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Scary Stories Documentary Review

May 09, 2019 No Comments by

There is a particularly potent quote in Scary Stories, filmmaker Cody Meirick’s documentary about the work of celebrated children’s horror story author Alvin Schwartz, that resonates long after the screen goes dark. Oddly, it’s not about Schwartz but about fellow children’s literature icon R.L. Stine. In this recollection, Stine talks of meeting the world’s most […]

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American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet Movie Review

Apr 17, 2019 2 Comments by

Lizzie Borden meet Lilith Ratchet. She stole your modus operandi if not your mojo. Liz preferred an axe, Lil a hatchet. But the biggest difference here is that one is a real-life original, the other a cheap imitation stuffed into a cheap film with cheap effects. Oops, I just gave away the thrust of this […]

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The Harrowing Movie Review

Jan 21, 2019 No Comments by

In The Harrowing, director Jon Keeyes delivers a protracted opening that begins as intriguing cop drama and ends as cannibalistic camp. The former is fascinating; the latter is ludicrous. But in good time, the two somehow are effectively intertwined, turning what might have been a total disaster into a crime thriller that pulsates with tension […]

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Blue My Mind Movie Review

Nov 20, 2018 No Comments by

Teenage alienation is terrifying and trying to fit in often carries more risks than rewards. So it is for Mia, just 15 and on the verge of menstruation but whose angst is fueled primarily by a new school and a new social setting. In the Swiss film ​Blue My Mind​, she’s upset with her father […]

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The Toybox Movie Review

Sep 13, 2018 No Comments by

Imagine the best elements of a haunted house inhabiting a recreational vehicle. In theory, it’s like shoving spooks and kooks into quarters so cramped the claustrophobia alone will scare the bejesus out of you. That’s exactly what the makers of The Toybox intended. New from Steel House Productions and available Sept. 18 on DVD, this […]

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Minutes to Midnight Movie Review

Aug 07, 2018 No Comments by

Alcohol, revelry, countdowns and kissing. That right there, folks, is your annual recipe for New Year’s Eve. Usually, as goes the oldest cliché in Journalism 101, a good time is had by all. But not in Minutes to Midnight, the new indie horror flick from Christopher Ray that adds a splash of slash to the […]

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Dead List Movie Review

May 23, 2018 No Comments by

Hollywood is more about restaurants than marquees. Most wannabe actors make their jing slinging hash and waiting tables, not emoting before the cameras. Acting gigs are scarce and the competition is fierce. And then there’s the matter of who you know. As buddy Sam (voice of Brad Gage) says in a call to aspiring thespian […]

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She Rises Movie Review

Apr 11, 2018 No Comments by

Ohhhh Angus. Why? Michael, why? Why waste your considerable talents on She Rises, a low-budget, high-risk horror flick that had zero chance of success? I’m talking about Angus Macfadyen (Braveheart, TV’s Turn) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, Tombstone), a pair of screen veterans who certainly didn’t need the paltry paycheck from this $300,000 pile […]

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Cruel Summer Movie Review

Mar 27, 2018 No Comments by

A relationship breakup is a bad day by anyone’s standards, but for volatile Nick (Danny Miller), it’s more like lighting a fuse on a powder keg. He’s getting the boot so someone else is paying the price. And so begins Cruel Summer, a disturbing little film — just 80 minutes — by promising newcomers Phillip […]

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WTF! Movie Review

Jul 17, 2017 No Comments by

Let’s begin with a nod to director Peter Herro, who made the slasher film WTF! on a shoestring budget that is more Gucci than gauche. Everything — from the slick opening credits to the artsy closing crawl — comes across with style more befitting a major studio production than a low-rent indie. In that sense, […]

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