Sanrock Reviews

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Halloween (1978) Review

Happy Halloween, all! What better way to celebrate Halloween than by reviewing the original 1978 classic film Halloween directed by John Carpenter and written by John Carpenter with Debra Hill. In 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers murders his sister on Halloween Night in Haddonfield, Illinois. Fifteen years later, Michael escapes from the mental hospital he was placed in the day before Halloween and returns to Haddonfield to continue his killing spree. […]

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Ernest Scared Stupid Review

One of the funniest and underrated comedians of the 1980s/90s was Jim Varney, better known as his iconic character Ernest P. Worrel. One of his movies was the 1991 comedy-horror Ernest Scared Stupid. This is also one movie that people seem to loathe or love. In Briaerville, Missouri, Ernest’s ancestor sealed away a troll that kidnaps children named Trantor under an oak tree. Trantor promised to not only return but […]

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Poltergeist (1982) Review

“They’re here!” With those two words, the 1982 movie Poltergeist skyrocketed into legend status. This is one movie that appears on many must-watch horror movies lists and for good reason. Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke) sees and talks to invisible people. While her family thinks they’re just her imaginary friends, these people turn out to be demons called poltergeists and they are wreaking havoc on the Freeling family. While this […]

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Ringu (1998) Review

Ringu, or the majority of Westerners’ first Japanese horror movie, is a 1998 J-horror movie that’s based on the novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki (actually, it’s book one of a trilogy.) Of course, this movie wouldn’t have gotten a US release if the American remake The Ring wasn’t made. It also spawned a tidal wave of J-horror coming to the states and a few more American remakes. […]

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Ash VS Evil Dead Series Review

The Evil Dead movies have had a cult following for decades. That following got even bigger when Starz announced that it would make a sequel series that takes place thirty years after the movies called Ash VS Evil Dead. There were even giant posters and an interactive attraction at New York Comic Con (it was amazing.) There were three seasons made and each had their own different layers of quality. […]

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Evil Dead Trilogy Review

Groovy! That’s all you need to say (and “this is my BOOMSTICK!”) to get a cheer from people who’ve seen Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead movies. Hell, Ash Williams is friggen horror icon and it’s all due to how much this series changed and how well done it is. The first movie is what we in the business call a low-budget independent film. It’s about a group of friends who decide […]

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The Nightmare Before Christmas Review

What else can be said about Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas that hasn’t been said a billion times before? It’s a great movie with a ton of things done right. The question is, why do people love it so much? For the handful who’ve never seen it, The Nightmare Before Christmas takes place in a world where holidays have their own town. One of these is Halloween town where […]

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Review

Growing up in the late 80s/early 90s I’ve watched a ton of cartoons so of course I was exposed to a lot of commercials. One of them was for this cartoon called Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and it was advertised via a sing-along. What I didn’t know at the time was that this cartoon was based on a movie series that I never bothered to watch until recently. I […]

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Freddy VS Jason Review

Ask anyone to name the most iconic 1980s horror icons and Freddy Kreuger and Jason Voorhees will be name-dropped a lot. For decades people wanted these two to be in a movie and in 2003 horror fans got their wish with Freddy VS Jason. Freddy is getting weaker and needs more souls but can’t do it on his own. So he decides to resurrect and control Jason to kill in […]

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Friday the 13th Series Review

Unlike Nightmare on Elm Street, I didn’t grow up with Friday the 13th. The first one I saw was Part 7 when I was 15 and didn’t see the first one until the next year when I was in Italy. I didn’t see all of them until last year so now I have some real opinions on them. For those who don’t know, the Friday the 13th movies center around […]

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