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I Kissed a Vampire (2010)

13 January 2013 1:46 PM, PST

Directed by: Chris Nolan

Written by: Chris Nolan, Laurie Nolan

Featuring: Lucas Grabeel, Adrian Slade, Drew Seeley

While browsing the used DVD rack at my local video store, I came across something called I Kissed a Vampire. A little over two years old, the film's cover art featured some gothed-out teenagers with fangs posed like a Harlequin romance cover, and the box blurb read something along the lines of "It's a love child between Glee and Twilight!"

How's a girl to resist?

I had never heard of this project before, but apparently it was a popular web series in its heyday and it garnered quite a following of pre-teen musical fans. The timing of it couldn't have been more impeccable, and if the film had been pitched in the early 2000s, it likely wouldn't have gotten greenlit at all. But the producers and creators struck while the iron was hot »

- Amanda Rebholz

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The Frozen (2012)

13 January 2013 1:15 PM, PST

Writer/Director: Andrew Hyatt

Featuring: Brit Morgan, Seth David Mitchell, Noah Segan

Whenever I went camping in the woods when I was a young'un, what scared me more than anything was being lost. There was something about the wilderness that seemed so…infinite, so all encompassing that if I went too far off the trail or lost contact with whoever I was with, I would never get back — it would swallow me whole. Now, combine that with tons of snow and oppressive cold.

Andrew Hyatt's feature length debut, The Frozen, reminded me mightily of that fear. The snowy mountain ranges depicted in the film are breathtaking in their beauty, but it doesn't take very long for that beauty to curdle into something very sinister.

We open on main character, Emma (Brit Morgan, best known for True Blood), staring intently at her reflection in a bathroom mirror. If you immediately »

- Dan Coyle aka Deadpool

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A Haunted House (2013)

13 January 2013 12:26 PM, PST

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

Written by: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez

Featuring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Cedric the Entertainer, Nick Swardson

Several years ago, spoofs absolutely flooded the mainstream market. Every few months, it was Not Another Teen Movie, Scary Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Disaster Movie and, well, you get the point. While few of them had some pretty good moments of isolated genius, for the most part they were throwaway pieces of shit that should be avoided at all costs.

Despite my venomous dislike for the vast majority of these films, I have to admit that the trailers for the new film A Haunted House caught my interest. Despite being written by Marlon Wayans and looking like it employed the same formula as all of the other spoofs, the subject matter focused on the recent influx of found-footage horror films, and many of »

- Amanda Rebholz

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X Game (2012)

10 January 2013 9:08 AM, PST

Directed by: Yohei Fukuda

Written by: Mari Asato and Yoichi Minamikawa

Featuring: Hirofumi Araki, Ayaka Kikuchi, Haruka Nakagawa, Masashi Mikami

A group of 20-something adults including Hideaki (played by Hirofumi Araki) are kidnapped and placed inside a locked school room. Hands bound and in various states of coherency, they each quickly discover that they were all students at the same grade school years ago. It turns out that the four individuals also participated in, or were a witness to, the bullying of a female classmate named Mariko. Two hooded guards, armed with taser-like clubs, enter the room and force the group to watch a holographic video featuring their former grade school teacher. Under great duress, he explains to them that they have been gathered to participate in a version of a vicious grade school pastime called X Game.

The rules are simple: 13 different punishments are written on separate pieces of »

- Bradley Harding

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