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Savage Weekend (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Filmed in 1976 but not released until 1979, Savage Weekend is the story of a brave boom mic that takes a trip to upstate New York for the weekend and ends up witnessing a lot of decadent behavior and, eventually, a few gruesome murders.  Sadly, the brave little boom mic apparently has no social skills […]

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The Ring (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

(SPOILERS BELOW!) This weekend, I will be seeing Rings, the second sequel to the 2002 film, The Ring.  (Of course, The Ring itself is a remake of the Japanese film, Ringu.)  Since it’s been a while since we’ve had a new installment in the Ring franchise, I decided to rewatch the first film tonight. I […]

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The Presence (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

The Presence opens with nearly 20 minutes of near-silence.  We watch as an unnamed and emotionally unstable woman (Mira Sorvino, who is literally listed in the credits as having played The Woman) arrives at an isolated cabin.  As she settles in for what is obviously a very needed vacation, she goes about her business without saying […]

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Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

You may remember that, last year, I raved about an independent horror film called Volumes of Blood!  Did you take my advice and track it down?  DID YOU!?  It’s available on Amazon and, if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re running behind because the sequel has just been released. Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories opens […]

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Zombie Holocaust (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Like many of the classic Italian grindhouse films, 1980’s Zombie Holocaust opens in New York City.  A hospital attendant is caught devouring a cadaver in a morgue.  After he attempts to escape by throwing himself out of a window, it’s discovered that 1) he’s a native of the Asian Molucca islands and 2) he’s only one […]

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The Visitor (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Do you want to see a strange horror film? Just check out The Visitor, a 1979 Italian film that has recently been re-released by Drafthouse Films and occasionally shows up on TCM.  In many ways, The Visitor is a total and complete mess.  But, as is so often the case with Italian horror films, that […]

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You Can’t Escape (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Remember that old game where you would go up to a stranger’s house, ring the doorbell, and then run off?  It’s one of those simple games that really shouldn’t be that much fun and yet, strangely, it is.  The thrill of the game really doesn’t come from the fact that you’re making someone open the […]

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Hands of the Ripper (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

The 1971 Hammer film Hands of the Ripper tells the story of Anna (Angharad Rees), a woman living in Victorian England who has a few issues. What type of issues, you may wonder?  Well, first off, she’s the daughter of the infamous serial killer known as Jack The Ripper.  When she was just a baby, her […]

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The Dead Zone (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

So, it seems like every time that I write a review of any film based on a novel by Stephen King, I always have to start out by explaining that I think, while King’s success is undeniable, the fact that he’s overrated is also undeniable.  It’s a comment that I always make and then I […]

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Werewolf of Washington (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

First released in 1973, The Werewolf of Washington is one of those obscure films that always seems to pop up in Mill Creek box sets.  That’s largely because Werewolf of Washington has slipped into the public domain and anyone can release and sell a copy of it.  (It’s also been uploaded to YouTube by a […]

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