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Film Review: Personal Shopper (2016)

SYNOPSIS: Maureen is a young American in Paris making her living as a personal shopper for a celebrity. Also, she may have the psychic ability to communicate with spirits, just like her twin brother, Lewis, who recently passed away. Maureen soon starts receiving mysterious messages coming from an unknown source. REVIEW: Reviled and revered at Cannes (depending on who you …

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Film Review: Call of the Wolf (2017)

SYNOPSIS: Kidnapped and trapped by a winter storm, this slow burn thriller follows two strangers who must outsmart an unseen killer. REVIEW: Call of the Wolf was actually Writer/Director R.D. Womack II’s thesis project for the New York Film Academy, and was picked up by Gravitas Ventures. Womack has worked on marketing campaigns for Disney, Lionsgate, Marvel, and ABC, and …

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Film Review: Crawler (2009)

SYNOPSIS: A construction crew is trying to solve a mystery about their bulldozer, which appears to have a mind of its own – and an insatiable hate for the human race. They are soon to discover that the heavy machinery is in fact a shape-shifting life form that mimics and inherits the characteristics of its surroundings. REVIEW: One look at …

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Film Review: Jessabelle (2014)

SYNOPSIS: Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape. REVIEW: I’d seen lots of promotional material for Jessabelle over the last few months, so I was admittedly surprised when it …

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Film Review: Backcountry (2014)

SYNOPSIS: An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear. REVIEW: One of the most prevalent knock-off genres of “Jaws” since its release in 1975 has been the Killer Bear Flick.  Second only to Aquatic Creatures Eating Tourists, it was a natural progression that the likes of “Grizzly” and …

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Film Review: In Search of Lovecraft (2008)

SYNOPSIS: While shooting a Halloween news story on horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, reporter Rebecca Marsh discovers that the “fiction” Lovecraft wrote is actually true and the creatures and cults described in his writings really exist. REVIEW: The film “In Search of Lovecraft” is not quite a documentary or a straight feature, but rather a pseudo documentary using fictitious characters to …

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Film Review: Hannibal Rising (2007)

SYNOPSIS: Director Peter Webber takes on the myth of the menacing Hannibal Lecter (Gaspard Ulliel) in this terrifying prequel that attempts to trace the murderous roots of the cannibalistic killer. The film follows Lecter from his hard-scrabble Lithuanian childhood, where he witnesses the repulsive lengths to which hungry soldiers will go to satiate themselves, through his sojourn in France, where …

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Film Review: Mary Loss of Soul (2014)

SYNOPSIS: After disappearing one night while vacationing at her family’s lake house, fifteen year old Mary seems far from quite the same. Sullen, filled with angst and melancholy, at first glance she appears to be just like any other teenaged girl. Yet even her family can’t quite seem to connect with her. After closer investigation its evident Mary’s soul has …

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Film Review: Death Doll (1989)

SYNOPSIS: Trish, a young pregnant widow’s life becomes a nightmare when she starts getting threatening phone calls from a mysterious stranger. But things only get worse when the phantom caller graduates to stalking her. He also leaves ceramic dolls lying around to terrify Trish and justify the film’s title. REVIEW: The horror genre loves creepy dolls. Whether they’re the antique …

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Film Review: Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

SYNOPSIS: A trio of bohemian dropouts buy a remote farmhouse only to discover that a mysterious young woman named Emily has taken up residence. The three allow their free-spirited tenant to stay on, and she quickly becomes part of their unconventional family unit. But Jessica, who is recovering from a nervous breakdown, discovers their idyllic farmhouse hides a dark past, …

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Film Review: Eloise (2017)

SYNOPSIS: Four friends break into an abandoned insane asylum in search of a death certificate which will grant one of them a large inheritance. However, finding it soon becomes the least of their worries in a place haunted by dark memories. REVIEW: Robert Legato, who directed Eloise, received Academy Awards as part of the teams on Hugo (2011) and The …

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Film Review: VooDoo (2017)

SYNOPSIS: When Dani, an innocent southern girl, vacations to Los Angeles to evade her increasingly complicated life, she learns that escaping her past isn’t as easy as she hoped. REVIEW: The filmmakers behind VooDoo are not good people, and I don’t mean that as a backhanded compliment or to arouse interest. This film is the definition of incompetent. The people …

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