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The Rating System

All opinions are my own. We are all different. What I may think is great, you may this terrible. Don't let my opinios stop you from exploring the vast world of horror in all media.

~Mind Blowing: Search for this movie immediately. It can only be described as pure greatness and possible an instant classic.

~So Good: Highly recommended because for one reason or another it stands out above the usual fair. Put the movie on your radar as it wont disappoint.

~In the Middle: The movie is a nothing special, average affair. It may entertain in the short term but it will be easily forgettable in the long haul.

~Warning: This movie is a cliched driven slop of familiar territory. Only watch if you're really of fan of this type of material.

~Steaming Pile: The movie is absolute garbage, a complete bore, and not worth the time or effort.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

World of the Dead: Zombie Diaries 2 (2011)



Starring: Philip Brodie
Director: Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates


Premise:
After a virus has turned most of the population to zombies, a group of soldiers and civilians try to make it a boat that will lead them to safety.

My Take:
A very nihilistic movie where the humans are the worst monsters. In fact, there is very little zombie action in this one.
I felt the same way about the first one in the series, it's rather average without much new to say. But on the other hand there are worse movies to watch.

Rating: In the middle


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Friday, December 30, 2011

The Dark Hour (2006)

AKA: La Hora Frio
Director: Elio Quiroga

Premise:
A group of survivors attempt to stay alive in their hideout while human infected with a fatal disease and another entity attack them.

My Take:
The movie kept me entertained. The tone is very dark as many in the group are running out of hope. All the characters are fleshed out well and the film keeps good pace. Lots of drama and a little action and a touch gore.
The final scene was a one I never saw coming.

Rating: In the middle





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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer (1994)



Director: Jörg Buttgereit


Premise:
A serial killer falls off a ladder and while he slowly slips to death he recalls past events in his life.

My Take:
Not a fan of the director's Nekromantic movies but gave this one a shot. It contains some of the some gruesome graphic imagery. The entire dreamy state of the movie becomes almost hypnotic.
In the end, well let's just say it's not my kind of flick.

Rating: Warning




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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Giallo (2009)



Starring: Adrian Brody, Elsa Pataky, Emmanuelle Seigner
Director: Dario Argento


Synopsis:
A taxi driver abducts a model. Her sister enlists the help of an FBI Agent to find her. He just happens to be working a serial killer case with similar characteristics.

My Take:
A far cry from Argento's best works. There are gaps in the logic and really not terribly suspenseful. About a third of the way in I just decided to take it for what it was going to be and tried to enjoy.

Rating: In the middle (with a dash of warning)


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dead Cert (2010)


Starring: Jayson Flemming, Billy Murray,
Director: Steven Lawson


Synopsis:
A man runs a strip club which also underground fighting. He loses it to a gangster who happens to be a vampire.

My Take:
Another movie with a solid British cast that goes nowhere. I found the movie very boring without much to add to the subject. The first half was long, drawn out gangster set up with the second half being boring vampire slaughter.

Rating: Warning


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Monday, December 26, 2011

Slugs (1987)

AKA- Slugs: The Movie


Starring: Michael Garfield
Director: Juan Piquer Simón


Synopsis:
A town gets over ran with large, carnivorous slugs.

My Take:
The movie was slightly better than I imagined it would be. Which isn't saying much. Just know what you're getting into before watching... lots of plot holes and bad acting.

Rating: Warning



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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wise Blood (1979)



Starring: Brad Dourif, Harry Dean Stanton, Ned Beatty
Director: John Huston


Synopsis:
A man returns from the Army trying to find his way in the world. After several encounters with liars and cheats he decides to start his own church.

My Take:
While this movie is a stretch for horror, the source material delves a little deeper into the genre, there is no doubt the main character is a sociopath. He hates everything and everyone. This is a cruel movie as self suffering plays a huge part.
A fine movie with great actors being lead by one of the best directors.

Rating: So Good


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Dexter, Season 6


Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter


Premise:
Season 6 has the Miami homicide division dealing with a pair of killers who are using the Book of Revelations as a guideline to their kills. Dexter contemplates the possibility of religion himself with the help on an ex-con who has turned his life around. And Deb gets a new promotion and discovers new feelings for an unsuspected person.

