Archive for June, 2008

Dust Devil

Friday, June 27th, 2008 by J. Luis Rivera -

Dust Devil   dd00 64x120 reviews horror Director: Richard Stanley
Writer: Richard Stanley
Release Year: 1992

A psychotic mix of horror and western, South African style!

In the early 90s, South African director Richard Stanley was a young director with a short but promising career directing music videos and documentaries. After finishing his first feature length film, the horror and sci-fi hybrid Hardware in 1990, Stanley started working on his dream project: a horror film very loosely based on the Nhadiep, a Namibian mythical serial killer.

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El Dia de la Bestia

Friday, June 27th, 2008 by J. Luis Rivera -

El Dia de la Bestia   eldiadelabestia 75x120 reviews horror Director: Alex de la Iglesia
Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Alex de la Iglesia
Release Year: 1995
English title: The Day Of The Beast

An acid comedy for Christmas!

Just as it happened in the film industries of many European countries, the horror genre in Spain had a slow and difficult development until the 60s, when people like Narciso Ibanez Serrador and Amando de Ossorio added a Spaniard flavor to the Eurohorror of those years. However, Spaniard horror lost steam as the 70s ended and by the 80s it was again in a deep slumber in which only cult figures like Jess Franco and Paul Naschy kept truly working within the genre. Fortunately, the 90s brought an entirely new generation of young filmmakers who, having grown up with the films of that golden age, started to create a new series of horror films for the modern reality of Spain.

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Psycho II

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 by Perfesser Deviant -

Psycho II   psychoii 83x120 thriller reviews reviews horror

Director: Richard Franklin
Writer: Tom Holland
Release Year: 1983

Coming home is hard to do.

More than twenty years after the events of the first film, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is released from the asylum and returns to the Bates Motel. Lila Loomis (Vera Miles)—who apparently married her sister’s boyfriend Sam—objects to his release in the strongest possible terms, but Dr. Bill Raymond (Robert Loggia) assures her that Bates is restored to sanity. Others, including Norman himself, are not so sure….

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Psycho III

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 by Perfesser Deviant -

Psycho III   psycho3 85x120 thriller reviews reviews horror

Director: Anthony Perkins
Writer: Charles Edward Pogue
Release Year: 1986

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

The film opens with novice nun Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid) accidentally causing the death of another nun in a scene swiped from Vertigo. She decides to leave the order and catches a ride with general-purpose sleazebag Duane Duke (Jeff Fahey). After being left alone on the road, she finds her way to an out-of-the-way motel run by an interesting man named Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)….

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Revolt of the Zombies

Monday, June 9th, 2008 by Vomitron -

Revolt of the Zombies   revolt 84x120 reviews horror

Director: Victor Halperin
Writers: Victor Halperin, Howard Higgin, Rollo Lloyd

Release year: 1936

Revolt of the Common People

With the ending of World War I, an international expedition is sent to Cambodia in an attempt to seek and destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies.

 

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The Face at the Window

Saturday, June 21st, 2008 by J. Luis Rivera -

The Face at the Window   face 85x120 reviews horror Director: George King
Writers: Ronald Fayre, A.R. Rawlinson & Randall Faye, based on a play by Brooke Warren
Release year: 1939

Horror and mystery with the master of Victorian melodrama!

While in the U.S a British actor with the stage name of Boris Karloff was becoming the ultimate icon of the horror genre in American cinema during the decade of the 30s, another British actor was doing exactly the same for the industry of the United Kingdom. His name was, quite appropriately, Tod Slaughter, and even when his work was focused mainly on stage, through the 30s and 40s he brought to the silver screen his talent for playing the charismatic villains of the grim Victorian melodramas.

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