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Film Review: Hellions (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: Hellions is a 2015 horror thriller film directed by Bruce McDonald. The film had its world premiere on 25 January 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and stars Chloe Rose as a pregnant teenager who must fight for her life against horrific monsters REVIEW: I hate to admit it, but it took me awhile to decide what to make …

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Film Review: The Arrival (1996)

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SYNOPSIS: Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it. REVIEW: Before he became the punch line to his own set of jokes, Charlie Sheen was considered a serious actor. What better role for a man who acts insane in his daily life than …

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Film Review: The Fiendish Plot Of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: “Fu Manchu’s 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu’s age-regressing elixir vitae. Fu sends his lackeys to round up ingredients for a new batch of elixir, starting with the Star of Leningrad diamond, nabbed from a Soviet exhibition in Washington. The FBI sends agents Capone and Williams to England to confer with Nayland Smith, an …

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Film Review: Men Behind the Sun 4 (Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre) (1995) – CAT III

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SYNOPSIS: In 1937, Japanese troops raid the Chinese city of Nanking to execute a planned massacre by subjecting over 300,000 helpless civilians to various tortures and atrocities before slaughtering them all. REVIEW: In 1980, while working for Shaw Brothers Studio, Chinese film director Tun Fei Mou decided he was done with kung-fu movies and considered doing a children’s movie. Around …

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Film Review: House Hunting (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Two families go to an open house and can’t leave. REVIEW: Orchestrating an effective haunted house movie is a tricky egg to crack.  Singular focus on atmosphere could lead to a rather tedious experience, as displayed by the classics “The Amityville Horror” and “The Haunting of Hill House.”  On the flip side, concentration aimed in the singular direction of special …

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Film Review: Open Water (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left. REVIEW: Open Water is a 2003 horror movie shot on a shoe-string budget about the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, a vacationing couple that went scuba diving in 1998 in the Bahamas and were left out in …

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Film Review: Re-Kill (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: 5 years on from a zombie outbreak that nearly wiped out civilization and the living are trying to piece back together their lives amidst the remaining zombies, or re-animates (or Re-Ans) as they are called. A quasi S.W.A.T. task force known as the R-Division is tasked with the job of RE-killing the Re-Ans who have been segregated into zones. …

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Film Review: Jack’s Back (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A copycat Jack the Ripper is stalking the streets murdering prostitutes. The police working the case don’t have a clue as to who is behind the murders but when a young doctor (James Spader) stumbles upon one of the victims he thinks he’s learned the killer’s identity. Unfortunately the killer then murders him to keep him quiet, but isn’t …

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Film Review: I Am Alone (2015)

An unknown virus begins to spread infecting the local population almost instantly, but footage found by the CDC of one man’s survival may just help them find a cure. I remember a time, many, many years ago when I would hotly anticipate the release of a new zombie film. In the current cinematic landscape, the undead appear onscreen (big and …

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