Film Review: Blood Simple (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple. REVIEW: “If I don’t get away soon I’ll be going blood-simple like the natives.” Garnering a title from Dashiell Hammett’s hard-boiled detective novel, Red Harvest (quote above), this Coen-directed debut film is equal parts horror and farce. It is also a fine representation of neo-noir with a touch … Continue reading

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Film Review: Love Sick Love (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A ‘boy meets girl’ romance that quickly turns into a twisted thriller. Dori, a sexy siren, traps Norman, a slick New York businessman, and forces him to live through a year of holidays to prove they’re a perfect couple. But with Dori, Valentine’s Day, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations take place over one weekend in an isolated country house far from help or a phone tower. “Love Sick Love” is a complex and suspenseful … Continue reading

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Film Review: Red Scorpion (1988)

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SYNOPSIS: A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has a change of heart when he sees how the Russians and their Cuban allies are killing and repressing the locals, so he switches sides and helps the rebels REVIEW: Synapse Films gives old “Red Scorpion” a makeover. Dolph Lundgren, in my mind, has always been a model action hero. I will say he has been looking a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Haunted Echoes (2008)

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SYNOPSIS: Guy and Laura have recently suffered a parent’s worst nightmare: their eight-year-old daughter Kimberly was abducted from her bedroom and murdered. They move to a charming old house in need of repair, hoping the project will alleviate their pain but they soon find themselves haunted by a young female spirit; is it their daughter or another entity using the grieving couple for its own sinister purposes? REVIEW:  “Haunted Echoes” is one of those movies … Continue reading

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