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Twilight Tour, Forks, Washington

Twilight Self-Guided Tour: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26105. Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Twilight Self-Guided Tour: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26105. Forks, Washington

Twilight Self-Guided Tour, Forks, Washington

Located on the outskirts of the Olympic National Forest, is the small lumber town of Forks, Washington. This town would not be so popular as it is today had it not been used as the actual setting for the Hollywood famed thriller “Twilight” movie series as well as their inspired saga novels they are based on. Because of the films and books, fans from far and wide travel to this town to see where the characters lived, roamed, and had their supernatural events. So popular there is a paid tour fans can go on, or for the budget conscious, to head off to the visitor center for a free self-guided tour brochure. The novels were written by author Stephanie Meyer who wrote about them using the city of Forks as her inspiration. The town hosts an annual celebration honoring the author here the 2nd week of September every year. Map and self-guided tour can be found here: http://forkswa.com/twilight/. For a non-fan like myself, it was a bit boring and un-inspiring, but to the fans, they seem to have fun. Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Twilight Self-Guided Tour: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26105. Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 - Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian.  Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016.  To read the adventures, visit  http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007.   To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews.  All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com - by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.
Twilight Self-Guided Tour: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26105. Forks, Washington: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26115. Olympic National Forest and Park: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=26099. Northern Exposure: Chronicle 24 – Chronicles of Sir Thomas Leaf, Lady Etain, and Prince Cian. Adventures in Washington. Photos taken March 26, 2016. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=20007. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2015/2016 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan, Eadaoin Bineid and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved.

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The Dracula Experience, Whitby, England

Dracula Experience
Dracula Experience

The Dracula Experience
* 9 Marine Parade North Yorkshire, Whitby YO21 1EA, United Kingdom * 01947 601 923 *

How could one come to Whitby? the home of Bram Stoker, without thinking about peeking one’s curious head into the “Dracula Experience”. Well, bother not. It’s a chain horror shop that can be found throughout the UK. Very cheesy, kitch, and boring. Of course i did his when no live actors were running around, so I got in for only a few pounds. Still, i can’t imagine the live actors justifying the price they are asking. It was a quick walkthrough. They do attempt the tale of Dracula in this creepy town with its famous Gothic abbey with animated scenes, electronic special effects, and live actors. Not impressed. 1 star out of 5.

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Victoria’s “Rest Stop”

Frightful Rest Area Reminds me of the movie: Rest Stop
Melbourne, Victoria towards Lakes Entrance

This out in the middle of nowhere rest area gave me the creepy feeling that was all too common after watching the Horror flick “Rest Stop“. It was run-down, looked un-safe, had a needle disposal box, and lots of graffiti and warnings on the walls. Totally breathed “slasher”. Rating : – * out of 5 stars. Avoid. However, my mate, seemed to have fine time chatting up a RV’er passing through for a cup of Joe … different strokes for different folks.

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Stay Alive (PG-13: 2006)

Stay Alive
(PG-13: 2006)
Director: William Brent Bell. Starring: Jon Foster … Hutch; Samaire Armstrong … Abigail; Frankie Muniz … Swink; Jimmi Simpson … Phineus; and many more.

Based on the history of the Countess Blood, Elizabeth Bathory, she is brought back to life with a video game in this movie. The game’s writer incorporated magic, spellcraft, and her enchantment that as players of the game incant a spell to awaken her to come kill them. Each player meets an untimely death in real life as they do in the video game. Its a race against the clokc and 5 young adults accidentally awaken her and fight for their lives as one by one they drop dead by Elizabeth’s haunting demonic spirit. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Dead Alive (R: 1992)

Dead Alive (R: 1992)
* Director: Peter Jackson * Starring: Timothy Balme … Lionel Cosgrove; Diana Pealver … Paquita Maria Sanchez; Elizabeth Moody … Mum (Vera Cosgrove); Ian Watkin … Uncle Les; Brenda Kendall … Nurse McTavish; and many more. *


A New Zealand produced zombie flick about a subservient mommy’s boy who does everything his mother requests of him even when she is bitten by a creature that turns her into a zombie. At the same time, the good son falls in love with a women who he believes is “the one”. The town becomes infected by the mother and the son must rise about against his evil bloodthirsty mother to save the town from destruction and win the heart of his princess. Pretty corny. Rated 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Dorian Gray (R: 2010)

