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    Convergence (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on February 11th, 2016

    A detective appears to be trapped between heaven and hell in Convergence, which is not all that different from the way I felt watching this supernatural thriller. On one hand, I was impressed by some of the mood and unsettling imagery established by writer/director Drew Hall; the film is mostly set in an abandoned hospital, which inspires even more dread than spending time in a fully functional one. Then again, there are also a lot of nonsense characters and story elements here that don’t get a satisfying payoff, making Convergence an occasionally confounding and hellacious slog.
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 24th, 2014

    “The film which you are about to see is an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths, in particular Sally Hardesty and her invalid brother, Franklin. It is all the more tragic in that they were young. But, had they lived very, very long lives, they could not have expected nor would they have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as they were to see that day. For them an idyllic summer afternoon drive became a nightmare. The events of that day were to lead to the discovery of one of the most bizarre crimes in the annals of American history, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”

    Marilyn Burns, Paul Partain, Allen Danziger, Teri McMinn, William Vail and Gunnar Hansen individually may not be that well known.
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    Stake Land

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 3rd, 2011

    “As people flocked together for safety, the plague marched through their locked gates and they became death traps. When Washington fell it was over for America as we knew her. As government blew away, our great leaders ran for it, and hope was abandoned.”

    It’s a grim and dark reality that Stake Land sets for us from the beginning.
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    Wake Wood (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on July 14th, 2011

    “The Dead should never be woken.”

    Of course, we’ve learned that lesson countless times before. Stephen King might have been our best teacher with his chilling book Pet Sematary along with its not-as-successful films. Who can ever forget Fred Gwynne, beloved Herman Munster himself, uttering the line: “Sometimes dead is better”?
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    The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 23rd, 2011

    “My money is on you being brutally killed within two days, but what choice do we have?”

    The works of H.P. Lovecraft have a reputation for being imaginative and utterly horrifying. The same can be said for the many attempts to bring this work to the screen. Most of these have been horrifying, but for the wrong reason. With the very notable exception of the Re-Animator films, which owe a great deal to the portrayal of West by Jeffrey Combs, the Lovecraft films usually miss their mark by a mile.
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