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Film Review: Atrocious (2010)


SYNOPSIS: The Quintanilla family was found dead. Recorded evidence was discovered by the police. Production company acquires the confidential material and edits it into a Horror Movie. REVIEW: Welcome again to another round of “been there”. I come out of these style films with varied mixed feelings. Of the 10 or so I’ve seen this year, the top ones have …

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Film Review: 388 Arletta Avenue (2011)


SYNOPSIS: young couple find themselves in an unnerving situation with a mysterious stalker. REVIEW: Contrary to opinion, this is not quite a found-footage film – 388 Arletta Avenue can best be described in one short sentence as a voyeuristic verite movie. Imagine Peeping Tom if it were based primarily and predominantly around the subjective camera. It’s not a new concept …

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Film Review: Evidence of a Haunting (2010)

SYNOPSIS: Evidence of a Haunting follows a small group of Texas paranormal investigators – Rayne, Sam, Tor, Father Bowden, Echo and Shelly – filming three adventures for their reality TV show where they encounter a variety of entities, spirits and ghosts. During the final chapter, their investigation run head on into a demon that dwells in the underground tunnels beneath …

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Film Review: Monsters (2010)


SYNOPSIS:  Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear & grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was guaranteed as an INFECTED ZONE. Today,the Americans & …

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Film Review: Quarantine (2008)


SYNOPSIS: While on assignment, an L.A. news reporter (Jennifer Carpenter) and her cameraman (Steve Harris) find themselves trapped in a quarantined apartment complex along with a vicious unknown killer. With all forms of communications cut, the news crew keeps the cameras rolling as they search for a way out. The building is locked down, a killer is on the loose, …

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Film Review: Zombie Diaries (2006)


SYNOPSIS: In the not-too-distant future, a mysterious plague has spread to every corner of the planet. Once it kills, the virus reanimates the dead, transforming them into flesh-eating zombies. This film reveals the terror through the eyes of its witnesses. Video cameras from a documentary film crew, a couple fleeing London (ground zero for the virus) and a band of …

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Film Review: Reel Evil (2012)


SYNOPSIS: Struggling filmmakers – Kennedy, Cory and James – finally catch the break they were looking for when they are hired to shoot a ‘behind-the-scenes’ documentary for a major studio production. But their dream job quickly turns into a nightmare when they explore the legendary, haunted location and find something far worse than anything Hollywood could create. Terror becomes reality …

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Film Review: Megan Is Missing (2011)


SYNOPSIS: Fictional drama based on actual events, about 2 teen-age girls who encounter an internet predator. REVIEW: Director – Michael Goi Starring – Amber Perkins, Rachel Quinn, Dean Waite In October of 1993 twelve year old Polly Hannah Klaas was kidnapped and later found to have been murdered. The following year her father, Marc Klaas, started the KlaasKids Foundation to …

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Film Review: The Lost Episode (2012)


SYNOPSIS: Instead, they discover something completely unexpected and find themselves  fighting for their lives as a maniacal surgeon picks them off one at a time. REVIEW: A group of teenaged friends, or, rather, a group of actors who may only resemble teenagers obviously pretending to be friends, decide to check out the local abandoned mental asylum, known as Penhurst, before …

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Film Review: The Bay (2012)


SYNOPSIS: Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs. REVIEW: Admittedly, when I first heard about a found footage style horror film being directed by the guy who gave us Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, and Toys I was a tad skeptical. Certainly Barry Levinson is a great director—he as an Oscar for crying out …

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Film Review: Back From Hell (2011)


SYNOPSIS: Six college friends reconnect when they travel to a remote home for vacation. The location begins to have a strange effect on their personalities and moods, especially after they unknowingly summon an evil spirit with an Ouija board. Soon, the group suspects that one of their friends has become possessed and they bring in a priest from a neighboring …

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Film Review: Haunted Changi (2010)


SYNOPSIS: Story of what happened to a group of documentary makers shooting a documentary in Singapore’s haunted Old Changi Hospital. REVIEW: “Haunted Changi” is another entry in the horror found-footage sub-genre. Many of the independent entries in this particular type of movie show a lack of experience, and act as a way to hide the amateur cast and crew. This …

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Film Review: Crowsnest (2012)


SYNOPSIS: Five friends embark on a trip to the cottage for a birthday weekend but one detour causes their entire trip to crumble when they encounter an RV with some vicious passengers. REVIEW: So much has been done in the found footage genre that it has now infiltrated the mainstream. Mention-worthy films range from Cannibal Holocaust to the Paranormal Activity …

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Film Review: 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck (2012)


SYNOPSIS: A team of paranormal investigators go to the site where notorious serial killer Richard Speck murdered several nurses years ago and try to make contact with any spirits that may still be lingering there. Of course they end up encountering Speck’s ghost, and he isn’t very happy. The team soon finds themselves locked inside the building with no way …

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Film Review: Grave Encounters 2 (2012)


SYNOPSIS: As film student Alex Wright (Richard Harmon) becomes obsessed with the film Grave Encounters and the disappearance of its cast, including Lance Preston (Sean Rogerson), he begins receiving contact from from an unknown blog follower, “Death Awaits 666.” The more Alex uncovers about those events, the more he wants to film a documentary about the hospital and the doomed …

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Film Review: Hollow (2012)


Synopsis: When four friends journey to the remote English countryside, they discover the local legends haunting the region. Set just outside the nearby ruins of an ancient monastery, stands a gigantic, elderly tree that mysteriously draws young lovers to commit suicide, to be found hanging from its twisted limbs. The closer they get to uncovering the mysteries of the Hollow, …

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