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Night Claws

If you check out Apex-Predator expect Cliché City. A Bigfoot is on the loose in the wilds of Mobile County, Alabama, and a number of individuals who encounter it become dismembered victims. The mayor wants the sheriff to find this thing before the big pumpkin festival, an anthropologist (and her assistant) are given government clearance to seek out the s’quatch, a trio of bounty hunters are out to get that monster for their own personal gain, and a mob of locals seem to be on the verge of descending into the wilderness to kill that thing before it harms their own. A “survivalist” tour guide and city slickers go into the woods to learn how to survive in the wild absent creature comforts (pun intended), and the s’quatch doesn’t waste much time trying to make mincemeat out of them. So this creature feature complies with the formula, including a man in a furry costume, prosthetic body parts that look as if bought from a novelty store, and kooky characters making up the locals of the setti…

Megan is Missing

I’m not about to lie: anything on topic regarding online predators creeps me the fuck out. This is something that is very real and scary as hell. It wasn’t too long ago, I watched a CSI: Miami episode about this, and there are shows on Investigation Discovery all the time that discuss this very frightening, and sickeningly twisted online activity. Young teenage girls chatting online with older men masquerading as teenage boys their own age fall prey to them. Typically these men are gradually gaining their trust, winning them over with methodical manipulation, telling them what they want to hear, and by capitalizing on their vulnerability, these sickos eventually get a meet. A fake photograph of some guy is shown to them, and if he is cute enough all that remains is to use language that connects to their age group to secure their undividing attention and affection. Megan is Missing focuses on technology of today to point out how easy it now is for predators to satiate their base, hosti…

The Returned

In the future after a zombie outbreak, there was a synthetic compound developed to keep those with the infection from turning into the viral flesheating human monsters that result from the plague. But it is later determined that the current injection doses (to be administered daily or else) is running out and so desperation sets in as people will do anything to attain or confiscate vials needed to keep the infection from manifesting. A nurse named Kate (Emily Hampshire) understands this terrible reality and will do what she can to help her beau, Alex (Kris-Holden Ried, of Lost Girl) escape from a terrible fate awaiting him (a supply to keep him from turning or a safe location until she might can get him doses elsewhere once a close party he trusts steals his doses). But there’s another synthetic protein possibly on the horizon, and Kate is involved in its potential success…or failure. Of course when taxed with the possibility of losing yourself (or have someone you love dearly a poten…

Reel Evil

“I’ve got an idea.”“Famous last words.”
Okay, yet another paranormal found footage film set in a haunted insane asylum. Three documentary filmmakers are desperate for income and land a humbling gig following a film crew on a low budget horror film set in a real asylum. Diva director and lead actress--plus an asshole producer--make things difficult for our starving-for-that-big-break crew, so they venture into the darker parts of the hospital to do some snooping and see if they can catch something far more interesting than their paid assignment. The voice and “brains” of the crew is Kennedy (Jessica Morris; after looking at her resume, this girl has done some time in the soap opera and has been in a lot of horror, as well), the sound man is Corey (Kaiwi Lyman; always carrying around the boom mic), and camera operator/specialist is James (Jeff Adler). These three encounter a lot more than they bargain for (as does the aforementioned director, diva actress (who can’t act a lick but has a …

Bloody Birthday

What is it about background piano music (even with slight off-key arrangements on occasion) set to a darkened melody as if meant for children while reading to them Grimm’s Fairy Tales that seems so haunting? The simple explanation of an eclipse is used as the device that seems to have instilled an evil in three children born at the same time during it. Ten years after birth we see an attractive couple making out in a cemetery; the guy is struck multiple times in the face/head with a shovel while the girl is hung by a rope until asphyxiation. They’re then buried by those responsible for their murders. This isn’t the end, but only the beginning.
Call it a slasher movie or another of the notorious “killer kids” subgenre popular with horror fans. The kids are psychopaths with no conscience or guilt. When they kill, there’s nothing that heavily convicts them of their crimes. Because the three kids are so bratty, unnerving, cold-blooded, and devoid of any awareness of the cruelty that result…

Criminal Woman: Killing Melody

We are introduced to some inmates. Each beautiful Japanese female inmate has committed a certain degree of crime. Pickpocketing, cheating, theft of motorcycle, abuse towards johns, and violence through the blade. So right away, we have a woman-in-prison film. With our opening fiery female, Maki (Reiko Ike), newly imprisoned (and mute to the point that when inmates talk to her, she doesn’t even act as if they are there), she immediately makes enemies by provoking the wrath of the leader of the pack , Massayo (Muki Sugimoto) by openly defying her presence of power within the prison population. Then we get one hell of a fun catfight as it starts with broken pieces of glass as knives (the two women in battle use a torn cloth shared in a type of tug-o-war where one hand, and their teeth, grab hold to the said cloth so that they keep each other tight and close; obviously, if one or the other were to let go of the cloth while in the heat of battle, the victor would be decided), turns to kara…