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“And They Watched” (2015): Revenge from Beyond the Grave Haunts Prison Execution Chamber

An unassuming prison janitor has his nightly routine interrupted by supernatural forces in the accomplished short And They Watched, part of the Fun Size Horror: Volume Two collection of short horror films. The custodian (John Cianciolo) is cleaning the room containing the prison’s electric chair when he spots a handprint on the window through which […]

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“The Shutterbug Man” (2014): Stop-Motion Horror Short Weaves an Eerie World of Its Own

The black-and-white short film The Shutterbug Man evokes an incredible amount of moody, brooding atmosphere in a scant four minutes and perfectly captures the terror of traditional childhood spook stories. The stop-motion animation tale tells the story of the titular character, a man who was obsessed with photographing “cruel things . . . broken things” […]

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“Camino” (2016): Zoe Bell Doing What She Does Best, And I Don’t Mean Beat People Up…

Definition of Camino: path, road, journey. The title of stuntwoman/actress Zoe Bell’s latest film, Camino, is very telling as it’s a film detailing the journey her character takes through the jungles of Colombia to escape being murdered at the hands of a man named Guillermo (Nacho Vigalondo) and his group of henchmen. It also tells […]

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“Deadpool” (2016): Irreverent, Subversive and Hilarious, The Airplane! of Superhero Films Skewers the Funny Bone

The following review contains minor spoilers. Rest easy, Marvel fans, Deadpool is everything the marketing is promising and fan expectation is crying for. It is also the R-Rated comedy hit the superhero genre didn’t realize it needed. Deadpool is a hilarious, raunchy, exhilarating, gory and – dare I say it – awesome superhero film. Cheers […]

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“Knock” (2014): A Dare Turns to Dread on Halloween Night in Atmospheric Short

Short films can be a perfect format for telling tales like the urban legends and childhood scary stories that friends pass along to freak one another out, and Knock is an excellent example of this. Though just under four-and-a-half minutes long before the ending credits roll, this brainchild of writer/director Joseph I. Martinez is positively […]

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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 […]