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Karen Benardello
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Exclusive Interview: Tye Sheridan and Christopher Smith Talk About Their Neo-Noir Thriller, 'Detour':
Embarking on a potentially dangerous journey in order to achieve a seemingly well-intentioned goal can ultimately create a life-altering situation to everyone involved. What can begin as an admirable objective can become dangerous when adversaries develop conflicting plans that solely benefit their ambitions. Opposing intentions grippingly arise in the new neo-noir thriller, ‘Detour,’ which was […]
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Netflix has unveiled the trailers for two of its upcoming original films, including ‘I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.' and 'Deidra & Laney Rob a Train,' ahead of their Sundance Film Festival premieres:
Netflix has unveiled the trailers for two of its upcoming original films, including ‘I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.’ and ‘Deidra & Laney Rob a Train,’ ahead of their world premieres at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The two movies are set to launch on the streaming service later this year, following […]
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'thirtywhatever,’ a new musical revue that’s filled with songs about what happens to people during their 30s, is set to debut at New York City’s Laurie Beechman Theatre:
The heartbreaks and triumphs that fill people’s lives as they transition from the dreams that fuel their twenties to the confident maturity of their forties are finally being realistically showcased in entertainment. ‘thirtywhatever,’ a new musical revue that’s filled with songs about what happens between the time people say goodbye to 29 and hello to […]
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Shockya's review of singer-songwriter April Martin's folk-country-inspired album, 'In the Blink of a Life':
Artist: April Martin Musicians: April Martin: vocals, guitar and flute; Peter Calo: guitars and backup vocals; Chris Marshak: drums; Susan Didrichsen: backup vocal; and Norbert Goldberg: percussion Album: In the Blink of a Life Produced by: Peter Calo; Mixed by: Peter Calo; and Mastered by: Scott Hull Reflecting on life’s most powerful emotions from a […]
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The cast and crew, including actress Sammi Hanratty, attend the Dallas premiere of the horror thriller sequel, 'Bad Kids of Crestview Academy':
Celebrating the success of business is one of the fun key factors of the new thriller, ‘Bad Kids of Crestview Academy.’ The action film held its premiere last night at Studio Movie Grill in Dallas, in honor of it being distributed into select theaters and On Demand and Digital HD today by Momentum Pictures. Those […]
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Watch Shockya's exclusive clip from director Benny Boom's 3D dance film, ’48 Hours to Live,' which stars James Maslow and Caitlin Mchugh:
Striving to achieve your goals, and not allowing anyone else control your destiny, is always a powerful and essential element in finding happiness in life. That’s certainly the case for the diverse group of artists and business owners in the new 3D dance film, ’48 Hours to Live,’ which is set to be released this […]
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Netflix has unveiled the trailers for two of its upcoming original films, including ‘I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.' and 'Deidra & Laney Rob a Train,' ahead of their Sundance Film Festival premieres:
Netflix has unveiled the trailers for two of its upcoming original films, including 'I don't feel at home in this world anymore.' and 'Deidr...
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The new trailer for the upcoming romance sci-fi Netflix film, 'The Discovery,' which stars Robert Redford, Rooney Mara, Jason Segel and Riley Keough, has been released:
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Watch Shockya's exclusive clip from XLrator Media's thriller, ‘A Patch of Fog,’ which stars Stephen Graham and Conleth Hill, and was directed by Michael Lennox:
Friendship usually forms between two people who mutually respect and like each other. But when at least one participant in the relationship doesn’t appreciate or value the other, an affectionate rapport can’t truly grow between them. That’s certainly the case between the two lead characters in the upcoming thriller, ‘A Patch of Fog.’ In honor […]
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Read Shockya's review of director Stacy Title's horror thriller, 'The Bye Bye Man,' which stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Leigh Whannell and Carrie-Anne Moss:
Title: The Bye Bye Man Director: Stacy Title Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Leigh Whannell and Carrie-Anne Moss Keeping a seemingly terrifying supernatural antagonist largely in the shadows as the suspense builds around him is an often a captivating way to raise stress in a film’s story. That built-up tension often […]
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Syfy Films will release director Dagen Merrill's sci-fi thriller, 'Atomica,' which stars Dominic Monaghan and Sarah Habel:
Trying to help a community protect its already established source of power can ultimately lead to an even bigger struggle for control. Actress Sarah Habel is leading the fight to determine the capability of those people who are supposed to be in charge of a nuclear power plant in the upcoming sci-fi thriller, ‘Atomica.’ The […]
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The new reality series, 'Barely Beer Baron,' is set to debut on Amazon Prime early this year:
The relentless pursuit of capturing their dream job, while also diligently providing for their family, is the ultimate all-American goal for...
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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews.

Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts.

Some of Karen's highlights as a writer include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.
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    Journalism, Print and Electronic, 2005 - 2008
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