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Film Review: Ghost Image (2007)

SYNOPSIS: When a young female video editor loses her boyfriend in a car crash, she finds solace in watching video of him taken the night before he died. When he starts to communicate with her through that video, she must decide if he has broken through the barrier between this world and the next, or has she slipped off into …

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Film Review: Apollo 18 (2011)

SYNOPSIS: Decades-old found footage from NASA’s abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. REVIEW:  If you found yourself confused with the footage aspect and adverts, rest assured this film is just fiction. It also is entirely shot in POV found footage style …

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Film Review: Neighbor (2009)

SYNOPSIS: The residents of a sleepy suburban neighborhood have a new neighbor in the form of an attractive, friendly, young woman (America Olivo). Unfortunately she isn’t your typical suburbanite as she is a brutal serial killer who gleefully tortures (and boy, does she torture!) her victims before she kills them. Nice guy Don (Christian Campbell) soon becomes her captive and …

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Film Review: The ABCs of Death (2012)

SYNOPSIS: In a bold cinematic experiment, 26 directors from 15 different countries come together to present a collection of 26 shorts on the subject of death. Each director is given a single letter of the alphabet to use as a topic of their short. This is the ABCs of Death. REVIEW: Entertaining. Provocative. Disturbing. The ABCs of Death is like …

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Film Review: Terror Firmer (1999)

SYNOPSIS: As a team of filmmakers attempt to get their latest movie made, a serial killer strikes, bumping off the cast and crew one by one. Can they survive for long enough to complete filming on the project? And can Lloyd Kaufman really manage to pull off a sensitive portrayal of a blind man? The answer to the latter question …

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Film Reviews: “Under the Skin” and “Upstream Color”

I caught two American science fiction mind benders at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival last month that have been very divisive among viewers and critics. I enjoyed them both and recommend auteur Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, which is his long-awaited follow-up to his debut film Primer, and director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Both challenging works are unique artistic …

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Film Review: Aegri Somnia (2008)

SYNOPSIS: Edgar is living in the shadow of his wife’s sudden death. Haunted by vivid hallucinations and a faceless city threatening to swallow him whole, Edgar’s world begins to unravel as his nightmares become a reality and Edgar is left with a choice: prison or paradise. REVIEW: Aegri Somnia translates from Latin to ‘a sick man’s dreams’, which is certainly …

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Film Review: Valley of the Sasquatch (2015)

SYNOPSIS: A fractured family battles against a tribe of angry Sasquatch. REVIEW: Making it’s debut at the Nevermore Film Festival at the historic Carolina Theater in Durham, North Carolina, Valley of the Sasquatch succeeds in entertaining its audience with a better-than-average entry in the Bigfoot sub-genre – which is unusually over saturated of late – with a tale that is …

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Film Review: Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

SYNOPSIS: A medical student searching for his father discovers a deranged scientist on a remote island whose experiments combine humans and animals to produce terrifying creatures in this surreal and horrifying tale. The student soon unearths disturbing facts that link him to some appalling truths. Adapted from stories by horror author Rampo Edogawa and directed by Japanese exploitation auteur Teruo …

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Film Review: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

SYNOPSIS: A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Midwestern shopping mall. REVIEW: When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth The 2004 remake release of “Dawn of the Dead“, stands as one of …

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Film Review: Vamps (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Two female vampires in modern-day New York City are faced with daunting romantic possibilities. REVIEW: This is a film which took me off guard a little bit. I’m well aware that vampires are all the rage at the moment, but it was something that I managed to steer relatively clear of. However, this film didn’t seem to be constrained …

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Film Review: The She-Beast (1966)

SYNOPSIS: “A young woman is driving alongside a lake. She has an accident and the car plunges into the water. Her body is then possessed by the spirit of an eighteenth-century witch who was killed by local villagers, and is bent on avenging herself on them.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: Good to see you, even you who sent the email describing …

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Film Review: Excalibur (1981)

SYNOPSIS: “As the title would suggest, it follows the travels of the legendary sword Excalibur through Arthurian myth, from the violent, powerful hands of Uther Pendragon, to a long-years’ rest in the stone to being redrawn by Uther’s son Arthur, who uses it to defeat the evil invaders and establish the great court of Camelot and the great Knights of …

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Film Review: Snuff 102 (2007)

SYNOPSIS: Snuff 102 is an Argentinean underground hardcore gore film directed by filmmaker Mariano Peralta. The film was premiered at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in 2007, creating a commotion among the audience. Some of them claimed scenes in the film were real. A young reporter begins to unravel the secrets of an underground myth… snuff films. Soon …

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Film Review: 9 Days (2013)

SYNOPSIS: Seeking an escape from the sexual abuse of her sleazy foster father, Danielle takes to the highway. Heading for California, she hitches a ride with an eccentric but seemingly harmless young man called Virgil. He manages to talk her into spending the night at his place. This ends up extending into a nine-day ordeal where she is chained up …

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Film Review: Brutal Massacre (2008)

SYNOPSIS: Stevan Mena’s mockumentary follows washed-up filmmaker Harry Penderecki (David Naughton) as he tries to resurrect his once-celebrated career. Harry gathers his former crew to create a horror hit, but the production is plagued by one problem after another. Egotistical actors, romantic hookups, inept special effects artists, tragedies on the set, and budget crises threaten to derail Harry’s only hope …

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Film Review: Let Me In (2010)

SYNPOPSIS: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. REVIEW: OK, my children. Here is a review that the Black Saint endured hell & high water to get to you. Hell is ok…high water, not so good. But it matters not because I like to give you guys the lowdown on what …

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