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DEAD OF NIGHT (1945) (***)

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:37pm

DEAD OF NIGHT is considered a horror classic. The anthology film is made up of a series of small stories that have become tropes of the genre. Unlike other classics the stories have since been improved upon imitated, stolen and butchered so many times over the years that they have become cliché. You can see it's influence on shows like THE TWILIGHT ZONE and movies like MAGIC. One could say that its influence has lasted longer than its impact. However, the one element that hasn't been improved upon is how compelling the framework story is.

The framing story is simple — an architect, Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns, A CHRISTMAS CAROL) is called out to a country home on a job. When he arrives the house seems so familiar to him and when he meets the people inside he is struck with the fear that he has been dreaming this situation for years. His fears spur others to share their tales of encounters with the supernatural. Craig is convinced that during the course of the evening he will be driven mad. However, one of the guests is Dr. Van Straaten (Frederick Valk, BAD BLONDE), a skeptical psychiatrist, who sets up the battle of wits to convince Craig that there are not demons lurking in the shadows.

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THE INNKEEPERS (2012) (***1/2)

Ti West's horror film has the same mischievous spirit that made TWILIGHT ZONE and ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS so fun. It certainly has more in common with a film from William Castle, like HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, than modern spook fests or gore-atoriums. The plot takes time to look at its characters   less worried about having a scare every few minutes. In doing so it creates suspense that builds to a compelling conclusion.

Legend has it that the Yankee Pedlar Inn is haunted by the ghost of a spurned bride who committed suicide in one of the rooms. Now the once-grand hotel is set to close. The third floor is already shut down to visitors. Claire (Sara Paxton, LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT) and Luke (Pat Healy, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES) are the final two employees. They live in rooms along with the final few guests. Leanne Rease-Jones (Kelly McGillis, TOP GUN), an aging actress now on the psychic convention circuit; an angry mother and her young son; and an old man looking to relive his honeymoon are the only paying guests. Luke claims to have seen the ghost and has started a website to cash in on the haunted hotel's notorious reputation. He ropes in the pretty college student into his paranormal investigation, having her take an EVP recording in an effort to capture the things that go bump in the night.

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THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

It's hard to believe that November is almost gone and it is time to start thinking about gifts for all of the animation lovers on your list.  Just in time for the holiday season the very talented Australian animator Dennis Tupicoff has released 5 of his most popular award winning films on DVD and BluRay.

Just in case you haven't had the chance to explore his work you can check it out at:   www.junglepictures.com.au and enjoy!

CHAINSAW
INTO THE DARK
HIS MOTHER'S VOICE
THE DARRA DOGS
DANCE OF DEATH

Total length: 64:00

DVD & BluRay available from:
www.junglepictures.com.au

For the first time: a chance to see these prize-winning 1983-2007 films
collected on DVD and BluRay.

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Mobile Simulators and Emulators: An Update

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 8:21am

Mobile emulators and simulators can help developers test their apps on different devices without having to actually have them on hand. The testing tools can make testing easier, particularly where there are lots of variations in device types, screen sizes and operating systems. But they also face some limitations.

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Kosovo’s Fantastic Anibar International Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:51pm

I had never thought of Peja, Kosovo as an ideal holiday spot but when I was invited to be on the International Jury of Anibar International Festival, the 22nd through the 27th of August, 2012, I discovered how wrong I was.

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Perry’s Previews Movie Review & Director Interview: “Paperman,” A Flight of Imagination

By Perry Chen | Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12:44pm

“Paperman” is an incredible film, the best animation short I have seen this year! The art is a seamless bend between CG and 2D animation, retaining the feel of fluid hand-drawn movements.

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