Film Review: Hour of the Wolf (1968)

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SYNOPSIS: While vacationing on a remote Scandanavian island with his younger pregnant wife, an artist has a emotional breakdown while confronting his repressed desires. REVIEW: “Now you are yourself, but not yourself; an ideal state for a meeting between lovers.” Often touted as Ingmar Bergman’s only “horror” film, Hour of the Wolf actually doesn’t stray from Bergman’s characteristic themes of madness, creative isolation, and paranoia. Explained in the film’s tagline, “The hour of the wolf … Continue reading

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Film Review: Minority Report (2002)

SYNOPSIS: “Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Minority Report is about a cop in the future working in a division of the police department that arrests killers before they commit the crimes, courtesy of some future-viewing technology. John Anderton has the tables turned on him when he is accused of a future crime and must find out what brought it about and stop it before it can happen.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: More than … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Exorcist (1973) – 40th Anniversary [Blu-ray]

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SYNOPSIS: If this horror classic doesn’t terrify you, maybe you need a shrink. Movie actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) realizes an evil spirit may possess her daughter (Linda Blair). Against formidable odds, two priests (Max von Sydow and Jason Miller) try to exorcise the demon. A superb meditation about the nature of evil, The Exorcist was created with adults in mind and isn’t appropriate for youngsters. REVIEW: The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary has been released! Check … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sleepless (2001)

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SYNOPSIS: After a seventeen year break a serial killer picks up where he left off, prompting the son of one of his earlier victims and a retired police detective to team up to stop him once and for all. Will they be able to figure out his identity and put an end to his murderous ways or are they just setting themselves up to be his next victims? REVIEW:

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Film Review: Dune (1984)

SYNOPSIS: “It is a distant galaxy in the far future year of 10191. Arrakis is a desert planet and the only source of Melange, a vital drug used by the Guild Navigators for space travel from star system to star system. Two rival families, the Atreides and the Harkonnens, fight for control of the mining operations of Melange on Arrakis. When his father Duke Leto Atreides is assassinated by the evil Baron Harkonnen, Duke Leto’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: Conan The Barbarian (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: “A village is attacked by the evil ruler of the Snake Cult, Thulsa Doom and his evil warriors, and a young boy named Conan is enslaved. Years later, Conan grows up and becomes a mighty warrior and is trained as a fighter. After years as a slave and as a gladiator, Conan is set free. Conan sets out on a quest as he vows to avenge his parents and solve the riddle of steel. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Branded (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: Set in a dystopian future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population, one man’s effort to unlock the truth behind the conspiracy will lead to an epic battle with hidden forces that control the world. REVIEW: It’s rare these days to find a truly remarkable film about the subjects of advertising, marketing and science fiction that work so well together. “Branded” is truly unique in its approach and execution. While viewers may begin … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dreamscape (1984)

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SYNOPSIS: A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by the government to save the US president whose mind is trapped inside the dreamworld. REVIEW: “Dreamscape” for those who remember, was one of the cooler movies to come out of the 1984 releases. The film combined science fiction and horror basing its premise on the study of dream research. Directed by Joseph Ruben, I’ve always considered it one of actor Dennis Quaid’s more … Continue reading

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Ingmar Bergman

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Horror News is mostly devoted to horror as a definable separate genre, that is, to films that draw upon (and occasionally expand) an existing tradition. Most of the directors and writers who work in this field are very conscious of belonging to a generic tradition. But fantasies and nightmares can be created by anybody, and it sometimes happens that directors from quite different traditions find it appropriate to draw upon the world’s fund of fantastic … Continue reading

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Film Review: Flash Gordon (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: In Mike Hodges’ campy 1980, British – American, Sci-Fi romp, a football player (Sam Jones) and his friends (Topol and Melody Anderson) travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyrant, Ming the Merciless, played by Max Von Sydow, to save the Planet Earth from destruction. REVIEW: This movie really takes me back. Way back. I remember doing a short, little write up for it back in Junior High School here in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Solomon Kane (2009)

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SYNOPSIS: Once a mercenary of Queen Elizabeth I fighting Spainards in Africa, He met the Devil’s Reaper and discovered he was bound for hell! Barely escaping he soon renounced violence to atone for his past sins, seeking out redemption in a life of peace. That is until the followers of priest turned sorcerer Malachi kidnap a Purtian girl Meredith Crowthorn and brutally slaughter her family before his very own eyes (including butchering her beloved younger … Continue reading

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Film Review: Needful Things (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected. REVIEW: Taglines: “The town of Castle Rock just made a deal with the Devil… Now it’s time to pay!” “Buy now. Pay later.” Ah, yes, there was a time when it seemed like “another” Stephen King based film was being released faster than he could write them. … Continue reading

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Top 13 Greatest Horror Actors

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1. Max von Sydow Let’s start this list off with someone who seems like a no-brainer: Max von Sydow, also known as Father Merrin in The Exorcist. However, I include him because he is the only actor who has ever played both God and Satan. He was Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told and Satan in the adaptation of Stephen King’s Needful Things, which is actually pretty good. Any actor with those kind of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Death Watch (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: “Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run on the popular television series Death Watch.” (courtesy IMDB) REVIEW: A common feature of modern dystopias is to imagine a future so devoid of natural fulfillment for ordinary people that, like vultures of the mind, they can only get sustenance from … Continue reading

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