Sinister (2012)

After moving to a new town, a true-crime writer discovers a cache of videotapes depicting brutal murders that took place in the very house (among others) he just bought. As he tries to solve the mystery behind the crimes, a sinister force threatens his own family.

Going into this movie I had two expectations. One, that the movie would end up being about a demon. And two, that I wasn’t going to like it because it was going to be about a demon. I was partially right. I actually enjoyed the movie a lot…until about the last 15 minutes... Continue reading

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

A Nevada family that includes teen daughter Alex and her younger brother, Wyatt, takes in Robbie, a young neighbor, after his mother is rushed to the hospital. When strange things begin to happen, Alex can't help but link the ominous happenings to Robbie's presence.

I've semi-enjoyed the previous entries to this series. That’s not to say that I've loved them or hated them. You can find my reviews for PA2 & PA3 by following those links. I never got around to reviewing the first film though, so you won’t find a review for that one, although I do touch base on it in my PA2 review... Continue reading

Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)

In this sequel to 1997's Wishmaster, an evil genie is released from captivity in a museum and quickly takes human form, where he starts granting wishes to the weak-willed in exchange for their souls.

A robbery at a museum goes wrong and during some crossfire the statue containing the red gem housing the Djinn gets dislodged. One of the thieves steals it and its not too long after this that the Djinn is released... Continue reading

Wishmaster (1997)

Alex Amberson, who works in an auction house, receives a gemstone for evaluation and accidentally awakens a Djinn who is trapped inside. The Djinn later escapes but now he must find the one who awakened him and force her to make three wishes so the other Djinn may be released too.

I originally saw this back in the late 90s. Probably when it first came out to video stores as I worked in one and I found myself hanging out in the Horror section often. Going into it now over a decade later I couldn’t remember much about the movie... Continue reading

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum by Stephen Prosapio (Book Review)

Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events. It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with their rivals, the Demon Hunters. Now, Zach must fight for both his show's integrity and his team's loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed.

About the only sort of movies these days that can scare me... Continue reading

Little Demons by Marty Shaw (Book Review)

Welcome to Hale (Pop. 666). After a car heist goes wrong, a narrow escape from the police has Frank driving into the little town of Hale, where he thinks he’s found the answer to his prayers. Unfortunately, this is Hale and the little town has more in common with that other ‘H’ place than Frank realizes. He thinks an old farmer and his sexy daughter are the perfect victims to rob, but his opinion might change before the sun comes up… if he lives that long.

When I started reading this one it had been a month or two since I had read the plot, so I really had no idea what I was getting into other then the title of the book... Continue reading

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

In a prequel to the events of the first two films, we find out that the demon terrorized Katie and Kristi not only as adults but as children too. Their "step-father" kept a video recording of all the events that took place in their "haunted" house, and it is presented here as a full length movie.

I haven’t been much of a fan of this series. For the most part there is not a lot of action/scare scenes but there is a lot of filler. And usually the action that these movies do have isn’t anything “big” or all that scary... Continue reading

Night of the Demons (2009)

[rating:3/5] When she set out to throw the ultimate Halloween party, Angela (Shannon Elizabeth) picked the spookiest site she could find: the rumored-to-be-cursed Broussard Mansion. But by "ultimate," she didn't mean for it to be her last. Still, thanks to gates that have inexplicably locked, Angela and her friends (Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Bobbi Sue Luther, John F. Beach, Michael Copon and Diora Baird) are now trapped inside with no way out. Continue reading

The Rite (2011)

[rating:3/5] Despite his conviction that demonic possession is just so much superstitious mumbo jumbo, Catholic priest-in-training Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) journeys to Rome to attend a special exorcism school being taught at the Vatican. Before long, true-believer Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) introduces the young cleric to the devil's power firsthand. Director Mikael Håfström helms this graphic supernatural thriller inspired by a true story. Continue reading

Insidious (2011)

[rating:1.5/5] After moving into a new home, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) confront terrifying tribulations when their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma and his body starts to attract malevolent forces from a mysterious netherworld. But when the family decides to move again, hoping to leave the evil spirits behind, they realize that their problems are just beginning. James Wan (Saw) directs. Continue reading

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