Preview: The 18th Annual Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

South Korea’s 18th annual Pucheon International Film Festival (PiFan) — perhaps the largest film fest in Asia dedicated to horror, science fiction, fantasy, and similar genre films — will be held this year from July 17 through July 27. I will be covering the festival for both Horrornews.net and the Horror News Radio podcast. Each July, PiFan presents more than 200 feature-length and short films from around the world — some of which are so … Continue reading

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40th Anniversary Editon Of TCM Heading To Theaters

Have you ever wished you could see Tobe Hooper’s classic 1974 shocker TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE in a real theater instead of your home theater? Wish granted. Got the following press release today and I think it’s going to make lots of horror fans very happy. MPI/Dark Sky Films, one of the leading distributors of independent and genre films, announced today they will be releasing a restored version The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper’s 1974 … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

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SYNOPSIS: A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them. REVIEW: Throughout the 80′s and well into the 90′s the production team of Menahem Golan & Yoram Globus were quite familiar to genre fans worldwide. Their company, The Cannon Group, was responsible for quite a few horror/sci-fi/fantasy/action films during this period. They even won an Oscar for best foreign film in 1986 for their Dutch production of a … Continue reading

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Film Review: Eaten Alive (1977)

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SYNOPSIS: A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in the backwater swamps of Louisiana kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel. REVIEW: “Eaten Alive” is director Tobe Hooper’s 1977 follow up to “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974). While it is still a horror film that takes place in the deep … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lifeforce (1985)

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SYNOPSIS: A race of space vampires arrive in London and infect the populous. REVIEW: Director – Tobe Hooper Starring – Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth If you’ve never seen this movie it’s the one with the nude space vampires. Well, at least one nude space vampire that is worth mentioning and her name is Space Girl (played by the absolutely stunning Mathilda May). Seems weird in a movie review that in the first paragraph … Continue reading

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Film Review: Salem’s Lot (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: “Salem’s Lot is a town which a new member, Mr. Straker, has taken as his new ‘home’, and has a mysterious partner, namely Mr. Barlow. Not too long after Straker arrives in Salem’s Lot, people start disappearing from sight and dying from odd causes, and no one is sure why, including Ben Mears who is in town to write a new book on the town’s rumored haunted house called the Marsten House, which overlooks … Continue reading

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Key Genre Films 1970s

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With The Andromeda Strain (1971) director Robert Wise proved that he was still as adept with science fiction themes as he was with the supernatural. A well constructed thriller, it tells of a group of scientists trying to analyse a strange alien spore which comes to earth. Stanley Kubrick, having explored the sterile depths of space in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), returned to a grungy Earth to show what might be happening in the … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Funhouse (1981)

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SYNOPSIS: Two young couples on a double date go to a mystifying carnival. For fun, they decide to spend the night in the funhouse. When they witness a vicious murder, they suddenly find themselves in terrible danger. REVIEW: The film was momentarily banned in the UK and labeled as a ‘video nasty’. This was because the movie was mistaken for “The Fun House”, one of the countless alternate titles for The Last House on Dead … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of five hippies on a road trip through the backwaters of 1970′s rural Texas fall prey to a murderous cannibalistic family making up of a leather-masked chainsaw-wielding maniac, his knife-wielding grave robber brother, and their cannibal chief father and decaying grandfather. REVIEW:  Written by: Tobe Hooper Kim Henkel Directed by: Tobe Hooper Starring: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Allen Danziger, William Vail, John Dugan, Teri Mcminn, Gunnar Hansen and Edwin Neal This … Continue reading

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Film Review: Poltergeist (1982)

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SYNOPSIS: “While living an an average family house in a pleasant neighborhood, the youngest daughter of the Freeling family, Carol Anne, seems to be connecting with the supernatural through a dead channel on the television. It is not for long when the mysterious beings enter the house’s walls. At first seeming like harmless ghosts, they play tricks and amuse the family, but they take a nasty turn- they horrify the family to death with angry … Continue reading

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