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  1. Blu-ray Review: "House II: The Second Story" (1987)

    The new owner (Arye Gross) of a sinister house gets involved with reanimated corpses and demons searching for an ancient Aztec skull with magic powers.

    Ethan Wiley (who wrote part one) wrote the story and also takes over as director, with Sean Cunningham staying on as producer. Wiley's background, interestingly enough, was in practical effects for "Return of the Jedi" and "Gremlins" working under Chris Walas. Steve Miner, the director of part one, was too busy ...
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  2. Tribeca Film Festival Review: "The Endless" (2017)

    Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.

    This film is more clever than it first appears, because it operates on at least two levels. On the surface, it is a taut, well-crafted horror story about a (possible) “death cult”. We have some mysterious rituals, a missing husband, and seemingly silly camp activities that may – or may not – have a darker purpose.

    Some of this is vaguely ...
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  3. Blu-ray Review: "Ludwig" (1973)

    Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria (Helmut Berger), from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero. Fan of Richard Wagner (Trevor Howard), betrayed by him, in love with his cousin Elisabeth of Austria (Romy Schneider), abandoned by her, tormented by his homosexuality (or bisexuality?), he will little by little slip towards madness.

    Special attention must first be drawn to Romy Schneider, who reprises her role as Empress Elisabeth of Austria (from ...
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  4. Best Horror Film of 2017? A review of "A Dark Song"

    A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

    "A Dark Song" is already being praised as one of the best horror films of 2017. While it is always good to be skeptical about such hype or buzz, especially when it is coming out of the film's own PR machine, in this case it just so happens to be true. This film is bound to make it on to many best-of lists for the year.
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  5. Blu-ray Review: "The Zodiac Killer" (1971)

    The San Francisco area is beset by a series of seemingly random murders without motive or pattern. The police are taunted by phone calls and letters. Could the maniac be the violent truck driver, or the seemingly mild-mannered mailman, or even a cop?

    This film has come to be known largely for its historical value. Allegedly, producer-director Tom Hanson made the film not so much to try and make a good movie so much as he wanted to call attention to the killer. His plan was to screen ...
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