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Film Review: Hellboy (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness. REVIEW: With the rush of superhero films raking in the audiences, it was only a matter of time before director Guillermo del Toro got on board with his own adaptation. Hellboy though is unlike …

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Film Review: The Tapes (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Fame-hungry Gemma asks her boyfriend Danny and his media student mate Nathan to film her Big Brother audition. They hear about a sex party and change course, but soon wish they hadn’t as the party goers turn out to be devil worshippers. REVIEW: “The Tapes” is another entry in the tired (or not-so-tired, depending on your point of view) …

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Film Review: Hisss (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Based on the Far Eastern myth of the snake woman who is able to take on human form. REVIEW: “Hisss” is a very recent horror/thriller from India, ripe with comedic interludes. It also ventures into strong dramatic territory at times. It’s low budget roots show, even though it had an estimated budget of six million dollars. It follows a …

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Film Review: Vlog (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: From the producers of SAW, VLOG is a groundbreaking extreme-horror film about a real-life webcam girl whose online murder is not what it seems. REVIEW: “VLOG” is a rather interesting little film. I was ready to write the film off ten minutes in, but I ended up really enjoying the way the events play out. And damn, was I …

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Film Review: In a Glass Cage (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: A former Nazi doctor-turned-pedophile, paralyzed from the neck down after a suicide attempt, is forced to accept a boy as his nurse under threat of blackmail: the boy secretly witnessed the doctor’s torture and murder of another boy, and possesses the man’s diary, which details his wartime experiments and his subsequent descent into pedophilia and murder. Before long, the …

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Film Review: Mosquito Man (2005)

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SYNOPSIS: Police lieutenant detective Thomas ‘Thom’ Randall’s steady girl-friend, Dr. Jennifer ‘Jen’ Allen, is Dr. Aaron Michael’s main assistant on his pharmaceutical firm Bellion’s research program to cure the highly contagious, fatal infection Guinin. Multiple murderer Erikson, whom Thom arrested, is one of their special drug test subjects, but escapes. Ray and Jen are affected by radio-actively altered DNA from …

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Film Review: Death of a Ghost Hunter (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: In 2002, renowned Ghost Hunter, Carter Simms, was offered $5,000 to conduct a 3-day and 3-nihgt paranormal investigation of the infamous Masterson House. Twenty years earlier, Minister Joseph Masterson and his family were brutally murdered inside their home. With the aid of a videographer, a reporter, and spiritual advocate, Carter set out to prove or disprove claims that the …

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Film Review: Horror Hotel (1960)

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SYNOPSIS: “On 3 March 1692, in Whitewood, Massachusetts, the witch Elizabeth Selwyn is sentenced to be burned at the stake, and her partner Jethrow Keane asks Lúcifer to save her. About three hundred years later, the college student Nan Barlow decides to spend her vacation in the town to research witchcraft. Her professor Alan Driscoll suggests Nan to lodge in …

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Film Review: 11/11/11 (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: After the Vales family move into a new home, the nutty neighbors instantly begin keeping a watchful eye. Husband and wife, Jack and Melissa, begin noticing their son, Nat, is exhibiting stranger and stranger behavior. Whenever anyone begins to reveal what is going on with the house and the family they soon turn up dead. When Melissa ends up …

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Film Review: Astron-6 (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Astron-6 is the brainchild of these five iconoclastic, multi-media artists who share a fascination with the mechanics of fear and laughter. They subvert the expectations of the seasoned viewer with the nightmarish and absurd. Their imagery and recurring themes are often torn from the childhood of the irony-craving, internet savvy Generations X and Y. That is, they often lampoon …

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Film Review: Dreamaniac (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: In the sleep-stirring tradition of Phantasm and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dreamaniac introduces Lily, a deadly leading lady who makes Freddy look like a bargain basement boogeyman! Adam is a heavy metal rocker and part-time Satanist. When Lily enters his dreams, he uses black magic to summon her into reality. Too late, Adam learns that Lily is a …

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