The Big Giallo Roundup, Part 3

More Giallo goodness! Slightly NSFW due to the fuzzy depiction of a femal breast, you protestant prudes.

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Movie Night: Son Of Frankenstein (1939)
By the late 30’s, Universal Studios was not on good financial ground. The Laemmle’s, who founded the studio; had been sent packing after defaulting on their loans and the new studio head, Charles R. Rogers; was not at all interested in making anymore horror films. And he probably wouldn’t... Read more
IAB’s Night Terrors: “Eyes Without a Face”(1960) & “The Skin I Live In”(2011)

A double-feature of “plastic surgery gone mad”-thrillers were on the menu this time in “Night Terrors”.

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Revisited: Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Recently, me and a friend of the site, Stu from themanwhosavedmovies.com, decided to do a retro  “twin” review. We agreed on a movie we would both write about, so we and our readers can then compare our thoughts and discuss them! The movie we chose is the 1999 Tim... Read more
A Cure For Wellness (2017) alleviates the ailment you did not know you have!

This movie year is starting out very promising.

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Movie Night: Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
After the success of Bride of Frankenstein in 1935, Universal Studios was in full swing with sequels to the emerging Monster franchise it had stumbled upon due to the insistence of one particular horror movie geek who also just happened to be the son of the studio’s owner as... Read more
The Big Giallo Roundup, Part 2

More Europeans getting killed, with style.

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The Big Giallo Roundup, Part 1

Gloves, knives and nudity from Southern Europe. Magnifico!

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Movie Night: Werewolf Of London (1935)
In 1941, Universal released another of their big Monster Movie hits. It was a werewolf tale called The Wolfman. What a lot of people don’t realize, is that 6 years earlier; there was a first attempt at the werewolf story. It would be in the form of this obscure... Read more
Movie Night: Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Almost as soon as Frankenstein became an even bigger hit than Dracula, the studio announced its first sequel in their now burgeoning series of monster films. It would take 4 long years before the sequel came along but when it did, audiences were treated to one of the greatest... Read more
Dee’s Christmas List #2: A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
This is the second chapter of a short series of articles featuring a personal selection of “alternative” movie and TV- recommendations for the “most wonderful time of the year”. My idea is to eschew the usual works that are brought up during the season every year. The presented selections... Read more
Rock DJ -Robbie Williams(2001)
in 2001 Robbie Williams, former Take That member, sparked controversy with his multi platinum single “Rock DJ” that in the R-rated music video features the stoke on Trent- born Robbie treating a group of young attractive girls to a striptease by taking off his clothes as he sings. As... Read more
Can’t they just die already? A triple rant about Don’t Breathe, The Shallows and Green Room

The survival genre has to die! (clickbait tagline)

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Happy, Happy Halloween: Halloween Resurrection
No sequels are ever really necessary, and those that are equal to the original are usually as rare as hen’s teeth. Nowhere is this truer, and as applicable as it is with Halloween: Resurrection. I suppose it’s appropriate that director Rick Rosenthal, who helmed H2, also helms the last... Read more
One More Day ’til Halloween: Halloween: H20
Halloween: H20 is perhaps the strongest of the MM infused Halloween sequels. It also does something very smart, and pretends that 4-6 never happened, which is an amazing coincidence as most moviegoers did the same thing.  In the original script for H20, they do include them, including the death... Read more
Horror Movie Roundup: The Mephisto Waltz (1971) and The Church (1989)

Two underseen horror movies reviewed!

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Trick O’ Treats Pt. 4 Movies: Something Old, something Ghoul
    Let’s face it, today’s horror genre as far as modern cinema is concerned is dying off slowly due to shitty remakes, sequels and uninspired concepts which had begun since the noughties. That said, I, the “Black Irish hath discovered a few somewhat recent picks o’ the litter that may... Read more
Movie Night: Dracula and the Spanish Version (1931)
Well, it’s almost Halloween and this year, my friend and I have decided to make our way through the original Big Four Universal Monster Films and their sequels in release order. Of course, this will go well beyond the month of October but that’s fine with me as I... Read more
Tricks O’ Treats Pt. 3 Horror Anime
    Welcome back to Stalks’ Trick O’ Treats. For this segment, Horror Anime is the hot topic. Controversial, artistic and if you ask the wrong person, they would say it’s a dying media. Fortunately, that is not the case since Anime is still thriving thanks to streaming services like... Read more
8 More days ’til Halloween: Halloween (1978)
This isn’t a review I expected to write. Well, I knew I would be writing it, but I hadn’t expected my opinion to change so radically.  Last year I reviewed all the Elm Street movies, and in thinking what to do for this Halloween, it seemed rather obvious that... Read more
Movie Night: Tarantula (1955)
Since the era of silent film, Universal Studios had been making a tidy profit with horror films, particularly the monster genre. This would explode in the 30’s and 40’s with a series of films centered around what would become known as The Universal Classic Monsters which would primarily be... Read more
IAB’s Night Terrors: “Race With the Devil”(1975), “Pumpkinhead”(1988), “We Are What We Are”(2013)

Satanic cults on the highway, revenge demons, families with questionable diets – oh my!