Dorian Gray (R: 2010)

* Director: Oliver Parker * Starring: Colin Firth … Lord Henry Wotton; John Hollingworth … Patrol Policeman; Caroline Goodall … Lady Radley; Nathan Rosen … Young Dorian; and many more. *
Dorian Gray is a naive young Lord, a lovelorn artist of a man who lives to paint dark pictures of Victorian London and how the experience of life will take its toll on one’s mind, body, and soul. Hauntingly magical, he weaves deceipt, greed, power, and sin. He never ages. Its in the painting. The painting takes its own victims. He falls under the harmful idolotry of Lord Henry Wotton who leads him into an even darker life until he chases after the Wotton’s daughter. Only his portrait shows his aging process as he truly is falling apart. Darksome and gruesome with sinister fantasy. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Thirst (R: 2009)

Thirst (R: 2009)
* Director: Chan-wook Park * Starring: Kang-ho Song … Priest Sang-hyeon; Ok-bin Kim … Tae-ju; Hae-sook Kim … Lady Ra; Ha-kyun Shin … Kang-woo; In-hwan Park … Priest Noh; and many more. *

It’s an Asian tale of a Catholic priest named “Sang-Hyun” who is working on a vaccine for a deadly virus. The virus takes a life of its own and takes over the priest pushing him nearly to death but is saved by an accidental transfusion of Vampire Blood. This leads him to an unsatiable appetite for the flesh while struggling with despair and depravity. Entertaining and dark. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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The Crazies (R: 2010)


The Crazies (R: 2010)

Director: Breck Eisner. Starring: Timothy Olyphant … David Dutton; Radha Mitchell … Judy Dutton; Joe Anderson … Russell Clank; Danielle Panabaker … Becca Darling; Christie Lynn Smith … Deardra Farnum; Brett Rickaby … Bill Farnum; and Many More.

Its that typical, expectable, tale of a small community at the mercy of a biological warfare spill or experiment by the government. Typical government conspiracy and the obvious quarantine ramblings that you’d find in Outbreak or any other film about a contamination. Apparently a plane crashes in the marsh, even though the movie really doesn’t go into much detail about why, how, or what … but it is carrying a biological warfare contaminant that the government was supposedly off to secretly dispose of. It leaks into the water supply of Ogden Marsh, Iowa – a small town that doesn’t normally see violence, murder, or riots. That changes very quickly as the toxin turns everyone into violent psychopaths set out to kill their loved ones and community members. The local sheriff quickly discovers what is happening, but none-too-late when the quarantine team takes him and his pregnant wife into containment – separating them both. The soldiers and CDC calls everyone affected “crazies” and there you have the name of the movie. He breaks free on a quest to find her – rescuing her and two others in a fight for survival. The movie has good parts here and there, but is quite expectable and done too many times. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Lo (R: 2009)



Lo (R: 2009 )

Director: Travis Betz. Starring: Jeremiah Birkett … Lo, Sarah Lassez … April, Ward Roberts … Justin, Devin Barry … Jeez, Aaron Gaffey … Waiter, Sarah Larissa Deckert … The Demon Rat, and others.
Presented here is a horror-comedy of a love-struck occult novice who stumbling upon the Book of the Dead and finds a way to summon a Demon to find his lost-love that was stolen from his embrace by another Demon. Hoping that she can be found in the bowels of Hell, Justin finds a comical yet disturbing history around his love April. Using the Demon named “Lo” he finds the truth about April. He also has to battle “Lo’s” dinner plans for him.
It definitely has its merits and for the most part capitivates your attention, especially if you are a horror fan like me that enjoys horror-comedy elements. It is a B-rate film, though and that can be seen in some of the film/audio editing – otherwise for a low budget some of the effects, imagery, and costuming were pretty fantastic. Regardless, it was an enjoyable late night flick … I’d watch it again. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural (R: 1973)


Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural

(R: 1973)
Director: Richard Blackburn. Starring: Lesley Gilb … Lemora; Cheryl Smith … Lila Lee; William Whitton … Alvin Lee; Hy Pyke … The Bus Driver; Maxine Ballantyne … The Old Woman; and many more.


