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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.

The Road to Jurassic Park – Part 1

In June 1993, Jurassic Park celebrated its twenty-seventh birthday—that’s an entire lifetime for an actual T-Rex. Despite huge advances in CGI technology, a slew of imitators and a parade of sequels, Jurassic still stands tall as the quintessential modern dinosaur movie, unmatched in terms of unbridled fun and excitement. But, in truth, Jurassic Park’s Dino-DNA contains a few notable filmic …

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Film Review: Exorcismo (1975)

SYNOPSIS: After a near fatal car accident a young woman exhibits signs of demonic possession. Her terrified mother calls in an exorcist in hopes of saving her daughter’s life and her soul.  REVIEW: Let me admit right up front that I’m a huge fan of filmmaker Jacinto Molina, better known by his screen name— Paul Naschy. For those unfamiliar with …

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Film Review: The Psychotronic Man (1979)

SYNOPSIS After a paranormal encounter, a Chicago barber develops uncontrollable telekinetic powers. In a fit of psychotronic rage, he kills an elderly man, becoming the target of a citywide manhunt. REVIEW: I’m a huge admirer of independent horror films, particularly regional ones by the likes of Don Dohler (The Alien Factor) or Charles B. Pierce (Legend of Boggy Creek). These …

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Film Review: The Antichrist (1974)

SYNOPSIS: Ippolita is a young woman paralyzed by a childhood accident and confined to a wheelchair ever since. Struggling with a crisis of religious faith, she consults a psychiatrist who hypnotizes her as part of past life regression therapy. The treatment temporarily cures her paralysis, but also awakens a demon that has haunted the family for generations. The demon possesses …

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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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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: Killer Nun (1979)

SYNOPSIS: Sister Gertrude (Anita Ekberg) is a nurse assigned to a geriatric sanitarium. This once dedicated nun recently underwent neurosurgery and since the operation she’s struggled with morphine addiction and hallucinations. To feed her drug habit, Sister Gertrude emotionally manipulates Sister Mathieu (Paola Morra), a younger, sexually infatuated nun, into stealing morphine. Sister Gertrude’s behavior grows more erratic, with escalating …

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Top 10 Hippie Horror Films

2017 officially marks the fiftieth anniversary of “The Summer of Love”, when a hundred thousand young people descended on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district with the collective dream of reinventing America. Their movement grew exponentially, changing outlooks and raising the nation’s consciousness. Today there are cynics who dismiss the hippie movement—pigeonholing it as a bunch of longhaired, drug addled, peace sign …

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