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Film Review: Truth or Die (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: After teen misfit Felix (Tom Kane) is humiliated and tormented at a house party he extends a welcome to his perpetrators to his birthday party to demonstrate there are no hard feelings. Once the weekend warriors arrive to his family’s secluded estate they realize perhaps there were ulterior motives at play. Will his peers have opportunity to express genuine …

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Film Review: Cujo (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: A friendly St. Bernard named “Cujo” contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a mother and her asthmatic son. REVIEW: There was a time when it seemed like everything Stephen King put to paper was turned into either a television mini series or a feature film, and I mean everything. “Cujo” was one of his earlier successes, …

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Film Review: Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Nerdy, reserved bookworm Needy and arrogant, conceited cheerleader Jennifer are best friends, though they share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. As Needy’s male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks, the young girl must uncover the truth …

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Film Review: Black Christmas (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break. REVIEW: What can be said about the original Black Christmas that hasn’t been said before? Probably not much but I’m sure the obvious statements such as the “FIRST” slasher movie to turn heads and launch the style …

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Film Review: The Cohasset Snuff Film (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: In 2009, the small town of Cohasset, Massachusetts was rocked with tragedy. A 17-year-old high school senior named Collin Mason murdered three classmates. All the murders were videotaped and uploaded to the Internet via bit torrent sites and for three days, the world viewed the murders of these three innocent teens. Through legal action, the parents of the victims …

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Film Review: Generation X (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of young mutants–humans with a genetic variation that gives them superpowers and makes them feared by the population at large–begin training at a school for heroes. Their studies are interrupted when they must rescue one of their number from a mad scientist who can enter others’ dreams. REVIEW: This 1996 Made-for-TV film might have flown under the …

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Film Review: Hollow (2012)

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Synopsis: When four friends journey to the remote English countryside, they discover the local legends haunting the region. Set just outside the nearby ruins of an ancient monastery, stands a gigantic, elderly tree that mysteriously draws young lovers to commit suicide, to be found hanging from its twisted limbs. The closer they get to uncovering the mysteries of the Hollow, …

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Film Review: Chatroom (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A disturbed teenager sets up a chatroom with the intention of grooming someone into committing suicide. REVIEW: Not a horror film per se but nevertheless an upsetting psychological drama that avoids most of the pitfalls that commonly beset films based around current technology. It’s tempting to see this movie as a real departure for director Hideo Nakata, best known …

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Film Review: Caesar and Otto’s Deadly Xmas (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Caesar and Otto find themselves employed at Xmas Enterprises Inc. Unfortunately, a disgruntled employee wearing a Santa suit has begun a killing spree. Now it looks like he’s found himself the perfect patsies. REVIEW: I’m not exactly sure when, but sometime in 2010, I was sent a film to review called “Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre”. It was …

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Film Review: Operation Nazi Zombies (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: An elite Special Forces unit, the likes of which “has never been formed in these Unites States”, is sent to a classified destination to clean up a biological problem resulting from classified U.S. experiments regarding awakening the dead. REVIEW: Written and directed by David B. Stewart III Starring: Thomas Reilly, Ellisa Mullen, Christopher Connolly Best example of botching a …

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Film Review: Barrio Tales (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: An anthology horror movie presenting three stories with a Mexican theme. REVIEW: Everyone likes anthology horror movies don’t they? There’s almost always something for everyone, in nice bite size pieces, and even if one segment doesn’t work there will be another one along in twenty minutes. Everything moves along at a fast pace, there’s very little padding and there’s …

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Film Review: Grabbers (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive. REVIEW: I’m so glad to see that horror can still be fun and rightly fit within the category of horror. “Grabbers” is a sci-fi/thriller filmed in the lovely setting of Ireland, (County Donegal, Ireland …

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Film Review: The Prey (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends on a camping trip are terrorized by a horribly disfigured and psychotic survivor of a horrible forest fire that took place decades ago. As the members of the camping party start dying in a variety of ways at the hands of the hulking killer it becomes obvious that he isn’t just looking for victims to …

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Film Review: Dredd 3D (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared …

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Film Review: Scary or Die (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: There’s a cliche regarding horror movie audiences that we feel compelled to shout advice at the screen. “No don’t open that door,” or “he’s only playing dead”, and suchlike. I found myself doing something along those lines while watching “Scary or Die,” only my warnings were aimed at the writing and direction rather than the hapless characters. REVIEW: “Scary …

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Film Review: The Kiss (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off with a relative who possessed an unusual bloodline which was passed on to Felice via a kiss. Now all grown up, Felice is a jet setting model, while Hillary is happily married to husband Jack with a daughter, Amy. One day, Felice …

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Film Review: Creak (short film) (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: It’s 4am and somewhere, something has opened… REVIEW: Heather heard a noise downstairs. In fact, she won’t leave Ellen alone until she investigates the potential intruder. This scene should feel quite familiar as I believe every couple goes thru this night-time concern every now and then. “Creak” caters to this idea taking it to a reality for that very …

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Film Review: Toxic Lullaby (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: After a night of partying in the countryside with her close friends, Eloise (Samantha Richter) wakes up all alone only to find the world around her is drastically different. The landscape has become desolate populated with zombie-like monsters called “sleepers” ready to chase her down. She reaches out to other survivors, but not all are friendly; many are even …

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