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    Released by: Arrow Video
    Released on: June 23rd, 2020.
    Director: Harley Cokeliss
    Cast: Jemma Redgrave, Kathleen Wilhoite, Timothy Spall, Mark Greenstreet, Jimmy Nail
    Year: 1990
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    Dream Demon – Movie Review:

    Diana Markham (Jemma Redgrave) is soon to be married to her fiancé Oliver (Mark Greenstreet). She’s a school teacher and he’s a decorated veteran of the Falkland Islands war. As the wedding draws near, Diana begins to suffer from very traumatic and vivid nightmares just around the time that she moves into a massive new
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    by Published on 06-26-2020 12:04 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 26th, 2020.
    Director: Jess Franco
    Cast: Eva León, Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Trino Trives, Analía Ivars, Antonio Rebollo
    Year: 1984
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    Bahía blanca – Movie Review:

    When this Jess Franco film from 1984 begins, a man named Pocho Martin is found dead on the shore of a small coastal town on Deer Island, assumed to have drowned in the waters nearby. A forensic scientist named Ramiro examines Pocho’s corpse and decides that the cause of death was murder. When word of this gets back to Commissioner Carlos Fernández
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    by Published on 06-26-2020 12:03 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 26th, 2020.
    Director: Lucio Fulci
    Cast: Jared Martin, Lara Lamberti, Ulli Reinthaler, Sophie d'Aulan, Jennifer Naud, Riccardo Acerbi
    Year: 1987
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    Aenigma – Movie Review:

    Lucio Fulci’s 1987 film Aenigma starts off with a scene where a young college girl named Kathy (Mijlijana Zirojevic) is putting on her red dress and her makeup to the sounds of the film’s theme song, Head Over Heels (or, if the opening credits are to be believed, Head Over Meels!). The reason? This awkward, shy nerdy girl - the daughter of the Mary, the
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    by Published on 06-26-2020 12:02 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 26th, 2020.
    Director: Lucio Fulci
    Cast: Brett Halsey, Meg Register, Lino Salemme, Christina Engelhardt, Al Cliver
    Year: 1990
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    Demonia – Movie Review:

    Picture it… Sicily, 1486. It’s here that Demonia, one of Lucio Fulci’s latest films, opens with a lengthy intro wherein a quintet of nuns are attacked and then crucified underneath their convent in a large cave by the townsfolk that live nearby. Why? Because the villagers suspect the nuns of witchcraft, of course! This opening connects to a dream by Liza (Meg
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    by Published on 06-26-2020 12:02 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 26th, 2020.
    Director: Simone Scafidi
    Cast: Sandro Bitetto, Fabio Frizzi, Antonella Fulci, Camilla Fulci, Lucio Fulci, Paolo Malco
    Year: 2019
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    Fulci For Fake – Movie Review:

    Writer/director Simone Scafidi's 2019 docu-drama Fulci For Fake isn't so much a traditional bio-pic as it is a look at the late Lucio Fulci's life both inside and outside of the Italian film industry.

    The film begins with an interesting idea - an actor named Nicola Nocella has been cast of Lucio Fulci for a film to be based
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    by Published on 06-26-2020 12:01 AM
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    The Beast Must Die (Severin Films) Blu-ray Review
    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 26th, 2020.
    Director: Paul Annett
    Cast: Calvin Lockhart, Marlene Clark, Charles Gray, Anton Diffring, Peter Cushing
    Year: 1974
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    The Movie:

    What do you get when you mix Agatha Christie’s 10 Little Indians with Peter Cushing, the criminologist from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and bad werewolf effects? Why, Amicus Studios’ The Beast Must Die of course!

    “This film is a detective story -- in which you are the detective. The question is not "Who is the murderer?" -- but "Who is the werewolf?" After
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    by Published on 06-26-2020 12:00 AM
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    Released by: Intervision Picture Corp.
    Released on: June 26th, 2020.
    Director: Gerald Cormier
    Cast: Eric Weathersbee, Keith Lack, Shawn West, Jerry Cormier Jr., Keith Lack, Richard Sumner, Wilson Smith, Gerald Cormier
    Year: 1990
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    Franky And His Pals – Movie Review:

    Gerald Cormier produced Barn Of The Naked Dead (a.k.a Terror Circus), which is a pretty rad movie. Gerald Cormier also directed 1990’s Franky And His Pals and, hand to God, I really don’t know how I feel about this. I think I’m thankful, but I reserve the option to change my mind once this buzz wears off. So what the fuck
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    by Published on 06-20-2020 09:37 AM
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    Released by: Panik House
    Released on: September 26th, 2005.
    Director: Teruo Ishii
    Cast: Reiko Ike, Makato Aikawa, Jun Midorikawa
    Year: 1973
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    Female Yakuza Tale – Movie Review:

    Female Yakuza Tale (also known under the considerably more glamorous alternate title of Female Yakuza – Inquisition And Torture) is a follow up to the fantastic Sex & Fury, and although this time out it’s helmed by director Teruo Ishii, thankfully Reiko Ike does return to play the lead as Ocho.