My Take:
I felt the show needed a rebound a from the big letdown of season five and it really did not achieved it. This season had a decent villains but the series threw so much extra, and unnecessary, things in the story that the show didn't really take off until episode 9, where we get a nice twist and shit really hitting the fan. But even then it was not up to par. And as for the cliffhanger, it's about damn time.
I'm really losing interest in this series. Nothing has been the same since the awesomeness of Season 4 and the characters seem to be just repeating themselves. Hopefully with the announced two remaining seasons and the cliffhanger the show can go out with a bang.

Favorite Episode: "Get Gellar", episode 9
Like I said earlier this where the season finally started to get interesting. Things aren't as they appeared and Dexter must rectify his error.

Rating: In the middle




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Friday, December 23, 2011

Skew (2011)





Starring: Rob Scattergood, Amber Lewis
Director: Sevé Schelenz


Synopsis:
Three friends take a cross country trip. One of them has a new video camera. Along the way he starts to see strange things in the lens, ghosts and skewed faces. The trio must figure out what is happening before they all go crazy.


My Take:
A very predictable movie that takes about thirty minutes to get going. Throw in a mildly likeable cast and it's a recipe for mediocrity.

Rating: Warning



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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Apartment 1303 (2007)



Director: Ataru Oikawa


Synopsis:
An apartment has a history of suicides. After her sister becomes a victim, one girl decides to find out why and uncovers the the cause... a ghost of mother and daughter.

My Take:
Maybe I'm just getting burned out on long, hair female ghosts but this movie did nothing for me. I found it slightly interesting and rather easy to figure out.
There are far better movies in this category.

Rating: Warning




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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Madhouse (1974)


Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing
Director: Jim Clark

Premise:
At the height of his career, a horror movie star suffers a mental breakdown when his fiancee is murdered. Years later he is talked back into the role and murders start up again.

My Take:
I like just about any movie with Vincent Price. This flick has a good story and top acting from some of the genre's best. Plus iconic makeup.

Rating: In the middle (but in a very good way)




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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Death Valley, Season 1 (2011)


Starring: Bryan Callen, Tania Raymonde,


Premise:
One day zombies, vampires, and werewolves make themselves known to the world. The Undead Task Force (UTF) job is to keep the streets clear of these supernatural beings. A camera crew follows around these officers to document the battle.

My Take:
The show is basically a spoof on Cops with a horror-comedy element and plenty of gore. The cast is likeable. And the writing is decent with plenty of jokes and gags.
I found myself enjoying this series far more than I anticipated.

Favorite Episode: "Hottest Day of the Year" - I can sum the greatness of the episode in one phrase 'Bowling for Zombies'. Hilarious.

Rating: So Good


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Monday, December 19, 2011

We Are the Night (2010)

AKA: Wir sind die Nacht


Director: Dennis Gansel


Synopsis:
A clan of female vampires induct the new member while a police officer is determined to find her.

My Take:
The movie started out interesting but went no where quick. Girl reminds vampire of daughter. Cop falls for girl. Basically a lot of cop chases vampire action which I found rather mundane.
Perhaps you'll enjoy it more than me.

Rating: Warning




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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Apollo 18 (2011)



Starring: Ryan Robbins, Warren Christie, Llyod Owen
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego


Synopsis:
In the late 60's, the US Government launches a secret mission to the moon. Through the old NASA footage we see the story of the three astronauts and why no country has been to the moon since.

My Take:
I dig found footage movies. Even though this one does has some faults, I was very entertained.
Love the look of the movie as the videos are replicated to match the era.

Rating: So Good



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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bag of Bones (2011)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Melissa George, Anabeth Gish
Director: Mick Garris


Premise:
After his wife dies, a writer spends some time at their lake house. While there he discovers he can communicate with his dead wife...and another spirit who curse a group of town folk long ago and is still seeking revenge.

My Take:
Not anywhere close to being as good as the source material, but then again it rarely ever is a movie based on Stephen King's work.
This was a miniseries that moved very slow until final thirty minutes. Brosnan was fantastic though and helped keep the story moving.

Rating: In the middle




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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Shrine (2010)


Starring: Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson
Director: Jon Knautz

Premise:
A group of journalists travel to Poland to find a missing person but instead stumble upon a cult out to protect a shrine in the middle of the forest.

My Take:
The flick had a nice twist towards the end. Everything else was rather average.

