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  1. Blu-ray Review: "The Old Dark House" (1932)

    Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.

    The film is based on the novel "Benighted" (1927) by J. B. Priestley, who saw the "queer inmates" of the house as symbols of post-war pessimism. He was quite reluctant to sell the rights, thinking his characters would not adapt well to the screen. However, in January 1932, he changed his mind when Universal offered him $12,500 (roughly ...
  2. Blu-ray Review: "Land of the Dead" (2005)

    Years after the initial zombie outbreak ("Night of the Living Dead") a group of Pittsburgh survivors (maybe the last people on earth, for all we know) are holed up in the city surrounded by zombies... and on the inside, controlled by a very powerful man (Dennis Hopper) who will do anything to maintain his wealth and status.

    George Romero stresses that this is not a sequel in any strict sense, seeing as no characters return. And indeed, one could skip the first three films ...
  3. Blu-ray Review: "Dawn of the Dead" (2004)

    A nurse, a policeman, a young married couple, a salesman, and other survivors of a worldwide plague that is producing aggressive, flesh-eating zombies, take refuge in a mega Milwaukee shopping mall.

    Production company Strike Entertainment (who had connections to distributor Universal) pulled out all the stops for this film. Being a fan of the original George A. Romero film, as we all are, I initially had my doubts about this one. As it turns out, however, by avoiding much of the original ...
  4. Film Festival Movie Review: "They Remain" (2017)

    Two scientists who share a romantic history are tasked with investigating unnatural animal behavior on the site of a Manson Family-style cult's compound.

    Laird Barron is the author of several books, including “The Croning”, “The Imago Sequence”, “Occultation”, “The Light Is the Darkness”, and “The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All”. Despite this impressive list of titles, “They Remain” is the first film to be adapted from Barron’s work.

    In horror, there is something ...
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  5. Film Festival Movie Review: "Poor Agnes" (2017)

    A serial killer (Lora Burke) and her next victim form an unexpected relationship.

    While I typically do not write reviews in the first person, this one warrants it because I was affected so directly. The film had me hooked in under three minutes by the delivery of narration, the music and its overall tone. Even before I understood who Agnes was or what her role in the story would be, I felt that I wanted to know. And this hook had me wriggling on the line for the duration of the film. ...
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