Gravedancers (R: 2006)

Gravedancers (2006: Rated R)
http://gravedancers.com/, http://www.horrorfestonline.com/film3.html
Directed by: Mike Mendez (The Convent, Killers); Written by: Brad Keene and Chris Skinner; Starring: Clare Kramer (House, The Rules of Attraction) Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, North Shore); and many more.
Four oldschool classic high school friends reunite at a funeral of their fourth member of their quartet. After some drinks together, they decide to properly celebrate and mourn his passing – by going to the cemetery at night. They discover a weird card left on the gravestone, and reading the spell out loud while dancing on some random graves (that turned out to be undesireables and psychopath murderers) they awaken them from their graves for a serial haunting of classic proportions. Teamed up with a University parapsychologists, they seek to save their appointment with death. Can they do it? Its a haunting class tale. Must see. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Viewed 11/18/06.
 
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The Return (2006: PG-13)

The Return (2006: Rated PG-13)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433442/
Directed by Asif Kapadia. Starring: Sam Shepard …. Ed Mills, Darrian McClanahan …. Young Joanna Mills, Wally Welch …. Snack Stand Vendor, J.C. MacKenzie …. Griff & Young Griff, Sarah Michelle Gellar …. Joanna Mills, Frank Ertl …. Ambrose Miller, and many more.
Another great role for Sarah Michelle Gellar, as she plays Joanna Mills, a sweet child that becomes disturbed after a ‘return from the dead’ traffic wreck with her father. She’s haunted by visions and spirits of the past, as she’s grown up as a woman, still falling back to delusions she had as a child. But are they delusions? A mystery unfolds and terror awaits as she returns to a small Texas town and discovers a horrid past and solves her own murder. Incredible plot and great screenplay. Highly enjoyed this film. Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5. Viewed 11/18/06.
 
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Calif. utility apologizes to tribe for construction on sacred site

Arizona Daily Star
Published: 11.11.2006
Calif. utility apologizes to tribe for construction on sacred site
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEEDLES, Calif. — Pacific Gas & Electric apologized for desecrating the sacred site of an American Indian tribe when it built a $15 million water treatment plant near here and pledged to remove it as soon as another can be built. California’s biggest utility “regrets the spiritual consequences to the tribe” of building the plant at Topock Maze in the Mojave Desert west of the Arizona border, PG&E Chief Executive Thomas King said during a ceremony Thursday.

The apology was required under an agreement with the 1,100-member Fort Mojave tribe, which agreed to drop a lawsuit against the utility and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

The maze near Needles is claimed by the tribe as part of its heritage. The pattern of pebble berms and furrows forms a series of lines that tribal ancients are believed to have used either as a place of purification or as a pathway for spirits to the afterlife.

Much of the maze was destroyed by a railroad and a freeway, but about a third remains.

“We have a responsibility not only to the past and present but to the future,” tribal Chairwoman Nora McDowell said. “It wasn’t easy getting a corporation to understand, to recognize and to accept this.” The water treatment plant began operations in July 2005. It was built to deal with polluted groundwater under a natural gas compressor station. The utility dumped at least 198 million gallons of contaminated water into the ground from 1951 to 1969. Authorities worried that the groundwater, which contained cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, could contaminate the Colorado River and the drinking water supply for 22 million people in Southern California and Arizona.

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Arrest at dig end careers of 2 sheriff’s deputies

Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1109looters-price.html

Nov. 12, 2006 12:05 AM In May of 2000, a student working at the Kinnikinick archaeological site in Coconino National Forest heard the clank of metal tools against rock and noticed a pair of ATVs concealed in the bushes.

The student contacted law officers who arrived to find John D. Price and Tony Mascher packing up to leave their backcountry camp. The two men were detained. During a search of their homes, investigators found artifacts and videotape from other archaeological digs. There was film of the suspects blasting away with automatic weapons, and pictures of a swastika carved into a tree.

Investigators noticed empty fruit tins at Kinnikinick. Identical trash was discovered at digs on the Fort Apache reservation, where Price and Mascher had recently obtained permits to be on the land. A review of videotapes confirmed the dig locations.

Price, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy, had spent 23 years in law enforcement. The arrest ended his career, as well as that of Mascher, a fellow deputy. They pleaded guilty to violating the Achaeological Resource Protection Act.

Yet, to hear Price’s version, the whole thing was overblown. “I admit I’m not an angel in this,” he says. “I did some things wrong . . . (But) it was a witch hunt . . . I’ve never profited from anything to do with Indian artifacts, period.”

Price says he was fascinated with the Hohokam and Anazazi, and loved the thrill of discovering 1,200-year-old objects.

