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Film Review: RoboGeisha (2009)

SYNOPSIS: Director Noboru Iguchi and gore master Yoshihiro Nishimura team up for this hyper-violent and hilariously grotesque depiction of a very angry army of butt sword-wielding geisha robots with enough strength to embed tempura shrimp in villains’ eyes. Special effects in Iguchi’s (Machine Girl) over-the-top, feminist melodrama include chainsaw lips, blood-spouting buildings, geisha transformers, machine gun bras and some basic …

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Film Review: Man Bites Dog (1992)

SYNOPSIS: A satirical look at how the media affects and promotes violence in modern society. Spoofing reality television, a fascinated documentary crew follows a charismatic yet unrepentant serial killer on his murder sprees. The crew attempts to objectively document the horror, but as the violence escalates, they ultimately get sucked into participating. Man Bites Dog won the International Critics’ Prize …

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Film Review: Witchfinder General (1968)

SYNOPSIS: Set in 17th-century England, this chilling tale follows corrupt official Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price), who claims an ability to discover witches. But he uses his power to gain money and favors from people he’s fingered in return for declaring them innocent. When he arrests and tortures Father Lowes (Rupert Davies), Lowes’s niece’s fiancé (Ian Ogilvy) decides to put an …

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Film Review: Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter (1966)

SYNOPSIS: “Legendary outlaw of the Old West Jesse James, on the run from Marshal MacPhee, hides out in the castle of Baron Frankenstein’s granddaughter Maria, who proceeds to transform Jesse’s slow-witted pal Hank into a bald zombie, which she names Igor.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: This week’s public domain nugget is a little anti-classic with the self-explanatory title of Jesse James …

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Jacques Tourneur

There were some good but usually fairly conventional fantasies produced by the commercial cinema in the forties. But in the middle of all this was one small oasis of the unusual: The low-budget low-key horror movies produced by Val Lewton for RKO Radio Pictures between 1942 and 1945, and made by a small, fairly autonomous unit, saving money where possible …

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Fear

What is fear? We hear the word and already our heart starts pumping a bit faster, we can feel our sweat glands begin to open, our palms get sweaty and get that all too familiar gross clammy feeling. FEAR can be broken down into an acronym, False Evidence Appearing Real. This is something any and all motivation speakers will tell …

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Top 30 Horror Films of the Last Decade

(BECAUSE TOP 20 ISNT ENOUGH!!) (Not in any particular order) Hey there horror fans, it’s that time of the year when we all reflect on what and where the previous years have brought us.. You’ll read alot of lists this time of year, though that doesn’t mean that they are the final say but rather an individual’s perspective. We wanted …

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New announcement from Cargo Cult Press!

BAD MAGICK by Nate Southard & Steven Shrewsbury (Limited Edition) With only 150 copies being produced this edition will go fast so order soon. In 1901, famed mystic Aleister Crowley passes through a barbaric land known as El Paso, Texas. There he meets a one-armed confederate and a Russian monk known as Rasputin.  Together, these outcasts stand witness to the …

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Film Review: Horrors Of Spider Island (1960)

SYNOPSIS: “En route to a show in Singapore, a troupe of beautiful dancers are stranded on a deserted island by a plane crash. Their routine of skinny-dipping and devising new skimpy outfits is interrupted when a radioactive spider bites their manager and turns him into a wild-eyed, furry-faced monster with three fangs and a passion for strangling.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: …

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Film Review: Heavenly Creatures (1994)

SYNOPSIS: “Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline’s mother when she tries to end the girls’ intense and obsessive relationship.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: From the time of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles to the more recent Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson, …

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Film Review: The Expendables (2010)

SYNOPSIS: Barney Ross leads the “Expendables”, a band of highly skilled mercenaries including knife enthusiast Lee Christmas, martial arts expert Yin Yang, heavy weapons specialist Hale Caesar, demolitionist Toll Road and loose-cannon sniper Gunner Jensen. When the group is commissioned by the mysterious Mr. Church to assassinate the merciless dictator of a small South American island, Barney and Lee head …

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How To ‘Make’ A Monster

How does one identify a monster? The question is easier to answer by example than definition. In movie terms, a monster is something unnatural, dangerous and out of control. King Kong (1933), the Frankenstein (1931) monster, Godzilla (1954), Dracula (1931), Ray Harryhausen’s cyclops from The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad (1958), the Alien (1979), The Mummy (1932). That’s the monster A-list, …

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My Soul to Take: 3 week early release date

As I had speculated last week, horrornews.net/1916/my-soul-to-take/, it was risky and ballsy for Rogue Pictures to release this film the same weekend as Saw 3D and only a week after Paranormal Activity 2. Well apparently someone within that company thought so too because Wes Craven’s latest just got a three week earlier release date. It is now set to release …

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Deadlines – the record breaking film

Jason Sanders and Blake Hooks set out to break a Guiness world record by shooting a 90 minute horror film in just 24 hours. They were successful in doing so and since then people have been waiting to catch a glimpse of this film. We are still waiting on a trailer but a picture has been released of the chainsaw …

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The Shrine: More scary paranormal cinema

A new movie from the creators of Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer is currently awaiting release. Unlike their previous work though this one has no comedy and is no laughing matter. The Shrine first premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival in July of this year. The film begins when a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe. A group of journalists …

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Interview: Sir Oliver Humperdink

Mike Joy:  Horrornews welcomes Sir Oliver Humperdink.  The question is why are we interviewing this famous pro wrestling manager about horror. The answer is simple, you’ve seen House of 1,000 Corpses, House of the Dead, House of Wax, and even House on Haunted Hill, but have you ever seen House of Humperdink?  Sir Oliver Humperdink throughout his storied career as …

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