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Film Review: Blood and Black Lace (1964)

SYNOPSIS: A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models. REVIEW: “Perhaps female beauty makes him lose his head and kill.” In 1964, horror maestro Mario Bava, for better or worse, practically invented the cinematic giallo (a horror subgenre which harkened to Italian paperbacks released in the 1930’s which translated mystery novels and were characteristically yellow) and later, slasher genres …

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Film Review: The Exorcist III Legion (1990)

SYNOPSIS: “Lt. Kinderman and Father Dyer cheer each other up on the anniversary of the death of their mutual friend, Father Damien Karras, by going to see “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the local theater in Georgetown, near Washington D.C. But there’s no cheering Kinderman while a particularly cruel and gruesome serial killer is at large. His murders, which involve …

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Film Review: Legend Of Hell (2012)

SYNOPSIS: An archaeologist finds a relic that supposedly opens the gates of Hell, and is thrown backwards through time and space to fight to keep it closed. REVIEW: Directed by Olaf Ittenbach, German goremeister extraordinaire, Legend of Hell takes a brief tour through history, giving him ample opportunity (and historical weaponry) to showcase his talents. And showcase he most certainly does. …

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Film Review: The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (short film) (1971)

SYNOPSIS: Real autopsy footage highlights this short film from Stan Brakhage. REVIEW: The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes is a literal Greek translation of the word autopsy. Stan Brakhage gives us a view inside a normally closed off room, where coroners dissect bodies to determine cause of death and various pathologists research disease and its possible cures. By giving …

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Film Review: CarousHELL (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A sentient carousel unicorn gets pushed too far and goes on a murderous rampage. REVIEW: Even as horror comedies go, CarousHELL is one of those movies that has to be seen to be believed. It is every bit as bizarre as its premise promises: The film follows Duke, an inexplicably sentient unicorn at a amusement park carousel, who goes …

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Film Review: The Wiz (1978)

SYNOPSIS: “Dorothy, a twenty-four-year-old kindergarten teacher born, raised and still working in Harlem, is celebrating Thanksgiving with her extended family, but she doesn’t seem to be thankful for much in life. She lives a self-imposed sheltered life, she is shy and unfulfilled. Things change for her when she is caught in a snowstorm while chasing after her dog Toto. They …

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