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Film Review: Crazy Love (1987)

SYNOPSIS: 1987 was a great year for Charles Bukowski screen adaptations. Barbert Schroeder offered up Barfly, a low-life epic of squalor and drunkenness starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway. In the same year, Dominique Deruddere presented his debut feature, Crazy Love, a much lesser-known film that stunned the arthouse crowd with its darkly amusing and disturbing edge. But since its …

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Film Review: Dark Water (2002)

SYNOPSIS: A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water. REVIEW: Following hot on the heels of the execrable Sadako 3D, here we have the perfect antidote. Dark Water is Hideo Nakata’s second adaptation of a Kôji Suzuki story, and it is also one of several Japanese horror flicks …

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Film Review: Wake in Fright (1971)

SYNOPSIS: Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But his one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. …

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Film Review: Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

SYNOPSIS: “Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The centre of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned …

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Film Review: Branded (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Set in a dystopian future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man’s effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world. REVIEW: It’s rare these days to find a truly remarkable film about the subjects of advertising, marketing and science fiction that work so …

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Film Review: Lake Noir (2011)

SYNOPSIS: A group of friends head off for a secluded getaway and encounter more than they bargained for. ‘Nothing good happens at this lake’ warns Ol’ Mr. McAvoy to a group of unsuspecting campers looking forward to a sex and alcohol fueled romp at a secluded lake. Little do they know the lake’s sordid past, the lake’s horrible atrocities and …

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Film Review: Crawlspace (2012)

SYNOPSIS: A team of Special Forces military personnel has been dispatched to clean up the mess at Pine Gap, a top secret underground experiment facility. With their cut and dry mission to execute any test subjects on site, their orders suddenly become compromised as a woman is discovered that strikes an uncanny resemblance to the Commander’s murdered wife. Will they …

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Film Review: Doom (2005)

SYNOPSIS: Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines. REVIEW: Full disclosure: when I was assigned to watch and review the film, “Doom” , the 2005 release based on the popular eponymous video game, I was more than a little skeptical about it. …

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Film Review: Decay (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Four biochemistry employees are assigned the overnight shift to keep an eye on a facility two hundred feet underground. Something goes terribly awry as the system goes on lockdown and something sinister lurks around every darkened corner. REVIEW: Directed By: Luke Thompson, Michael Mazur Starring: Zoe Hatherell, Tom Procter, Stewart Martin-Haugh This export from the UK has tremendous promise …

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Film Review: Ghoul (2012)

SYNOPSIS: In small town America in the 1980s, a young boy comes to believe that the local abandoned mine may be home to a gruesome monster. REVIEW: GHOUL is very much in the Stephen King tradition of horror tales centred around children, with all the secret hideouts, midnight meet-ups, rival gangs, domestic issues, bicycles, etc., that entails. Unfortunately several things …

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Film Review: Hysterical (1983)

SYNOPSIS: A burned out writer retreats to a northwest town called Hellview to write the great American novel. Unfortunately for him, the lighthouse he is renting is inhabited by the spirit of a woman who killed herself there one hundred years before and now wants him to replace her lost love, Captain Howdy. When Captain Howdy is resurrected, two daring …

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Film Review: Animal Soup (2009)

SYNOPSIS: Three groups of hikers embark on a hike across the beautiful countryside, they quickly discover the local inhabitants are anything but friendly. REVIEW: Some films just head out of the gate pure nasty never letting let up. “Animal Soup” is one such film. Directed by David V.G. Davies and a fella who calls himself J.A.K., “Animal Soup” really doesn’t …

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Film Review: Reel Evil (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Struggling filmmakers – Kennedy, Cory and James – finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a ‘behind-the-scenes’ documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when they explore the legendary, haunted location and find something far worse than anything Hollywood could create. Terror becomes reality …

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