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Bill Burke

Bill Burke is the author of the horror novel, Voodoo Child, Book One: Zombie Uprising, which has gotten rave reviews from The Columbia Review of Books and Film, Horrornews.net, Horrorpalace.com and won the Hungry Monster Book Award. His print articles have appeared in Fangoria and Videoscope Magazine. In the world of television he was the Producer and occasional screenwriter on the Cinemax series Forbidden Science, Lingerie and Sin City Diaries and was creator and director of the Destination America paranormal Series Hauntings and Horrors. He also created and directed the campy Canadian paranormal series Creepy Canada. He lives in Toronto and is currently busy writing Voodoo Child, Book Two as well as more articles and reviews for horrornews.net.

Film Review: Invasion U.S.A

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A Soviet spy recruits an army of international terrorists. Their mission: infiltrate the United States, wreaking havoc and inciting civil war. They only have three obstacles to overcome: The army, the CIA and Chuck-friggin-Norris. Anyone who’s read my books knows I love some good old fashion shoot-‘em-up, smash-‘em-up carnage… especially when it’s served up in R-Rated, …

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Making Beware! Children at Play! – Part Three

Welcome back to the final chapter of Beware Children at Play. And, being our final chapter, we’ll cut straight to the film’s finale—the notorious, ‘kill all the children scene.’ On paper the idea of a dozen children being shot, stabbed and bludgeoned by their own parents sounds truly reprehensible. But due to budgetary restraints, and inexperienced child actors the scene …

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The Kids Are Not Alright: Making Beware! Children at Play! – Part Two

Welcome back to the penultimate chapter of the Beware Children at Play saga, where we finally dive into the nuts and bolts of a zero-budget production. Beware Children at Play’s child actors were cast via newspaper ads and through some local modeling agencies. Some of the kids were surprisingly good, and I hope they look back on their movie experience …

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The Children of a Lesser Corn: Making Beware! Children at Play! – Part One

When I think back on the thirty plus movies and television shows I’ve worked on, one always stands out—a little gem entitled BEWARE CHILDREN AT PLAY. If the title doesn’t ring a bell, it’s that infamous movie where a dozen children are brutally slaughtered on camera. When Troma Films screened Beware’s trailer at the Cannes Film Festival it allegedly inspired …

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Film Review: Lisztomania (1975)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Ken Russell, the director of Tommy and The Devils shifts into sensory overload with his hyper stylized biography of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt—a lascivious librettist who careens from proto pop stardom to Marxist revolutionary, ultimately becoming a catholic missionary to battle his arch nemesis —German composer Richard Wagner. Just picture the cult favorite cheese fest, rock …

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Film Review: Orca (1977)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: Captain Nolan (Richard Harris), a financially desperate fisherman attempts to capture a live Orca in the hopes of selling it to a marine park. Sadly, he unwittingly kills a pregnant female. The dead Orca’s mate declares war on Nolan, pursuing him to a remote fishing village. REVIEW: It’s fair to say that all shark movies owe their …

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Film Review: Heavy Traffic

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: In this adult animated feature, aspiring cartoonist Michael falls in love with Carol, an African American bartender. The couple struggle to escape their hellish urban environment, but fate isn’t on their side. REVIEW: The seventies represented a golden decade for filmmaking, spawning some of the most important and personal works ever committed to celluloid. Taxi Driver, …

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RainForest Horror: A Cinematic Trek in the Green Inferno – Part 1

Scholars say there are four primary conflicts in literature—man vs. nature, man vs. man, man vs. self and man vs. God. Well, no backdrop better combines all these elements than the Amazon Rainforest—an untamed jungle populated with hostile tribes where all of God’s creatures are out to devour you, if your own fear and ignorance doesn’t kill you first. That’s …

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Film Review: Down on Us (Beyond the Doors) (1984)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: To quote George Bernard Shaw, “Assassination is the sincerest form of flattery.” In director Larry Buchanan’s alternative history drama, a sinister cabal within the US Government plots to kill those three ‘pied pipers of rock and roll,’ Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison to ensure Nixon’s re-election. REVIEW: Today I’m reviewing a film, that, prior …

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