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Film Review: Flesh Eaters: A Love Story (short film) (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Today’s the day that Troy will propose to his long-time sweetheart Jamie. Unfortunately, the very first days of the zombie apocalypse have arrived, which leaves Troy a little more of a challenge to get to his beloved who is trapped in her office building. Will he make it in time? REVIEW: According to the opening minutes of “Flesh Eaters”, …

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Film Review: Ghost Quake (2012)

SYNOPSIS:  At Hallowman High School the ghost of a former Principal, who also happened to be a cult leader and serial killer, is unwittingly brought back from the dead by his grandson. REVIEW: As made-for-TV movies go, this isn’t too bad. It has an enthusiasm about it that is rather endearing and despite not really knowing whether it wants to …

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Film Review: The Life Zone (2011)

SYNOPSIS: Three pregnant women are abducted by an anti-abortion group who bombard them with pro-life propaganda and intend to imprison them until they give birth. REVIEW: Generally speaking, very few English language films dare to push an unequivocal political or moral message; Ken Loach being one of the better known directors whose films fall into that select category. In my …

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Film Review: The Ghostmaker (2011)

SYNOPSIS: After Kyle, a flunking college student finds a fifteenth century coffin with the ability to create the death experience; he attains a new lease on life. Will Kyle be inspired to get his life in order or will his obsession with the box consume his very existence? REVIEW: Directed By: Mauro Borrelli Starring: Aaron Dean Eisenberg, Liz Fenning, J. …

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Film Review: The Hounds (2011)

SYNOPSIS: When four friends decide to spend the weekend camping in the local woods they discover a shallow grave; but the following morning the corpse has disappeared… REVIEW: One of increasing number of low budget horror movies, THE HOUNDS is what I would call a semi-pro feature. Shot on video and bypassing movie theaters altogether in favour of DVD and …

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Film Review: Baron Blood (1972)

SYNOPSIS: In director Mario Bava’s sumptuous Technicolor Gothic horror classic, an American student Peter Kleist travels to Austria on summer holiday to learn more about his family roots. By reciting an incantation on a piece of ancient parchment, he succeeds in scaring up a genuine ancestor – Baron Otto von Kleist, a 16th century sadistic nobleman whose appetite for cruelty …

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Film Review: Animus (2013)

SYNOPSIS: A group of students making a documentary about a reputedly haunted abandoned mental institution discovers there is more than a grain of truth in the rumours. REVIEW: Let’s face it, ANIMUS is not going to win any prizes for originality: the ‘abandoned asylum’ thing has been done several times in the last couple of years alone and the ‘making …

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Film Review: Tesis (1996)

SYNOPSIS: Angela (Ana Torrent), is a grad student writing her thesis on violent video. She gets in contact with Chema (Fele Martinez), a long haired horror geek who takes her home and introduces her to his collection of gore tapes. He plays her a mondo movie calle ‘Fresh Blood’, which shows a dead body having its brain removed. Angela’s professor …

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Film Review: Acedia (2012)

SYNOPSIS: A group of priests have been commissioned by the Vatican to perform an exorcism on a girl seemingly possessed. The ritual unravels at the seams as the priests soon realize the village locals have been wishing upon an unholy box allegedly constructed from actual wood from Noah’s Ark. The wishes come at a hellacious cost as he who casts …

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Film Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1987)

SYNOPSIS: Ricky is a mentally unstable young man who decides to follow in his psychotic brother’s footsteps and go on a killing spree dressed as Santa Claus. REVIEW: It’s Christmas, and one of the Martin family’s long-standing holiday traditions is to watch Silent Night, Deadly Night (and the original Black Christmas) the Saturday night before X-mas. This year we were …

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Film Review: Grotesque (1988)

SYNOPSIS: A gang of annoying punks break into a special effect maker’s house in the middle of nowhere looking for money and/or drugs. After killing everyone in the house (except for the daughter who makes a run for it) the punks accidentally release a grotesque creature the family had locked away in a hidden room that promptly begins killing them …

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Film Review: 2000 Anos pra Isso? (short film) (1996)

SYNOPSIS: none given REVIEW: As a distorted celebratory score blares over this rough looking footage, a young man undresses in front of a recently murdered corpse, that lay waiting inside his bathtub. This curious short by Petter Baiestorf methodically focuses in as our machete wielding subject slowly cuts directly into the bodies stomach layer by layer. Then revealing what looks …

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Film Review: Sweet Movie (1974)

SYNOPSIS: No synopsis can do this movie justice, but it basically boils down to a bunch of ‘radical’ students misbehaving on camera, with the the end result being passed off as an experimental art piece. It’s a psycho-sexual ‘comedy’ that wallows in shattered taboos, and absurdist, free-form vignettes. REVIEW: Directed by: Dusan Makevejev Starring: Carole Laure; John Vernon The film …

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