Another great film I discovered as I am slowly working through my cousin’s filmography (Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith – Rest in Peace) … her third role after “The Birth of Aphrodite” and “Evil Knievel”. As a young teen, she plays the main star of the film as “Lila Lee” – a young girl who is known as “The Singing Angel” of a local Baptist Church who meanders into a den of blood thirsty vampires. She’s sweet and innocent, 13 year old, daughter of an infamous gangster who shot her mom and is running from the law. The local Reverend takes her in and is having a hard time keeping his hands off of her. Lila gets a strange letter from a woman named Lemora who urges her to come to her sick father’s side and forgive him of his sins against her. As Lila takes the road to Asteroth, she is attacked by ghouls and ghastlies that she barely escapes as she crashes into a tree. Then she awakens to find herself imprisoned in a stone house with strange weird sounds outside of with odd children running about. She escapes and overhears Lemora talking to her father so she investigates. Lemora greets her and tells her she can see her father once she goes through a ceremony that will make her immune of the disease that the ghouls have. Lila explores the Victorian house to find oddities such as no mirrors, children being forced into the stone cottage, and Lemora not casting a reflection, werewolf like ghouls, and group blood drinking. She discovers that Lemora is a mistress of the dark and a blood thirsty vampire who she runs from – in process she discovers the similar lifestory tale of another girl held here – Mary Jo Spinks who left a diary helping Lila learn more about Lemora. Its a race of Lemora to turn Lila into a vamp. Will she succeed? Even though it was a low-budget film, I thought it was well put together and well done. I enjoyed seeing my cousin on the screen. While the effects of the movie were lacking, at the time it was done, was probably pretty good for Hollywood. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Black Swarm (R: 2007)


Black Swarm

(R: 2007)

Director: David Winning. Starring: Sebastien Roberts … Devin Hall / Dan Hall; Sarah Allen … Jane Kozik; Jayne Heitmeyer … Katherine Randell; Rebecca Windheim … Kelsey Kozik; Robert Englund … Eli Giles; Michel Perron … Mayor Blatz; and others.
The only thing this film has going for it is Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street) who plays the mad scientist hired by the U.S. Government to create an insect swarm weapon of mass destruction. As the weaponizing wasps are unleashed upon a small town in New York, the mad scientist Eli is trying to figure out how to stop or control them. The single mom sheriff moves back in town with her daughter only to find the love of her life fixing to leave town and only lured to stay because of the wasp trouble given he’s the only exterminator in town. The wasps somehow take over the townspeople turning them into brainless zombies only to serve the hive. The sheriff’s daughter becomes the Queen. See where this is going? Batty … nutty … and a really stupid flick. Not worth its weight. Even if you’re a fan of nature against humans kind of films like me. Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

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Trunk (R: 2009)


Trunk

(R: 2009)

Director: Straw Weisman. Starring: David Blanchard … George; Jennifer Day … Megan; and others.
A sex and murder craved lunatic kidnaps a woman from a parking garage shoving her into his trunk that is equipt with microphone and speakers so he can torment her during the drive to his ‘date’ spot where he plans to rape, murder, and torture her. But she quickly turns the tables on him as she finds a way to escape locking him into his own trunk to perish? or not … It was ok, but definitely not a favorite flick. Actually kind of boring. It would of been better as a play not a film since it took place in a solitary small location. Rating: 2 stars out of 5.

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Severed: Forest of the Dead (R: 2005)


Severed: Forest of the Dead

(R: 2005)

Director: Carl Bessai. Starring: Paul Campbell … Tyler; Sarah Lind … Rita; Julian Christopher … Mac; JR Bourne … Carter; Michael Teigen … Luke; Leanne Adachi … Stacey; John Reardon … Greg; Patrick Gallagher … Anderson; Hrothgar Mathews … Eric; and others.
An interesting eco-zombie flick about a multi-national forestry company that is engaging in biological experiments with the trees in a very remote part of a Canadian forest in hopes of getting a better logging yield. Something bizarre goes wrong though, as the experimental biology takes hold in the loggers and a camp of environmental activists turning them into flesh-eating zombies. Its a fight for survival as several hole up in a fortress fighting off the zombies. Interesting plot and acting. I enjoyed it. Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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RetarDead (NR: 2008)


