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Film Review: Psychopath (2009)

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Sarah misses a desperate call from her stranded sister sets off with friends to find her in the backwoods town of Raven’s Neck, home to a brutal escaped mental patient.

REVIEW:

The opening credits for Robert Elkins’ PSYCHOPATH set us up well for a horror ride with a jarring surprise of a technique, something a little new and different…and necessary to the slasher genre. The key to … Continue reading

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Film Review: Psycho Ward (2007)

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While on a research outing, a group of urban explorers get more than they bargained for when the visit the site of an abandoned mental hospital and discover it’s hiding a terrifying secret. Trapped in this giant prison, they start to disappear one by one. Their only chance to escape… to put together seemingly random clues, avoid a killer, and use their unique skills to survive.

REVIEW:

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Machete wins Finlands Night Visions Audience Award

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The high octane action and exploitation sensation MACHETE (USA 2010), directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis, has won the Night Visions Audience Award 2010 at the Night Visions Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland. This is the first time ever that the award goes not only to an American film, but to an American film with a set theatrical release date also in Finland.

Now running in its 14th consecutive year, Night Visions Film Festival … Continue reading

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Weinstein company acquires disturbing scifi-thriller ‘Apollo 18′

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Santa Monica, CA (November 7, 2010) – The Weinstein Company has acquired “Apollo 18,” the sci-fi thriller based on the screenplay by Brian Miller, winner of the inaugural Astana International Action Film Festival screenplay competition, founded by “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov. Trevor Cawood is set to direct the project. Bekmambetov and Michele Wolkoff, President of Development for Bekmambetov Projects Ltd. (BPL) will produce the film.

Set to be shot documentary style, the film unearths lost … Continue reading

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From The Nightshift: Buffalo Screams Awards

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The Insomanic attended Buffalo Screams which was a four day film festival that showed 33 independent movies from all over the world. Most of the fare was horror but there were some crime dramas and a violent western for good measure. Greg Lamberson and Emil Novak chaired the festival and worked long and hard hours to get it running as smooth as clock work. Actress Debbie Rochon, filmmaker Brett Kelly and animator Mike Boas were … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Haunted Halloween – Author Paul Melniczek

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A Haunted Halloween by Paul Melniczek

Introduction
Wicked Treats
By The Light…Of The Sinister Moon
Effortless
Celebrate With Us
Reunion
The Last Ride (A Halloween Treat)
October Haze
Within These Bindings
The Invited
Tricks
The Attic Door
Publishers Afterword

Artwork by Frank Walls
Wicked Treats
Reunion
October Haze
The Attic Door

Halloween. The name itself conjures up … Continue reading

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Mother Day Remake Gets Theatrical Release Date

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The theatrical release date for this remake has been up in the air for quite some time, but now we finally have a date for any of you who have been on the edge of your seats daily waiting to hear this…Ready?!?! April 1st is when you will get to enjoy the Darren Bousman’s remake of Mother’s Day. Here’s the scoop on what the film’s all about:

After a bank robbery gone wrong, three … Continue reading

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Fiona Shaw Signs On For True Blood Season 4

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In case you’re wondering who Fiona Shaw is, she just so happens to be the infamous Aunt Petunia Dursley from the Harry Potter franchise and she is making her way to HBO’s True Blood next season.

Shaws is going to play Marnie in True Blood, a palm reader-turned-powerful witch, a character Alan Ball has been teasing for months.

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AMC Announces Second Season of The Walking Dead

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Even though the release of AMC’s The Walking Dead came out last week, they’ve already announced news for Season #2, which means more awesome walking zombies are coming back for another round on your screen. This is what AMC had to say in this press release about the news:

AMC announced today the renewal of “The Walking Dead” for a 13-episode second season. Since debuting Sunday, October 31, “The Walking Dead” has broken ratings records, … Continue reading

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Creature profiles: Reaper

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You’re at a party, everyone’s having a great time. You and your friends are having way too much to drink, and that’s a good thing. You guys are young, you’re just at the right age to let loose and not care.

There’s this foxy lady that you’re trying to hit on over by the would-be punch bowl when your buddy taps you on the shoulder.

