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In Memoriam: Lou Gentile



When you do what we do for a living, you end up meeting a lot of people on the road. In a way, we become sort of like a family. Some you see only on occasion, and some you become truly close with. Lou Gentile was one of those people whom you can easily connect with. At least that’s the way it was for me. It’s with a heavy heart that I say that he’s gone.

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Before I go into any detail about Lou, allow me to share this statement from Lou’s family and then from his manager, Chris Roe:

“It is with great sadness we announce that on June 28, 2009, Paranormal Investigator and Syndicated Radio Show Host Lou Gentile lost his battle to cancer. Lou Gentile is survived by his wife and three children.

Services for Lou will be held on July 7th in Philadelphia at the John F. Fluehr & Son’s Funeral Home, located at 3301 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19149. Services will begin at 6:30PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made out to The Lou Gentile Family. Donations can be sent to:
178 Louis Ave.
Bayville, NJ 08721

Any further information, please contact Chris Roe at CR Management. 1-310-927-6892 or

“The Paranormal and Horror Community has lost a great colleague. Lou was a gentle giant, and my very good friend, and really almost a big brother. He was dedicated fully to his profession. His findings and research were astonishing.

In recent months Lou remained busy working on his cases, a book and completed an in-depth documentary on Paranormal Activity with a British television network. He was a trooper to the very end.

He was also a dedicated husband and father. The love he had for his family was very evident. As a parent myself, he inspired me to be a better father. My life has been better because of Lou being in it!

My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Antoinette, and his three daughters. Lou will always be loved and forever missed.

Chris Roe – Manager”

This is without question the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. Every keystroke pulls on my heart in unfathomable ways. We met Lou at the first Rock and Shock show in Worcester, MA. Lou was there as a guest. The connection he and I had was instant.

I’ve always been a paranormal buff and can honestly say Lou was one of the best, if not THE BEST, in his field. There was nobody like him. There was never any of that lame “I feel a presense” nonsense. Lou was a no bullshit guy, and that’s how he would want to be remembered.

Yet, it wasn’t just his celebrity that attracted people to him. It was his heart. Lou was the type of guy to be the first in line to offer you a hug and a smile. He had the kind of love and goodness that just radiated off of him.

Over the years we became very close. Not a weekend would pass without either a long phone call or a session of gaming on Xbox Live. I loved the guy like a brother, and he reciprocated that love ten-fold. Lord knows I can be a handful and even a pain in the ass, but he never judged me or anyone else. He was the type of person who would accept you for who you were and was always there through thick and thin.

Whether you knew him or not, believe me when I tell you the world has suffered a great loss. Now I’ll leave this piece as I’m sure he would have wanted me to – With a shared smile of some really insane and good times.

Lou was very much an explorer. I hope he has finally found the answers to every question he’s ever asked. I love you, brother. Now and always.

In Memoriam: Lou Gentile

Steve Barton

Shared Links of Lou’s Work

Ghost Hunting with Lou Gentile Part 1

Ghost Hunting with Lou Gentile Part 2

Lou Gentile: Amityville and Beyond

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Children of the Fall Review – This Israeli Slasher Gets Political



Starring Noa Maiman, Aki Avni, Yafit Shalev, Iftach Ophir, Michael Ironside

Directed by Eitan Gafny

Reviewed out of Utopia 2017

Slashers are a subgenre of horror that are often looked down upon. After all, what can a movie about a killer slaughtering multiple people have to say about, well…anything. Those of us in the community know full well that this is nonsense and that any kind of horror movie can be a jabbing (no pun intended) commentary on society, culture, politics, art, etc… And that’s precisely what Eitan Gafny aims to do with Children of the Fall, one of the few Israeli slashers ever created.

Set on the eve of the Yom Kippur war, the film follows Rachel (Maiman), a young American woman who comes to Israel to join a kibbutz after suffering some serious personal tragedies. Her goal to make aliyah (the return of Jews to Israel) is however hampered by some rather unpleasant encounters with local IDF soldiers and members of the kibbutz. Pushing through, she makes friends with others in the commune and her Zionistic views are only strengthened, although they do not go untested. Once Yom Kippur, one of the holiest holidays in Jewish culture, begins, a killer begins picking off the kibbutz workers one by one in violent and gruesome ways.

Let’s start with what Children of the Fall gets right, okay? As slashers go, it’s actually quite beautiful. There are wonderfully expansive shots that make use of the size and diversity of the kibbutz. The film opens with a beautiful shot of a cow stable, barn, water towers, and miscellaneous outbuildings, all set against a dark and stormy night. The lighting of this scene, and throughout the film, is also very good. I found myself darting my eyes across the screen multiple times throughout the film thinking I’d seen something lurking in the shadows.

