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“Hotel Transylvania 2” (2015) Has Solid Accommodations

It may be late September, but the Halloween style monster mashes are already in full swing with the recent release of Hotel Transylvania 2. The original film was a surprise success upon its release in 2012, bringing together various popular monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man and The Mummy in kinetic animated form… […]

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[Film Review] “The Green Inferno” (2015): Roth Can’t Stoke the Fire

Eli Roth is in the business of shock value. Cabin Fever made an initial splash because of its sudden jolt of sexually themed skin crawling gore, splicing in non sequitur bits of comedy and dude bro characters that allow audiences to lack sympathy for the characters when they meet their fates. The same goes for his torture porn […]

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[Film Review] “Last Shift” (2015): Shifting Into Scares

Using the framework of John Carpenter’s classic Assault On Precinct 13 (1976) as a template, Writer/Director Anthony DiBlasi’s Last Shift reshapes that framework into a surprisingly scary supernatural tale. Set in a near abandoned police station, it tells the story of a rookie police officer, Jessica (Juliana Harkovy) who reports to duty at a police station […]

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[Film Review] “Hank vs. the Undead” (2015): DIY Zombie Effort Gets Stuck in Plot Holes

I am a fan of do-it-yourself film projects. Even the greats must start somewhere and many start with low budget, humble beginnings. So when I get to see a film that is obviously a labor of love and a DIY project, I am interested. I also understand that such projects can come with warts, some worse than others. […]

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[Film Review] “Montauk Chronicles” (2015): A Gleeful Dive Down the Rabbit Hole

Being a guy who is familiar with UFO, paranormal and unexplained topics, I am well aware of the Montauk Conspiracy theory. Now, I have the opportunity to view a new pseudo-documentary about the topic, Montauk Chronicles. As with most films dealing with subject matter of this sort, the viewer better be ready to not only jump down […]

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[Film Review] “The Stranger” (2014): Undying Nihilism Sinks Chilean Horror Film

Not to be confused with the Albert Camus novel of the same name — although it could be argued that there is a peppering of existentialism on display at times here amongst the nihilism — debuting director Guillermo Amodoe’s Chilean effort The Stranger offers up a fair share of moody brooding. The titular character, also […]

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[Film Review] “Goodnight Mommy” (2015): Duality Signifies Little

The Austrian horror film Goodnight Mommy relies on one of the most recurring cinematic metaphors: mirrored imagery. Film by its nature is based in reflective visuals, given that cameras record as a literal mirrored image of those who are performing in front of them. It’s a concept that dwells deep within the most iconic images of horror cinema, from […]

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[Film Review] “The Visit” (2015): M. Night Shyamalan Returns to Horror with a Wickedly Humorous Hit

THE VISIT is the latest effort from once-popular director M. Night Shyamalan. Sneaking into theaters with little fan-fare and low expectations – but an interesting marketing campaign – the film is a low budget, found footage horror exercise released through Blumhouse Productions. Mentioning that the film is from this particular director is typically met with […]

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[TV Review] “Fear the Walking Dead” S01E02 (2015): So Close, Yet So Far

As you all well may know, the pilot episode of Fear the Walking Dead left me underwhelmed. Coming into this week, I am much more hopeful now that characters had been established and some story lines are taking form. The title of episode two is aptly named, “So Close,Yet So Far.” The show opens up with Principal Artie […]