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mother!

A mild-mannered Jennifer Lawrence is working away on a house restoration project in a vast and creaky abode that she inhabits with Javier Bardem – an intense, acclaimed writer who is suffering from writer’s block and actively s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

It

There was a time in Hollywood where Stephen King’s name was above a slew of projects. Even It, based on his 1986 doorstop of a novel, was made into a 1990 mini-series which scared the bejesus out of a generation mainly thanks t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get Out

What is a horror film supposed to do? Scare you? Thrill you? Chill you? All of the above? Probably, but what you rarely expect a horror film to do is question your own outlook on the world. It is therefore with great delight th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Girl With All The Gifts

It’s telling that in a time of social and political upheaval superheroes have taken centre stage, or at least centre box office. Because we need something to give us hope, something to suggest a rescuer is on the horizon, a her...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don’t Breathe

Given his debut feature was the quite literally blood-soaked Evil Dead remake those of a squeamish nature would be right in entering Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe with a sense of trepidation. But while the claret doesn’t flow, a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Shallows

If you go into The Shallows expecting anything less than bikini vs big fish stop reading now. Seriously, if you’re after high-art go and read some James Joyce or watch a Terence Davies film. Because this is a full-blown B-Movie...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t want you to like The Neon Demon. To simply like something he created would be an assault on his senses, and if anyone is going to be assaulting anyone’s senses it’s going to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tale of Tales

If adult fairytales rock your inner-child boat then director Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is the one for you. Inspired by the fairytales of Italian folklorist Giambattista Basile, here we have three stories that revolves arou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cabin Fever

Eli Roth and Alfred Hitchcock. There’s a comparison you probably were never expecting to read, but there is now something those two have in common. Both of them now have had a very superfluous, almost shot-for-shot remake made ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Witch

Writer-director Robert Eggers’ indie film, The Witch – winner of best debut feature at 2015’s BFI London Film Festival – is a horror film and no mistake. But after an initial bold reveal you soon forget this and become swept up...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crimson Peak

With its powerful opening scene, Crimson Peak draws you in and, though loosens its grip at times, manages to keep hold of the audience’s attention until the end.  Director Guillermo del Toro has pulled together a stunning cast,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cub

The most numerous slasher franchise of all time, Friday the 13th, was set at a summer camp but only one of the whole series (Jason Lives) actually had children present.  This seems like a missed opportunity, as the extra tensio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Ana Lily Amirpour’s hipster flick, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, is a little like the Director herself: a product of many cultures. Part Iranian New Wave, part Spaghetti Western, part budget indie, this monochrome delight c...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spring

Spring is one of those examples of the romantic horror. Romance and horror might not seem like perfect bedfellows but they’re as old as Dracula and increasingly bring out the best of both worlds. Normally lending itself natural...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Judas Ghost

There’s something about the phrase ‘cracking little ghost story’ that seems a bit patronising. So perhaps this review should start with a run down of some of this cracking little ghost story’s credentials. Written by New York T...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Voices

Marjane Satrapi – known primarily for critically acclaimed animated coming-of-age drama Persepolis (2007) – has clearly taken a bold u-turn with her first foray into the landscape of English-language film. Playing l...
 
 
 
 
 
 

It Follows

For quite a long time there has been a close relationship between sex and death in horror films, both in metaphorical and literal terms. We all know the cliché of the virginal “final girl” leads in slasher films, even though th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Woman In Black: Angel of Death

The Woman in Black from 2012 was the biggest success (so far) of the recently revived Hammer Films.  Capturing much of the essence of Susan Hill’s novel, along with a big dose of old fashioned gothic, it was a huge success at t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Horns

While the author of Horns Joe Hill may sound like a Batman villain he is in fact the son of horror maestro Stephen King. And like his dark minded dad Hill seems to have a wondrous ability to tap into a macabre, twisted sense of...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Babadook

Whilst on the surface just another foray into the ‘monster in the attic’ genre, The Babadook serves a slightly more thoughtful entry into the world of scary cinema. Positioning itself as a psychological thriller rat...