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Deep in the Woods (2000): The Big Bad Wolf is out to get You

Oh lala! The French know a thing or two about horror.

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Movie Night: Food Of The Gods (1976)
In 1976, one year before Star Wars would be released, Drive-In movies were still king and American International Pictures (the same studio that gave Roger Corman his start) was pumping out B-Movie fare for it’s third decade in a row. The effects had slightly improved but the stories still... Read more
Corpse Mania (1981): …loving you was like loving the Dead [NSFW]
Slightly NSFW due to imagery of implied nudity and potentially disturbing content *** Corpse Mania aka Si Yiu (1981) directed by Chih-Hung Kuei I have been reviewing a few Giallos lately and I decided to explore what influence this proto-Italian genre had on film makers not native of the... Read more
Movie Night: Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter (1974)
  In the early 70’s, Hammer Studios was in deep financial trouble and about to shut it’s doors. In this troubled climate, the studio decided to take a chance and gave Avengers scriptwriter Brain Clemens free reign to both write and direct his own project. The result would become... Read more
Movie Review: Rapt Up And Ready To Roll
In April of 2015, my Weekday Matinee co host Jerry Janda sent me a script to read. This was right after he had been on the Imaginarium and I had gushed like a schoolgirl over how much I had liked Painkiller. I remember it took me awhile to get... Read more
Movie Night: Night of the Lepus (1972)

A review of “Night of the Lepus”, the infamous “giant killer bunny” movie.

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The Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977)
Following the success of the high-grossing original The Exorcist, along came an follow up sequel that takes place four years after Regan McNeil, once again played by Linda Blair, became possessed.  She is 16 by now and under the care of Sharon Spencer, played by Kitty Winn, another Exorcist... Read more
Why I Don’t Like Home Invasion Movies…. and My Top 5 Home Invasion Movies!

Dee tries to extract a Top 5 out of one of his least favourite horror movie subgenres. Including a rant!

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Delirium aka Le Foto di Gioia (1987) [NSFW]

NSFW: Images showing nudity.
A review of an obscure 80s Giallo by Lamberto Bava.

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Nightmare Beach (1989) is a fun Summer- Giallo Slasher

Newsflash! Masked killer chases dumb and horny teens during their Spring Break.

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Lights Out (2016) Review

A review of the movie based on the eponymous short film.

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Opera aka Terror at the Opera (1987): An appreciation of Dario Argento’s probably last great movie
This is an attempt to re-evaluate Opera aka Terror at the Opera, a “Giallo” from 1987, written and directed by Dario Argento, starring Christina Marsillach, Daria Nicolodi, Ian Charleston and others. The Plot (that there is) The new MacBeth adaptation at the opera in Rome is shaping up to... Read more
Movie Night: I Married A Monster From Outer Space (1958)
  Today’s movie is the surprisingly original and effective Paramount science fiction horror film from the 50’s. Tensely directed by Gene Fowler, Jr. who helmed I Was A Teenage Werewolf the previous year, this is one of the best and most well made of the 50’s sci-fi B-Movies and... Read more
JAWS(1975) The Greatest Drinking Blockbuster Ever (PART II)
The first part of this bucket of chopped up bait fish is here. Alcohol has given me a few nights when my memory was about as clear as a politician’s during a debate. That damned, delicious Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey can make you forget what planet you are on.... Read more
Human Lanterns (1982): Not your average Kung Fu- serial killer

Shaw Bros. meets Silence of the Lambs.

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JAWS(1975) The Greatest Drinking Blockbuster Ever.  PART I
  Steven Spielberg’s  Jaws is my favorite movie. I have easily seen it five hundred times, maybe more if you add in the countless late night drunk viewings. It even helped me get laid a few times. As my friend, a reckless Lothario , once told me “Chicks dig... Read more
IAB’s Night Terrors – “Someone’s Watching Me!”(1978) & “Summer of Fear”(1978)

Two Television movies from two legendary horror-directors are looked at in this latest “Night Terrors”-column.