But he insists that the two deputies were not digging at Kinnikinick. He says the so-called swastika was an Anazazi symbol representing the four directions. He claims the weapons weren’t fully automatic.

Why, then, did he admit guilt, serve a three-month prison sentence and pay $6,700 in penalties?

“You’re taking on the strongest government in the world. You can’t win,” Price says. “I sucked down my pride. I did whatever I needed to do to get on with my life.”

Yet, six years later, Price is still fighting that government – facing $55,000 in civil penalties for digging on Apache lands.

Now a roofing contractor in Paulden, Price says he’s given up archaeology entirely: “The government has made it so I have no interest at all.”

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Sanctuary’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” Halloween Party, Vancouver, B.C.

  Sanctuary’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” Halloween Party
http://www.sanctuarysunday.com/
Celebrities, 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver, B.C. (604) 681-6180
Annual Party
One of the most wicked Halloween Parties in North America – Sanctuary, the weekly Goth Night for Vancover, brings you a bash you’ll never forget, each year towards Halloween – this year spinning 80’s, retro, electro, industrial, and alternative. Each year, it gets bigger and bigger – and the prizes are incredible – with over a $1,000 in prizes. Great music by DJ’s Pandemonium, Catherinna, Pyxis, this year sending a farewell to the talents of Pyxis who is moving on. The decorations are incredible as Pandemonium and Mr. Dark go to outlandish extremes to stimulate your eyeballs for their blood-curdling brew. Music vending booth and a photo booth that gothic.bc.ca runs at the event for those who forgot their own cameras. Highly recommended venue, and one of the best alternative nights in North America. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. 

What are you waiting for, watch the video for their 8-year and see what you’re missing … 

 


Watch the 8 year video: click here
Look for the Halloween Video coming soon at bluepencilproductions.ca
The Dance Floor
The Dancefloor
photos © 2006 Technogypsie.com
 
Bodies everywhere
Bodies Everywhere ….
photos © 2006 Technogypsie.com

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Sin City’s Hell-o-ween Fetish Party (Vancouver, British Columbia)

  Sin City Hell-o-Ween Fetish Party
http://gothic.bc.ca/sincity/
Richard’s on Richard’s, 1036 Richards, Vancouver, B.C.
Sin City: Twice/monthly; Sin City Halloween: Twice a year
North America’s most incredible and sensational Fetish Night that goes to the limits with their Halloween parties …. This year (Oct 28, 2006) has been the best Halloween so far – with over 900 filling the rafters, some of the most incredible Halloween costumes on the streets in Vancouver, this double-floored new club that is hosting the 2nd monthly Fetish night (Sin City started out at Club 23 West, and continues there monthly) has brought the party to be one of the best to attend in North America for Halloween. They tossed back to their patrons, over $750 in cash prizes for the best costumes; gothic.bc.ca runs a booth at the event, capturing the moment for those who wish a memory in the “no cameras/photos” club, Fetish vendors, and a dungeon upstairs for your BDSM pleasures. DJ’s Pandemonium, Catherinna, Betty Ford, R-Lex, and your host Mr Dark has taken this night, yet again, to outrageous limits. Highly recommended venue, and the absolute best Fetish night I’ve ever been to in all my world travels. Rating: 5+ stars out of 5. 

What are you waiting for, watch the video for their 5-year and see what you’re missing … 

 

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Pleasure and Pain, PURE Cirkus (Seattle, Washington)

Cenobites
Hellraiser Cenobites

Pleasure and Pain

* October 27, 2006 – Capital Hill Arts Center, Seattle, Washington, USA *

A piercing and suspension extroadinaire, that took place in Capital Hill on friday merging together alternative music, circus acts, fire spinning/arts, skits, costumes, art, and suspension. A wild time and awe-inspiring performances beyond the imagination. The renown suspension troupe CoRE (CA/TX) performed with PURE Cirkus (Seattle), and Shift (Oregon) bringing together freaky sideshows of the circus arts, strung together with piercing, hooking, and suspension, performance art, theater, and cameo appearances of your Hellraiser favorite Cenobites, Pinhead, and crew; blended with musical performances of “Mankind is Obsolete”, Mistress Catherinna, and artistic galleries of local artists. Alas, Betty X did not perform, but the evening was ultimately splendid nonetheless. Extroadinary …. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

 

fire spinning
Fire Spinning
PURE Cirkus
PURE Cirkus

PURE Cirkus, SHIFT, CoRE, Freaks, and Sideshows ….

