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“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (2016): Silly but Entertaining Zombie Parody

Heading into Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I confess I was uncertain what to expect having never suffered the Jane Austin novel in high school (or long after) nor had I dove into the fantasy driven parody by Seth Grahame-Smith mixing zombies with Regency era English romance. On top of my “romance novel” trepidation, the […]

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“Synchronicity” (2015): Time Travel is Less Than Well Spent in Visually Striking Sci-Fi Effort

The time travel film Synchronicity is one of the more sumptuous looking low-budget science fiction movies that you are bound to see this year, but its blending of sci-fi and romance doesn’t succeed as well as its visuals. Still, writer/director Jacob Gentry’s first full-length feature since The Signal has enough verve to warrant placing it […]

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“Between Hell and a Hard Place” (2014): Dumping Ground for Hitmen Holds Dangers from Beyond

The black-and-white short film Between Hell and a Hard Place is a nifty horror throwback reminiscent of the original Twilight Zone television series and the EC horror comics. Writer/director Jason P. Buterin has crafted an intriguing tale of two criminals and an area said to be haunted by the spirits of those who were killed […]

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“Painkiller” (2014): Pleasure and Pain Become Equally Strong Addictions As Experiment Goes Awry

Toying with nature rarely works out successfully for even the most well-meaning of scientists in horror and science fiction films, and this axiom holds true in Action Media Productions’ engrossing short film Painkiller. As the film opens, a young scientist (Thomas Mendolia) tells a mysterious visitor (Jerry Janda, who also wrote the screenplay) about how […]

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“Re-Kill” (2015): Bullets, Bombs, and Bites Galore Give Way to Deja Vu in This Zombie Offering

Horror filmmakers continue to consistently crank out zombie films at a rather rapid pace. These movies usually find at least a core audience that will give them a try but many viewers are burnt out on the subgenre. For every decent offering that comes along, there are several others that fall short. Re-Kill falls between […]