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Regression (2015): Satanic Panic & Psychological Boogaloo

Is the horror thriller with Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson worth a watch?

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Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Repo! The Genetic Opera was released in 2008 and is based on the stage musical from 2002 of the same name. Created by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich, it was inspired by an idea Smith got from seeing a friend of his go through bankruptcy proceedings. This was further expanded... Read more
IAB’s Night Terrors: “Dracula” (1958) & “The Wicker Man” (1973)

This time on “Night Terrors”, IAB takes a look at two films from the late Sir Christopher Lee

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Shrooms (2007) – Review by Sandra Harris

“Don’t eat the mushrooms” is the moral lesson to be taken from this surprisingly good horror movie.

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Orcs (2011) – Review by Sandra Harris

Sandra Harris takes a look at the best Orc-themed movie this side of LOTR, a horror comedy called, well, “Orcs” (2011).

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The Driller Killer (1979)

Sandra Harris reviews “Driller Killer” (1979), an infamous video nasty by cult director Abel Ferrara!

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Review: Until Dawn (PS4)
Until Dawn is a surreal, dark horror interactive video game made for the Sony PlayStation 4 platform featuring a stellar cast of well known actors and actresses, such as Peter Stormare (Armageddon), Hayden Panetteire (Heroes), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), and Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead), who’s also one of the... Read more
Magic Hour: Five Years Of Experimental Blockbusters, Part 3 (1982)
1982 was the seminal year of Magic Hour and it exploded with more genre films than any previous year since 1977. The experiments became bolder and the risks for the studios greater. This was also the end of the experiment with science fiction and fantasy films. Nevertheless, most of... Read more
Magic Hour: Five Years Of Experimental Blockbusters, Part 2 (1980-1981)

Part 2 of this article about the birth of the “High Concept” -Blockbuster examines the “genre explosion” from 1980-81.

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Asi’s List of Little Known, Must See Movies
Hello, AsimovLives here. For me, to be a movie geek is to be more than a passive consumer of movies and their related merchandise. To be a movie geek is to be a custodian of cinema. And few things give me more pleasure as a film geek as to communicate... Read more
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Sandra Harris reviews Polanski’s horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)!

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Magic Hour: Five Years Of Experimental Blockbusters,  Part 1 (1978-1980)

The birth and the Golden Years of the “High Concept” movie, after “Star Wars” had changed Hollywood: Part 1 of 3, covering the years 1978-1980.

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Curtain (2015) From NYC Horror Film Fest, the messed up child of Hal Hartley and John Carpenter

Shot on a minuscule budget with a bit of guerrilla film making, Curtain is reminiscent of the horror movies of the 1980’s as well as classic indies from the 1990’s.

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Six recommendable Serial Killer Movies from Asia [NSFW]

What great serial killer movies have been made in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong?
Contains pictures featuring nudity and potentially disturbing imagery.

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(I Can’t Get No) Escape from Tomorrow

Escape from Tomorrow is a very unique, surreal film that deserves to be seen by Disney and non-Disney fans alike.

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Go, go, Godzilla! The Big G turned 61!

This week it has been 61 years since the first Godzilla- movie has been released. A welcome opportunity to pay homage to the greatest of all movie monsters.

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Vampyres (1974): Not ready for Hammer time! [NSFW!!]

Stalks delivers a not so encouraging review of what is considered a cult classic to many horror enthusiasts.

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7 Days Of Freddy, Day 7: New Nightmare
I’ve never considered New Nightmare a true sequel, more like a lateral move from the first one. Craven is back as writer and director, simply chomping at the bit for a final crack at Freddy. While he had some nice things to say about some of the sequels, it’s... Read more
6 less known Werewolf Movies

6 Werewolf Movies you might not know. For the animal in you.
Happy Halloween!

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It’s Hammer time! The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) [NSFW]

Stalks review explains why not all of Hammer’s Films are instant classics and “Satanic Rites of Dracula” is the (un)living proof!

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7 Days Of Freddy, Day 6: Freddy’s Dead
This is the way the world end: not with a bang but a whimper. T.S. Eliot   Good old Mr. Eliot must have seen Freddy’s Dead when he penned that classic line, for nothing seems to fit the final sequel (and I don’t consider A New Nightmare an actual... Read more
Suspiria (1977)

“Suspiria” (1977), Dario Argento’s masterpiece.