Retardead (NR: 2008)

Director: Rick Popko, Dan West. Starring: Rick Popko … Deputy Rick / Porn Actress / Doctor / Ripper Detective; Tony Adams … Agent Russo; Michael Allen … Institute Director; Shamika Baker … Living Dead Girl; Jello Biafra … Mayor Anton Sinclaire; Scott Britton … F.B.I agent; and others.
The film’s name defines the quality of this flick … in the same genre as Tromo films, a really bad zombie flick gone poop. In a sense it is Rick Popko and Dan West’s sequel to their faecal flick Monsturd. Its about the mad Dr. Stern who is performing whacked experiments on special needs students that turns them into flesh craving zombies. The town descends into chaos dealing with the undead. Poor effects and low budget. The directors actually star in the film as the idiotic deputies. It has its moments of humor for some, but didn’t captivate my attention much at all. Its gory, in a cheap fake sense, and vile. 1.5 stars out of 5.

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My Dead Girlfriend (2006: R)


My Dead Girlfriend (R: 2006)

Director: Brett Kelly. Starring: Ralph Gethings … Man in Woods; Brett Kelly … Steve; Caitlin Delaney … Amy; Jody Haucke … Garry; John Muggleton … Carl; Anastasia Kimmett … Vanessa; and others.

With zombie movies you’ll either love it or hate it. This one has no class, no talent, and no pizazz. Its a knock off of the comical “My Boyfriend’s Back” as well, a poor one at that point. Its about a bumbling idiot named Steve who accidentally backs over his very cut girlfriend Amy. Since Amy is a witch and has tons of spellbooks abound, he figures he’d use the books to resurrect Amy. Of course, Amy comes back as a flesh craving zombie who winds up devouring all his friends. But love has heart and he lets her munch on himself. Very bady writing, amateur performances, and extremely low budget. 1.5 stars out of 5.

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Dead Mary (R: 2007)

Dead Mary (R: 2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892047/

Director: Robert Wilson. Starring: Dominique Swain … Kim; Marie-Jose Colburn … Eve; Steven McCarthy … Baker (as Steve McCarthy); Maggie Castle … Lily; Michael Majeski … Dash; Reagan Pasternak … Amber; Jefferson Brown … Matt; and others.

Its the classic telling of the urban legend of speaking Bloody Mary in the mirror with a candle three times when you’re by yourself to make her appear; though this twist is that it’s Dead Mary. The gang of old friends plus a new 21 year old girlfriend of one of the friends get together in a cabin on a lake and invoke the demon Mary amongst their midst. Mixed with the drama of relationship woes between Matt and Kim who recently broke up, the hostility attracts negative essences into the cottage. After the Dead Mary game, the evil witch possesses several of them leading to a campy slasher flick bloodbath. Fun flick if you’re into the supernatural bloodbath genre. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Devil Girl (R: 2007)

Devil Girl (R: 2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0814077/

Director: Howie Askins. Starring: Jessica Graham … Fay; Joe Wanjai Ross … The Clown; C.J. Baker … The Preacher; Vanessa Kay … Devil Girl;
Ruben Terrones … Jesus; and many others.

Its a story about a small town girl named Fay who is trying to escape her own reality via a road trip along route 66. Of course, atypical in these films, she breaks down during a drag race she finds herself stranded in an isolated desert town with little cash. She has to resort to strip dancing while fending off a creepy motel clerk, a clown, a psycho preacher, and a succubus fully gowned with horns and a tail. The tale gets psychotic and crazy as she fights to escape the town and its madness. Interesting and fun flick. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.

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Spring Break Shark Attack (NR: 2005)


Spring Break Shark Attack
(NR: 2005)
Director: Paul Shapiro. Starring: Shannon Lucio; Riley Smith; and many others.

Ok, this is totally a “Jaws” meets “Spring Break” wanna-be flick, but it has some of its own entertaining points of value. Paul Shapiro brings a school of human-craving sharks into the hotspot of Spring Break activities. Of course you have the innocent sheltered young teen (named Danielle) sneaking off to Florida for Spring Break fun with her friends. She of course falls for a good-natured local named Shane who runs the boat charter business for his mom. There of course is the jock who is unwanted and stoops to criminal degrees to get the girl he wants. Danielle’s older brother Charlie is a marine biologist investigating a new reef in the area – and the mess of them stumble into something quite sinister going on at the beach as swimmers start disappearing. Turns out a school of Tiger sharks have an appetite for the scantily-clad. It’s definitely a B-rate of its own accord, and not many Shark attack movies can compete with Jaws these days, but kudos to those that try. Rating 2.5 stars out of 5.

