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Film Review: The Raking (2017)

SYNOPSIS: A group of college co-eds embark on a weekend-long camping trip as part of a Cultural Anthropology project to research an internet creepypasta urban legend. REVIEW: Orson Welles was an amazing human being.  In his mid-twenties he co-wrote, directed, and starred in one of the greatest movies ever made.  Bryan Brewer, the writer, director, and star of “The Raking,” …

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Film Review: Violent Shit 4 (Karl the Butcher vs Axe) (2010)

SYNOPSIS: In a war torn post-apocalyptic future, Karl the Butcher faces off against a new ultra-violent serial killer, dubbed Axe REVIEW: If non-stop, over the top blood and violence with a hefty side of raucous humor is your thing, then let me introduce you to horror/splatter director Andreas Schnaas. Since the early 90’s, Schnaas has been one of the top …

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Film Review: Violent Shit 3: Infantry of Doom (1999)

SYNOPSIS:  Three men row a lifeboat to a shoreline inhabited by iron mask-clad followers of “The Maester” and his son. Through every conceivable, sometimes random, means possible, each character meets a brutal demise. And I do mean each character. I think there’s literally one survivor on the entire island by the end. REVIEW: Wow… just… wow. Not a good wow …

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Film Review: Candiland (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Struggling to rebuild their lives, a former tennis star and a recent divorcee decide to isolate themselves from the world in a quest for true “oneness”; as their affair descends into savagery, his father must fight to save them before they disappear completely into madness. REVIEW: Candiland is based on the novel “Candyland” by Elizabeth Engstrom.  I haven’t read  …

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Film Review: The Void (2016)

SYNOPSIS: In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on …

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Film Review: Rotten Romance (short film) (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Three segments showing rather unusual love-related stories, each dealing with a dark and twisted love or desire, from cannibalism to self-mutilation. REVIEW:  Coming from the Netherlands, written and directed by self-proclaimed “Mr. Pervert,” Erik Zijlstra, Rotten Romance is not only a short film, but also a three-part anthology. Trying to fit three short films into just under 20 minutes …

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Film Review: S. Darko (2009)

SYNOPSIS: Seven years after the tragic death of her brother Donnie, Samantha Darko is still mourning him and the loss of the loving family that fell apart after he died. Her home life in shambles, 18-year-old Sam impulsively decides to join her rebellious best friend Corey on a cross-country drive from Virginia to California in the hope of becoming a …

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Film Review: House II: The Second Story (1987)

SYNOPSIS: The new owner of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers. REVIEW: Director: Ethan Wiley Starring: Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano and John Ratzenberger The original House was an underrated gem of a film that married the clever narrative of films like Jacob’s Ladder with the …

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Film Review: House (1985)

SYNOPSIS: Roger Cobb (William Katt) is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt’s house. Roger’s search for Jimmy destroys his marriage and his writing career. The sudden death of his aunt brings Roger back to the house where his nightmares began. …

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Film Review: Lake Eerie (2016)

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: Lovely Molly (2011)

SYNOPSIS: Newlywed Molly moves into her deceased father’s house in the countryside, where painful memories soon begin to haunt her. Lovely Gretchen Lodge is “Molly” in this provocative haunting new thriller appropriately titled “Lovely Molly“. After her stunning performance as the haunted, troubled, and sometimes mentally unstable Molly, you wouldn’t guess that this is Gretchen Lodge’s first film role. In …

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Film Review: Blood on the Highway (2008)

SYNOPSIS: After a gastrointestinal mishap with their map, three twenty-somethings on a road-trip accidentally wander into Fate, Texas, only to find the town populated by bloodthirsty, dimwitted vampires. A brutal run-in with two carnivorous convenience store clerks leads the three to take refuge with the town’s only surviving humans and prepare for battle with an army of the undead. REVIEW: …

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Film Review: American Scary (2006)

SYNOPSIS: Nothing to fear here. More silly than scary, this documentary pays homage to the flamboyant local hosts who introduced horror and science-fiction movies to the masses and helped them gain cult status on the airwaves. Between vintage television clips and reflective interviews with horror hosts and aficionados, you’ll hear from the likes of Svengoolie (Ernie Anderson), Joan E. Cleaver …

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Film Review: Area 407 (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Survivors of an airplane crash find themselves within the borders of a government testing area and pursued by predators. REVIEW: “Area 407” is the latest arrival in the cinema verite game. In many ways, the film is to the level that I “expected” “Chernobyl Diaries” to be. But as they say, Chernobyl Diaries” didn’t live up to expectations. “Area …

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