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Review: Alone In The Ghost House

9 hours ago

As a skeptic, I find it difficult to watch ghost hunting shows without just yelling “Bullshit!” at the screen the whole time. And it makes me laugh when people on the shows play up the most minor thing as indelible proof of the afterlife. But when I heard that Henrique Couto, the independent filmmaker/ukulele maestro was crafting a found footage horror film based on a ghost hunting reality show, I was intrigued to see if it would be played for scares from legit scares or if there would be a twist.

As a champion for a reality TV show similar to Fear Factor, Lana (Joni Durian, Babysitter Massacre, Applecart) is out to continue her 15 minutes of fame by proving that she can’t be scared. She does this with her husband Derek (John Bradley Hambrick, Scarewaves, the upcoming Primordial) as they stay overnight at reportedly haunted houses and document the experience. »

- Derek Smith

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Beyond Fright Review: Forbidden Empire

12 hours ago

Coming at viewers like a freight train of visually stimulating surroundings and a story that doesn’t slow down for a single second, Oleg Stepchenko’s Forbidden Empire gives fans of fantasy adventure films one hefty dose of entertainment. A film filled to the absolutely brim with computer-generated effects, but not in a way that takes you from the story of X-men: First Class star Jason Flemyng’s Dzhonatan Grin character, an English cartographer who unfortunately finds himself in the legendary Transylvania and in the middle of a dark and fantastical series of events.

What’s very apparent from the beginning of Forbidden Empire is how much of a fantasy and adventure film the audiences is in store for. Filled with everything from demons and monsters to Ukrainian vikings, it’s a film that hits the ground running, and while it might not reinvent the adventure film genre wheel, there »

- Jerry Smith

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