Film Review: Psycho II (1983)

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SYNOPSIS: After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude… but the specters of his crimes — and his mother — continue to haunt him. REVIEW: “Goodnight, Mary.” The original film (directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1960) was essentially the first slasher film and, in turn, initiated a new avenue of horror that has, by now, become passĂ© (though, nonetheless, commercially successful). The manipulative nature of Hitchcock’s first … Continue reading

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Film Review: Patrick (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own. REVIEW: “One thing’s for certain: Patrick never does anything on purpose.” The 1978 thriller, Patrick, was a milestone in Richard Franklin’s cinematic career. Its success allowed for such cult classics as Road Games and Psycho 2, though Franklin never had a celebrated career like Peter Weir or such contemporaries. This film is highly-lauded in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Road Games (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: A truck driver finds himself involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a brutal serial killer who enjoys butchering young female hitchhikers. REVIEW: Road Games is an entertaining little suspense/thriller that has a nice Hitchcock-like feel to it (which is no surprise considering that director Richard Franklin was a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock). It has an interesting premise, tons of suspense, some light comedy (that works), and a great cast … Continue reading

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Film Review: Link (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: Jane is an American studying at the London College of Sciences; she finds and seeks employment from Dr. Phillip as his assistant. Dr. Phillip has a strange study that involves chimpanzees and their intelligence level. His experiments for the most part seem successful and he has learned that chimps although quite intelligent are also quite dangerous as well. Jane begins work at Dr. Phillips deep in the English countryside and finds that the good … Continue reading

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