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Film Review: Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious comet passes close to Earth, machines everywhere suddenly take on murderous minds of their own in this film directed by horror mastermind Stephen King. Soon, video games, cash machines, drawbridges and steamrollers all go on a global psychotic killing spree. But when the Dixie Boy Truck Stop is held hostage by a mob of homicidal 18-wheelers, …

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Film Review: Groupie (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious groupie joins legendary cursed band, “The Dark Knights”, a series of unexplained murders derails their comeback tour.   REVIEW: When I think of Mark L. Lester, I expect a film to revel in excess. Maybe excessive violence, excessive, nudity, or excessively bad dialogue and one-liners. I haven’t followed his career since 1991 when he directed the …

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Film Review: Stalker (2010)

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SYNOPSIS: Paula is a troubled best-selling writer overcoming a mental breakdown and having trouble finishing her second novel. Taking her agent’s advice she head out to her family home in the middle of nowhere to get her thoughts together and focus on writing without being distracted. She takes an eager young personal assistant along with her unaware of the fact …

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Film Review: The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

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SYNOPSIS: “As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America. Professor Tom Nesbitt, only witness to the beast’s existence, is not believed, even when he identifies it as a ‘rhedosaurus’ to paleontologist Thurgood Elson. All doubts disappear, however, when Elson is swallowed whole during …

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Film Review: Dark Haul (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: The meaning of cryptic prophesy splits apart a team of secretive guardians as they transport by 18-wheeler truck, a deadly creature and it’s half-human sister from their now ineffective holding place to a more secure location. The sister’s hidden agenda undermines the mission releasing the beast and they end up battling for the fate of the world when the …

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Film Review: Meet Me There (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Ada and Calvin seek counseling for their intimacy problems and Ada discloses that she has no memories of herself as a child. Their therapist suggests that her blocked memories may be the result of something she experienced too horrible to remember. The couple decides to make a trip to Ada’s hometown to unearth her past. When they arrive, they …

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Film Review: American Rescue Squad (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of mysterious villains known as “The Alliance” sets a trap for the Taxpayer. They imprison him, torture him, and make plans to publicly crucify him. Local janitor Richard Randolph rounds up retired Superheroes, and hatches a plan to rescue the Taxpayer. The villains stage a public rally, where many citizens come to watch the Taxpayer’s crucifixion. The …

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Film Review: Hidden 3D (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: The English-language horror/thriller is about an abandoned experimental medical center that harbors a deadly secret. It only becomes known when a restoration project begins. REVIEW I’m always taken aback when a film is titled with 3D tagged on the back end. The version I have is 2D but is very  apparent that there were several shots that were intended …

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Film Review: Higanjima: Escape from Vampire Island (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Higanjima is an eerie island occupied by vampires, from where none has ever come back alive. When teenager Akira hears that his missing brother has been seen in the island, he decides to investigate with several friends. REVIEW: Asian vampire movies are usually a love or hate impacting experience for me. On one hand, you have to appreciate that …

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Film Review: Signs (2002)

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  SYNOPSIS: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. REVIEW: “Signs” is a 2002 science fiction thriller starring Mel Gibson (Get The Gringo), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk The Line), Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin. It was directed by M. Night Shyamalan who brought us The Sixth Sense and …

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