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Film Review: Brutal Relax (short film) (2010)

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SYNOPSIS:

 Mr Olivares has already recovered, but now he needs a vacation.

REVIEW:

Wow, what a fantastic gory free for all splatterfest. This one snuck under the radar but is accessible now to lovers of extreme cinema. Before getting into review make sure to give this one a look on youtube which now hosts the piece in its entirety. (see below)

Mr Olivares (José María Angorrilla) is advised by his doctor to get … Continue reading

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Film Review: Aqualorius! (short film) (2009)

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20 years ago two boys disappeared in the swimming pool at Hulgaard Elementary. Ever since children have been telling stories about a monster living at the bottom of the pool. A victim of all the school bullies, 11-year-old Lars, has written a love letter for the older girl Sherin. When Sherin’s boyfriend, the worst bad guy in school, finds the letter, he forces Lars to swim to the bottom of the pool … Continue reading

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Film Review: Vacancy (2007)

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A young married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They realize that unless they escape, they’ll be the next victims of a snuff film.

REVIEW:

Even big names Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson couldn’t save this anti-climactic steaming pile of crap. The premise seems like a good recipe for potential terror: An estranged couple finds themselves entrapped in a diabolical scheme to produce … Continue reading

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Film Review: Identity (2003)

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Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rainstorm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they’re being killed off one by one.

REVIEW:

The 2003 theatrical debut of “Identity” was a slam dunk for movie plotlines. I remember seeing this one live and thinking, “wow! what a brilliant film that I couldn’t wait to tell others about”. Maybe it’s “Identity’s” intricate approach to storytelling or … Continue reading

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Film Review: Eastern Bandits (2012)

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The movie is set during the Japanese invasion of China. The story is told from the perspective of Gao – a soldier seeking revenge from the Japanese. He is trying to assassinate the visiting Japanese commander. In the process of plotting such scheme, he had a chance encounter with a local Mafia, lead by its charismatic leader Fang.

REVIEW:

Set in a gritty land of western mentality and Asian finesse, “Eastern … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales (2014)

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SYNOPSIS:

From Master of Horror Tom Holland, comes a brand new horror anthology, TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES.

REVIEW:

Oh boy. this is gonna be a challenge to review.

First of all, I love anthology horrors. Each little snippet a morality tale of some sort, speaking to the basic evils of humanity – vanity, greed, lust, etc. Always a good time, right?

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Film Review: Prom Night (1980)

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A group of kids playing a very strange game leads to the accidental death of a little girl. Years later when the group is in high school and looking forward to attending their prom someone decides to make them pay for their actions that caused the little girl to die by killing them one-by-one. Will Kim and the school principal be able to figure out who is behind the murders … Continue reading

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Film Review: Area Q (2011)

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SYNOPSIS:

Thomas Mathews, an investigative journalist whose world is turned upside-down when his son disappears, is sent to Brazil to investigate close encounter sightings.

REVIEW:

A man once approached me at work and said “It was my birthday a while ago. My friends asked me how old I was. I said 54. Then we looked at my birth certificate and it said I was actually 55. I lost a year in there somewhere.” As … Continue reading

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Film Review: Twisted Sisters (2006)

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Twisted Sisters is a dark thriller dealing with the personal struggle between two twins. Jennifer was given everything a girl could wish for, Norah learned to survive on nothing. Now it is time for the tables to turn. Locating, stalking and mimicking the life of her sister, Norah decides it is time that she had it all – and no-one will get in her way.

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There are great pairings between director … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Dead 2: India (2013)

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In this ferocious sequel to the worldwide horror hit THE DEAD, an infectious epidemic spreads through India as an American turbine engineer (Joseph Millson of TV’s 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY) learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai. Now he must battle his way across a 300-mile wasteland of the ravenous undead.

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Coming off the much heralded release of 2010’s “The Dead”, the release of “The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Timesweep (1987)

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A group of people—filmmakers, local history buffs, students, and journalists—all gather to explore a now-defunct, dilapidated movie studio. They soon learn, however, that time—past, present, and future—have coalesced into one, and entities from the past and future travel through the movie studio, often terrorizing its visitors. The group must try and escape the building, but it is surrounded in a deadly, flesh-eating fog.

REVIEW:

Wow, “distributed by Carrera Topline.” I admit, TIMESWEEP … Continue reading

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Film Review: Zombie Night (2013)

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Zombies come out at night and two families must survive until morning.

REVIEW:

Oh man I loved this movie! I actually saw it a few months before it was brought to me for review, based mainly on the cast. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

From a story by Richard Shenkman (Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies) and directed by John Culager (Piranha 3DD), The story follows two families through one terrible night at … Continue reading

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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 ancient is that between the rational and the irrational, the routine versus … Continue reading

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Film Review: As Above, So Below (2014) – Review 2

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Continuing her father’s desperate search for the Philosopher’s Stone, Scarlett leads a team into the catacombs below Paris. Joined by a close friend, George, and her camera man, Benji, she begins to explore an uncharted section of the city of the dead encountering a door way to hidden horrors.

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Film Review: As Above, So Below (2014)

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Synopsis: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

Sneaking onto theaters this weekend with little to no fanfare, As Above, So Below is yet another entry in my least favorite horror sub genre – found footage films. I have complained in the past on their overall amateurism, but the fact that … Continue reading

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Film Review: Deadbeat at Dawn (1988)

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After one too many encounters with The Spiders (a rival gang), The Ravens’ leader’s girlfriend tells him to quit the gang or it’s Splitsville. He does so, but the leader of The Spiders is hellbent on revenge and arranges the murder of the girlfriend. That ticks off the boyfriend, who wreaks havoc with the two gangs, who have joined forces in order to pull off a security truck heist.

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Film Review: Pieces of Talent (2014)

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A struggling young actress meets a guy who claims to be a filmmaker who wants to work on a project with her. Unfortunately he’s actually a deranged killer who enjoys filming people as he murders them. Will she figure it out before it’s too late or is she destined to be the star of his next snuff film?

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Film Review: Niku Daruma (Psycho Snuff Reels) (1998)

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Kana tries to end her starring role in an abusive porno. For her, the end comes only after she’s been reduced to a “Tumbling Doll of Flesh”.

REVIEW:

Tamakichi Anaru is a Japanese director with a very disturbing vision. I really can’t think of a better way to start this review, so I’ll just reiterate that this man has some sick thoughts going through his head. He is the director of such movies … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Hideout (2014)

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The Hideout is about five thieves that retreat back to their hideout after a heist. Slowly, they begin to distrust and turn against one another and then chaos erupts.

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Film Review: The Battery (2012)

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SYNOPSIS:

The personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead.

REVIEW:

Glancing at past reviews, I fear I’ve grown a tad jaded towards zombie movies. Like Glenn Beck offering his personal opinions on an episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” I may no longer lay claim to the one tentative thread of objectivity I had to begin with. In … Continue reading

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Film Review: Special Effects (1984)

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SYNOPSIS:

A has-been director murders a struggling actress and then decides to make a movie (that claims her husband killed her) about it.

REVIEW:

I had seen Special Effects when I was a kid and didn’t really like it because it didn’t involve someone in a mask running around chopping people to pieces. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me back then and I thought that it was pretty boring. I … Continue reading

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