Movie Mondays: Belzebuth

Synopsis: The story opens with happy parents and quickly moves into tragedy and horror. Officer Ritter (Joaquin Cosio) and his wife Marina (Aurora Gil) welcome their new son into the world; unfortunately, Ritter is called away from the hospital before a blank-eyed nurse enters the neonate area and begins butchering children. Five years later, a […]

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Considering Westlake: The Hook

After the return of Westlake’s cooler crime fiction pseudonym Richard Stark with two Parker novels in almost two decades, Westlake was not quite ready to get back to the lighter fare that had made his reputation in the latter half of his career. Instead, he returned to the satiric, psychological horrors of The Ax for […]

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Movie Mondays: Pastorela

Synopsis: In a neighborhood in the Ciudad de Mexico (aka Mexico City) the annual Pastorela (Nativity Play) is a big event. Law officer Jesus “Chucho” Juarez (Joaquin Cosio) is always cast as the devil, he knows the part by heart. However, when the priest Benito (Osami Kawano) dies of a heart attack while in the […]

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Movie Mondays: Father’s Day

Low budget genre film production companies usually do not stick around long enough to gain either notoriety or a reputation. Troma is one of the few that has endured. Its reputation is . . . let’s be generous and say “mixed.” Some Troma movies are worth a laugh. Many (many, many) Troma movies don’t work […]

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