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Film Review: Helter Skelter (1976)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Steve Railsback gives a haunting performance as charismatic cult leader Charles Manson in this graphic three-hour made-for-TV movie about the grisly Sharon Tate/La Bianca murders orchestrated by Manson. Based on Vince Bugliosi’s novel, the movie demonstrates the almost hypnotic pull Manson exerted over his impressionable followers — a devotion that led to the brutal killings in …

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Film Review: American History X (1998)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A California neo-Nazi (Oscar-nominee Edward Norton) gets sent to prison for murder and comes out a changed man. But can Norton atone for his sins and prevent his younger brother (Edward Furlong) from following in his hate-filled footsteps? With searing performances and gut-wrenching realism, American History X offers a compelling and anguishing look at racism, family …

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Film Review: Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Horrific, disturbing and absolutely fascinating, the Emmy nominated Paradise Lost 2: Revelations reviews the chilling saga from HBO’s award winning hit, Paradise Lost: The child murders at Robin Hood Hills. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky return to West Memphis, Arkansas to reexamine the most notorious murder case in the state’s history, revealing startling new evidence and …

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Film Review: The Silence of The Lambs (1991)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: In this pulse-pounding adaptation of Thomas Harris’s novel, FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer; unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape … …

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Film Review: Maniac (1980)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Although his mother mistreated him and is now dead, Frank (Joe Spinell), a photographer by day, misses her. In a grotesque act of reminiscence, he kills young women at night and puts their scalps on mannequins masquerading around his New York apartment. He befriends a fellow photographer, but soon his day and night lives begin to …

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Film Review: Mother’s Day (1980) – Review 2

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Three female friends (Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce and Tiana Pierce) head to the woods to remember their collegiate good times, all the while with no idea they’re being hunted by a dysfunctional hillbilly family. Mother (Beatrice Pons) is teaching her backwoods boys (Holden McGuire and Michael McCleery) how to rape, torture and kill young women — …

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Film Review: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: A further investigation into the arrest of three teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas and spent nearly 20 years in prison before being released because DNA evidence proved their innocence REVIEW: Starring: Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley Jr., Damien Echols, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines, Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky and Eddie Vedder Directed …

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Film Review: Brainscan (1994)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: Michael (Edward Furlong) is a typical suburban teenager. Isolated from his distant father and dead mother, he finds refuge in horror fanzines and gory slasher flicks. When he plugs into Brainscan, an interactive game where the player initiates all-too-real murders, he’s confident he can beat the wisecracking game master … until he finds a severed foot …

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Film Review: Irreversible (2002)

Rate This MovieSYNOPSIS: This French thriller chronicles the unspeakable horror of rape and the aftermath of revenge. When a woman is brutally violated, her angered boyfriend and ex-boyfriend team up to track down the rapist and take justice into their own hands. Albert Dupontel, Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci star, and Gaspar Noé (I Stand Alone) directs. Nominated for the …

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Film Review: Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: When a mysterious comet passes close to Earth, machines everywhere suddenly take on murderous minds of their own in this film directed by horror mastermind Stephen King. Soon, video games, cash machines, drawbridges and steamrollers all go on a global psychotic killing spree. But when the Dixie Boy Truck Stop is held hostage by a mob …

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Film Review: My Bloody Valentine (1981)

Rate This Movie SYNOPSIS: A two decade old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine’s Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer’s order and people start turning up dead. REVIEW: Staring: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier and Neil Affleck Story Concept by: Stephen Miller Written by: John Beaird Directed by: …

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