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Film Review: The Perfect Witness (aka The Ungodly) (2007)

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When struggling filmmaker Mickey Gravatski (Wes Bentley) inadvertently records a notorious serial killer (Mark Borkowski) in the middle of a murderous act, he decides to use the footage to blackmail the madman into being the subject of a disturbing new documentary. Directed by Thomas Dunn, this unsettling psychological thriller explores the dark side of the human psyche and the depths to which one man will sink to … Continue reading

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Film Review: The House That Jack Built (2009)

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A young mother, Hannah Filice is murdered, a brutal crime witnessed by her three year old son, Jack the 3rd. The killer tries to block the horror from the little boy’s eyes, and gently carries the toddler from the gory scene. Twenty years later, Jack the 3rd, a grown young man, awakens from the dream, the same dream he’s had many times over the years and hasn’t been able … Continue reading

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Film Review: Psycho (1960)

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When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where twitchy manager Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky but fine … until Marion decides to take a shower. Director Alfred Hitchcock’s Oscar-nominated shocker has been terrifying viewers for decades … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dead Walk – Author Andy Black, Steve Earles

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THE DEAD WALK (PAPERBACK)
by Andy Black, Steve Earles
Published by Noir Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
Format: Black /White with color photos – 288 pages
Price: $28.95

Before even reading a single word I’m sure any horror fan would be impressed with this book. with 288 pages, color photos on almost every page and printed on great stock nicely bound this is a fine addition to horror … Continue reading

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Interview: Miss Gory Rae (Canada horror hostess)

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Miss Gory Rae satiates Canada’s horror hostess hunger

Being Canada’s only working horror hostess is a tough job, but Miss Gory Rae is up to the task.

“I attended college,” begins Miss Rae, “whilst working three jobs to put me through, as I left home quite early, by fifteen or so. I was working and going to school, while living with fiends, so, I have always been … Continue reading

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Frightful Japan: Playing Hide and Seek by Yourself (Hitori Kakurenbo)

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I fondly remember my teens. I like to think of those years as that precious time when I was old enough not to be frightened by all the creatures lurking under my bed, and yet still young enough that I wasn’t terrified by mortgages, yearly health check ups, and my own teenage son announcing that he wants to be a rock ’n’ roll guitarist when he grows up. Those … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dark Hollow – Author Brian Keene

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DARK HOLLOW
Written by Brian Keene
Published by Leisure Books
Publication Date: 2008
Format: Color – 305 pages
Price: $7.99

I’d resisted reading any book by Bram Stoker Award winner Brian Keene since I happened across one of his short stories on the internet back in 2002 and vowed never to repeat the error. Then this book review assignment hit my desk and finally, after much ethical … Continue reading

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Film Review: Punisher War Zone (2008)

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Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson), a one-man force of vengeance known as “the Punisher,” battles mob boss Billy Russoti (Dominic West). Left disfigured by the encounter, Russoti reemerges as Jigsaw, a psychotic villain with a small army at his command. Too bad for the baddie that the Punisher is preparing to annihilate Jigsaw and his reign of terror, armed with a cache of high-tech new weaponry by the handy … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crystal Bay – Author Brandon Ford

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CRYSTAL BAY
Author Brandon Ford
Published by Arctic Wolf Publishing
Publication Date: 2007
Format: Black /White – 308 pages
Price: $13.95

What one would do for immortality?
Gage is an aspiring novelist, he’s stuck in a dead end job grading senior English papers and is married to someone he loves more than anything. As the summer finally arrived, Gage had made plans to go out to … Continue reading

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Book Review: J-Horror – Author David Kalat

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J-HORROR: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE RING, THE GRUDGE AND BEYOND (PAPERBACK)
Author David Kalat
Published by Vertical
Publication Date: 2007
Format: B&W – 320 pages
Price: $14.95

At long last an Asian horror book written for the consumers. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of great Asians horror books on the market. However most of them are pretty heavy in the philosophical academic approaches which … Continue reading

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Film Review: Quench (2007)

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SYNOPSIS:

A boy turns to a old friend from school when he has nowhere else to turn but his friend is not the person he once was. This is a story of how people can change and a glimps into a world of occultists going on around us. Right in our own backyards.

REVIEW:

Cast:
Bo Barrett – Derek
Ben Schmitt – Jason
Samantha Eileen DeTurk – Veronica
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