYNOPSIS: The inmates of an insane asylum are subjected to experiments using collective consciousness and surgically implanted chips in an attempt to create perfect citizens. REVIEW: Trying to track down much about 1997’s Hysteria was “mostly” a dead end. This asylum-themed film is most noted for the role of Myrna Malloy played actress Amanda Plummer. Her lines are delivered poetically ...

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Film Review: Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into modern life begins. REVIEW: Rolf de Heer’s Bad Boy Bubby is a strange one, indeed. This movie centers around a man named, what else, Bubby (played perfectly by ...

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Film Review: Pig (1998)

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SYNOPSIS: A young man journeys through a desert, where he is kidnapped by a sadistic stranger clad in a pig mask. The stranger proceeds to brutally torture the young man, who then finds himself escaping into his imagination, with fantasy and reality intersecting. REVIEW: It was the special bluray edition release by Cult Epics that finally gave me a resource ...

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Film Review: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

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SYNOPSIS: “Doctors are being murdered in a bizarre manner: bats, bees, killer frog masks, etc. which represent the ten Biblical plagues. The crimes are orchestrated by a demented organ player with the help of his mute assistant. The detective is stumped until he finds that all of the doctors being killed assisted a Doctor Vesalius on an unsuccessful operation involving ...

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Film Review: Tomb Of Ligeia (1964)

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SYNOPSIS: “Erudite recluse Verden Fell is struck by a meeting with lady Rowena, daughter of country lord Trevanion, who reminds him of his late wife Ligeia, both being somehow associated with a black cat and the wild fox the lord loves hunting. They fall in love, marry and resolve he leave the ruined abbey where he buried Ligeia. However Rowena’s ...

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Film Review: The Raven (1963)

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SYNOPSIS: “The magician Doctor Erasmus Craven, who chooses not belong to the Brotherhood Of Magicians, grieves the loss of his beloved wife Lenore and lives in a castle with his daughter Estelle. One day, a raven knocks on his window and Craven learns that the bird is actually the magician Doctor Adolphus Bedlo who was turned into a raven after ...

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Film Review: Cadavres (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: One Halloween, the alcoholic mother of good-for-nothing Raymond suddenly dies, and he throws her body in a ditch. Repenting, he calls his sister Angelie, an actress who he has not seen for ten years, to help find the corpse. But the corpse they bring back in the ruined family home is not that of their mother. The brother and ...

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Film Review: Céline And Julie Go Boating (1974)

SYNOPSIS: “A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives pre-empted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Fantasy takes much of its vividness from dualisms, tensions between opposites, often symbolised by the meeting of two different kinds of world. A similar tension to that between modern and ...

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Film Review: It’s Alive (1974)

SYNOPSIS: “Heavily pregnant Lenore Davis tells her husband, Frank, that she is in labor. They leave their eleven year-old son Chris with their friend Charley and they head to the Community Hospital. Lenore feels that something is wrong and delivers a monster that kills the team in the delivery room and escapes through a skylight. Lieutenant Perkins comes to the ...

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Film Review: Under the Skin (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A mysterious seductress preys upon the population of Scotland. REVIEW: A unique experience, new film “Under the Skin” is one movie that fits comfortably in the classification of “dreamlike”. Its ambiguous premise is what also makes it a compelling film to watch, one that centers lovely actress Scarlett Johansson at its core. Scarlett plays the role of a nameless ...

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Film Reviews: “Under the Skin” and “Upstream Color”

I caught two American science fiction mind benders at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival last month that have been very divisive among viewers and critics. I enjoyed them both and recommend auteur Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, which is his long-awaited follow-up to his debut film Primer, and director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Both challenging works are unique artistic ...

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Film Review: Dead Ringers (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. REVIEW: “I’ve often thought that there should be beauty contests for the insides of bodies.” Cronenberg’s 1988 film is a harrowing character study involving not a single protagonist but two. Specifically, twins Stewart and Cyril Marcus ...

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