    A gambler and underworld mover and shaker by trade, Ocho
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    by Published on 06-18-2020 08:30 AM
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    Released by: Gorgon Video
    Released on: October 7th, 2008.
    Director: John Alan Schwartz (as Conan Le Cilaire)
    Cast: Michael Carr, Thomas Noguchi, John Alan Schwartz
    Year: 1978
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    Faces Of Death – Movie Review:

    The gentleman in the last screen shot of this review, you seem him down there? His name is Dr. Francis B. Gross, and he's the host of one of the most notorious mondo/schockumentary films of all time, Faces Of Death. Cut by the BBFC of almost thirty minutes on its initial UK release and still a film of controversy and debate, Faces Of Death even out-grossed Star Wars during its theatrical release
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    by Published on 06-14-2020 08:52 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: November 13th, 2007.
    Director: Bitto Albertini/Brunello Rondi/Joe D'Amato
    Cast: Sharon Lesley, Angelo Infanti, Dagmar Lassander/Laura Gemser, Annie Belle, Al Cliver/Laura Gemser, Gabriele Tinti, Elly Galleani
    Year: 1976/1976/1978
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    Black Emanuelle’s Box Volume 2 – Movie Review:

    Hot on the heels of their release of Black Emanuelle's Box Volume One came, in 2007, another trio of trashy European softcore entries in Black Emanuelle's Box Volume Two. While Gemser doesn't appear in Black Emanuelle 2, she does star in both Black Emanuelle White Emanuelle and Emanuelle and Emanuelle And The White Slave Trade, the latter of which once again finds her working with Joe D'Amato.

    Here's a peek at the three films that comprise the set...

    Black Emanuelle 2 (1976):

    Bitto Albertini's follow up to his successful Emanuelle Nera/Black Emanuelle from the previous
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    by Published on 06-13-2020 10:08 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: April 3rd, 2007.
    Director: Joe D’Amato/Joe D’Amato/Giuseppe Vari
    Cast: Laura Gemser, Gabrielle Tinti, Ivan Rassimov, George Eastman, Karen Schubert, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Monica Zanchi, Paul Thomas
    Year: 1976/1977/1977
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    Black Emanuelle’s Box Volume 1 – Movie Review:


    While the statuesque Laura Gemser appeared in quite a few different movies during her heyday in the seventies, she remains best known for her stint as the Black Emanuelle (in the first film made by Bitto Albertini in 1975) and for the rather notorious sexploitation movies she made under that banner (many of them under the assured direction of the late Joe D’Amato). Severin Films has collected three of Gemser’s finest films from that run of sequels and knock offs and released them to eager fans in the appropriately titled Black Emmanuelle's Box Volume One.


    Emanuelle In Bangkok (1976):


    The first ‘sequel’ to Albertini’s film, Emanuelle in Bangkok was also the first in the series to be directed by D’Amato (who also shot the film). Gemser reprises her role as Emanuelle, the world's foxiest photojournalist and sexual adventuress. Along with an archeologist named Roberto (D'Amato regular Gabriele Tinti of Caligula: The Untold Story and The Untold Perversions Of Emanuelle), she heads off to Bangkok (Oriental city!), just as the title implies. Why? So that she can interview and photography the mysterious king of Thailand of course!