Rating: In the middle




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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Locke & Key: Welcome To Lovecraft (volume 1)


Author: Joe Hill
Artwork: Gabriel Rodriguez

Synopsis:
After their father is brutally murdered by a gang of teens, a family's lives are uprooted. The mother takes her three children to their father's hometown and the house he grew up in to try in an attempt to piece their lives back together. A house which holds many secrets and mysteries.

My Take:
A good beginning to is obviously a much bigger tale. A lot of ground work is laid. I liked the villains and felt loss for the family with their tragedy. With that said, I wanted a bit more. Looks like I'll have to tackle volume two at some point to see if I want to continue with the series.

Rating: In the middle (with plenty of potential)




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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Super 8 (2011)



Starring: Kyle Chandler, Ron Elrad, Elle Fanning
Director: J.J. Abrams

Premise:
A group of young kids are making a movie when they film a horrible train accident. The Air Force immediately comes in for the clean up which coincides with many strange happenings in the town.

My Take:
The movie was not was I expected as I kept spoiler free. It resonated with the kid in me, since I would've have been close to the same age as the group of friends during the same period of time and had a found love of movies and monsters as in my youth.
The movie resonated with me on every level. A movie not to be missed.

Rating: So Good (very, very good)




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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Was A Teenage Zombie (1987)



Starring: Michael Rubin
Director: John Elias Michalakis


Synopsis:
A group of friends kill a drug dealer, then hide the body in toxic waste. The dealer returns as a zombie.

My Take:
Was this movie really released in 1987? It had to be filmed in the early 70's.
Anyways, it tries to be funny, but often fails. Not much gore either.
This one is really not interesting at all.

Rating: Steaming Pile




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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Slit Mouthed Woman (2005)

AKA: Kannô byôtô: nureta akai kuchibiru


Director: Takaaki Hashiguchi


Synopsis:
A ghost starts killing off people who are having sex.

My Take:
This "pink" film from Japan has a great creep factor and lots of sex.
The ghost kills one of two people having sex, then during the surviving person's next sexual encounter kills them, then goes after that partner, and so. And a reporter starts a story about the slit-mouth murder cases.
If you can stand the extremely long sex scenes, there is a decent story there.

Rating: In the middle




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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kidnapped (2010)

AKA:Secuestrados

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas


Premise:
On a family's first night in their new home, three criminals break in and hold them hostage until their banking accounts are emptied.

My Take:
A very intense movie, especially the final fifteen minutes. However there are way too many lags where nothing really happens but screaming by the victims. These long takes dont fit well with the pace and other editing. And a few things just do not make sense. Not good in a movie where logical maneuver are needed.
Take a chance as it not terrible. Perhaps you will like it better than I did.

Rating: In the middle





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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Forget Me Not (2009)



Starring: Carly Schroeder
Director: Tyler Oliver


Premise:
A vengeful spirit starts killing the friends of a girl who long ago wronged her.

My Take:
Predictable story. Annoying characters. Not a very interesting movie.

Rating: Steaming Pile





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Friday, December 9, 2011

Death Weekend (1976)

AKA: House By the Lake


Starring: Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud
Director: William Fruet


Synopsis:
A rich dentist and a model go to his country house for the weekend. They get piss off some local guys in a drag racing contest. The gang follows them and torment begins.

My Take:
The movie rather boring compared to modern standards in the home invasion sub-genre. A lot of bullying by the over the top villains.

Rating: Warning





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Thursday, December 8, 2011

House of the Fallen (2008)



Starring: C. Thomas Howell, Corbin Bersen
Director: Robert Stephens


Premise:
A group of people decided to go to war with fallen angels who have taken the shape of humans and live among us.

My Take:

Rating:



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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Monster Dog (1984)



Starring: Alice Cooper
Director: Clyde Anderson


Synopsis:
A rock star returns to his hometown, where a string of murders are taking place, to shoot his latest music video.

My Take:
The movie was made in Italy and has a Euro vibe to it. Plus all voices dubbed over, even The Coop's. Reminded me a little of Deliverance wrapped in a werewolf tale. Which surprisingly wasn't terrible as I didn't expect much.

Rating: In the middle




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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sumpa (2009)



Director: Melvin Bitto


Premise:
After breaking up with his girlfriend, a man takes a vacation at a resort. There he meets a woman who is wrapped up in a curse.

My Take:
The movie good have been trimmed by 30 minutes and it would've been much more effective. Instead you must sit through long, meaningless scenes that do nothing but frustrate. Too bad, it's a decent ghost story even if it's a bit muddled.

