Film Review: The Penny Dreadful Picture Show (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In an old rundown movie theater, a supernatural sweetie, Penny Dreadful settles in to watch a trio of short films with her horror movie cohorts, the zombie love-sick Ned and her furry friend Wolfboy. Penny has set up three blind dates to find herself the love of her life who must first endure a frightening, gore-filled fright film: “Slash-in-the-Box,” “The Morning After” and “The Slaughter House.”

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Film Review: Castle Freak (1995)

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SYNOPSIS: A recovering alcoholic and his grieving wife and daughter inherit an enormous Italian castle left to them by his estranged mother. What she left out of the will is that they’ve also inherited the sexually frustrated monster living in the basement. There’s always a catch. REVIEW: It was while watching Castle Freak that I was struck with a sudden realization – that Stuart Gordon might just be my favourite horror director of all time. … Continue reading

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Film Review: House on Haunted Hill (1999)

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SYNOPSIS: A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past. REVIEW: The movie “House on Haunted Hill” has always been a guilty pleasure for me. I can’t express as much enthusiasm on the sequel (Return to House on Haunted Hill), but as a viewer, (and at the time of seeing this in theatres) it just held all the right elements that I found … Continue reading

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Film Review: Would You Rather (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman agrees to compete in a deadly game of “Would You Rather,” hosted by a sadistic aristocrat. REVIEW: Wow! Did this one catch me by surprise! Directed by David Guy Levy, “Would You Rather” is the story of Iris (Brittany Snow) who is trying to find a job as the movie begins. Iris has some outstanding bills that her deceased parents never got to. She also … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Evil Clergyman (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: In 1987 Charles Band directed Pulse Pounders, an anthology film comprised of three 30 minute sequels to the biggest hits of Empire Pictures: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Evil Clergyman, a Trancers sequel, and a sequel to The Dungeonmaster. Pulse Pounders was shot and edited in 1988 before circumstances prevented it from being released. In addition the original 35mm negative for the 3 episodes has never been found. For the last 25 years, fans have been … Continue reading

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Film Review: Cellar Dweller (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: In spirit of the Tales from The Crypt, Terror Tales and The Beyond vintage comic books Colin Childress engages in some most macabre tales of horror. His most inspired illustrations are conceived within the remote bowels of a desolate rural home, aptly enough in his studio basement. As the artist delves into the occult to liven up his work, the drawings develop a life of their own, delivering their maker unto his ultimate demise. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Re-Animator (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. REVIEW: It’s pretty safe to say that any real horror fan from the 80’s remembers the release of the “Re-Animator“. A film that also bases itself on the horrific novels of H. P. Lovecraft (Herbert West: Reanimator), is a horror-meets-science fiction gore-fest full of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: After inheriting the family mortuary, a pyrophobic mortician accidentally exposes hundreds of un-cremated bodies to toxic medical waste. As the corpses re-animate, the mortician’s inheritance-seeking younger brother unexpectantly shows up, stumbling upon a full zombie outbreak! REVIEW: “Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation” (2012) acts as a prequel to “Night of the Living Dead 3D” (2006). Director Jeff Broadstreet returned to write and direct this entry. The story begins the day before the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Faust: Love of the Damned (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: An artist, John Jaspers (Mark Frost) sells his soul to the mysterious M (as for Mephistopheles) (Andrew Divoff) in order to avenge the death of his girlfriend. However, the deal has an unexpected price, and he is periodically transformed into a horned demon with a passion for killing. He discovers that M plans to release a giant monster called the Homunculus, thereby opening the gates of Hell, and sets out to stop him. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Beyond Re-Animator (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: Everyone’s favorite mad scientist Herbert West is currently in jail after having state’s evidence turned against him by his former assistant, Dan Cain. While being led away, some re-agent falls from his pocket where it is picked up by a young man that was camping nearby. The young man find Herbert down in his jail cell and learns for himself just what the re-agent is capable of. REVIEW: This is yet another one of … Continue reading

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Film Review: From Beyond (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: After inventing a way for creatures from the fourth dimension to come into his own world, Dr. Edward Pretorious (Ted Sorel) suffers a gruesome decapitation at the hands of those he brought “from beyond.” But authorities suspect his assistant (Jeffrey Combs) is to blame. Barbara Crampton co-stars as a beautiful psychiatrist brought in to help police solve the case in this classic 1980s thriller based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. REVIEW: Directed … Continue reading

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Film Review: Parasomnia (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: In “Parasomnia,” a stylish horror/thriller from director William Malone (“House on Haunted Hill,” “Masters of Horror,”) Laura Baxter is a young woman, literally a “sleeping beauty,” who suffers from a medical condition called “parasomnia.” A childhood accident victim, she is actually sleeping her life away, awakening briefly on rare occasions. Art student Danny Sloan falls in love with her, unaware that her hospital neighbor, a terrifying mass murderer and mesmerist named Byron Volpe has … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dark House (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Trying to exorcise her worst memories, Claire (Meghan Ory) returns to the foster home where she witnessed a terrible massacre years ago. Capitalizing on its history, a mysterious showman (Jeffrey Combs) has turned the infamous mansion into a haunted-house attraction. Claire and her friends soon realize that a demonic force has taken over the building and they’ve been locked inside with a malevolent spirit who wants to perpetrate another mass murder. REVIEW:  Directed by: … Continue reading

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