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Monday, June 30th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

This week we look at the cult classic film “Ginger Snaps”. Other topics include, angry old men, Juno, internet connections, periods, Jennifer’s body and why The Chronicles of Narnia is a Christian parable.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Comcast’s big Dark Knight page gets updated today at 10am with three new exclusive videos!

Check it out if you’re vaguely interested in “The Dark Knight”. (Really, how can you not be excited for this!?!?)

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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The Dead Pit

Dr. Ramzi is a surgeon at the state mental hospital with a touch of the crazy. He has grand dreams that may have a dark side and those dreams involve absconding with the mental patients and cutting them open to check out the inner workings of their brains. It turns out, there was a doctor with morals still at the mental ward, and Dr. Swan didn’t want much to do with Ramzi’s experiments. So, he shot him in the head and left him in his underground pit of dead people. Cut to 20 years later. Jane Doe is found wandering the country side and can’t remember who she is; so the courts turn her over to the mental hospital. As she begins to work with Dr. Swan, more and more of her past comes to light, as does her repressed dreams of a zombie Dr. Ramzi. Before long the dead rise along with Ramzi and all hell shambles loose in pursuit of Jane Doe.

“Dead Pit” rolled in at the tail end the 80′s horror movie craze, still hanging on desperately to the staples of the era. Scantily clad women, bad hairstyles, gratuitous gore and convoluted stories all make their appearances. It’s these appearances that make this movie watchable and helps us to cling on to memories of better days. For starters, Cheryl Lawson spends a good 75% of the movie in her underwear. In fact, there’s even a nice bit of fan service as Ms. Lawson has a nightmare that consists of her in said white underwear chained to a wall being hosed down with a fire hose. Other than Ms. Lawson however, there’s not a lot there in the acting department. Jeremy Slate makes a mostly believable appearance as Dr. Swan, a doctor who has turned to the bottle to cope with what he did and acts like a jump man guilty of many crimes. Never mind the fact that the he put an end to the psychopathic surgeon who was killing off patients. Stephen Gregory Foster, most notable to MST3K fans from “Quest of the Delta Knights” shows up as a slightly smarmy Brit who happens to be a trained demolitions expert. As I said, he’s a bit hammy but over all he’s okay. That’s the key problem to the cast for “Dead Pit”; they’re merely okay.

As far as plots go for 80′s horror, many of them were formulaic. “Dead Pit” manages to change things up a bit and leave you guessing from time to time, but eventually it all boils down to another zombie movie. There flirting with Jane Doe’s back story fighting through her amnesia was a nice touch. The cause of the zombies itself was okay to. The evil Dr. Ramzi makes for a nice villain although he’s highly underused. They went through great lengths to set up his back story of grizzly experiments, however when the time comes for him to take center stage, he is stands about stiffly and makes faces. There are only a few times that we get to see him in full on creep out mode. If we’d seen more of him it would have been far more entertaining.

“Dead Pit” is a decidedly mediocre movie. It’s not horrible by any means, yet it fails to be overly exciting. Perhaps a heavy dose of editing could have helped tighten things up; ultimately it felt as though the movie was about thirty minutes too long. But hey, we got to see a woman hosed down with a fire hose, right?

5 scantily clad mental patients out of 10

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Out now for Wii! Expect a review here in the near future.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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So the munchkin is off visiting her grandparents for the week. That means here at Cinema Fromage Headquarters, Dad gets to watch whatever the hell he wants, whenever he wants! That also means he’s so distracted watching movies that he’s falling behind on writing the reviews for him!

Hell of a problem to have huh?

This week’s shown lots of spare time that I’m unaccustomed to but there’s a hell of a back log of flicks to write about. There’s a “Dead Pit” review coming soon, I PROMISE! On top of that the list of ‘shit I watched’ included “The Bucket List” (We were at my moms and had to watch what they wanted to watch, I SWEAR!), “Be Kind Rewind”, “Dirty Harry”, “The Skull”, “Rambo”, and “Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs” as well. Watch for reviews of “Rambo” and “The Skull” on Pop Syndicate this week. “Futurama” may get a blog post here or over at BGH as well.

In other news, there are some tasty writing projects taking shape around here as well. There are three short stories being shopped about as well as a couple of poems. In addition to “Jackboots for Jesus”, my shorts “A Fine Line” and “Deep Lies the Murky Floor” will hopefully see the light of day soon. “Jackboots” being released in highly limited quantity in “The Jack”, I’m waiting for a yay or nay on it from a bigger print publisher. If I get the Nay, it’ll be released here on Cinema Fromage in all it’s glory. And the poetry stuff….well, don’t hold it against me! I just like to write.

The most exciting project taking shape includes Brother D from Mail Order Zombie as well as my illegitimate brother Bryan over at Drunken Zombie as well.

So, here’s hoping I get over my lazy ass syndrome here soon and churn some more words out. I swear, it’s going to happen!

Also of note; one culprit in my distraction lately is the CBS Sitcom Big Bang Theory. The First Lady and myself started catching up on the first season this week and it’s left me in stitches. Sadly I can connect with the nerds pretty well. (I’ve had many similar arguments to their Superman’s kryptonic skin cells in my past)

I also find myself excited as here in a couple of weeks, I return to summer camp. I’m an official camp counselor at Girl Scout Camp this summer. I shit you not.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

My DVD Column for this week is up over at Bloody Good Horror!

“The last couple of weeks have been light on the new release shelf, but this week we’re treated to veritable fuck-ton of genre goodness to whet your appetite! With the upcoming holiday weekend you and your DVD player will not go unsatisfied! Or perhaps mostly satisfied and a little bit disgruntled as you ponder ‘I skipped that cookout to watch this shit?’”

Be sure to Check it out to see what’s coming out this week!

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

The Frank Miller camp behind “The Spirit” have released two new character teaser posters today!

First up we get Sarah Paulson as Ellen Dolan:

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And Jaime King as Loreli!

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Having never read the series before, I’m don’t know much about the characters. Ellen Dolan is described as “the whip-smart girl-next-door” as Loreli is painted as “a murderous French nightclub dancer”.

All I know is that Frank Miller’s unique style lends a certain bit of class to a pair of already lovely ladies!

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

This week we do an Indie film double feature, when we review both “Teeth” and “Black Sheep”. Also, Blockbuster video gets our first “Lifetime Shenanigans” award, and Mark’s internet connection smites him again, and again, and again.

Come on, you know you wanna…!

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Comedian George Carlin Passes at Age 71

We miss ya already.

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Monday, June 23rd, 2008 | Author: Casey Criswell

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Midnight Muenster Episode 6 jumps headlong into “Leprechaun’s” Mark Jones return to zony horror with 2008′s “Triloquist” starring Rocky Marquette and Paydin LoPachin followed by the After Dark Film Fest 2007′s “Lake Dead”!

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