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Sacrilege Movie Review

Mar 11, 2021 No Comments by

Horror is a mayhem-fueled world of slashers, zombies, ghosts, aliens, psychos and monsters. Films in the genre often provide diversionary relief from the just-as-stressful realities of pandemics, insurrections, racism, culture wars, polarizing politics and, well, monsters. (Here’s looking at you, Trump.) Oops. Guess I just played my part in polarization. As the Reese’s Peanut Butter […]

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Playhouse Movie Review

Nov 18, 2020 No Comments by

There’s an antiquated saying that a man’s home is his castle. Jack Travis took it literally. A playwright who specializes in macabre tales, Jack bought a somewhat remote Scottish castle with the idea of making it not just a home, but a setting for his next work, exploring the malevolent deeds of its former owner, […]

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The Good Things Devils Do Movie Review

Sep 23, 2020 No Comments by

Low-budget horror films are kind of a category unto themselves. When it comes to a critique, you’re somewhat honor bound to review them on their terms, taking into account the penny-pinching science that goes into special effects, scoring and, of course, casting. That’s why when I saw the crew lined up for The Good Things […]

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Escape: Puzzle of Fear Movie Review

Aug 25, 2020 No Comments by

There’s nothing like a good plot twist to make your eyes widen, your jaw drop and the hairs on the back of your neck tingle. That is, if it’s a twist that catches you by surprise. If it’s one you spot a mere 10 minutes into a movie, the suspense dissipates faster than rain on […]

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Luz Movie Review

Jun 18, 2020 No Comments by

The receptionist in a police precinct lobby blindly goes about his work when an obviously injured woman enters. She stares at him for several minutes; he does not look up. She haltingly, agonizingly walks toward a vending machine, buys a can of soda, drinks it. She eases her way back toward the door, looks again […]

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Cry Havoc Movie Review

May 13, 2020 No Comments by

We can’t get to the movie — Cry Havoc — until we address the elephant in the room. That elephant is the late Charles Bronson, the rugged he-man of the Death Wish movies and so many others in the ’60s (The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen), ’70s (Hard Times, Breakheart Pass) and ’80s (10 To […]

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Portal Movie Review

Nov 13, 2019 No Comments by

You’ve no doubt seen those supernatural reality shows dotting your channel guide. Most are low-budget affairs that promise much and deliver little. The same could be said of Ghost Seekers, whose crew is having great difficulty scaring up paranormal entities. As lead investigator Steve (Ryan Merriman) puts it, “Hard evidence is exactly that — hard […]

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Ashes Movie Review

Sep 24, 2019 No Comments by

Most of us have a creepy relative or black sheep tucked somewhere into the recesses of our family. They’re whispered about, often avoided and, on occasion, laughed at … NOT in the best sense of comic relief. Enter Aunt Marion, the strange object of disaffection in Barry Jay’s directorial debut, Ashes. Auntie M’s weirdness is […]

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D-Railed Movie Review

Aug 06, 2019 No Comments by

Trains make wonderful movie sets, particularly if the director wants to imbue his or her work with a sense of danger and claustrophobia. Sure, the clickety-clack of your locomotive may be relaxing, but you’re a captive audience in cloistered confines perched on steel rails often hurtling at breakneck speed over mountains, rivers and isolated terrain. […]

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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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