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Deep Red/Profondo Rosso (1975)
  Hello. AsimovLives here. This article is about another aborted series I planned, this time about my favourite films directed by Dario Argento i created back at Talkbacker.   The name of the series was “Argento On The Silver Screen”, a pun on the name of Argento which in... Read more
7 Days Of Freddy, Day 5: Dream Child
Dream Child is really a bit of an odd bird in the Nightmare series. It has ambitions, and attempts to address societal issues such as abortion, drunk driving, eating disorders, yet never quite succeeds. There’s a fair bit of ridiculousness in it, and while it continues with the “humor”... Read more
The Black Cat (1981)

A review of Lucio Fulci’s “The Black Cat” (1981)- from the perspective of a black cat!

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7 Days Of Freddy, Day 4: Dream Master
Renny Harlin did for the Nightmare series with Dream Master, what his Cutthroat Island did for pirate movies.  The fourth movie in the series is the worst of the bunch by a mile, and Renny Harlin needs to not make another movie. Ever.  To say I dislike Dream Master... Read more
9 botched Horror Movie Icon redesigns

1,2 fashion police comes for you!
Nine not-so-great makeovers of famous horror movie characters.

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Inside aka À l’intérieur (2007)

Inside (original French title: À l’intérieur) is a French horror film from 2007 that’s often considered among the best and most violent of this supposed “new wave of French horror”, an offshoot of the New French Extremity movement that began around the turn of the 21st century.

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7 Days of Freddy, Day 3: Dream Warriors
According to Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund, Dream Warriors is the fan favorite of all the sequels and it’s easy to see why.  With a budget as big as the first two put together (admittedly though that’s still not much), and Wes Craven back as executive producer as well... Read more
The Butterfly Room (2012)

“The Butterfly Room” (2012) with genre queen Barbara Steele is an interesting giallo-homage as well as a meditation on motherhood.

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7 Days of Freddy, Day 2: Freddy’s Revenge
There’s perhaps no installment in the nightmare franchise that has been talked about and analyzed more, than Freddy’s Revenge.  It’s been called the gayest horror movie ever made, and while I won’t dispute that, I think it’s also my favorite and possibly the best of the series (that will... Read more
The Other (1972) The Best Evil Kid Movie Ever Made

A review of “The Other” from 1972, a brilliant but unfairly forgotten horror movie that uses the “Evil Kid” trope in a very subtle but effective fashion.

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7 Days of Freddy, Day 1: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Those who listened to the Weekday Matinee podcast this month know that A Nightmare on Elm Street was one of my top 5 scariest movies. While it deserves its place there, with a recent viewing for this series I have to say, it wasn’t quite as good as I... Read more
Salem’s Lot (1979) 5 reasons it’s the best Halloween Horror flick
This is a revised version of an article I wrote a few years ago that appeared on Talkbacker. This review is of the DVD that has the 3 hour version of the two part mini-series.    I hate Christmas. It’s for children and retards. With its endless commercials filled... Read more
Crimson Peak (2015) Movie Review

“Crimson Peak is a tribute to an era of patience, back when people actually had faith in the art of visual poetry and graphic storytelling. It wasn’t just about constant release of exposition, it was about keeping the audience guessing until the very end, craving for more until they would nearly burst because of the tension.” – Mathias Folsted.

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The Bedevilled (1975): Floating ghost heads from China
The Bedevilled (1975) aka Xin Mo written and directed by Wei Lo For me, the output of the Hong Kong-based production company “Golden Harvest” during its golden era is what that of the Marvel Studios is for many others currently: A cinematic treasure trove that rarely disappoints. For a... Read more
Stuck on the Tarmac Podcast with Donald Rubinstein, Composer of the score for George Romero’s MARTIN

Exclusive interview with Donald Rubinstein, composer of the great score of Romero’s unusual vampire movie “Martin” (1977)!

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IAB’S Shelf: “Knock Knock” (2015)

IAB takes a look at Eli Roth’s latest film.

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Zombie (1979) Guts, gore and glory!
Back in the late 70’s George A. Romeo’s iconic sequel Dawn of the Dead (1978) premiered to raving reviews along with a huge cult following. In order to capitalize off the success of Romeo’s classic, Italian Horror Director Lucio Fulci created what is known as the unofficial sequel to... Read more
DePalma’s Way, The Selected Films of Brian DePalma: Carrie
There’s been enough ink spilled about Carrie to fill the buckets laden with the pig’s blood at the prom, that another article seems superfluous (a word I love to use whenever I can). Still, you can’t talk about Brian DePalma’s movies without mentioning Carrie. Based on Stephen King’s debut... Read more
An American Werewolf In London (1981)

“An American Werewolf in London” is a classic- but does it really succeed as a horror comedy? Asimov_Lives wants to know.

