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Film Review: Livid (Livide) (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: “It’s young Lucy’s first day as a trainee in-house caregiver. She visits Mrs Jessel, an old woman who lies in cerebral coma, by herself, in her large desolate house. Learning by accident that Mrs Jessel, a former dance teacher of repute, supposedly possesses a treasure somewhere in the house, Lucy and friends William and Ben decide to search the …

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Film Review: Legends of the Superheroes (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: Heroes and villains of DC Comics square off in the two-part, live-action, made-for-TV (with a laugh track!) smackdowns of Legends of the Super Heroes. The Challenge: Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward of the live-action Batman TV series) lead The Flash, Green Lantern and more JLA members against The Riddler (Frank Gorshin reprising his TV role), Mordru, …

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Film Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. REVIEW: It’s been four years since the second of director Christopher Nolan’s proposed trilogy of Batman films “The Dark Knight” was released. A masterful film that ended with Batman taking responsibility for the …

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Film Review: Dead Calm (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A mass-murderer kidnaps and seduces a young woman after leaving her husband to die on the vessel whose crew he’s just slaughtered. REVIEW: The title to this 1989 suspense/thriller from director Philip Noyce is fairly spot-on; Dead Calm is, in large part, a lot of floating at sea without much terror at all. Sure, there are ripples of horror, …

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Film Review: Office Killer (1997)

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SYNOPSIS: A mousy office worker accidentally kills one of her coworkers, then proceeds to bump off a few others. REVIEW: Photography is, of course, the parentage from which the moving image was born. Consequently, we believe that a masterful understanding and control of still imagery can easily be translated onto celluloid. This is not always the case – particularly if …

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Film Review: Mr. Brooks (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. REVIEW: While gore for fear sake certainly does have a place in film, psychological horror stands alone, typically being considerably much more frightening and leaving a lasting impression. When the film is loaded with some of Hollywood’s best actors, this aspect is emphasized even …

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Film Review: Strange Days (1995)

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SYNOPSIS: A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a police conspiracy in 1999 Los Angeles.  REVIEW: With the year 2000 looming ahead (at the time), a few films were bound to come out predicting our immediate future. “Strange Days”, a Kathryn Bigelow directed action crime drama was setting the stage with its present day science fiction film that foresaw a …

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Film Review: The Holy Mountain (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful individuals, each representing a planet in the solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide’s assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of …

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Film Review: Voices (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: This creepy, supernatural thriller revolves around the paranoid belief that those dearest to you may want you dead. REVIEW: “Voices” arrived on the tail end of the After Dark HorrorFest III. It also is the only Asian horror entry in this series. While “Voices” has a pretty strong story base, it also was not high on the scale of …

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Film Review: Lost Woods (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of twenty something friends go on an impromptu camping trip to reprise old nostalgia. The clique soon realizes their glory days are far over as an unknown presence lurks nearby. Will the friends pull it together, mending their torn past or will evil prevail rendering them forever in lost woods? REVIEW: Directed By: Nathan Ellering and Phillip …

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Film Review: The Museum of Wonders (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: When the beautiful dancer Salome learns that the dwarf circus owner Marcel has just received an inheritance, she marries the lovesick, diminutive performer, all the while planning to steal his fortune and run off with her lover, strong man Sansone. When Marcel and fellow performers discover her evil plan, they band together to carry out a brutal revenge. REVIEW: …

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Film Review: Silent House (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Trapped inside her family’s lakeside retreat, a young woman descends into madness. REVIEW: “Silent House” is 2011 created film that features the talented actress Elizabeth Olsen, at the focal point. Olsen plays Sarah in this haunting thriller. Usually we get right into the story and how it affected us on a genre level but I believe this film offers …

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Film Review: SWAP.avi (2008)

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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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