Remembering George Romero.

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Yesterday brought us the sad and surprising news that George Romero passed away at age 77 after a bout with lung cancer. As far as I know, his illness was kept quiet and out of the press until his passing. I was shocked at the announcement, as recent news indicated he was working on an adaptation of his comic Empire of the Dead for AMC. Continue reading

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Blair Witch (2016)

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Twenty-two years after his sister Heather’s disappearance in the Burkittsville woods, her brother James (James McCune, The Walking Dead) still wants closure.  Spurned on by a viral video that appears to show Heather in the same cabin we last saw her in, he and some friends decide it’d be a good idea to pay the cabin a visit and make a documentary film about it.  Things do not go as planned.  Continue reading

Phantasm II (1988)

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Sometime in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-eight, I was hanging out in the lobby of a movie theater with my parents looking at posters and being enthralled at one for an upcoming film called Phantasm II.  “What’s a phantasm?”, I asked my mom, followed by “There’s a Phantasm part one?”.  I immediately had to look up the word “phantasm” in the dictionary, and tried to get my parents to let me rent the first movie.  I was unsuccessful on the latter, but somehow managed to get them to rent Phantasm II for me shortly upon it’s release on VHS.  We had a car that was broken down and I think they were more preoccupied with getting it fixed than what I was watching on TV.  And so I finally saw a film that would become one of my favorites and introduce me to a series that would become a lifelong obsession. Continue reading

Last Shift (2014)

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last-shift-2014-001-jessica-in-uniform-looking-waryOfficer Jessica Loren (Juilana Harkavy, The Walking Dead, Constantine) is a rookie put in charge of watching over a derelict police station on it’s final night of operation.  And of course a bunch of things go wrong, otherwise this would be a very boring movie.  First of all, a homeless man breaks in and urinates on the floor.  Loren expedites the situation by letting him go as he’s not really a threat.  Then, she starts to see some ghostly apparitions and it becomes apparent the station is haunted by the dead Manson like cult leader John Micheal Paymon (Joshua Mikel, Terminator Genisys, We’re the Millers) who was responsible for the murder of her father. Continue reading

O.H.M.A.D. Day 25: Late Phases (2014)

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Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici, Cold in July, Stakeland) is a blind Vietnam vet who moves into retirement community to find that it’s residents are being set upon once a month by a werewolf.  The cantankerous old man takes none to kindly to this, especially after the beast attacks him, and kills a neighbor and his seeing eye dog.  Figuring he has one month to get prepared before the beast strikes again, Ambrose sets out to do battle with the beast while trying to make peace with his past and his estranged son Will (Ethan Embry, The Guest, The Walking Dead). Tom Noonan (The Monster Squad, Manhunter, House of the Devil) also stars as a chain-smoking priest who tries to help Ambrose in his quest to find peace.  Late Phases is an effective English debut from writer/director Adrian Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil). Continue reading