    Tracking down and exclusive with the king proves to be a little trickier ...
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    Released by: Arrow Video
    Released on: May 26th, 2020.
    Director: Richard Jeffries
    Cast: James Earl Jones, José Ferrer, Martin Kove, Lydia Cornell, Deborah Shelton
    Year: 1982
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    Blood Tide – Movie Review:

    Neil Grive (Martin Kove) has big hair, a big boat and short shorts. He and his wife Sherry (Mary-Louise Weller) take that boat to a small island of the coast of Greece in hopes of finding Neil's estranged sister, Madeline (Deborah Shelton). Upon their arrival the couple is greeted by Nereus (José Ferrer),
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    by Published on 06-07-2020 10:11 AM
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    Released by: Mondo Macabro
    Released on: May 19th, 2009.
    Director: Tulsi Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay
    Cast: Karan Shah, Archana Puran Singh, Mayur/Hermant Birje, Aarti Gupta, Sheetal
    Year: 1993/1986
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    The Bollywood Horror Collection Volume Three: Mahakaal/Tahkana – Movie Review:

    Mondo Macabro continues to do the Lord’s work, uncovering some of the most esoteric foreign gems and unlashing them on an unsuspecting western viewing audience in better condition than various bootleggers have provided over the year,s and generally with pretty nifty extras too. Case in point, the third volume of the Bollywood Horror Collection line, featuring Mahakaal and Tahkana. What the Hell are Mahakaal and Tahkana? I’ll attempt to explain…

    Mahakaal (The Monster):

    Better known in various circles as ‘Bollywood Nightmare on Elm Street’ this one definitely borrows from
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    by Published on 06-06-2020 09:03 AM
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    Released by: Mondo Macabro
    Released on: March 31st, 2009.
    Director: Tulsi Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay
    Cast: Jasmin, Hemant Birje, Sahila Chaddha/Deepak Parshar, Amita Nangia, Sikander
    Year: 1988/1989
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    The Bollywood Horror Collection Volume Two:
    Veerana & Purani Haveli – Movie Review:

    Back for a second round of Bollywood horror madness, Mondo Macabro delivers ‘over five hours of monster movie madness’ spread across two DVDs in the appropriately titled Bollywood Horror Collection Volume 2. Pairing up two Ramsey Brothers shockers, this set has truly got it all – something for everyone!

    Veerana – Vengeance Of The Vampire:

    Jasmin (played by an actress named… Jasmin) is a foxy young thing who enjoys her simple life. What she doesn’t realize is that her father was partially responsible for killing a witch named Nakita
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    by Published on 06-05-2020 08:41 AM
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    Released by: Mondo Macabro
    Released on: September 26th, 2006.
    Director: Tulsi Ramsay, Shyam Ramsay
    Cast: Hashmat Khan, Manjeet Kular, Ajay Agarwal, Aarti Gupta, Mohnish Bahl, Puneet Issar, Ajay Agarwal
    Year: 1990/1984
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    The Bollywood Horror Collection Volume One: Bandh Darwaza & Purana Mandir – Movie Review:

    Just as cult movie fans start to complain that the DVD well is beginning to run dry (this was written in 2006, and the well did not run dry, nor has it run dry in the years that have passed), Mondo Macabro digs up another interesting film (or in this case, a pair of films) to smack us outside the head with, reminding us that there’s still plenty of gems out there waiting to be discovered even if fans have to dig a little harder to find them these days. Enter The Bollywood Horror Collection: Volume One, consisting of two brain melting horror films from India: 1990’s
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    by Published on 06-04-2020 08:18 AM
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    Released by: Shout! Factory
    Released on: May 26th, 2020.
    Director: John Carpenter
    Cast: Kurt Russell, Stacey Keach, Pam Grier, Bruce Campbell, Steve Buscemi, George Corraface, Cliff Robertson, Peter Fonda
    Year: 1996
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    Escape From L.A. – Movie Review:

    Made a decade and a half after 1981’s Escape From New York made Snake Plissken a cult icon in the truest sense of the word, 1995’s Escape From L.A. brings leading man Kurt Russell and director John Carpenter back for a second run. The results? Not as good! But definitely a lot of fun in its own, overly goofy way. Where the first film got dark
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    by Published on 05-31-2020 08:05 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: John Carradine, John Durren, Burr Smidt, William Roy, Jill Jacobson, Marilyn Joi, Catherine Erhardt, Vaughn Armstrong, Renee Harmon, Mark Weston, Don Stewart, Jennifer Houlton
    Year: 1977/1977/1971/1983/1983
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day – and today brings us to the big finish!

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.
    You can read coverage of discs nine and ten here.
    You can read coverage of discs eleven and twelve here.

    Here’s a look at discs thirteen and fourteen of this blatant act of high definition absurdity in deluxe boxed set form.

    Disc Thirteen – Sunset Cover/Nurse Sherri/ Cinderella 2000:

    The first feature on disc thirteen is 1977’s Sunset Cove and, of course, Al Adamson at one point made a sexy beach comedy because… whatever. He just did. It isn’t my fault. And it isn’t very good. Yet, here we are, because like most of Adamson’s movies, even if it isn’t good it’s watchable enough. The jokes are obvious and the breasts gratuitous, but that’s okay.

