In Los Angeles in 1947, a police detective tries to solve the shocking and grisly murder of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, whose nude body was dumped in a lot after being ... See full summary »
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
A new drug grants its users the ability to place their consciousness into the bodies of other people. Soon, a serial killer begins to use the drug as a way to live and die as other people by forcing his victims to kill themselves.
DVD 1 - Documentary + Full-Length Documentary + Gag Reel DVD 2 - Live +2013 US Vans Warped Tour 01. In Hell Is Where She Waits for Me 02. Goat of Departure 03. Into the Everblack 04. Den of... See full summary »
James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons showcases Ellroy's larger-than-life personality and his unforgettable verbal style as he exposes the dirt behind the silver screen. These are the tales of ... See full summary »
A group of college kids travel to a small, mountain town called Madison County to interview the author of a tell-all book on the accounts of several grisly murders that happened there. But ... See full summary »
Effective genre twisting of ghost, horror,& true crime
I had the good fortune of attending the ShockFest Film Festival on Nov 16, 2012 and watched the new film The Black Dahlia Haunting. I enjoy a good scare, and usually settle in at night with a good horror movie although I also can get absorbed when watching a supernatural thriller. I also happen to enjoy retrospective accounts of notable infamous events. Imagine my surprise to see all three delivered simultaneously with confidence by the film's writer and director, Brandon Slagle. In less capable hands the script could have become convoluted but Slagle helmed the project successfully.
Since I have been a paranormal researcher for many years, I was curious to see how that aspect of the story would be handled. One of the film's stars, Britt Griffith, is an actual paranormal investigator and has no doubt seen how a haunting can affect those who live with discarnate personalities. I have known Britt for several years, and was curious to see his portrayal of Dr. Owen, one of the key characters in the movie. His pivotal role required a range that any performer would see as a challenge and he rose to the occasion.
In fact, each of the cast members did admirable jobs and I could not help but notice that as the movie neared it's climax, some in the audience began to gasp and some people seemed frozen in their seats. The movie has a story that at times moved some people to tears, and prompted others to cover their eyes. There are some plot twist I didn't see coming, and some scenes could be seared into your memory. Alexis Iacono's performance as Elizabeth Short reminds us that at the center of ghost story is an unforgettable spirit.
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