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Mike Phalin

Legendary independent entertainment journalist can be found at SyxxSense.com and @SyxxSense on Twitter!

About Mike Phalin

Legendary independent entertainment journalist can be found at SyxxSense.com and @SyxxSense on Twitter!

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Author Alyse Wax Talks ‘Friday the 13th: The Series’

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On Saturday, October 3rd, 1988 I was sitting on the couch in my parent’s living room as my mom wisely chose to let me watch the first episode of what would become the cult classic Friday the 13th: The Series. Though not connected to the storyline of the unstoppable Jason Voorhees, the television series delivered […]

Wander ‘The Forest of Lost Souls’ This August

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Black and white horror cinema makes a comeback with a coming-of-age tale from Portugal known as ‘The Forest of Lost Souls’ (‘A Floresta das Almas Perdidas’). Set to premiere in Los Angeles on August 5th, José Pedro Lopes’s film is brought to us by Wild Eye Releasing and features Daniela Love and Jorge Mota. Synopsis: […]

Pom Klementieff and Eric Roberts Tell Us ‘A.I. Tales’

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You know what I’ve been missing? Anthologies. It is true that we have a few fantastic horror anthologies, but where is the sci-fi representation on the silver screen? Well, today we learned that the legendary Eric Roberts has joined West World and Guardians of the Galaxy actors Neil Jackson and Pom Klementieff in the upcoming […]

Chucky and the Killer Klowns Invade Halloween Horror Nights

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I’m going to go on record and state that 2018’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando is going to be the event of the season. Universal’s yearly haunted attraction has increased in size and scale, bringing in cult favorites both old and new, along with incorporating one of the most beloved series in recent memory, Stranger […]

Casper Van Dien and Andrew P. Jones Talk ‘Darkness Reigns’

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This week we got to sit down with director Andrew P. Jones and an actor whose jawline rivals my own, Casper Van Dien. In these two interviews we discuss the upcoming horror film ‘Darkness Reigns,’ a film that looks at just how far someone is willing to go to achieve fame. Is there something you’d […]

MegaCon Tampa to Feature Time-Traveling and Trek Guests

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Just last month we were in attendance during MegaCon Orlando, an event that truly did live up to its name. Now we’ve learned that the convention will be rolling into Tampa this September with a plethora of Trek and time traveling guests. From the press release: This year, MEGACON Tampa Bay expects to welcome more […]

When a Hobby Becomes a Disorder: The ICD-11 & Gamers

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The video game industry is worth billions of dollars and has enjoyed mainstream attention for years, with both good and bad press. While there are things to debate when it comes to representation in games and ethics in gaming journalism, a more tangible issue has emerged that could directly affect all gamers: the World Health […]

Slaughter Sinema Premieres This Fall at Halloween Horror Nights

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Universal Orlando’s 2018 Halloween Horror Nights is going to be the biggest event to date with more houses than any of the previous years. We’ve already learned about the major IPs coming to HHN (Stranger Things and Trick ‘r Treat), but every year there are always a number of original houses that vary in themes. […]

Director Steve Mitchell Talks ‘King Cohen’

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I would personally describe writer/director/producer Larry Cohen as the juggernaut of cinema. The man’s prospectus spans nearly sixty years and who’s credits include some of the most memorable installments in the entertainment industry such as It’s Alive, The Stuff, Maniac Cop, and the excellent (if not short lived) Coronet Blue. With so many works under […]

The Lighthouse – A Tragedy on the Smalls

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For all the mysterious deaths and tragic events that have happened at lighthouses during the past couple hundred years, one would think that more films would emerge to exploit the creepiness that comes naturally from the isolated beacons at sea. Both the Eddystone and Small Lighthouses have a cast to their beauty, a solemn veil […]

A Day at MegaCon Orlando 2018

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FanBolt was in attendance during this years Orlando MegaCon, and it was an event to behold. Florida has finally found its stride when it comes to a fan-friendly spectacle of celebrities, cosplaying, and collecting. Housed in the West Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center, MegaCon was packed without several amazing sights. Check out our […]

Actress Katie Burgess and Director Ryan Bellgardt Talk ‘Jurassic Games’

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I’ve worked in this industry for nearly two decades. Over the years, the process of screening films for reviews, interviews, or podcasts has not really changed. It used to be boxes of DVDs. Then it was boxes of Blu-rays. Now it is inboxes full of Vimeo links. Regardless, there’s always that twinge of angst that […]