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Film Review: Twilight Zone The Movie (1983)

TZ The Movie poster

SYNOPSIS: “Four horror-science fiction segments directed by four of Hollywood’s famous directors based on TV’s most popular anthology series, bookened by a funny and scary prologue and epilogue. In the first story, a loud-mouthed bigoted businessman with an intense hatred for Jews, blacks and Asians gets the tables turned on him when he walks out a bar and is inexplicably …

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Film Review: Gremlins (1984)


SYNOPSIS: A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. REVIEW: I was but an innocent teenager when I managed to finagle my way into a free screening of Joe Dante’s amazing “Gremlins”. Well, actually I wasn’t all that innocent but it sounded good didn’t it? …

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Film Review: The Hole (2009)


SYNOPSIS: A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares. REVIEW: Written by:  Mark L. Smith Directed by:  Joe Dante Starring:  Teri Polo, Haley Bennett, Chris Massoglia, Nathan Gamble QUICK FIX: Siblings Dane and Lucas have just moved to a new suburb with their mom (the …

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Key Genre Films 1980s


How things have changed. In the forties, for instance, one would find it difficult to name twenty good genre films of the decade but, since the late seventies, Hollywood has learned that their baby-booming audiences could not only handle strong horror and science fiction concepts, they craved them. Filmmakers everywhere went into overdrive. Like television today, there wasn’t a production …

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Film Review: Trapped Ashes (2006)


SYNOPSIS: Trapped in a house of horror, seven people discover that the only way they’ll get out alive is to tell their scariest stories, setting the stage for five tales from directors Ken Russell, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Monte Hellman and John Gaeta. This anthology includes spine-tingling tales of sexy succubi, possessed breast implants, nightmarish dream hauntings and more. …

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Film Review: The Burbs (1989)


SYNOPSIS: While on vacation, suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) wants nothing more than to fritter away his time at home — drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube. But when new, secretive neighbors move in next door, Ray and his friends (Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun) let their paranoia get the best of them …

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