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The Cabin in the Woods

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The Cabin in the Woods
In what has been heralded as one of the most impressive and reinvigorating Horror films as of late, Joss Whedon brings a “revolutionary” new approach to the genre with his latest offering, The Cabin in the Woods. On the lips of every Whedonite out there, many hailed this as a miracle of film making, and one of the most important entries of the genre to date, earning a respectably high score through many media websites such as the Internet Movie Database and even Rotten Tomatoes. But, for those who don’t consider the man a visionary genius on every level, does The Cabin in the Woods really make for a memorable experience that is worth all the high praise, or is this just another offering that was given too much credit where it simply wasn’t due?


Sugar Hill (1974)

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Sugar Hill
Sugar Hill, or what is also referred to as The Zombies of Sugar Hill, was released around the mid-seventies through American International Pictures. Over time, it has been acknowledged as a must-see Horror flick, as well as a prominant title within the Blaxploitation genre considering it’s more zombie driven foundation. Thankfully not the flesh-eating “He’s coming to get you, Barbara,” style, but more of a voodoo heritage pitted against a group of modern-day (for it’s time) gangsters. But, is this revenge flick truly a worthwhile experience, or is it held back with stereotype after stereotype that took advantage of the growing intrigue of the living dead?


Decadent Evil

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Decadent Evil
Decadent Evil is a 2005 direct-to-video release penned by Charles Band, as well as released through his underground film distribution company, Full Moon Enterprises, and backed by others including Shoot Productions, Astonishing Features, and Wizard Entertainment. Many who are fans of Mr. Band needed only to see the signature logo on artwork in order to buy this film, but in the long run it has received plenty of negative press that simply wouldn’t sway those loyal to him and his works. But, is this film of vampiric fornication and epic power really as bad as the critics proclaim?

Fortress

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Fortress (1992)
Most eigties to early nineties Science Fiction films are starting to hit the date they are set in. One of those films is a little gem titled Fortress. Shot in 1992, the film saw a release in early September of 1993 and has earned a pretty devout following since, though one that you might not consider along the lines of cult considering the mild success the film has found over the years, as well as the matching critical praise. Eventually, this Davis Entertainment production found a home through Miramax, and is now readily available, with a version recently appearing on an eight film Action DVD set you could find at your local chain store for five US dollars. But, does this tale of a dystopian birth control ruled future something that still stands the test of time, or is Fortress something that is best left to the dump bins of America?


Autopsy (2008)

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Autopsy (2008)
Autopsy is part of the third After Dark Horrorfest, however it was first premiered in Singapore in June of 2009. It plays on the concept of Horror and Mystery associated with hospitals, and found an estimated four million US dollar budget to fund the telling of it’s twisted tale. Between a cast of larger known actors, and a bunch of lesser ones, does this independent film of the extreme perils of drinking and driving really make for a good movie, or does this end up requiring hours of plastic surgery to make at least presentable?