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reviewed Hangar 18. June 11, 2014
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Hangar 18
I was one of the folks who had the good fortune to see HANGAR 18 when it was released originally theatrically.  Come to think of it, I think I saw it twice.  It was my kind of story: soft science …
reviewed The Hitcher (1986 movie). August 17, 2012
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** out of ****    Robert Harmon's "The Hitcher" is a crowd-pleaser slasher movie. The original script that didn't make it to the screen was a lot darker and violent and was therefore …
reviewed Eaten Alive (movie). July 26, 2012
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*** out of ****    Tobe Hooper's "Eaten Alive" is a film so tasteless and sleazy that literally the first few words of dialogue spoken are by Robert Englund as Buck, who is as he says, …
reviewed Motel Hell. July 22, 2012
Motel Hell
Travelers who find lodging at the remote Motel Hello are treated to the delicious beef jerky of Farmer Vincent (an aging Rory Calhoun), proprietor of both the inn and a popular line of smoked meat products.  …
reviewed The Hills Have Eyes (1977 movie). April 29, 2012
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The Hills Have Eyes
** out of ****    An American family, California-bound by RV and car, stop at a creepy gas station ran by a shady old man. We know that the gas station is creepy - and that the old …
reviewed Battle Royale. March 30, 2012
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Battle Royale: Director's Cut (Collector's
   So much has been written about the film.  So much has been said.  So much has been debated, discussed, dissected, and so much has been praised or insulted or misunderstood.  …
reviewed The Stuff. March 15, 2012
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*** out of ****    Larry Cohen's "The Stuff" concerns the discovery of a mysterious bubbling goo that some man located in the arctic or somewhere like that happens upon and samples; …
reviewed Cannibal Holocaust. March 15, 2012
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Cannibal Holocaust
**** out of ****    "The one that goes all the way!" "The Most Controversial Film of All-Time!" "Ripout! Barbeque! Devour! How long can you take it?" So goes just three of the many …
reviewed I Drink Your Blood. January 28, 2012
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I Drink Your Blood
**** out of ****    A Satanic cult of hippies enters a small ghost town. They're looking for trouble; assuming that it won't dare confront them, knowing the kind of things that they're …
reviewed El Topo. January 09, 2012
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El Topo
**** out of ****    After seeing but two of the four major works of surrealist cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky - "Santa Sangre" and "The Holy Mountain" - , I came to a sudden realization; …
reviewed The Fog. January 09, 2012
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The Fog
*** out of ****    I absolutely adore seaside terror. As a resident of coastal Maine; I can relate to these tales for their locations, their adapted characters, their situations, and …
reviewed My Bloody Valentine. December 24, 2011
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My Bloody Valentine
*1/2 out of ****    If my idea of fun consisted of corny dialogue, choppy plotting, and mediocre editing; then "My Bloody Valentine" would be a personal favorite in the field of simple-minded, …
reviewed From Beyond. December 05, 2011
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*** out of ****    If there's one reason to know the name of Stuart Gordon, it's because of his early masterwork of trash "Re-Animator". If there's anything you'll know the writer …
reviewed Alone in the Dark (1982 movie). November 30, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Poster of the film.
*** out of ****    Since it's such an overused concept, I've often found myself wondering whether tongue-in-cheek horror movies are even the best kind; or whether they're good at all. …
reviewed Halloween (1978 movie). November 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     I like taking long walks in the night; preferably before winter is upon us. It's just a personal past-time; I enjoy the cold air, the ominous winds, and of course, …
reviewed The Beyond. October 25, 2011
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**** out of ****     How can something as violent, gruesome, disgusting, and relentlessly grotesque as "The Beyond" also be so mysteriously beautiful? As a film directed by Lucio Fulci …
reviewed Friday the 13th. October 25, 2011
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Friday the 13th
*1/2 out of ****     I don't believe there's any such thing as "old fashion" when one is speaking of the slasher genre, although without-a-doubt, some might disagree. I bring such …
reviewed City of the Living Dead. October 02, 2011
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City of the Living Dead
*** out of ****     For a while I had doubts about Lucio Fulci, Italian gore-master of the horror genre, understanding a darned thing about surrealism and how to truly influence the …
reviewed When a Stranger Calls. September 23, 2011
When a Stranger Calls
Seven years after a homicidal lunatic terrorizes a babysitter (Carol Kane) via telephone in the home of her wealthy hosts, that same psychopath (Tony Beckley) finds himself fixated on a lonely lush (Colleen …
reviewed God Told Me To. September 21, 2011
God Told Me To
Inspired by a mysterious, messianic figure, otherwise ordinary NYC citizens murder strangers and family alike; when asked why, they calmly explain by way of this picture's title. Obsessed with this …
reviewed Q - The Winged Serpent. August 10, 2011
Q - The Winged Serpent
Look out from above! Awakened from its ageless slumber by some generous instances of human sacrifice, Aztec god Quetzalcoatl nests in the Chrysler Building and swoops over Manhattan, devouring the city's …
reviewed Blood Tide. August 02, 2011
Director Richard Jefferies penned this silly late grindhouse flick with Nico Mastorakis, and the latter's usual monsters and human sacrifice are prominent here. What's amazing is that an impressive …
reviewed Point of Terror. August 02, 2011
Point of Terror
There is a certain difficulty to be had in the objective examination of one of the worst films ever made, and I contend that Point of Terror is just that: as extraordinarily awful as The Electric Chair, …
reviewed The Dark. August 01, 2011
The Dark
Christ, what an awful movie. In this Z-grade drivel, an alien comes to Earth, decapitates people with its bare hands or explodes them with lasers emitted from its eyes and is pursued by a thoroughly inept …
reviewed Blood and Black Lace. July 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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**** out of ****     From the moment "Blood and Black Lace" begun, I knew I was watching a special kind of Giallo horror movie, which is particularly good, because I love a good Giallo …
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