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Film Review: Messiah (short film) (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman’s seemingly normal day turns on end when she involuntarily finds herself in the middle of a dark secret. REVIEW: Another short film, kiddies. This time we have MESSIAH from Marked House Pictures, written by Justin J. McCoy and directed by Mark Grabianowski. This film is a debut in horror for both gentlemen and is Mr. McCoy’s …

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Film Review: Grotesque Fantasies (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: A disfigured feature documentary on true independent cinema. Seldom seen, this film was designed to showcase various guerilla filmmakers. Originally created to be released with the original cut of Mordum, it goes into great depth on set and behind the scenes to reveal the truth. Early Bloody Fun Productions films Sorry and The Kranny are featured. Several artists are also …

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Film Review: Troll (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A wicked troll king in search of a mystical ring that will return him to his human form invades a San Francisco apartment complex where a powerful witch lives. REVIEW: The 1980’s positively erupted with a mini-monster craze: Gremlins, Ghoulies, Critters, the Gate, and of course, Troll. Looking at this movie with modern eyes causes one to reflect on …

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Film Review: The Mean Season (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He’s had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they’ll move away soon. Before Malcolm can hand in his notice, the murderer from his latest article phones him. The murderer tells Malcolm that he’s going to kill again. The phone calls and murders …

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Film Review: Psychopath (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Sarah misses a desperate call from her stranded sister sets off with friends to find her in the backwoods town of Raven’s Neck, home to a brutal escaped mental patient. REVIEW: The opening credits for Robert Elkins’ PSYCHOPATH set us up well for a horror ride with a jarring surprise of a technique, something a little new and different…and …

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Film Review: Hardgore (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: A young nymphomaniac who suffers from hallucinations is put into a rehab centre, but little does she know that the proprietor is the leader of a Satanic cult who indulge in murderous afterhour orgies(!) Well, it’s certainly unique! REVIEW: Directed by Michael Hugo (aka Horrorwhore, aka Sadoasylum) Following up on the “mental illness on film” trend forwarded by Sybil …

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Film Review: Savages (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend. REVIEW: Director Oliver Stone has given us a wide range of fantastic films over the years (I shan’t bother mentioning all of these because it would simply take too long!), and although I enjoyed watching Savages, I don’t think that it is …

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Film Review: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

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SYNOPSIS: “Doctor Bill Cortner has been performing experimental surgery on human guinea pigs without authorisation and against the advice of his father, also a surgeon. When Bill’s fiancée Jan Compton is decapitated in an automobile accident, he manages to keep her brain alive. He now needs to find a new body for his bride-to-be and settles on Doris Powell, a …

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Film Review: Dante’s Inferno (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: After a night of debauchery, Dante (voiced by Dermot Mulroney) awakens in an unfamiliar part of town, where he encounters the Roman poet Virgil (James Cromwell) … who promptly leads the errant urbanite on a journey through a 21st-century version of hell. Director Sean Meredith interprets Dante Alighieri’s classic text with an intriguing blend of paper puppets and hand-drawn …

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Film Review: eXistenZ (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: Allegra Geller, the foremost game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game named eXistenZ with a special test group. EXistenZ comes with an organic chasse and cord that resembles an umbilical cord that taps into the human mind. The game designer who created this virtual-reality game is also on hand to pre-test with the group. …

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Film Review: Star Trek III The Search For Spock (1984)

SYNOPSIS: “Following Kirk’s encounter with Khan that left the Enterprise severely damaged and Spock dead, they return to Starfleet so that Enterprise could be repaired. Kirk’s hoping to go back to the newly-created Genesis planet where he laid Spock to rest. But upon arriving, he is told that the Enterprise will not be repaired and that Genesis has become a …

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Film Review: Under the Bed (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Troubled teen, Neal Hausman (Jonny Weston) returns home after spending two years away from his family after his mother’s fatal accident. Reunited with his younger brother Paulie (Gattlin Griffith), Neal discovers that the demons he thought were just dreams are not only real but still haunting his home and terrorizing his brother from the shadows in their room, from …

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Film Review: Kidnapped (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: A brutal tale of abduction and psychological torment, Kidnapped involves a gang of criminals who, when their robbery goes wrong, take a woman, man, and sick child hostage and embark on a tension-fueled getaway. In a departure from his more audacious visual style, Bava keeps the action claustrophobic and the tension wound tight, building to an unexpected (and unforgettable) …

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