Rating: Warning


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Monday, December 5, 2011

Chillerama (2011)



Starring: Richard Riehle, Ray Wise, Joel David Moore, Lin Shaye
Directors: Tim Sullivan, Adam Green, Joe Lynch,


Synopsis:
On the last remaining drive in theater's final night a business four lost movies are shown.

My Take:
A pretty good anthology collection. All the movies are very tongue in cheek and filled with humor and over the top gags. With titles like "Wadzilla", "I Was a Teenage Werebear", "The Diary of Anne Frankenstein", and "Zom-B-Movie" what else would one expect.
Nothing I'd watch again but a great way to kill a couple of hours.

Rating: In the middle (but a helluva of lot of fun to watch)





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Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Nude Vampire (1970)



Director: Jean Rollin


Premise:
A man discovers a secret society which deals in sexual perversion and vampires.

My Take:
One of the more straight forward tales by the master of horror erotica still deals much more with the stylish aspect of film than the story. The director's trademark long shots of basically nothing but nude females tend to a tad get boring.

Rating: Warning (unless your a fan of the director)





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Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Maid (2005)



Director: Kelvin Tong


Premise:
A foreign girl takes a job in Singapore as a maid for a Chinese Opera House. She is thrown in the middle of Chinese beliefs for the dead in the seventh lunar month, where the dead walk among the living. Soon she offends the spirits which leads to questions of what happened to the last maid.

My Take:
Not a bad a mystery wrapped up in the traditional Chinese belief. It moves rather slow and I could do without the voice over. Worth a watch.

Rating: In the middle






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Friday, December 2, 2011

Midnight Movie (2008)



Starring: Rebekah Brandes
Director: Jack Messitt


Premise:
A midnight showing of an infamous cult movie from the 70's causes it maker to drop in on the audience. Too bad he escaped from a mental institution three years earlier.

My Take:
It's got all the things which makes a fine slasher movie: a memorable villain and buckets of gore. And it has a nice twist with the victims becoming part of the movie, even if there is no attempt to explain why.
The movie is good to watch, but not great.

Rating: In the middle




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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Not Forgotten (2009)



Starring: Simon Baker, Paz Vega, Chloë Grace Moretz,
Director: Dror Soref


Synopsis:
A man's daughter is kidnapped from the border town which they live. As the police search for the girl, they find out this upstanding citizen might be hiding a few secrets.

My Take:
Not so much horror but there are moments of satanic worship and some killing. What the movie ends up being is a decent mystery of a man searching for his missing daughter throw the seedy side of Mexico.

Rating: In the middle


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pray (2005)

AKA: Pruei


Director: Yûichi Satô


Premise:
A group of drug dealers kidnap a young girl. When they call her parents they are told she died over a year ago.

My Take:
The movie has a really cool set up and a few creepy moments. Not much build on the character front. Maybe that's why it really didn't hold my interest.
Might be worth watching once.

Rating: In the middle




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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Anguish (1987)



Starring: Michael Lerner, Zelda Rubenstein
Director: Bigas Luna


Synopsis:
A movie with in a movie as film goers watch a movie about a killer and his over protective mother while a fan of the movie goes over the edge and reek havoc on the theater.

My Take:
I'm torn. Some parts of the movie were rather original take on the sub-genre. While other parts were a tad cliche and annoying. In the end it's an enjoyable movie.

Rating: In the middle (with up side)


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hisss (2010)



Starring: Mallika Sherawat, Jeff Doucette
Director: Jennifer Lynch

Premise:
In an attempt to cure his brain cancer an American kidnaps the lover of the snake god, hoping its mate will grant him immortality.

My Take:
The movie comes off looking like a SyFy movie of the week. Horrible CGI and lots of overacting and movie which doesn't know if it wants to cater to an American audience or an Indian one. I expected more from Jennifer Lynch especially with a cool legend for a story premise.
The one saving grace is the beautiful Mallika Sherawat is very easy on the eyes.

Rating: Warning




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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gothic Lolita Psycho (2010)

AKA: Gosurori Shokeinin


Director: Gô Ohara


Premise:
After a home break in where her father gets permanently injured and her mother is killed, a young girl goes on a revenge streak.

My Take:
I usually like these types of splatter movies. This one was a little underwhelming. It's chalked full of the usual stuff, over the top buckets of blood and wackiness.

