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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: Impulse (1974)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Professional gigolo and part time con artist Matt Stone sets his larcenous sights on a flirtatious dowager and a widowed single mom. But his attempts to con both women are complicated by the widow’s meddling twelve-year-old daughter. To avoid capture Matt is forced to kill everyone who gets in his way.  REVIEW: IMPULSE  (1974) could be …

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Film Review: The Psychotronic Man (1979)

Rate This Movie 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 …

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Film Review: Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Rural Texas is struck by an invisible energy wave that transforms nice small town folk into BLOODSUCKERS FROM OUTER SPACE. REVIEW: On this round of reviews I was assigned two of the greatest titles ever conceived – Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977) and Bloodsuckers from Outer Space (1984). I didn’t say they were great movies, just great titles …

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Film Review: Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977)

Rate This Movie   SYNOPSIS: A quartet of cheerleaders set out for the big game, only to be shanghaied by a coven of Satanists. REVIEW: 1-2-3-4, let me hear you stomp the floor… It’s SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS! A title that should send any miscreant’s heart fluttering with visions those pillars of sleazy cinema—Satan and cheerleaders. To its credit, Satan’s Cheerleaders delivers …

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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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Film Review: Crocodile (1979)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A gigantic mutant crocodile appears off the coast of Thailand slaughtering everything in its path. All hope seems lost until a pair of renegade doctors team up with a local fisherman to destroy the beast. REVIEW: Today’s film buffs associate Thailand with chilling films like Shutter (2004) Alone (2007) or smack-tastic classics like Ong Bak (2003) …

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Film Review: Deadtime Stories (1986)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: a babysitting uncle spins a trio of twisted bedtime stories freely adapted from the Brother’s Grimm. REVIEW Fairy tales have always been great source material for low budget filmmakers, primarily because the stories are public domain (AKA free), have built-in marquee value and the films can be distributed to a less discerning audience of children. During …

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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 Flesh Eaters (1964)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A charter pilot and his female passengers make an emergency landing on a remote island. But this safe haven turns deadly when they’re taken prisoner by a renegade marine biologist planning to unleash hordes of flesh-eating sea creatures onto the world. REVIEW: You’ve got to love a movie that brings together Joseph Goebbels, Speed Racer’s dad, …

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Film Review: The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A frustrated music journalist befriends an aging classical pianist, only to discover that the musician has supernatural designs on his body. REVIEW: Occult themed films are tricky business. Often the menace, be it Satan or some lesser minion, remains unseen, utilizing devoted mortals to carry out their schemes. The best occult films don’t rely on shock, …

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