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EDEN LAKE – James Watkins

Jenny and Steve are two adults decided to spend a weekend in a place in England with an evocative name: Eden Lake. The lake and nature are the perfect setting for the romantic trip the couple is going to spend, and a perfect place for Steve’s proposal. But the arrival of a boys gang breaks the magic, annoying the couple with their shouting voices and loud radio. The situation gets dramatically worse when the group makes Steve’s car disappear, forcing the couple to chase after the thieves and face them. The consequences of this offense will be totally unexpected, turning the eden in a neverending nightmare.

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Posted November 1st, 2011.

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RITES OF BLOOD – Sami Haavisto

During eighteenth century witch-hunting is reaching its climax, becoming a real fever infecting persecutors aware that blood period is going to an end. East-Europe is sought by cardinal De Ceville, an assassin who haunts out presumed heretics for satiating his will of death. Young Mary participates to a ritual of Satan’s worshippers, offering her own body to complete an ancestral rite with ill-omened result. Point of view changes in a snowy Helsinki, where a vampire hangs about melancholically through the white landscape, searching for her origin.

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Posted November 1st, 2011.

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DESIRE OF THE INNOCENT BLOOD – Sami Haavisto

A young woman with a white veil on her face proceeds shuffling between trees and leaves lifted up by the wind, careless of rain flowing down. Pale obscurity doesn’t hide her figure who slowly and relentlessly is coming back home, to the house where she lived with her young husband, before death devours her body.

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Posted November 1st, 2011.

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SUCCUBUS – Sami Haavisto

Henri has been strucken by death of young wife Laura; his desperation changes in obsession when he begins dreaming her woman every night, still wearing her wedding dress. Henri is sure that woman’s presence is more than a simple impalpable spirit, figment of his imagination, and he isn’t able to focus on work and to face everyday with serenity.
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Posted November 1st, 2011.

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GUIDA PER RICONOSCERE I TUOI SANTI – Dito Montiel

In un angolo del mondo, Astoria, la canicola annienta anime che vagano in cerca di un futuro che sanno di non poter avere. Dito, Antonio, Giuseppe e Nerf si muovono tra la noia delle giornate tutte uguali, spinti dalla violenza, dalla marijuana e dall’istinto sessuale surriscaldato da tre ragazze. Un ghetto macchiato dai graffiti e dalla solitudine, dalla povertà e dal vizio, un punto sulla cartina geografica da cui Dito tenta di sfuggire, specialmente a causa del suo essere incompreso.

Posted October 8th, 2011.

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NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Retrospect

I thought I’d share some thoughts on the most entertaining horror franchise in history! To be honest, I’m not overly excited to see the latest Nightmare film, but if I don’t make it to the theater to see it, you can count on me buying it on DVD. I was burned by the other two franchise remakes (Friday the 13th & Halloween), so I’m not holding my breath on this one. It looks good and it looks like they are putting their own spin on the series, but we’ll see…

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Posted June 18th, 2011.

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DRIVE – Nicolas Winding Refn

I enjoy taking a break from the blockbusters and sequels and just try something …different. I don’t always make it to the theater during the year so some films have to wait till DVD and they don’t end up on my Best of the Year List, but sometimes waiting is a good thing. And sometimes waiting…is for a reason. I had heard mixed reviews about Drive that I knew I’d wait till DVD. Some critics thought it was a great film and deserved Oscar nom’s, while others felt it was too slow, boring, and confusing. Well, here is what I think about Drive.

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Posted February 8th, 2011.

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