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1408 (PG-13: 2007)


1408 (PG-13: 2007)

http://www.1408-themovie.com/

Director: Mikael Hfstrm. Starring: John Cusack … Mike Enslin; Samuel L. Jackson … Gerald Olin; Mary McCormack … Lily; Tony Shalhoub … Sam Farrell; Len Cariou … Mike’s Father, and many more.

Another great role of John Cusack
who plays a skeptical writer who lives the life of investigating paranormal events. Based on Stephen King’s suspense tale, 1408, is a psychologically twisted tale of Cusack’s character entering the haunted room 1408 in the prestigious ‘Dolphin Hotel’ in New York. Even though the management doesn’t want him in the room, he pulls the law and forces them to let him stay in it. Big Mistake as the room ‘captivates’ him and makes him relive all the tragic tales of the room as well as his own personal psyche. He meets pure evil in its most vile form. Was it a lifetime or just an hour in the room? Tragic tales in the tradition of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining‘ and ‘Misery‘. Par Excellence … Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5.

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Doomed (R: 2007)

Doomed (R: 2007)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0956335/ * Director: Michael Su * Starring: Mary Christina Brown … Sybil (as M. C. Brown); Steve Cryen … Reese; Sara Diaz … Leigh (as Sarah Diaz); Desmond Faison … Craven; Aaron Gaffey … Wes; Michael Kehoe … Holagram Host; and many more. *

This has got to be one of the worst movies ever produced. Those who know me, know I’m a zombie fan. A big zombie fan. Zombie movies usually equate B-rate Horror. In fact I’ve seen some really bad zombie movies. But have to say this one takes the prize. I found it in the bargain bin for $3 a few months ago – now I see why, and why I hadn’t bothered watching it until now. I doubt I’ll get 25 cents for it at the used video store. Its about a time in the near future when death row criminals are given a chance to pardon themselves via a game show / reality tv show that trys to mimic “Survivor” with “House of the Dead”. They are dropped on an island to make it across the island to find 50 million dollars awaiting them as well as a full pardon and their freedom. Little do they know the island is filled with fast-running rage-filled zombies. It even lacks the usual blood of a zombie film. Bad plot, bad acting, bad lines. Sheer crap. Rating: 1 stars out of 5.

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Ringu 2 (PG-13: 1999)

Ringu 2 (PG-13: 1999)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0218553/ * Director: Hideo Nakata * Starring: Miki Nakatani … Mai Takano;
Hitomi Sat … Masami Kurahashi; Kyko Fukada … Kanae Sawaguchi; Fumiyo Kohinata … Kawajiri Ishi; Kenjir Ishimaru … muta Keiji; and many more. *


I unfortunately have yet to rent “Ringu” but bought this one ages ago in the discount bin (yet never had a chance to watch until now). this is the sequel to Ringu (1998). I was enticed into it from the American “totally different” tales of the Ring and the Ring 2. This foreign film is about Mai Takano who is trying to learn more about the death of Ryuji, her boyfriend. But before long, she hears about a videotape haunted by the spirit of a girl named Sadako who died years ago. The legend has it that anyone who watches the videotape and sees Sadako come out of the well will die of fright exactly one week later. Which is the only part it shares with the American version. Conducting an investigation, she learns that Ryuji’s son, Youichi, is developing the same psychic powers that Sadako had when she was alive. Its an adventure set with Mai trying to keep Yuuichi and herself from becoming Sadako’s next victims. Some real interesting twists and turns. The film is in Japanese but the DVD has English sub-titles. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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The Ring 2 (R: 2005)

The Ring 2 (R: 2005)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377109/ * Director: Hideo Nakata * Starring: Naomi Watts … Rachel; Simon Baker … Max Rourke; David Dorfman … Aidan; Elizabeth Perkins … Dr. Emma Temple; Gary Cole … Martin Savide; Sissy Spacek … Evelyn; and many more. *