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It’s Hammer time! Twins of Evil (1971) [NSFW]

A Classic British Horror Film involving a pair of twins-one good and the other..Evil!

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Osaka Punch: Dead Reckoning! Round 0: (Battle Girl vs JUNK) [NSFW]

NSFW: Battle of the Japanese Zombie movies: “Battle Girl” (1991) vs. “Junk” (2000) – which one will win?

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It’s Hammer Time!  Frankenstein created Woman

A retro review of a Hammer Films classic, which also fits the theme of the “Anti-Bullying-Month” October.

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Less played horror movie theme songs

“Pet Sematary”, “Are you ready for Freddy”, “Hellraiser”: Horror movies are rich with well-known theme songs, good ones and…not so good ones. But which ones don’t get a lot of airplay?

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Amer (2009)

Is “Amer” just an homage to the genre or a “Super-giallo”?

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IAB’s Favorite Film Composers Vol.3

As it is the season, IAB goes through some of his favorite film composers who are deeply rooted in the horror genre.

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Sweet Home (1989): Japanese horror, stylish

“Sweet Home” is a stylish little gem of late 80s horror from Japan.

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A Field in England (2013)
Hello, AsimovLives here. This is my review of a most unusual and cool film. It is called… A Field In England. Follow me below. In Which The Artists and the Personae Dramaticae Are Presented And Listed: Director: Ben Whetley Writer: Amy Jumpey Cast: Julian Barratt as Trower, Peter Ferdinando as Jacob,... Read more
Eye of the Devil (1966)

Time packs forgotten films tightly into a bottomless chambered box, one you have to pilfer around in, only finding by accident such black and white treasures like Eye of the Devil.

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The Hitcher (1986): What is driving Rutger Hauer?

How much of the success of “The Hitcher” (1986) is owed to the performance of the Dutch genre movie star?

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Happy 68th Birthday, Stephen King: A Supernaughts Tribute

A belated tribute to Stephen King, who turned 68 this Monday. Four Supernaughts columnists write about the impact the “King of Horror” had on them.

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IAB’S NIGHT TERRORS – “Poltergeist” (2015)

What do you get, when IAB – a dedicated fan of the original film, takes on the remake/boot of “Poltergeist”? Well – you get this.

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Alien and Fatherhood
Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece, Alien What’s it about? Space truck drivers have relayed to a remote mining colony and are returning to earth; large bladders on the underside of the Nostromo are pregnant with ore like a cow’s utters. The conglomerated, highly diversified (bio-weapons too), corporation that funded their trip employs a vaguely agricultural symbol for... Read more
In memory of Wes Craven: A review of The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

In memory of Wes Craven, I reviewed one of his less mentioned horror movies, the Voodoo-shocker “The Serpent and the Rainbow” (1988).

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Attack on Titan (2015): A second opinion.

A second, more favourable review of the hotly anticipated live-action adaptation of “Attack on Titan” (2015).

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Scale your gigantic expectations for the live action-version of Attack on Titan (2015) back to Zero

“Attack on Titan” (2015), the live-action adaptation of the eponymous Manga and Anime, is a middle-sized disappointment.

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Parasyte: Part 1 (2014) is one of the better Manga- live action adaptations

A review of the first part of a film trilogy based on the popular Manga (and Anime) “Parasyte”.

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Sinister 2 (2015) Movie Review

“As much as it fails to live up to what came before it, there is always a sense throughout that someone somewhere truly believed in its potential, even if the studio pressure ultimately compressed it into a sloppy, derivative and predictable middle-of-the-road discount product. It may not be a very good film, but it really feels like it wants to be.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Q: The Winged Serpent (1982) An Illegal Alien Trump Really Should F##king Squawk About
Jimmy Quinn is a piece of shit. He is a small time crook too cowardly for the big score and he doesn’t have the stones to go straight. When Quinn gets nervous he looks like a lacquered dog turd plopped at the curb, surrounded by mounds of rotting garbage.... Read more
Carpenters Have the Best Tools: Top Ten John Carpenter Films
To follow the other top 10 I posted recently (The Man, The Myth, The Snake: Top 10 Kurt Russell Films), I figured I might as well continue on with the theme, and give you all my top 10 John Carpenter films, of ALL TIME! I am hoping to start... Read more