 

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Pleasure and Pain (Seattle, Washington)

Friday, 27 October 2006
Seattle, Washington

Pleasure and Pain
October 27, 2006 – Capital Hill Arts Center, Seattle, Washington
A piercing and suspension extroadinaire, that took place in Capital Hill on friday merging together alternative music, circus acts, fire spinning/arts, skits, costumes, art, and suspension. A wild time and awe-inspiring performances beyond the imagination. The renown suspension troupe CoRE (CA/TX) performed with PURE Cirkus (Seattle), and Shift (Oregon) bringing together freaky sideshows of the circus arts, strung together with piercing, hooking, and suspension, performance art, theater, and cameo appearances of your Hellraiser favorite Cenobites, Pinhead, and crew; blended with musical performances of “Mankind is Obsolete”, Mistress Catherinna, and artistic galleries of local artists. Alas, Betty X did not perform, but the evening was ultimately splendid nonetheless. Extroadinary …. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

 

Pleasure and Pain
   

couple

suspending couple
Suspending couple

Suspension, Piercing, Mutilation: Hellraiser Style

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Tokyo Terriyaki (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Tokyo Teriyaki
21 1/2 E. Kiowa, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * 719-473-8105
A small little hole-in-the-wall Japanese (semi-quick) restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs. I had the Bento Box C for lunch – very good – Tempura, rice, 2 pieces of California roll, terriyaki salmon, salad, and miso soup. For $9. Good service, friendly staff. Much enjoyed. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. Visited 10/23/06.

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Double Daughter Salotto (Denver, Colorado)


Double Sisters Salotto (Denver, Colorado)
http://www.doubledaughters.com/
1632 Market Street, Denver, CO
A artistically enchanting elegant bar with a friendly staff. Plush seating and rich decor. I visited the Salotto for the first time after our Zombie Crawl. I’ll definitely be back. Had no idea this little entity existed and I’m doubly impressed. Great drinks, good prices. Good pizza too. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited 10/21/06. A drop in for a happy hour “Go F*ck yourself Juice from the giant glowing red cylinder on the wall mixed with some of the most spectacular veggie pizza ever provided a nice pre-clubbing adventure. Thank you Double Daughter’s! Rating 5 stars out of 5.

Lucid Absinthe Party – Talk about a walk through Wonderland 1920’s masquerade style? A fabulous invite-only party and great music, a new brand of Absinthe they’ve added to their menu called “Lucid” and some brave new concoctions for it. Everyone’s costumes were fabulous and good times were had by all. Pizza from Mario’s next door fabulous as ever, and the ambience to die for. Visited 7/17/08. Rating 5+ stars out of 5. Visited 7/18/08.

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The dead are walking the streets of Denver


Denver, Colorado   Saturday, October 21, 2006 – 6:00 PM MST   

A case of artifacts from Haiti were being delivered to the Colorado Anthropology Museum for analysis on Saturday afternoon that accidentally fell off the truck onto the 16th street mall around the corner of Glenarms saturday afternoon. The jars contained a deadly white powder known as “Tetrodotoxin” that local anthropologists stated is used by Haitian witch doctors to re-animate the dead and create Zombies to do their bidding. CDC Announced that anthropologists informed them that this was not only a tetrodotoxin poison, but a highly contagious concoction of tetrodotoxin mixed with a air based flesh disintegrating re-animation virus that Haitian terrorists created by mixing together magic and chemistry. Around 3 pm, a white cloud formed around the Denver Pavillion and a mass disturbance occured where people started going crazy and killing one another. Within minutes, the corpses that lay on the streets of the 16th Street Mall started to rise and crawl staggering down the mall. As they proceeded down the mall, they attacked buses, civilians, shoppers, and bystanders; gnawing at their flesh; searching for brains to cannabalize. Apparently the infection spread from the saliva into the blood of the victims, turning each victim into the walking dead. Storefronts were attacked by the mobs, even Starbucks failed to survive the mob. Special agents skilled in this kind of crisis were quick on the scene. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) was quick to act and did a fly-over dropping a wave of anti-virus over the crawling mob. The zombified crowd started to regain composure, and while dead, seemed to regain their former living existence as they staggered into a couple of pubs and sat down for drinks realizing what had just happened. No quarantine was necessary as the anti-virus was effective and brought the infected back to health. A core of zombies ended up at the Double Daughter’s Salotto where new friends were made, shots drank, and pizza eaten clearing the breaths of brain-stench; though a few took longer than others to heal, as they gnawed away at victim bones. Various parties occured afterwards, zombies appearing at Cafe Netherworld, Disintegration @ the Wave, the Shelter, and private house parties. The CDC Announced at midnight there is no further cause for alarm as the incident has been cleaned up. No threats to the public exist at this time.Official Denver Zombie Crawl Site   

For more pictures, Colorado Dark Arts Gallery on the Zombie Crawl

Excellent Event: Rating 5 out of 5.

