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Gavin Schmitt

  1. Blu-ray Review: "Psychomania" (1973)

    A gang of young people calling themselves the Living Dead terrorize the population of their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will return and gain eternal life. Following their leader, they commit suicide one after the other, but things do not necessarily turn out as expected...

    The film started out as a production from Benmar Productions, which predominately made Spaghetti Westerns in Spain (such as "Captain Apache") ...
  2. Book Review: "Vampira and her Daughters"

    Having written on all things horror for well over a decade now, and being a lifelong horror fan another decade or so before that, there comes a time every so often where you think you’ve seen it all, read it all, and are well-versed on a multitude of topics. But then, every time you begin to think that, the universe slaps you in the face with some obscure subgenre of film, some long-forgotten author, or something you never even considered in the first place.

    This time around, it is ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "Stake Land II" (2016)

    When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin (Connor Paolo) finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister (Nick Damici), to guide him.

    This sequel was written by Nick Damici without the input of Jim Mickle, who co-wrote the first film. Mickle was tied up in other projects, but Damici wanted to return to Stake Land whether through film, TV or a web ...
  4. Film Review: "Havenhurst" (2016)

    A troubled young woman takes up residence in a Gothic apartment building where she must confront a terrifying evil.

    Director Andrew C. Erin (Embrace of the Vampire) brings us this film from a screenplay co-written with Daniel Farrands (Amityville: The Awakening). We also get music from tomandandy (Mothman Prophecies, The Strangers and a couple Resident Evil films), some of the best in the business. Farrands may be best known for writing "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" ...
  5. Blu-ray Review: "Cinema Paradiso" (1988)

    A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist.

    In many ways, this film anticipates "The Long Day Closes" and "Hugo". While "Cinema Paradiso" is probably not the first movie about enjoying movies, it is easily the most successful and critically acclaimed. Terence Davies was likely influenced, and there is no doubt that Martin Scorsese was. ...
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