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Game Review: Dead Realm (2015, PC) HorrorAthon 3

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Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Do you like multi player games? Do you like getting scared? Do you like being silly and yelling at your friends over a microphone? Then I have the game for you.

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Film Review: The Lazarus Effect (2015) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: David Gelb

Starring: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass and Evan Peters

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Possession movies are everywhere. Some of them are great (The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and some of them are just awful and redundant. The Lazarus Effect, one of the newer fright fares from Blumhouse Productions is somewhere in between.

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Film Review: Insidious Chapter 3 (2015) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Leigh Whannell

Starring: Lin Shaye, Dermot Mulroney, and Stefanie Scott

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

When the first Insidious came out in theaters, James Wan proved that just because a horror film is PG-13, doesn’t mean it’s rubbish. It was intensely frightening and it created a series of films that took audiences into a hellish descent, into a ghostly work called The Further. This time around, Leigh Wannell (James Wan’s friend and a star from Saw and Insidious) took over the director’s chair for this prequel chapter in the franchise. How does it stack up?

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Film Review: The Nightmare (2015) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Rodney Ascher

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham

Didn’t expect to see a documentary at this year’s HorrorAthon did you? Well, it should feel pretty obvious why I just had to watch it right? Imagine you’re in bed at night, when all of a sudden, your body goes tingly and limp. Your body can’t move, and your eyes are wide open. You’re hearing frightening sounds, and then from the corner of your eye, that’s when you start seeing the shadows. This isn’t a horror movie, this is real, and it happens to people every day. It’s called Sleep Paralysis and The Nightmare brings together 8 people who suffer from it’s effects, and recreates their stories in chilling detail. How effective is it? Note: If you suffer from sleep paralysis, I’ve heard that this film may be triggering, keep that in mind as you read the review, and/or watch this film for yourself.

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Film Review: Sinister 2 (2015) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Ciaran Foy

Starring: James Ransone and Shannyn Sossamon

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Yes, yes I know. This movie has been out since August, but what better way to start of this year’s HorrorAthon than with a sequel to a fantastically creepy film, plus it’s still out in theatres for a lot of you, so it’s a win win. In this sequel to the chilling hit from 2012, Sinister 2 picks up with another family that has been marked for death, and it’s up to an investigator to save them from the paranormal force, known as Baghuul.

Did Baghuul scare up a success for round two? Eh…

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Film Review: The Visit (2015)

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Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

M. Night Shyamalan. A name that used to strike fear in the hearts of movie goers for an entirely different reason than now. His films used to pack one hell of a punch, instead of causing innocent movie goers to pull their hair out in frustration. In his latest attempt to pick his career back up, he strips down the horror experience and really focuses on the story. How did it work out? Let’s dive into The Visit and find out.

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Film Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

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Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Reviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

This will be an interesting experience, I told myself going into Fifty Shades of Grey. I read the book, if you’re married, you had to. What did I think of the book that started as a Twilight fan fiction? I thought it was probably one of the worst reads I’ve had in a long time. Terrible characters, terrible plot devices, and ridiculously written scenes of sensuality that felt like a 14 year old wrote them. With the movie, I had hoped they had tried to make more sense of this childish dribble. They did seem to work Hollywood magic into this stinker of a book and formed something at least more bearable out of it.

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