Rating: In the middle




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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Haven, Season 2 (2011)


Starring: Eric Balfour, Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant


Synopsis:
There are strange happenings in the town of Haven and policemen Audrey Parker and Nathan Wournos, with the help of some others, must try to solve the mystery and those in need.

My Take:
The second season really stepped it up a notch. As is focuses more on the "troubled people" vs normal people. A lot of questions are raised about just who Audrey Parker is and why the "troubles" are back. And some townsfolk know a lot more than they are leading on.

Favorite Episode:
"Lockdown" (episode 9): In this siege episode, a new sheriff is appointed due the Reverend's political power. A group of people get locked inside the police station while Audrey and Nathan try to find the troubled individual. In the meantime the Reverend has a group of people surrounding the police station demanding the troubled person pay for their crimes.
Intense stuff and a game changer in the storyline for the show.

Rating: So Good




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Friday, November 25, 2011

Phasma Ex Machina (2010)

AKA: Ghost In the Machine


Starring: Matthew Feeney, Sasha Andreev
Director: Matt Osterman


Premise:
A young man is tries to raise his younger brother after his parents are killed in auto accident. He feels guilty and is apparently some sort of scientific genius and builds a device to break the barrier between our world and the world of the dead.

My Take:
One word. Boring.
Nothing happens for nearly an hour except the kid building the machine and not fulfilling his duties of raising his younger brother. It picks up a little in the last thirty minutes but not much. It's a decent premise that could have been so much more.
I cant recommend this one. Unless you trying to fall asleep.

Rating: Steaming Pile




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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Coffin (2008)



Director: Ekachai Uekrongtham


Premise:
Two people follow a Thai customer of sleeping in a coffin to trick death. After the ritual, they both start seeing the ghosts of their loved ones and try to figure out why.

My Take:
This was a straight forward ghost tale. Nothing overly dramatic or scary or really new here. That doesn't make it a bad movie but not one I'll watch again.
Maybe it resonated more with the viewers in Thailand.

Rating: In the middle



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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Last Circus (2010)

AKA: Balada Triste de Trompeta



Director: Álex de la Iglesia


Synopsis:

My Take:
The story in this film is far more detailed than the synopsis. You never know which road it heads down.
The movie starts with the violence of war with the main character as child when he loses his father who is a famous clown. Then it moves through a touching part dealing with the main character as an adult as he plays the role of the "The Sad Clown" and falls in love with a ballerina who is beaten by her boyfriend "The Happy Clown". Then it finishes up with outrageous, over the top violence as the two clowns, both now disfigured, fight for the love of the ballerina only to end up in tragedy.
This is another awesome film Alex de la Iglesia, proving once again he one of the more interesting directors making films today.

Rating: So Good



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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dream Home (2010)

AKA: Wai dor lei ah yut ho



Director: Ho-Cheung Pang


Premise:
A woman is on the verge of buying her dream home until the housing market collapses causing the current owners not to sell the apartment. In order to keep the her dream alive, she is forced to take dire consequences.

My Take:
A very bloody movie. This woman goes on a killing spree wiping out several tenants in the apartment complex. The gore of the present is cut with her emotional past.

Rating: So Good



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Monday, November 21, 2011

John Dies At the End



Author: David Wong


Synopsis:
Two loser take a drug that causes them to see creatures from another universe. What follows is a series of weird occurrences which lead to John and Dave discovering a plot of the other reality trying to take over our world.

My Take:
The short synopsis does not to this book justice. It is far more complex and layered. It's laugh out loud funny at times and the prose contains plenty of graphic and gory details.

Do yourself a favor. Dont wait for the movie. Go pick this gem up right now.

Rating: Instant Classic




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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Last of the Living (2009)



Director: Logan McMillan


Premise:
Three guys try to survive after a zombie outbreak kills nearly all of the human population. The find ways to spend their days and eventually find a woman alive who thinks she has found a way to reverse the virus.

My Take:
Another movie I enjoyed more than expected, even with a plot that's been done numerous times before. A likeable cast pulls off plenty of comedy and gore.

Rating: In the middle




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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dark Mirror (2007)



Starring: Lisa Vidal
Director: Pablo Proenza


Synopsis:
A family move into a house once owned by a painter who died under mysterious circumstances. Soon after the wife starts to notice weird situations happening and a possible alternate reality creeping in around her.

My Take:
I liked this movie far more than I anticipated. It kept me guessing with a good mystery.

Rating: In the middle




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