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Film Review: Touch of Death (1988)

SYNOPSIS: Getting bored with the dating game and racking up a series of hefty gambling debts, a slobby middle-aged man begins murdering women then stealing their money and valuables afterwards. But Lester Parson is no average murderous thief – he takes great pleasure in his imaginative acts of violence, gruesomely bludgeoning his victims to death or casually roasting their heads …

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Film Review: Intimacy (2001)

SYNOPSIS: Two people with bad marriages get together, trying to enjoy at least one part of their lives. What they find is more devastation and despair. REVIEW: Intimacy is a movie that is notorious for its real, unsimulated sex scenes. It’s starring Mark Rylance, a recent Oscar winner for Bridge of Spies, and Kerry Fox, a person who has given an on-screen …

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Film Review: Fat Girl (2001)

SYNOPSIS: Two sisters confront their sexual attitudes and experiences while on a family holiday. REVIEW: As a horror fanboy whose viewing schedule averages about a movie a day, I frequently get depressed by how little shocks me anymore. After all, I cut my teeth on selections from the “video nasties” list and have seen enough onscreen torture, mutilation, rape, and …

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Film Review: This Violent World (1976)

SYNOPSIS: A mondo film from 1976, This Violent World gives the viewer an inside look at violent traditions and practices from around the world. REVIEW: Mondo films have a long history, filled with bizarre footage and social commentary. This Violent World carries on that “proud” tradition, contrasting the violence in the natural world with the violence committed by mankind. We are shown …

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Film Review: Gloria Mundi (Tortura) (1976)

SYNOPSIS: A young actress throws herself into her work, unwittingly becoming a terrorist in the process. REVIEW: The film opens with a young actress sitting in a bathtub, listening to her director’s instructions through a radio/recording device. Hamdias, the mysterious director, has gone missing for the time being, but has recorded his direction for her to practice her acting at …

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Film Review: Good Wife (short film from The Profane Exhibit) (2013)

REVIEW: Remember how excited we all were when we first heard about The Profane Exhibit? In case you haven’t heard of it, or maybe can’t remember anymore, it was an extreme horror anthology film announced back in 2011 that, by all accounts, was going to blow everyone’s mind. The collection of filmmakers brought together was the stuff of legends: Ruggero …

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Film Review: Hope Lost (2015)

SYNOPSIS: When prostitution becomes her life she also finds a magic lamp. Her wishes? Well let’s just say mankind has no chance. REVIEW: Ah, the titillations and disappointments in the world of exploitation cinema. There’s almost nothing better, and at the same time worse, in the whole movie world. The eye-catching posters and amazing cover art and scary titles that …

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Film Review: Genki Genki 18

REVIEW: We all have our limits when it comes to repulsion and disgust. Some people are hardcore gorefiends who are constantly testing their limits, who relax to the Guinea Pig and August Underground films. Others are repulsed by the blood and gore of something as seemingly tame as Gremlins. And most horror fans fall somewhere in between. Myself, I’ve always …

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