The kills, while unoriginal, are very satisfying. Each death is meaty, bloody, and doesn’t feel rushed. In fact, the camera has no problems lingering during each kill, allowing us to appreciate the practical FX and copious amounts of blood used. And if you believe that a slasher needs to have nudity, you won’t be disappointed.

The acting is middle of the road. Maiman is serviceable as Rachel but the real star of the film is Yafit Shalev as “Yaron”. His range of emotion is fantastic, from warm and welcoming to Rachel when she arrives to emoting grief and pain during his Yom Kippur announcement where we learn that he was a child in a concentration camp. The rest of the cast are perfectly acceptable as fodder for the killer.

So where does Children of the Fall stray? Let’s start with the most obvious part: the runtime. Clocking in at nearly two hours, that’s about 30 minutes too much. The film could easily have gone through some hefty editing without affecting the final product. Instead, we have a movie that feels elongated when unnecessary.

Additionally, the societal and political commentary is very in-your-face but the film can’t seem to make up its mind as to what it’s trying to get across. Natalia, a Belarussian kibbutz worker, raises the concept of Israeli racism, misogyny, and xenophobia, her hostility unabashedly pouring out in the midst of IDF soldiers, locals, other kibbutz members, and more. Is there validity to what she’s saying? Undoubtedly. But there is also validity to Rachel’s retorts, which include calling this woman out on her own vitriolic views. This back-and-forth mentality frustratingly prevails throughout the film, as though Gafny was unwilling to just commit.

The dialogue is also quite painful at times, although I attribute this to difficulties with translating from Hebrew to English. Even the best English speakers in Israel don’t get everything perfect and the little quirks here and there, while charming, are quite detracting. Also, why is this movie trying to tell me that Robert Smith of The Cure is a character here? While amusing, it makes absolutely no sense nor does it fit in Smith’s own timeline.

Had this film gone through a couple rounds of editing, I feel like we’d have gotten something really great. Eitan Gafny is definitely someone that we need to be watching very closely.

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While Children of the Fall has a lot going for it, it has just as much working against it. Overly long, you’ll get a really great slasher that is bogged down by uneven social and political commentary.

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Netflix to Tell The Frankenstein Chronicles in the States



There’s still a big part of me that wonders why Universal – or anyone for that matter – has not been able to reboot classics like The Mummy, Dracula, and Frankenstein. Maybe they’re trying too hard? Maybe they keep putting the wrong people at the helm?

Look at del Toro’s The Shape of Water… It’s pretty much a new version of The Creature of the Black Lagoon with a heavier emphasis on the relationship between monster and chosen mate. Even though there are a couple of hokey parts, it really works and is excellent. So maybe we need to look elsewhere throughout the world to meet with success. Case in point: “The Frankenstein Chronicles.”

Variety is reporting that the hit six-episode UK series starring Sean Bean will be coming Stateside and more via the ever-growing streaming service Netflix.

This deal opens the way for Netflix to make further seasons should it resonate with its U.S. and global subscribers.

“The Frankenstein Chronicles” is a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Set in 1830s London, Bean (“Game of Thrones”) plays John Marlott, a war veteran and river policeman. Season 1 of the serialized show sees him investigating the case of a corpse made up of body parts from different children and finding the matter involves senior establishment figures and demonic forces.

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Guardians of the Galaxy’s James Gunn Returning to the Horror Genre



Know what’s funny? We horror fans have known how good James Gunn was all along. It just took the rest of the world time to catch up! Now that Gunn has made his big Hollywood bones with his two Guardians of the Galaxy flicks, he’s returning to the genre to produce a new horror flick! Oh, happy day!

Word came across our desks that Gunn has signed on to produce an untitled horror feature with The H Collective. It was written by James’ brother Brian and cousin Mark Gunn. James will produce the project in between writing the highly anticipated feature Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 and starting production. Gunn’s longtime collaborator David Yarovesky will direct.

The H Collective will fully finance the project and produce alongside Gunn and his shingle, Troll Court Entertainment. Brian and Mark Gunn, Dan Clifton, and The H Collective’s Nic Crawley will executive produce.

The project is expected to go into production in the spring of 2018 and brings Gunn back to his horror roots. The filmmaker, whose credits included mostly fan-favorite horror gems like Slither prior to writing and directing Guardians of the Galaxy, is responsible for turning the Marvel property into one of the most memorable franchises in the Marvel universe.

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