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

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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: Naciye (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: On their first night at a new, secluded house, a couple (Esin Harvey, Gorkem Mertsoz) encounter the mysterious woman (Derya Alabora – A Most Wanted Man, When We Leave) who claims it to be her home. REVIEW: The fact that Naciye is writer/director Lutfu Emre Cicek’s first feature length film kind of blows my mind. He’s done a couple …

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Film Review: Nightmares (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Anthology of four horror tales with a supernatural twist based on urban legends. REVIEW: “Nightmares” started life as shorts filmed for the TV series “Darkroom” which were deemed too “intense” and so were edited together with additional footage and released theatrically as a horror anthology. Like all anthology films, some segments are better than others. Unfortunately, most of them …

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Film Review: #Horror (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: Inspired by actual events, a group of 12 year old girls face a night of horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity. REVIEW: Along with a rise in cat memes, John Travolta gifs and misappropriated quotes from dead people, the social networking boom of …

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Film Review: Day 6 (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Dr. Davide studies the alien abductions. From the abductees under hypnosis, he has understood that some alien races have been installing, for millennia, their active memories in the people’s brains, to exploit a special energy: the Soul. REVIEW: Life is full of mysteries.  Two of the biggest mysteries that have bled from real life into horror films in a …

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Film Review: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers. REVIEW: Horror western tends to be an untapped well of creativity.  It takes two genres that don’t usually blend together and brings them into each other’s arms to make something magical.  Whether that magic is good or bad all comes down …

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Film Review: The Wicked Within (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: After a year passes since the sudden death of a child, a family gathering takes place whilst peculiar unexplainable events occur REVIEW: The Wicked Within, one of After Dark’s “8 Films to Die For” 2015, is a possession-based horror that starts off really strong but then sprawls into a generic possession film with oddly acting characters and a limp …

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Film Review: Farhope Tower (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: When a team of paranormal investigators are promised a shot at a pilot from a prestigious television network they vie to develop the most gripping episode possible. An abandoned local tower with a notorious reputation for an onslaught of suicides seems like the most viable choice. It doesn’t take long for the team to realize they’ve gotten in way …

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Film Review: Her Name Was Torment (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A lurid and exploitative adventure into erotica, violence, pain, and the unknown. Necrophilia, torture, gore, and psychological horror REVIEW: You can’t wave a limited collector’s edition VHS tape in the independent horror world and not hit what some folks would call a torture porn movie. And it makes sense – if your film revolves primarily around brutal torture sequences, …

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Film Review: Aimy in a Cage (2016)

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SYNOPSIS: A creative teenage girl is placed into a mind-altering procedure to civilise her, while news of a virus epidemic spreads throughout the world. REVIEW: ok, uumm….I really don’t know where to begin on this one. I mean, I totally dig it. It’s extraordinary, but I don’t know how to go about explaining this thing to someone who hasn’t seen …

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Film Review: Brainstorm (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: Michael and Lillian have just discovered a new scientific breakthrough that could change the meaning of the word communication. The two have designed a prototype machine which actually records everything that a person is going through and allows another person to play back that persons experience and feel as if they are going through it themselves. Their prototype is …

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Film Review: Mother (2009)

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Synopsis: A mother lives quietly with her twenty-eight-year-old son, Do-joon, providing herbs and acupuncture to neighbors. One day, a girl is brutally murdered, and Do-joon is charged with the killing. Now, it’s his mother’s call whether to prove him innocent or to leave him imprisoned Review: “Mother” written and directed by Korean master Joon-ho Bong, who also brought us “The …

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Fim Review: Visitor Q (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures. REVIEW: “The sea’s so endless. You can’t see anything.” Prolific filmmaker, Takashi Miike, often delights in putting off the audience with controversial subject matter and this film is no different.  Modeled loosely after Pasolini’s Theorum, …

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Film Review: Red Victoria (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Talented but broke screenwriter Jim (Tony Brownrigg) reluctantly agrees to pen a horror script to raise some cash. But his inspiration comes in a very unusual form: a murderous muse named Victoria (Arianne Martin) who’s determined to give Jim a true taste of terror. As the vengeful spirit begins killing his friends one by one, Jim turns to his …

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Film Review: He (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: A very bizarre and paranoid man sees, does, and hears a lot of weird things as his miserable wife slowly goes insane and plans to kill him. REVIEW: First off, let me just say that I love low-budget and independent films of all kinds. I think that most independent films are a million times better than the majority of …

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Film Review: Daybreakers (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: After an outbreak of vampirism has washed over the planet and its inhabitants have been infected for nearly ten years, supplies of human blood have diminished while demand remains steady. Few humans remain in the wild, having been rounded up by the military for use in blood supply and breeding, and the large holding facilities, where they are stored …

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Film Review: Animal (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, blood thirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, tensions mount as long-buried secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group must put their differences aside and fight for survival. REVIEW: In …

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TV Review: The Twilight Zone: The Complete Second Season (1960/2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Rod Serling’s seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations. The stories would typically end with an ironic twist that would see the guilty punished. REVIEW: THE TWILIGHT ZONE remains television’s most treasured anthology program. The brainchild of writer and narrator Rod Serling — inspired by the pulp comics, novels and …

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Film Review: Atrocious (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: The Quintanilla family was found dead. Recorded evidence was discovered by the police. Production company acquires the confidential material and edits it into a Horror Movie. REVIEW: Welcome again to another round of “been there”. I come out of these style films with varied mixed feelings. Of the 10 or so I’ve seen this year, the top ones have …

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