Film Review: The Devil’s Men (1976)

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SYNOPSIS: A satanic cult kidnaps 3 young people and Priest Donald Pleasence and Costas Skouras must save them from the hands of this evil! REVIEW: The Devil’s Men (aka Land of the Minotaur – 1976) is standard 70′s fare. There’s always something nostalgic about 1970′s back lot horror, from the over dramatic acting to the in your face screams for no apparent reasons, there is so much to love and laugh about. The Devil’s Men … Continue reading

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Film Review: Halloween (1978)

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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)

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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. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A decade after going on a killing spree Michael Myers (who everyone assumed was dead) returns to his hometown of Haddonfield. This time he is stalking his niece Jamie, and he is more than willing to kill anyone who tries to stop him from getting to her. As the bodies begin to pile up Michael’s old psychiatrist Dr. Loomis tries to find a way to stop him before it is too late. REVIEW: Without … Continue reading

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Film Review: Halloween 5 (1989)

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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 uncle may be the key to uprooting her family tree. REVIEW: Get ready citizens of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Specters (1987)

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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 tomb, a group of archeology students that open it up and unleash lord knows what. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Phantom Of Death (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: Police Comissioner Datti is investigating the murder of a female doctor whose murderer seems to be a thirty-fivish year old man. Soon another murder follows: Pianist Robert Dominici’s girlfriend is found killed. The killer also challenges Datti on the phone and says he can’t be caught since he has a secret which makes him invulnerable. In the meantime the clues seems to point in strange directions… REVIEW: Day 5 of this misbegotten 80′s experiment … Continue reading

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Film Review: Prince of Darkness (1987)

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SYNOPSIS: A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world. REVIEW: Prince of Darkness (1987), one of Carpenter’s more darker films, of which one would assume a vampire king of sorts, actually refers to Satan and his darker leader. Darker leader? Now there’s an interesting concept….an evil force that Satan serves. In fact “his” father, of whom the film refers to is called … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of the beatles, this musical uses some big name groups like Peter Frampton and Aerosmith. REVIEW: While the film itself was created in 1978, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” appears to encapsulate … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alone in the Dark (1982)

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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 enough to get in their way. The psychiatrist and his family barricade themselves inside their … Continue reading

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Film Review: Halloween II (1981)

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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: DIRECTOR: RICK ROSENTAL WRITER: JOHN CARPENTER & DEBRA HILL US RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 30, 1981 … Continue reading

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