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  • The Ghosts Of Edendale

    The Ghosts Of Edendale

    Ghosts of Edendale is rather baffling. Not only does the DVD have glowing pull-quotes on its cover, but commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and well done animated menus. It even found distribution through Warner Home Video. Not to mention it's from the writer/director of the curious Blair Witch predictor The Last Broadcast (1998). There must be something to this, right? It must have been a big deal or at least someone had real faith in it.

    Nope. Nah. No. A filmmaking…

  • House of 1000 Corpses

    House of 1000 Corpses

    ★★★½

    I remember the long anticipation phase surrounding House of 1000 Corpses, seeing message boards light up periodically with every tidbit of news. Tales of Universal providing money and then turning tail from the sheer unreleasable insanity of Zombie's creation that only grew in infamy as time passed. Eventually Lionsgate acquired the film and released a teaser playing right to these assumptions. It wasn't hard to get caught up in the torrent of hype.

    When Corpses was finally unleashed, a sizable…

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  • The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

    The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

    ★½

    Haven't seen the first from 2012 yet, but Angel of Death is a good example of the deadening effect of jumpscarces. All the spooky atmosphere in and around a gothically rotting mansion is flattened by the eventual sudden jumps that run like clockwork. The same issue crept into Ti West's The Innkeepers (2011).

    It's ironic this is from Hammer Films but the name is just a hollow moniker now. This dimly lit dud is a far cry from their halcyon…

  • The Dead Next Door

    The Dead Next Door

    ★★½

    The most expensive no-budget zombie indie ever made, The Dead Next Door is impressive in its scope and unexpected production history. A Super-8 mini-epic shot in drips and drabs over the course of four years and finished with considerable financial aid (exact amount still unknown) from Sam Raimi, voice dubbing from Bruce Campbell, and a small role filled by Scott Spiegel. Members of a Ohio-based elite zombie extermination squad, along with their '70s station wagon, contend with an ongoing invasion…