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Dracula

Posted by Josh Samford On November - 12 - 2013

Dracula (1931)
Director: Tod Browning
Writers: Garrett Fort
Starring: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, and Edward Van Sloan



The Plot: Dracula tells the story of, you guessed it, Count Dracula (as played by Bela Lugosi). When our film begins, we see as he meets up with Renfield (Dwight Frye), a solicitor looking to speak with the Count. Unknown to Renfield, Count Dracula is indeed the most powerful vampire that exists. Renfield soon finds himself living as a servant to Dracula who craves the lives of insects. This duo travels from Dracula’s home in Transylvania to England, where Dracula takes home near the sanatorium Carfax Abbey, which is ran by the brilliant Dr. Seward. Dracula makes his presence known after introducing himself to Dr. Seward while they are both at the theater, and it is here where Dr. Seward’s daughter, Mina, catches the eye of Count Dracula. Soon, Mina, her father, and the knowledgeable Professor Van Helsing will be at war with the nefarious Count, but will good manage to strive in the face of such incomparable forces of evil?


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Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 25 - 2013

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
Director: Stephen Chiodo
Writers: Charles Chiodo and Stephen Chiodo
Starring: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson, and Royal Dano



The Plot: Killer Klowns From Outer Space focuses on the events that transpire when a flying object can be seen crash landing in the woods surrounding Crescent Cove, California. When Mike Tobacco (Grant Cramer) and his girlfriend Debbie Stone (Suzanne Snyder) see this, they assume that it is a comet and they head into the woods to get a closer look. What they find is something very familiar and yet completely foreign. In the midst of the woods they find a circus tent, and being adventurous young adults, they decide to go inside and check out this strange find. Inside they make a discovery, this is no regular circus tent, but instead it is an alien spaceship. The aliens look like deformed clowns and they apparently want to harvest the blood of humans by surrounding them in cocoons of cotton candy. Now it is up to Mike, Debbie, and Debbie’s former boyfriend, Sheriff Dave Hanson (John Allen Nelson), to find a way to defeat these homicidal alien creatures!


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Night of the Demon

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 24 - 2013

Originally Written by Prof. Aglaophotis


Night of the Demon (1980)
Director: James C. Wasson
Writers: Jim L. Ball and Mike Williams
Starring: Michael Cutt, Joy Allen, and Bob Collins



Night of the Demon
The Plot: Taking place somewhere in the remote backwoods of California, a Sasquatch has been going on errant assaults on campers and isolated motorists. Professor Nugent, an Anthropologist at the local university, has been studying the creature and intends to prove the myth to be factual through a planned field trip with four of his best students. The trip is being supported by Karla, the daughter of one of the Sasquatch’s latest victims. The mystery of the creature is big enough to hide, as Karla tried to get the law involved in the killings after evidence of the creature was found near her father’s corpse, but this was covered-up when the case was taken to the local courts. As the students progress on their trip, the stories they share of this monster get increasingly violent as their relationship with the locals, who are hiding the monster, gets progressively worse. Simultaneously, the creature starts up its legendary killing as it stalks the students. Will the group find a safe hiding place from the Sasquatch and discover more mysteries about it, or will they succumb to the monster’s rampant violence?


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Dunwich Horror, The

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 20 - 2013

The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Director: Daniel Haller
Writers: Curtis Hanson, Henry Rosenbaum, and Ronald Silkosky
Starring: Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Sandra Dee, and Talia Shire



The Plot: Our film begins at the prestigious Miskatonic University, where Dr. Henry Armitage (Ed Begley) resides as an expert on folklore and history. Within the school library, there lies a book with many ancient secrets. It is the Necronomicon. After Dr. Armitage speaks about this book, he has one of his best students, Nancy Wagner (Sandra Dee), return it to the library for safekeeping. However, she encounters a strange man named Wilbur Whateley (Dean Stockwell). Whately, using some form of hypnotic stare, convinces Nancy to allow him to see the Necronomicon despite it being against policy. Dr. Armitage breaks up Whateley’s cram-session with the necronomicon, returning it to its proper display within the library. Dr. Armitage tries to warn Nancy about Whateley, but it falls on deaf ears. Nancy instead decides to give Whateley a ride back to Dunwich after he misses his bus. Unknown to Nancy, however, is that this is all part of Whateley’s goal. He realizes there is something special about the girl, and he plans to use her in order to unleash an evil entity upon our planet.


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Zombie Hunter

Posted by Josh Samford On October - 13 - 2013

Zombie Hunter (2013)
Director: K. King
Writers: K. King and Kurt Knight
Starring: Martin Copping, Danny Trejo, and Clare Niederpruem



The Plot: Zombie Hunter takes place in the not-too-distant future. After a new drug, which goes by the name Natas (“Satan” spelled backwards, yagetit!?), takes over the streets, it helps spread around a zombie virus that spells catastrophe for the world. A young man by the name of Hunter (Martin Copping) has his family ripped away from him in this process, which leads to him searching for never-ending revenge on the undead. While driving his radical car across the desert wasteland of America, Hunter has his car ran off the road and damaged severely. This leads to him meeting up with a group of survivors who are currently being looked after by Father Jesus (Danny Trejo), a priest who has a rough-and-tumble background. As this group finds their strength in numbers, they are soon at war against the undead who are beginning to transform into new and terrifying monstrosities.


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