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Film Review: Carnage (1984)

SYNOPSIS: After moving into a new house a newlywed couple discovers that it is haunted by the homicidal ghosts of the couple that lived there years earlier. REVIEW: Let me just start off by saying that despite the fact that it seems to be universally hated by most people that have seen it I actually liked Carnage. I’ll admit that …

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Film Review: Commune (short film) (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A man takes a job as the guardian of a rundown London house. Charged with keeping the property secure, he soon realises that it’s not the building that needs protecting, but himself. A malevolent dark cult from the past, resides within the building and they are hunting for new members, stopping at nothing to make you, join them. REVIEW: …

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Film Review: Spectral (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings. REVIEW: The cool thing about science fiction—whether it be timeless literature, matinee classics, or episodic series delivered through popular streaming services—is that there’s almost always more there than meets the eye. Damn the budget, the star power, the pedigree, and—yes—even the quality, science fiction …

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Film Review: Gorenos (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Miles is haunted by a supernatural entity in the wake of his 18th birthday. Gorenos is an independent horror film about a young man tha t becomes haunted by a supernatural entity in the wake of his 18th birthday. REVIEW: Demons and demomic forces are a large part of horror storytelling and something that demons always want is souls. …

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Film Review: Life (2017)

SYNOPSIS: A team of six scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. REVIEW: Director: Daniel Espinosa Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya The story of having a malicious alien loose on a spaceship …

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Film Review: Amityville Exorcism (2017)

SYNOPSIS: A family must put faith in a mysterious priest when an demonic force, connected to a decades-old murders in their home, possesses their daughter. REVIEW: Amityville is a horror franchise that feels like it has been around forever. The book The Amityville Horror was released in 1977 and a movie followed in 1979. There have been various other Amityville …

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Film Review: Phantasm II (1988)

SYNOPSIS: Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work. REVIEW: Written & Directed by: Don Coscarelli Starring: Reggie Bannister, James LeGros, Angus Scrimm QUICK FIX: Ten years after the events in the first film, Mike is finally released from psychiatric care when (just like Charley Brewster in FRIGHT …

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Film Review: Phantasm (1979)

SYNOPSIS: Often considered one of the icons of 1970s independent horror cinema, director Don Coscarelli’s classic nail-biter follows two boys who, in pursuit of an odd-looking grave robber, may wind up as the newest members of a freshly dead slave race. Jody (Bill Thornbury) and Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) discover that the creature (Angus Scrimm) stealing cadavers walks the earth …

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Film Review: The Covenant (2017)

SYNOPSIS: After the sudden death of their daughter, Sarah Doyle’s husband commits suicide in front of her, which doesn’t seem that surprising since he already physically looks to be the embodiment of giving up on life. Sarah and her estranged brother move back into their childhood home. Not long afterwards she begins to experience paranormal events. REVIEW: Directed: Robert Conway …

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Film Review: Shock (2016)

SYNOPSIS: A private investigator and recovering drug addict struggles with his inability to believably deliver a line reading. Elsewhere, a psychiatric ward’s employees are being murdered by a bright blue orc from Lord of the Rings, wearing an ill-fitting suit with the sleeves cut off, like a pro-wrestler with an office job. REVIEW: Directors: Moziko Wink, Markiss McFadden Starring: Mohammed …

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Film Review: Galaxy of Horrors (2017)

SYNOPSIS: Aboard a spacecraft with a malfunctioning cryogenic pod a man watches 8 science-fiction horror short films. REVIEW: Directors: Justin McConnell, Javier Chillon, Todd Cobery…. Starring: Adam Buller, Elle Gabriel, Francesc Garrido, Charles Hubell… Galaxy of Horrors is the second collaboration between Rue Morgue and the Little Terrors short films festival. Like the name suggest this has a science fiction …

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Film Review: The Psychotronic Man (1979)

SYNOPSIS After a paranormal encounter, a Chicago barber develops uncontrollable telekinetic powers. In a fit of psychotronic rage, he kills an elderly man, becoming the target of a citywide manhunt. REVIEW: I’m a huge admirer of independent horror films, particularly regional ones by the likes of Don Dohler (The Alien Factor) or Charles B. Pierce (Legend of Boggy Creek). These …

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Film Review: Bedeviled (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Five friends are terrorized by a supernatural entity after downloading a mysterious app. REVIEW: I sighed a lot while watching ‘Bedeviled’. I wasn’t star-struck, love-struck or any other struck for that matter….it was just a boring, predictable exercise in fighting to stay awake. Comprised of equal parts ambition and annoyance, its a film that never quite seems to get …

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Film Review: The Belko Experiment (2016)

SYNOPSIS: In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. Review: Director: Greg McLean Starring: John Gallagher Jr, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz. In Bogota, …

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Film Review: Clinical (2017)

  SYNOPSIS: A psychiatrist tries to put her life back together after a violent attack by seeking to repair the life of a new patient, but he has his own terrifying history. REVIEW: Alistair Legrand’s previous film, The Diabolical, was an enjoyable unpacking of haunted house tropes colliding with sci-fi sensibilities. Admittedly, it lived or died depending on how much …

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