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Screamfest LA 2014 – ‘Final Film Reviews’

October 22nd, 2014 12:40pm EDT
Screamfest LA 2014 – ‘Final Film Reviews’
It’s almost dying time horror hounds! That’s right the “14th Annual Screamfest 2014” taking place in Los Angeles Oct. 14 through Oct. 23 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theaters (for more info go to www.screamfestla.com) is coming to a close soon and we’re throwing some final reviews of feature films at you fast and furious like a knife to the head. Check out the good, bad and bloody reviewed below!

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Refuge: Another case where Director Andrew Robinson would be perfect to helm an emotional episode of "The Walking Dead." Refuge is a mired in a somber mood of every man for himself and s...
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Screamfest LA 2014 - 'Shorts Reviews'

October 22nd, 2014 11:05am EDT
Screamfest LA 2014 - 'Shorts Reviews'
What would a horror fest be without those nasty little cinematic nuggets known as shorts? At the current "14th Annual Screamfest 2014" taking place in Los Angeles Oct. 14 through Oct. 23 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theaters (for more info go to www.screamfestla.com) there has been a barrage of such mini-flicks big and small that have graced the scary silver screen. So we’ve put together some equally tight reviews that delve deep into a whopping three different shorts programs (with six to seven films in each!) that have everything from killer kidney stones to scary neighbors who don’t appreciate...
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Screamfest LA 2014 Review - Vengeance Themed 'Julia' Like Nothing You've Seen

October 21st, 2014 1:20pm EDT
Screamfest LA 2014 Review - Vengeance Themed 'Julia' Like Nothin
Victimized women seeking revenge is a controversial theme that movies have tackled quite badly of late. Either it’s done in a shameful pop culture style (the horribly executed “The Brave One”) or in a standard blood and guts approach (the slasher remake of “I Spit On Your Grave”), but most lack the respect of their subject matter to make any sort of deep impact. In a lot of cases what’s missing is not the originality in the vengeance area itself, but the emotional through line that hangs over a person who has been brutalized to the point of detachment. It is in this dark and less travell...
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Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

October 21st, 2014 10:30am EDT
Slipknot and Little Big Town Among Albums To Check Out: This Wee
October 2014 continues to roll out big release after big release. Sales continue to leave more to be desired in general, but there’s always a gem or two. Arguably the week’s most notable albums come by way of Slipknot, Little Big Town, and T.I., not to mention Logic’s highly anticipated debut. Also in the mix is the ‘old school,’ which includes Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. This list focuses on nine albums to check out, but also lists others being released as well.

1) Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner)

Masked metal band Slipknot return with their first new studio album ...
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Screamfest LA 2014 Interview - Filmmaker Christian Pfeil On Bringing Style To Short 'Evil Twin'

October 21st, 2014 10:20am EDT
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Short films are not unlike an anthology movie – there’s always a balance of some good, some bad. But every once in a while a short passes through that not only makes the audience turn and take notice, but stands tall as a notable calling card for the person who made it. Such is the fate of a recent short I viewed a this year’s "14th Annual Screamfest LA" currently taking place in Los Angeles Oct. 14 through Oct. 23 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theaters (for more info go to www.screamfestla.com) titled ‘Evil Twin’, a action-packed, sci-fi sporting, martial arts infused thrill ride that has enough ...
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CD Review: A Breach Of Silence - 'The Darkest Road'

October 20th, 2014 7:15pm EDT
CD Review: A Breach Of Silence - 'The Darkest Road'
With crisp production and perfect structures, A Breach Of Silence’s The Darkest Road is as much Killswitch Engage as it is Avenged Sevenfold, combining a dazzling array of all things heavy from thrash to power to (old school) metalcore; an album rife with unrelenting monsters and beastly stomping thrashers that rarely, if ever, take their foot off the gas (“The Darkest Road,” “Hang Em High,” “In Reality We Trust”). Shredding opener “TPNE” aka “The Party Never Ends” proves Attila isn’t the only band in town with the party game locked down, while The Darkest Road spews forth pinpoint blast be...
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CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'

October 20th, 2014 7:13pm EDT
CD Review: Let It Happen - 'Cause + Effect'
Let It Happen’s Cause + Effect will make you remember why you fell in love with the powerpop/pop-punk genre in the first place – The Starting Line, Something Corporate, Further Seems Forever – their lasting influence can be felt throughout Cause + Effect, an album that offers a gorgeous combination of saccharine hooks, endearing melodies and heart-on-sleeve songwriting (“Burst and Bloom,” “Spent”). Cause + Effect is mature for a debut – believe it or not this is the band’s debut – with introspective lyricism rife with memorable lines (“Sinner/Saint’ - ‘We’re all waging war/But I’m a raging ...
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CD Review: Artifex Pereo - "Time In Place" (Tooth & Nail)

October 20th, 2014 7:10pm EDT
CD Review: Artifex Pereo - "Time In Place" (Tooth & Nail)
Artifex Pereo’s, culled from a quote from Roman Emperor Nero, Time In Place is avant-garde, dynamic and truly unique. This album is a veritable aural melting pot, evidenced by album opener “No Stranger To Worry,” combining evolving, unpredictable time signatures, progressive vocals, a fondness of theatrics, and layered, fluid guitars. Chances are the end product is something totally different from everything else you’re currently listening to. “Hands of Penance,” which presents what the rest of the album doesn’t – discernable song structures, stands as a straight forward beacon, a buoy, amo...
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Rumor Patrol: Khloe Kardashian Real Father Revealed, Glenn Close Brought Up In A Religious Cult and More!

October 18th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Rumor Patrol: Khloe Kardashian Real Father Revealed, Glenn Close
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

The Paternity Of Khloe Kardashian's Father Is Revealed, Again!: With everyone from Robert Kardashian, O.J. Simpson and hairstylist Alex Roldan cited, now another celebrity is being added to the list of being named Khloe Kardashian's father and it's an iconic singer from the 1980s.

Verdict: Depending On Who You Believe: Rumor has it that Lionel Richie and Kris Jenner had a hot and heavy affair in the 19...
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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Frankenhooker'

October 17th, 2014 12:25pm EDT
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Frankenhooker'
Now we’re really getting into weird horror Henenlotter territory fright fans! Killer mowers, super crack, exploding hookers and a brain with a single eye – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s Frank Henenlotter selection is a classic take on the famed Mary Shelley story with a few new twists and turns. There’s of course still love, romance, passion and creating new life, but told with a distinctively 42nd Street vibe. Wanna date? It’s…"Frankenhooker!"

Jeffrey Franken is an odd guy. On the surface he has all the trappings of normal life – a steady job at New Jersey Electric,...
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