DEAD Journal: Diary of an Indie Filmmaker 1

Jun 19, 2011 1 Comment

My name is Justin Hamelin. I am a horror nut. Over the years, feeding my appetite with the classic films and reading every book Stephen King has ever written was sufficient. As I’ve grown older, my lust for the macabre has become insatiable. I look at folks like John Carpenter, Stephen King, Ingrid Pitt, Svengoolie, […]

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Troll Hunter Movie Review

Jun 10, 2011 1 Comment

Does chasing after marauding trolls through the Norwegian countryside and taking them out with a bevy of homemade specialized weapons sound like fun? Of course it does. Did I mention that these aren’t the cute, fuzzy little critters that sit on the end of your pencil? This weekend, American audiences will have a limited opportunity […]

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Forgotten Fangs from the 50’s

Jun 05, 2011 No Comments

Ravenous Monster’s retrospective series continues with another diagnosis from the good Dr. Abner Mality…. Greetings, fear freaks! Today we take a strange detour through the decade of the 50’s, the years when the shadow of the mushroom cloud loomed over horror like…well, like a mushroom cloud! This was the age of the atom, when radioactive […]

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The Scream Series: Rules, Ruse, and Retrospective

May 30, 2011 3 Comments

Following his review of Scream 4, writer Justin Hamelin takes a look back at the original trilogy…. Randy Meeks said it best. “Simplicity! If it gets too complicated, you lose your target audience!” Writer Kevin Williamson had a recipe for a blockbuster juggernaut. Horror legend Wes Craven was fresh off of resuscitating his own gory […]

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Rosemary’s Baby Retrospective

May 22, 2011 No Comments

The enviably towering apartments and fierce Vidal Sassoon stylings aside, it is quite harsh and sad to realize that throughout half of Roman Polanski’s 1968 horror and suspense classic, Rosemary’s Baby, we are watching a lonely Midwesterner gestate and produce the inhuman spawn of the Devil Himself.  Based on Ira Levin’s 1967 shocking, best-selling novel […]

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Evil Bong 3-D World Premier Recap

May 15, 2011 No Comments

On April 23rd, the Charles Band Road Show raped and pillaged its way to the Orpheum Theater, located on the infamous State Street Pedestrian Mall in downtown Madison, WI. This evening’s gathering was a stop along the World Premier Tour for Full Moon Pictures’ latest freaky film, Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath of Bong, presented […]

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Hobo with a Shotgun Movie Review

May 05, 2011 No Comments

Hobo with a Shotgun, directed by Jason Eisener and starring Rutger Hauer in the titular role, looks, sounds, and plays exactly like what it’s emulating – an exploitation extravaganza circa the early 1980’s.  Having originally been made as a fake trailer for the promotion of the Quinton Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez throwback vehicle, Grindhouse (2007), […]

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Allison Hewitt is Trapped Book Review

May 01, 2011 1 Comment

Madeleine Roux’s first novel, Allison Hewitt is Trapped is a zombie book with brains.  Not the kind that satiate the story’s hungry horde of walking dead, but rather the kind that manifest from an author who respects the intelligence of her readers and whose writing chops are sharper than the axe wielded by the book’s […]

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Interview with Actress Rosa Frausto

Apr 24, 2011 12 Comments

With the glut of crappy remakes to go along with half-baked motives and embarrassingly cheesy acting that have plagued mainstream horror cinema over the last few years, I sometimes wonder what I’ll see first (if I ever witness either at all)- a Chicago Cubs world championship or another big time, Hollywood horror blockbuster to sit […]

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Scream 4 Movie Review

Apr 17, 2011 4 Comments

Whenever you hear ‘Part 4’ with a film, it’s human nature to shudder. So I don’t blame anyone for going into Scream 4 with skepticism. However, I went in with teenage exuberance – I seriously had butterflies in my stomach when the trailers ended and I heard the first sounds of a phone ringing.  I […]

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