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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: The Initiation of Sarah (1978)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Sarah, an orphan with telekinetic powers is accepted to a prestigious university along with her perfectly normal stepsister, Patty. The two girls attempt to join the most renowned sorority on campus, but only Patty is accepted. Sarah joins a rival sorority overseen by the eccentric Mrs. Hunter, who takes an unhealthy interest in Sarah’s psychic abilities. …

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Film Review: The Survivor (1981)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A 747 carrying three hundred passengers crashes killing everyone on board but the pilot. The sole survivor miraculously walks away unharmed, with no memory of what caused the crash. The victim’s ghosts return to haunt the lone survivor while taking vengeance on anyone who desecrates their memory. REVIEW: 1981’s The Survivor was produced during the 70’s …

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Horrifying History: Part 5 – The Real Story Behind Fritz Lang’s M (2 of 2)

   In part one, (see part 1 of Frtiz Lang’s M) we covered Fritz Lang’s immortal film M and the vampire serial killer that inspired it. But we were only breaking the skin in terms of Teutonic maniacs. This round we’ll slice a little deeper. A word of warning—I don’t recommend eating bratwurst while reading this article. Here we go! …

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Horrifying History: Part 2 – The Real Chainsaw Massacres

Horror film history is filled with imaginary psychopaths whose exploits are based on real life maniacs. Classics like Psycho (1960), Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), M (1931), and Targets (1968) were all fictionalized versions of genuine human monsters who had fascinating stories well-worth revisiting. To kick things off, we’ll focus on the inspirations behind the late Tobe Hooper’s …

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10 Podcasts From Hell

Aside from being something that’s impossible to explain to your grandmother, Podcasts are also one of the most overlooked entertainment options spawned by the Internet. The best ones offer thought-provoking discussions of alternative ideas or showcase left of the dial humor. At their worst they’re the stoned ramblings of bitter fan boys dropping at least two F-bombs in every sentence. …

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Horrifying History: Part 5 – The Real Story Behind Fritz Lang’s M (1 of 2)

For this chapter in Horrifying History we’re focusing on the groundbreaking, but sadly overlooked, 1931 film M and the devil’s brigade of real life monsters that inspired it.  Fritz Lang’s M is a remarkable accomplishment on multiple levels, and, like all those we’ve featured, it’s inspired by grisly real-life events. This time we’re traveling back to Germany’s post World War …

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Horrifying History: Part 4 – Peter Bogdanovich’s Targets

Originally this installment was going to cover 1968’s TARGETS and 1931’s M. But these were too hefty for one piece so we’ll just stick with Targets—an overlooked film that you must see, inspired by a nightmarish event we shouldn’t forget. In 1966, Peter Bogdanovich was a film critic and cinema junkie with visions of directing. A chance meeting with producer/director …

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Film Review: The Green Slime (1968)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS:   Cells from an alien life form are accidently brought aboard the space station Gamma-3. They quickly grow into an army of deadly creatures with electrified tentacles hell bent on killing the crew. REVIEW: Here’s some fun “elevator pitches” for science fiction movies. How about having astronauts land on an asteroid that’s on a collision course …

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Film Review: Night of the Lepus (1972)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: When a population explosion of wild rabbits threatens his land a rancher turns to a pair of ecologically minded scientists for help. But their scientific miracle creates a whole new problem… of gigantic proportions! REVIEW: The post Star Trek-Original Series years weren’t kind to the cast who quickly fell victim to typecasting or were just plain …

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Horrifying History: Part 3 – The Alligator Man!

In our last entry we studied the real life roots of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but now we’re going to fast-forward to 1976. Hooper’s debut film has become a monster hit that’s making a fortune in cinemas all across the US. Unfortunately, Hooper’s dead broke because Bryanston Film Distribution is stealing 99 cents on every dollar …

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Film Review: Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A trio of bohemian dropouts buy a remote farmhouse only to discover that a mysterious young woman named Emily has taken up residence. The three allow their free-spirited tenant to stay on, and she quickly becomes part of their unconventional family unit. But Jessica, who is recovering from a nervous breakdown, discovers their idyllic farmhouse hides …

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Film Review: Necromancy (1972)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: After losing her baby, Laurie and her husband Frank leave New York to start a new life in the small town of Lilith. But despite its bucolic façade, Lilith is no Mayberry. The local populous all practice witchcraft and Mr. Cato, the town’s patriarch has demonic designs on Laurie. REVIEW: I vividly remember a Variety ad …

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