The interesting sequel to the infamous “Ring” about the videotape that kills. Turns out more copies are floating around. In addition, apparently if you show someone else the tape, then you escape the death. As Rachel and Aidan seek to start a new life in Astoria, Oregon they soon encounter Samara’s wraith, especially as she seeks to possess Aidan as she wants Rachel to be her mom. Creepily eerie and startling, new evidence and history about Samara’s evil beginnings are unleashed. Not as good as the first, but holding itself in true flavor of shock, horror, drama, mystery, and adventure. I enjoyed it. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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The Ring (R: 2002)

The Ring (R: 2002)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298130/ * Director: Gore Verbinski
* Starring: Naomi Watts … Rachel; Martin Henderson … Noah; David Dorfman … Aidan; Brian Cox … Richard Morgan; Jane Alexander … Dr. Grasnik;
Lindsay Frost … Ruth; and many more. *


Definitely a classic of its time with some spoof-reality advertising tactics that the Blair Witch used. Its about the adventure of Rachel Keller who is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). The urban legend about the tape is that if you watch the tape, you will get a phone call from a ghoulie girl that claims you have 7 days to live. It seems to be true and she is in a race to save her, her ex-husband, and her son’s life since they all three saw it independently. She beats the clock by unravelling the mystery, but in so doing, what did she unleash? Shocking parts, surrealistic imagery, psychological twists, and pure evil. Set in the beautiful and supernaturally mysterious environs of the Pacific Northwest. Great movie. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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Paranormal Activity (R: 2007)

Paranormal Activity (R: 2007)

* Director: Oren Peli * Starring: Katie Featherston … Katie; Micah Sloat … Micah; Mark Fredrichs … The Psychic; Ashley Palmer … Diane; Amber Armstrong … Amber. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1179904/ *

A Blair witch styled film about a young, middle class couple that moves into a suburban ‘starter’ tract house and become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic. Always happening in the middle of the night when they are trying to sleep. Its based on the couple filming the activities with their own camera. The demonic activity begins to happen in the day and has some shocking, startling, and terrifying moments that catch you at the edge of your seat just like the Blair Witch did, without knowing if what you’re watching is real or not. Completely fictional. Great flick! Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5.

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Offspring (R: 2009)

Offspring (R, 2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1262413/ * Director: Andrew van den Houten * Starring: Jessica Butler … Eartheater; Leigh Feldpausch … Second Stolen; Holter Graham … Vic Manetti; Stephen Grey … First Stolen; Amy Hargreaves … Amy; and many more.
From the classic Jack Ketchum telling about a clan of cannibalistic adults and children who wander the Northeast coast from Maine up into Newfoundland who feast on the local populations. Incestuous family that keeps breeding and feasting on the locals. Since their reproduction amongst themselves had a failure rate, they targeted victims that had newborns. Two survivors – Amy Halbard and Claire Carey fight to survive the attacks and their abduction but things go awry when Claire’s wicked husband Steven gets mixed up into the affairs. An old cop gets wrapped up into the investigation as it previously drove him crazy when he stumbled on the cult’s trail of bodies leading him to alcoholism. Interesting plot and story. I very much enjoyed it. Visually stimulating in a tribal sense of filmography. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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The Telling (R: 2009)

The Telling (R, 2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1298721/ * Director: Nicholas Carpenter
* Starring: Holly Madison … Stephanie; Lola Labelle … Amber (as Lola La Belle); Nicole Zeoli … Roxy; Najarra Townsend … Brianna; Angela Nicholas … Brianna’s Mom; Wesley Stiller … Greg; and many more.

A B-rate horror anthology of three horror stories involving fashion victims that all tie into a sorority house pledge trial that leads to a dastardly ending. “Playboy playmates make a Horror Movie!” (Ohmygore!) Its all about three girls pledging for the most prestigous and popular, yet cruelest sorority on campus. The Dean forced them to make their pledge routine harmless due to a suicide the previous year. So they make the pledges tell the most horrible horror tale they know, and if its good enough they can get in. Three distinct stories told, in Creepshow fashion, one featuring a doll that kills, another a finished up playboy actress who wants her last final big act which ends up being a horror story in a Transylvania castle with a crew consisting of the undead, and finally a slaughter fest of three fashion girls by a telephone prank call madman. Of course the sorority gets their own cruelness back on them in the end. Kinda stupid. The film is shot at the Playboy mansion. Starring Bridget Marquardt & Holly Madison from The Girls Next Door. Rating: 1 stars out of 5.

