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Film Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of five hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 1970’s rural Texas fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic family making up of a leather-masked chainsaw-wielding maniac, his knife-wielding grave robber brother, and their cannibal chief father and decaying grandfather. REVIEW: Written by: Tobe Hooper Kim Henkel Directed by: Tobe Hooper Starring: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. ...

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Film Review: Spookies (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: Taking a wrong turn, travelers find themselves trapped in a mysterious house. One horror after another threatens them as the sorcerer who lives within needs sacrifices to give eternal life to his beautiful bride. REVIEW: While certainly not blockbuster material, Spookies delivers a great deal of punch in all the right ways. Artistically, I wouldn’t commonly refer to a ...

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Film Review: 7500 (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Passengers aboard a flight across the Pacific Ocean encounter a supernatural force. REVIEW: “Ghosts on a Plane.” Aware of only a vague plot synopsis before firing up our latest, it took about halfway in for that humorous alternate title to pop into my melon. Once there, it refused to leave. My apologies to anyone I’ve doomed to the same ...

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Film Review: The Return Of Sherlock Holmes (1929)

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SYNOPSIS: “Holmes is attending the wedding of Roger Longmore to Mary Watson, when Roger’s father Captain Longmore is found murdered in his study. Holmes suspects poison after finding a trick cigarette case with a poisoned needle which is brought into play when the opening spring is pressed. Meanwhile Roger disappears and, acting on a few slender clues, Holmes rushes off ...

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Film Review: Provokation (short film) (2002)

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REVIEW: “Provokation” is a 15 minute German short film created by extreme filmmaker Marian Dora. While being one of his earlier shorts, “Provokation” is indeed closer to being a case of “taking things too far” than any type of artistic offering. My viewing of this hard to watch short ended mostly on the question of “why” rather than being impressed ...

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Film Review: Visions of Ecstasy (short film) (1989)

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REVIEW: Visions of Ecstasy created by director/writer Nigel Wingrove has some history behind it. The film itself, if stepping outside of the controversial tones, sort of reminded me of those late night Showtime erotica shorts. The piece is simply a category “nunploitation” film, but where it pushed the envelope lies within the blasphemous elements of the piece.

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