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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, “Death 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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Film Review: The Lottery (short film) (2010)


SYNOPSIS: Welcome to Dreadville Series is a mini-series that takes place in the fictional town of Dreadville, ILL. Each WTD episode is approx. 20-30 mins in length and the stories genres range from Grind house horror to drama. The director’s influences include Hitchc**k, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Night Gallery and Tales from the Darkside. Welcome to Dreadville is a surreal ...

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Film Review: The Maltese Murder Mystery (2007)


SYNOPSIS: Some 40 years after a notorious unsolved crime that came to be known as the Maltese Murder Mystery, a guilt-ridden eyewitness (Debra Stotts) spills her secrets to her police detective daughter (Nichole Dingee) and points the way to the elusive killer. A cold case heats up quickly with a shocking story– revealed in flashback — of addiction, betrayal and ...

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Film Review: The Last Horror Film (aka Fanatic) (1982)


SYNOPSIS: Vinny Durand (Spinell), a lonesome New York cab driver who lives at home with this mother, has dreams of becoming a famous film director. Comsumed by his depraved obsession with beautiful horror actress Jenna Bates (Bond girl Caroline Munro) and determined to have her star in his first film, Vinny trails her to the Cannes Film Festival. While Vinny’s ...

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Film Review: Supernatural: The Anime Series (2011)


SYNOPSIS: As children, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother Mary to a horrific paranormal incident. Raised by an obsessively driven father searching for revenge, they’ve become hunters—traveling America to save others from things that go bump in the night. Now the past has come back to haunt them: their father mysteriously vanishes, and Sam’s girlfriend Jessica dies in exactly ...

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Film Review: Deadtime Stories: Volume 1 (2009)


SYNOPSIS: George A. Romero, the renown horror writer and creator of Night of the Living Dead, has partnered with writer-actor Jeff Monahan to create horror anthology George A. Romero Presents … Deadtime Stories. The first volume of this two volume set consists of an anthology of three 30-minute horror films: Valley of the Shadow: A woman searches for her missing ...

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Film Review: The Skeptic (2008)


  SYNOPSIS: Ignoring the odd circumstances of his aunt’s death and ominous warnings about her abandoned Victorian, cynical attorney Bryan Beckett (Tim Daly) moves into the house. But before you can say “boo,” things that go bump in the night make him question his sanity. Writer-director Tennyson Bardwell’s supernatural tale — by turns comic and creepy — also stars Zoe ...

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