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Film Review: Back to the Beyond (2011)


SYNOPSIS: When a paranormal research team investigates a haunting dramatized on a classic television series, they encounter a sinister supernatural force thought to be fictional. REVIEW: I really do hate to knock independent films. The type where a group of friends pool their resources together to make a movie. It’s really difficult to do. I know firsthand, I attempted and ...

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Film Review: I Am Nancy (2010)


Β  SYNOPSIS: In the autobiographical I AM NANCY, the focus is squarely on Heather Langenkamp and her unique experience playing Wes Craven’s legendary teen heroine Nancy Thompson. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Heather asks the burning question: “Why Freddymania, and not Nancymania?” After personally experiencing the Freddy Krueger marketing craze, the rise of horror convention fandom and the phenomenon ...

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Film Review: Asylum Seekers (2009)


SYNOPSIS: In an odd turn of events, six troubled individuals arrive at an asylum to find they must compete for the last remaining available space. Their only contact in the facility is Nurse Milly and her two orderlies and the ever watching, ever present, β€œbig brother” authority known only as β€œthe beard” and only heard through the hospital’s speaker system. ...

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Film Review: The Marsh (2006)


SYNOPSIS: Plagued by disturbing visions, children’s author Claire Holloway (Gabrielle Anwar) obeys her doctor’s orders and takes a sabbatical, checking into the Rose Marsh Farmhouse. But instead of peace, she finds her worst nightmares come to life, forcing her to seek the help of a paranormal consultant (Forest Whitaker). Directed by Jordan Barker, this supernatural thriller also stars Justin Louis, ...

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Film Review: Little Big Boy: The Rise and Fall of Jimmy Duncan (2011)


SYNOPSIS: Successful horror film director Jimmy Duncan begins work on his anticipated fourth film, β€œDeath Stalker,” but runs into mounting production issues. His hot tempter, larger-than-life ego and deteriorating mental state make it difficult for him to trust anyone and complete his ambitious project. Haunted by the tragedies of his childhood, Jimmy Duncan descends into a demented, destructive mindset. Jimmy ...

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Film Review: The Innkeepers (2011)


SYNOPSIS: A horror-thriller centered on the last two employees at a haunted hotel that’s going out of business. REVIEW: This was showing as part of the Incredibly Strange film festival (incrediblystrange.co.nz), which is an offshoot of the main New Zealand Film Festival. I noticed it was scheduled for a 10.45pm showing, in one of the smaller, quieter and artier cinemas. ...

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Film Review: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)


SYNOPSIS: The third installment in the Mummy franchise takes archaeologist Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) all the way to China, pitting him against an emperor (Jet Li) from the 2,000-year-old Han dynasty, who’s returned from the dead to pursue an evil quest for world domination. This time, O’Connell enlists the help of his family — including his wife, son and brother-in-law ...

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