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Children of the Corn (R: 2009)

Children of the Corn (R, 2009)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1290135/ * Director: Donald P. Borchers * Starring: Daniel Newman … Malachai; David Anders … Burton Stanton; Kandyse McClure … Vicki; Preston Bailey … Issac; Ryan Bertroche … Amos; Jake White … Oldest boy; and many more.

I’ve always been a Stephen King fan. I was obsessed with the original “Children of the Corn” book and movie. So of course when I saw this new version out on the shelves, had to investigate and satisfy my curiousity. Interesting re-take. Apparently Stephen King was not happy with it. Apparently the creator wanted it to be dedicated to the true telling of the story unlike the original film that deviated in order to meet consumer desires. For those unfamiliar with the story – a couple wander into a country town that has no adults. Its a cult of children worshipping he who walks behind the rows, sacrificing anyone 18 or older in the community. Creepishly evil. Interesting plot and twists in this version. I was entertained. Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Trick r’ Treat (R: 2008)

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Trick r Treat (R: 2008)
Director:Michael Dougherty. Starring: Dylan Baker … Steven; Rochelle Aytes … Maria; Quinn Lord … Sam / Peeping Tommy; Lauren Lee Smith … Danielle; Moneca Delain … Janet; Tahmoh Penikett … Henry; and many more. The movie is a single story of 4 interwoven tales … sorority-like girls from the big city on prey in the small town for cute boys they just want to gobble up during a bonfire party where things are not what they appear and transformations take place as well as ghastly flesh tearing horror; a couple returns from the city halloween fest to bicker about how the woman doesn’t like Halloween and flicks out a jack-o-lantern, cursing her existence into a ghastly death by some hidden creature of the night; a kid who kicks over jack-o-lanterns doesn’t check his candy and is poisoned and gets turned into a jack-o-lantern by the town’s school principal; pranking kids try to scare a local ‘special’ girl with tales about the Halloween bus massacre and meet an untimely death; A bitter old man meets revenge from spirits of the past to get his; and all along a pumpkin headed midget is somehow behind it all. Classic. Great plot and funny film. Definitely abide by the rules of Halloween or you’ll get yours. Rated 4.5 stars out of 5.

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The Hills Run Red (R: 2009)

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The Hills Run Red (R: 2009)
Director: Dave Parker. Starring: Sophie Monk, William Sadler, Tad Hilgenbrink, and many more. A most disturbing horror film was made ages ago and a few horror fans stumble upon its trailer and are dying to see it. However, its rumored that the film has been destroyed. They track down the director’s only living daughter, a stripper who has lost herself in a world of drug addiction. The horror fans take her on an adventure back to her childhood grounds to find the film – but little do they know that its still being filmed and they have now become the most recent stars. They find dementia, incest, and the disturbing macabre. Definitely typical hack-n-slash flick. Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Grace (R: 2009)

Grace (R: 2009)
Director: Paul Solet. Jordan Ladd … Madeline Matheson; Stephen Park … Michael Matheson; Gabrielle Rose … Vivian Matheson; Serge Houde … Henry Matheson; Samantha Ferris … Patricia Lang; Kate Herriot … Shelly; and many more. It’s a incredible tale about a zombie newborn that is birthed to a couple who has been trying to conceive for years. Madeline finally becomes pregnant, but immediately becomes a single-mom-to-be as her husband Michael dies in a car wreck. The car wreck appears to have killed the unborn child she bears, but her midwife and she decide to carry it out to full term anyway. Just as the midwife tells her there is no way to bring life back to the child that was stillborn, but to the miracle of all, the baby is alive. However, the child becomes unsatiably hungry and breast milk doesn’t really work. Turns out the baby is quenching blood. Not just any blood, but has to be human blood. The baby stinks as if its rotting and attracting flies, but is quite obviously alive. The mother is drained and doesn’t know what to do. Craziness breaks out in a bloody drama and murder abounds. Excellent movie. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The birth of a zombie: A DVD review of Grace


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