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The Witch (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Consider this: After causing quite a stir at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the horror film The Witch has finally been given a general release.  It is a genuinely creepy and thought-provoking horror film, one that works as a historical recreation (it takes place in 17th century America), a psychological thriller (you’re never sure who […]

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

I had high hopes for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the just-released film which, like the novel upon which it is based, attempts to combine Jane Austen and The Walking Dead.  The source material was good.  The cast — with Lilly James as Elizabeth Bennet, Jack Huston as Wickham, and Matt Smith as Parson Collins […]

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Frightmare (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Since I already reviewed one British film about cannibalism earlier today, I figured why not review another one?  Pete Walker’s film Frightmare was released in 1974, two years after the release of Death Line.  You have to wonder what was going on in British society in the early 70s that led to so many cannibal […]

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Death Line (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

“Mind the doors!” — The Man (Hugh Armstrong) in Death Line (1972) Before I get to far into reviewing the unjustly obscure British horror film, Death Line, I want you to take a look at the film poster below.   This is the poster that was used when Death Line was released in the United States. […]

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Smiley (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Oh God, this movie. Whenever I watch 2012’s Smiley (and, since this is one of those films that always seems to be playing whenever I have insomnia, I actually have seen Smiley more times than I should probably admit), I always find myself hoping that it will actually be a better film than I remember […]

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The Exorcist Part II: The Heretic (directed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

The Exorcist is one of the greatest horror films of all time and a personal favorite of mine.  But what about Exorcist II: The Heretic?  Well, it would be a bit of an understatement to say that The Heretic has not quite received the amount of critical acclaim as the first film.  Since it was […]

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The Exorcist (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Based on an equally scary novel by William Peter Blatty and directed by William Friedkin, the 1973 best picture nominee The Exorcist is one of those films that has become so iconic that even people who have never seen it know what the movie is about.  Chris McNeil (Ellen Burstyn) is an agnostic actress who is shooting a film […]

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Black-Eyed Children: Let Me In (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Black-Eyed Children: Let Me In is a creepily effective little “documentary” from director Justin Snyder.  I put the term documentary in quotation marks because Black-Eyed Children actually isn’t a documentary at all.  Instead, it’s a film that’s made up of footage that was supposedly shot by a student filmmaker (played by the film’s actual director, […]

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Martin (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

When I say “George Romero,” you probably immediately think of zombies.  And why not?  Night of the Living Dead is perhaps the best known zombie film ever made and Dawn of the Dead is perhaps the second best known.  Day of the Dead and Land of the Dead both have their fervent admirers.  Without the […]

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The Car (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

“THE CAR IS IN THE GARAGE”  — Captain Wade Parent (James Brolin) in The Car (1977) Yes, that’s right!  The car is in the garage and it’s hunting for blood! The Car is a pretty stupid movie that doesn’t really work but at least it’s enjoyably stupid.  From the minute I started watching this movie, […]