    The story revolves around a group of ‘teenagers’ who are happy to put the school year behind them. They pile into a rad-tastic seventies van that has ‘The Complete Van’ painted on the side, just in case you thought it was an incomplete van. It’s a pretty sweet ride. They’re going to hit up the beautiful beach at
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    by Published on 05-30-2020 08:43 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Herbert Lom, Marilyn Joi, John Kitzmiller, Olive Moorefield, Dobie Gray, Clifton Brown, Dennis Safren, Jim Kelly, Felix Silla, George Lazenby, Aldo Ray, Harold Sakata
    Year: 1972/1976/1976/1978
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t have to toss myself out a sixth story window.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.
    You can read coverage of discs nine and ten here.

    Here’s a look at discs nine and ten of this mesmerizingly silly boxed set.

    Disc Eleven – Mean Mother/Uncle Tom’s Cabin:

    Directed by Adamson in 1976, Uncle Tom’s Cabin features a genuinely strange series of text screens early in the film that almost feel like they were meant for a trailer. This text alerts us to how the film was based on the 1852 novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe and how Abraham Lincoln called it the book that started the Civil War. It’s odd timing and placement for the text, but there it is anyway.

    When the story itself starts, a young slave woman (Marilyn Joi) is raped by white plantation workers, her father on a chain gang nearby. It’s a harsh opening that then leads into a storyline where we meet the Shelby Family who are in tough financial straits and needing to sell some of their slaves to a cruel plantation named Simon Legree (Herbert Lom), a cruel man with a burn mark of some sort on his face. He visits the family and is insulted by their son, George (Thomas Fritsch), who is an abolitionist, at the dinner
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    by Published on 05-29-2020 08:25 AM
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection (Severin Films) Blu-ray Review (Part Five Of Seven)
    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Georgina Spelvin, Susan McIver, Rosalind Miles, Sandy Carey, Sondra Currie, Regina Carrol, Jennifer Biship, Rod Cameron, Timothy Brown, Russ Tamblyn, Geoffrey Land, Alan Tang, James Hong, Aldo Ray
    Year: 1974/1975/1976/1974/1976
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t have to check myself into rehab.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.
    You can read coverage of discs seven and eight here.

    Here’s a look at discs nine and ten of this mind-altering boxed set.

    Disc Nine – Girls For Rent/Jessi’s Girls/Nurses For Sale:

    The first disc starts off with 1974’s Girls For Rent (also known as I Spit On Your Corpse), which opens with a scene set ‘south of the border’ where a prison transport truck brings a gang of female convicts to a work site. They’re let out of the truck to do some manual labor under watch of some armed guards, those guards unaware that a criminal organization has planned to use this opportunity to bust out a woman named Sandra (Georgina Spelvin).

    Once the escape is made, Sandra is
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    by Published on 05-28-2020 08:30 AM
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    Released by: Severin Films
    Released on: June 2nd, 2020.
    Director: Al Adamson
    Cast: Gary Kent, Russ Tamblyn, Jackie Taylor, Regina Carrol, Evelyn Frank, Scott Brady, Ross Hagen, Kent Taylor, Preston Pierce, William Bonner, Robert Livingston, Connie Hoffman, Richard Smedley, Donna Young, Marilyn Joy, Sandy Carey, Yvonne De Carlo, Don 'Red' Barry
    Year: 1969/1971/1974/1975
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    Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection – Movie Reviews:

    Thirty-two movies! That’s right, there are thirty-two movies in Severin Film’s Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection boxed set, and so we’re going to split this review up over a week, two discs per day, so that I don’t shit my pants and start drooling.

    You can read coverage of discs one and two here.
    You can read coverage of discs three and four here.
    You can read coverage of discs five and six here.

    Here’s a look at discs six and seven of this ridiculous boxed set.

    Disc Seven – Satan’s Sadists/Angels’ Wild Women:

    First up, a biker-trash epic in the form of Angels’ Wild Women, a late period entry that isn’t quite as entertaining as the second feature on this disc but which works on many of the same levels. When the movie opens, two dirt bags are chasing a foxy black woman (Magie Bembry) dubbed 'Cool Chick' through a field. When they catch up to her, she's raped.

    What the rapists didn't necessarily realize is that Cool Chick was part of a super tough gang of female bikers. Led by Margo (Regina Carrol), they're not pleased at all about what's happened to Cool Chick and they decide to
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