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Film Review: SWAP.avi (2008)


SYNOPSIS: Shock Value clip that has received a underground reputation – (also per “something awful.com – SWAP.avi is not so much a p*rnographic video as it is a death, final and uncompromising) REVIEW: The file name itself has managed to gain a pretty viral following over the Internet when it comes to sick and disgusting. That ominous name “SWAP.AVI” is …

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Interview: Vince D’Amato


Vince D’Amato is what you might call a modern day Renaissance man, a jack of all trades, or just a really busy guy who obviously loves film. He’s a writer, a director, a producer, and an editor, he has run two successful independent film production companies, and he helps run film festivals. He’s working on so many different projects right …

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Film Review: Wither (2012)


SYNOPSIS: Ida and Albin travel to a cabin in the Swedish woodlands for a holiday with friends, but something waits for them under the floorboards. REVIEW: Let’s get this out of the way right up front: Wither (aka Vittra) has sometimes been written off as simply the Swedish version of Evil Dead. Sure, there are a few similarities, mostly to …

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Film Review: Baskin (2015)


SYNOPSIS: A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building. REVIEW: Five cops sit around a small, empty diner. They talk about sports, they talk about gambling, and they crudely joke about sex. In the kitchen, a guy working the grill starts cooking up some red meat. …

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Film Review: Executions (1995)


SYNOPSIS: A documentary examines the history and scope of all the different types of executions around the world in an attempt to end the “barbaric practice.” REVIEW: Full disclosure: I’m a proponent of the death penalty, at least in general. If that offends you, feel free to stop reading now. That being said, I also am not here to spread …

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Film Review: Skare (2007)


SYNOPSIS: A woman who runs a meat production business helps a fleeing mental patient escape. He assists in her business, but soon learns that the business is not as clean as it seems. REVIEW: Skare is a low budget British flick that actually got made twice. The director originally filmed it in 2001 on 16mm film, but it got lost in …

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Film Review: Hippocampus M 21th (2014)


SYNOPSIS: A collection of short films about perversion and bizarre sexuality, Hippocampus M 21th pushes the boundaries of fetish and propriety. REVIEW: Have you ever watched Fear Factor and gotten to the really gross challenges and though to yourself, hey, I’d really like to try that completely naked? Yeah, me neither. The ridiculously named Hippocampus M 21th is a series of bizarre vignettes …

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Film Review: Schramm (1993)


SYNOPSIS: Journey into the twisted mind of a serial killer with this exploration of the true-life German “Lipstick Killer.” Suspected of murdering more than a dozen women, psychopath Lothar Schramm (Florian Koerner von Gustorf) paints the lips of the women he’s killed and rapes them after death. With shocking images of brutal violence, filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit imagines Schramm’s life flashing …

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Film Review: Angst (1983)


SYNOPSIS: A psychopathic killer is released from prison after a ten-year term. Unable to restrain himself, he immediately sets out on a path of further mutilation and destruction. After botching an attempt at slaying a taxi driver, he escapes on foot into the woods. Discovering a secluded mansion, he breaks in, proceeding to terrorize the family living there. REVIEW:

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Film Review: We Are Monsters (2015)


SYNOPSIS: Emma is kidnapped and imprisoned by a trio of psychopaths. REVIEW: While technicalities and specific story details will vary from one film to the next, almost all entries in the rape/revenge sub-genre feature a handful of the same tropes and follow a very similar structure. An innocent woman, through no fault of her own, finds herself kidnapped or otherwise …

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Film Review: Tortured (2008)


SYNOPSIS: Two escaped convicts are on the run, looking to take a hostage to help them escape the country. They stalk a girl that looks like a prime candidate, but one of them has ulterior motives. REVIEW: You generally know what you’re getting into when you sign on to watch a film by a company called Exploitation Pictures. Tortured (subtitled …

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Film Review: Caterpillar (2010)


SYNOPSIS: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier… but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle in mainland China. All hopes, from the village men and women to close family members, turn to Shigeko, the Lieutenant’s wife: she must honor the Emperor and the country in setting an …

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Film Review: Violent Shit 3: Infantry of Doom (1999)


SYNOPSIS:  Three men row a lifeboat to a shoreline inhabited by iron mask-clad followers of “The Maester” and his son. Through every conceivable, sometimes random, means possible, each character meets a brutal demise. And I do mean each character. I think there’s literally one survivor on the entire island by the end. REVIEW: Wow… just… wow. Not a good wow …

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Film Review: Anabolyzer (2000)


SYNOPSIS: A gym owner and his lover plot to use anabolic steroids to turn her jilted husband into a murderer. The target? The gym owner’s wife. The only problem is, there’s another serial killer in town who isn’t particularly interested in sharing his territory. REVIEW: Did you see how that movie I described up there sounds interesting? It sounds like …

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