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Film Review: Tales That Witness Madness (1973)

SYNOPSIS: An eccentric psychiatrist introduces a colleague to four particularly bizarre cases, each being the subject of a short story. There’s a boy and his lethal imaginary friend, an antique dealer who slips back and forth in time, a man who becomes romantically involved with a tree stump, and a Hawaiian author planning a very ghoulish luau. REVIEW: Since 1924’s …

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Film Review: Oh, God! (1977)

SYNOPSIS: “Jerry Landers, a supermarket assistant manager and a good yet non-religious person, suddenly finds a note in the mail one day that grants him an ‘interview’ with God. Thinking it to be a hoax he tosses it away, but when it keeps reappearing he finally gives in. Skeptical at first, he ends up carrying His personal message – that …

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Film Review: Halloween (1978)

SYNOPSIS: The first flick in the trilogy from director John Carpenter, Halloween almost single-handedly invented the 1980s slasher genre. Escaped lunatic Michael Myers (no, not the Austin Powers actor) goes on a murderous baby-sitter-slaying rampage on Halloween. Only baby sitter Jamie Lee Curtis (the quintessential scream queen) and psychiatrist Donald Pleasence can stop him. REVIEW:

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Film Review: Wake in Fright (1971)

SYNOPSIS: Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But his one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. …

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Film Review: Halloween 5 (1989)

SYNOPSIS: Presumed dead after a shoot-out with the Haddonfield police, Michael Myers (Don Shanks) is secretly nursed back to health — and returns a year later to kill again. He once more targets his young niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris), who’s recovering in the local children’s hospital after attacking her stepmother and losing her voice. Jamie’s mental link with her evil …

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Film Review: Specters (1987)

SYNOPSIS: An unforgettable journey into the darkest reaches of terror. REVIEW: Director – Marcello Avallone Starring – John Pepper, Trine Michelsen, Donald Pleasence I so wanted to like this movie. I mean really wanted to like it. You have some classic ingredients here: an old tomb deep within some catacombs that contains an ancient evil, the curse that surrounds said …

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Film Review: Alone in the Dark (1982)

SYNOPSIS: Four homicidal maniacs escape from an insane asylum when a black out causes the state of the art security system keeping them locked up malfunctions. After killing some staff members of the asylum they head toward their new psychiatrist’s house (who they want to kill as they think that he murdered the psychiatrist that he replaced), killing anyone unlucky …

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Film Review: Halloween II (1981)

SYNOPSIS: This bloodier sequel picks up where the original ended. An injured Jamie Lee Curtis recuperates in the hospital not knowing that murderous Michael Myers is licking his wounds in a nearby room. The hospital setting makes for spooky sequences with Myers’ slow footsteps echoing loudly on the tile floor. The diagnosis for impressionable viewers: long nights of insomnia. REVIEW: …

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