 

The dead
 
The dead
The dead

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Cripple Creek, Colorado

Historic Cripple Creek
From Colorado Springs via US 24 and SR 67, or the adventurous “Gold Camp Road” thru the mountains
Cripple Creek Welcome Center, 5th and Bennett, PO BOX 430, Cripple Creek, CO 80813; 719-689-3315
Population: 1,115
Elevation: 9,508′
“There be Gold in dem Hills” … “Pikes Peak or Bust …” and many rumors of ‘gold’ ‘color’ on what was once the Womack Ranch brought curious prospectors into the area, especially after Bob Womack made the first major gold strike in 1891. Bob rode to Colorado City (aka Colorado Springs all grown up), spending lots of money and bragging about his claim. He sold it for $500 not realizing that through history it would yield more than $350 million in gold. 1891 saw the “$300 million cow pasture” dotted with prospectors like a disturbed ant mound with ants. The town was created and within 2 years had a population of 18,000. Destroyed in 1896 by wild rampage fires, it was rebuilt and even though the boom ended in 1904, many still seek the area and the shafts still yield gold today. With the wealth came gambling, hustling, casinos, strippers, and prostitution; much of which exist today minus any blatant stripping and prostitution focusing on entertainment and tourism traps. Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Visited 10/13/06. 

Overview of Cripple Creek
Cripple Creek, Colorado
photos © 2006 Technogypsie.com
  
Me, downtown Cripple Creek
Me, Downtown Cripple Creek
larger sepia image
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Cripple Creek
Cripple Creek, Colorado
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Bones, Season 2, Episode 1

Bones: Season 2; Episode 1 (2006)
http://creative.myspace.com/VOD/bones/index.html

“The Titan on the Tracks”, Episode 1
“Brennan and Booth investigate the site of a train wreck where the bodies of a senator and a high-profile businessman are found within the wreckage. Brennan is introduced to Dr. Camille Saroyan. It doesn´t take long for Brennan to figure out “Cam” is a little too familiar with Booth.” ~ © 2006 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Excellent starting episode for Season 2 of “Bones”. While It’s my first viewing of the season, and thanks to Myspace movies, got to watch it when I don’t get TV at home. I’m addicted. Its a bit of forensic anthropology and tales from a true life forensic anthropologist reprinted on the silver screen. Impressed. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5. Viewed 10/18/06.

 
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Florissant Fossil Beds (Florissant, Colorado)

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
CR-1 just south of Hwy 24, Florissant, Colorado
719-748-3253
In prehistoric times, this temperate forest meets giant natural lake hosting the flora and fauna of a landscape that would have resembled similarities with today’s Pacific Northwest. Now an extinct lake bed, with a plethera of ancient petrified redwood stumps, this small 6,000 acre park protects the area. Layer upon layer of volcanic ash accumulated in this area 34-35 million years ago, killing off the lake and the animal life that was abundant here, leaving only intact layers of fossilized shale. Here we get a good picture of the Eocene period, showing Redwoods, Sequoia’s, insects, and plant life. A historic 1878 homestead of the first single mother to own property in Colorado can be toured nearby. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Visited 10/13/06. 

Fossil area of the valley
Florissant, Colorado
photos © 2006 Technogypsie.com
  
Fossilized tree
Fossilized Tree
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Florissant Fossil Beds
Florissant Fossil Beds, Florissant, Colorado
photos © 2006 Technogypsie.com
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Skeleton Key (R: 2005)


Official Review page: http://www.technogypsie.com/theater/?p=119

Skeleton Key (R – 2005)
Directed by Iain Softley
Actors/Actresses: Kate Hudson …. Caroline Ellis. Gena Rowlands …. Violet Devereaux, John Hurt …. Ben Devereaux, Peter Sarsgaard …. Luke, Joy Bryant …. Jill, Maxine Barnett …. Mama Cynthia, Fahnlohnee R. Harris …. Hallie (as Fahnlohnee Harris), Marion Zinser …. Bayou Woman, Deneen Tyler …. Desk Nurse, Ann Dalrymple …. C.N.A., Trula M. Marcus …. Nurse Trula (as Trula Marcus), Tonya Staten …. Nurse Audrey, Thomas Uskali …. Robertson Thorpe (as Tom Uskali), Jen Apgar …. Madeleine Thorpe, Forrest Landis …. Martin Thorpe
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0397101/
 

Skeleton Key

Wow … what a well done – Southern swamp voodoo hoodoo horror story packed with ghosts, hoodoo, and Louisiana flavor. I want to go to New Orleans right now! Its a tale of a caregiver nurse who wants to home care for an elderly gent out on a rickety haunted plantation in the middle of the swamps. She quickly finds herself surrounded by Hoodoo and spirits quickly adapting to taking on the arts herself but being given a surprise of her life. A 5 stars out of 5 stars rating film. Must see!

