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“Dig Two Graves” (2014): Gothic Chiller Serves Up First-Rate Storytelling and Superb Performances

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. – Confucius To what lengths would a young girl go to see her deceased brother once again? How much trust would she place in the promises of strangers, even if those promises defy reason and the laws of nature? The excellent independent gothic thriller/horror […]

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“A Christmas Horror Story” (2015): Perfectly Blends the Holidays with Mirth and Mayhem

Horror anthologies are on the rise from ABCs of Death to the VHS films to the upcoming Tales of Halloween. RLJ Entertainment and Image Entertainment mix Halloween horror with Christmas cheer into four holiday-blended tales, along with William Shatner as their surrogate Crypt Keeper, to bring their latest effort A Christmas Horror Story to VOD […]

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“The Martian” (2015): Inspiring and Triumphant

Ridley Scott returns his cinematic gaze back to outer space in the visually triumphant and emotionally satisfying film The Martian. Aided by a classically structured and a strong, character-driven script from Drew Goddard (based on the book by Andy Weir), Scott delivers a Sci-fi opus on par with his previous efforts Alien and Blade Runner. […]

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“I Survived a Zombie Holocaust” (2015): Cheekiness and Charm Abound in New Zealand Horror Comedy

Since Peter Jackson’s early films, along with  efforts from other filmmakers such as those behind  Black Sheep (2006), New Zealand has had a solid track record with producing horror comedies that worked in both aspects of this subgenre, which is not an easy feat. The past year or so has seen releases that pleased both […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]