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Film Review: Abattoir (2016)

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SYNOPSIS: Julia (Jessica Lowndes), an investigative reporter with the style and confidence of a young Bacall, happens upon a series of gruesome murders tied to real estate mysteries, where entire rooms have been dismantled and pulled from their foundations. The fact that those rooms were the exact settings for heinous tragedies sets Julia and hardboiled cop Grady (Joe Anderson) on …

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Film Review: The Horror of the Dolls (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: A corporation plans to develop a residential tower block into luxury city apartments. As the residents galvanise, the corporation sends in someone to ‘shake them up’. The Horror of The Dolls features a strong ensemble cast, inter-twined narratives and an iconic piece of London architecture. The narrative is underpinned by the wealth divide, untouchable high-finance, malleable politicians and the …

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Film Review: Backtrack (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A troubled psychologist (Adrien Brody) returns to his hometown to uncover the truth behind his strange visions. REVIEW: Repressed memories are a thing, apparently. Some people swear by them the way other people swear by thorough colonics. The mind’s way of cleansing itself, I’m assuming. It sounds reasonable, if you don’t think too deeply about it. And like its …

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Film Review: Bite (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and …

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Film Review: Lake Eerie (2016)

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SYNOPSIS: A young widow moves into an old house on Lake Erie to recover from the sudden loss of her husband; however, she soon discovers a dark secret and that she is not alone. REVIEW: There are watershed moments in adulthood that solidify how well you’ve done in life. One moment is when you buy a home. There are no …

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Film Review: Hellhole (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: An unlucky woman’s mother is murdered by a scarf-wielding killer named Silk, leaving the woman injured, traumatised and suffering from amnesia. She’s committed to a mental institution, where Silk follows her, looking for the papers he was trying to get from her mother. And Silk’s only the beginning of her problems, since the asylum is run by a mad …

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Film Review: Box Room (short film) (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Jerry is a strange and solitary boy who lives with his young neglectful mother in a run down apartment. He spends his weekends hidden away in his bedroom making model figurines and watching TV alone. REVIEW: Yet another short film, kiddies! Today we have a film from Ireland called BOX ROOM, written by Michael Lathrop and David Lester Mooney …

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Film Review: Pieces (short film) (2016)

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SYNOPSIS: A young woman unearths a supernatural presence at her recently deceased grandmother’s home when she finds a single jigsaw piece and a note that reads “FINISH IT”. REVIEW: More short films! Today we have PIECES from Cappucino Studios, written and directed by Dan Sunley. This is his directorial debut. Filmed in the English countryside, the story follows Isabella (Kristy …

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Film Review: Hades (short film) (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A woman is caught in an endless dream where she has to cross the five rivers of Hades – each representing different stages of her relationship. REVIEW: Got another short film for you! Today we have a selection from Austria called HADES, written and directed by Kevin Kopacka. The screenplay is based on a short story titled  “Statusbezogen” (loose …

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Film Review: The Crush (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: A journalist becomes the unwanted center of attention for a 14-year-old girl, who proceeds to sabotage his life after he refuses her sexual advances. REVIEW: I have a high tolerance for bad movies. It is hard to watch a movie and not find anything good in it. It is even tougher for a movie to be so overwhelmingly offensive …

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Film Review: ATM (short film) (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: Short Film by Gigglyboy called “The ATM”. REVIEW: I gots some more short films for you, folks! Today we have THE ATM, an animated short from gigglyboy.com. GigglyBoy appears to be a website where a collective of computer animators create short clips of surrealism and entertainment. This film features music by a hip-hop artist called Tunsi.

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Film Review: Suburban Gothic (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: City-boy Raymond returns to his hometown and finds a vengeful ghost is terrorizing his house. Therefore, this man-child recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threat REVIEW: Hey, speaking of films that feel like they’re just extended pilots for TV shows that never happened, here’s Suburban Gothic. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat …

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Film Review: Let’s Play Dead Girl (short film) (2016)

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SYNOPSIS: Let’s Play Dead Girl is a story inspired by true events about three girls’ experience with Slenderman in early 2014. REVIEW: Yet more short films, kids! Today we have  LET’S PLAY DEAD GIRL, written/directed by Christian A. Morán This short is based on the true events concerning the Slenderman killings. If you aren’t familiar, Slenderman is a monster that …

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Film Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

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  SYNOPSIS: When filmy spores fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is beautifully transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extraterrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for their earthly admirers: to slowly clone their bodies and then dispose of the originals! “A first-rate suspense thriller” (Newsday), this sci-fi adventure is a “chilling” (Leonard Maltin), …

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