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~ Cafe @ Netherworld (Denver, Colorado)

Cafe @ Netherworld * http://ra.ntw.net/netherworld.com/ * 1278 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO 80203

Denver’s only full service Cyber Cafes … an incredible hotspot of local activity from dancing, art gallery, poetry readings, a full bar, a full service restaurant, pool hall, the best jukebox in Denver, free wireless, and a venue for many events. Definitely a must-visit and must-hangout place to go in Denver’s downtown. Conveniently located and home to a friendly and great staff, you won’t be disappointed with this great place. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

previous visits I tried out the internet service and the food …. Several WiFi networks to choose from, their home based network is the fastest in the joint – just get the username and password from the barista. The food – absolutely delicious …. previously I had the club with Cajun fries; The Nether burger; the Taco Salad … all spectacular! and delicious …. hit the spot. Iced chai with a shot of Baileys Irish Cream is my now usual drink of choice … makes the afternoon go by so nicely … not everyday you get a bar and a cafe and a restaurant all condensed into one … fabulous! Friendly staff and great service. A must …. (visited 6/16/06, 7/06, 8/06, 9/06, 10/12/06, 7/18/08, 2/14/09, 6/28/09) Recent visit, trying the artichoke dip … delicious! 7/18/08 Visit – the Appetizer sampler/combo – not bad. 6/28/09: Since this lovely establishment serves liquor as well as chai, and great food and free WiFi – it’s become a usual hangout for me to do chai n’ WiFi, meet up with friends, and do tarot readings … also become my favorite place for chai n’ WiFi fixes because I can add Bailey’s Irish Cream to my iced chai! Sweet! and the bartenders are fabulous with whipping that up.

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~ Scarecrow: Slayer (R: 2003)


Official Review is located at http://www.technogypsie.com/theater/?p=121

  Scarecrow: Slayer (2003: Rated R)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0353984/
Starring: Tony Todd …. Caleb Kilgore, Nicole Kingston …. Mary Anderson, David Castro …. Karl, Jessica Mattson …. Sheila, Steven Schultz …. Gavin; and many others.

In class with the first movie, another B-rate rot your brain flick. The Scarecrow is resurrected by two fraternity boy pledges who are sent on a mission to steal the Scarecrow. The farmer who wrote a book about the infamous legend, sees the scarecrow, and shoots at him, but in reality kills one of the frat boys. The frat boy’s soul gives life to the scarecrow and goes on a murderous rampage, including a mission-impossible fraternity house massacre as he seeks his undying love for his girlfriend that he plans to make Mrs Scarecrow by killing at the foot of a newly crafted scarecrow woman. B-rate horror at its finest. Those liking fine cinema, should avoid this one like a bug-infested corn field.

Rating: 1.5 stars out of 5. Viewed 10/07/06.

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~ Scarecrow (2002: R)


Official Review: http://www.technogypsie.com/theater/?p=123

Scarecrow (2002: Rated R)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0341564/
Starring: Tim Young …. Lester Dwervick, Todd Rex …. The Scarecrow, Tiffany Shepis …. Judy Patterson, Jen Richey …. Morgan, Roxanna Bina …. Stephanie, John Moore …. Chad; and many more. Directed by Emmanuel Itier; Writing credits Bill Cunningham & Emmanuel Itier.
 

Its a story about Lester who is picked on by all the kids at school, by his teacher, by his mom’s boyfriends, seems like everyone … living a sad life, until one of the schoolgirls sticks up for him against the school bully. He developed a crush on her, and then his world is shattered when he sees her kissing the bully at a late night party. He goes into a rage, and goes home and yells at his mom and the guy screwing her, the guy kills Lester in the cornfield, and by the legend of the Scarecrow, absorbs Lester’s soul and Lester goes on a rampage to slice and dice Freddy and Jason style, everyone in his path. Complete blood bath. Cheesy B-rate horror. If you like B-rate horror, it might make a 3, but if you like fine cinema, it barely makes a 1 = don’t bother seeing it. Horror fans, its good background noise.

Rating: 2 stars out of 5. Viewed 10/07/06.

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not all who wander are lost …