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Rigor Mortis

Arguably it’s all Jonathan Ross’ fault. Back in 1990 – when Enter The Dragon was pretty much the only Hong Kong movie most of us had ever seen – Mr Ross, presented a run of films for Channel 4 under the banner Chine...
 
 
 
 
 
 

What We Do In The Shadows

With Twilight giving cinemas a serious case of vampire fatigue What We Do In Shadows is a timely reminder that they’re just as much a source of comedy as they are horror, or brooding self-indulgence for that matter. In fact so ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fear Clinic

Before getting into a discussion of the merits of the film, an important safety notice should be made; almost the entire last twenty minutes or so of this film are almost non-stop flashing lights. As such, those that are photos...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Extraterrestrial

Alien abductions, ever since tales of this phenomena started, have fuelled many a film and show, to the point where the image of the Grey (the big headed, black eyed alien) is a recognised pop-culture staple. These have varied ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

[REC] 4: Apocalypse

[REC] 4: Apocalypse marks the final chapter in the zombie franchise. But what started out in 2007 as a genuinely terrifying found-footage horror soon struggled to keep up that level of pace and terror. Indeed [REC] 3: Genesis w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Babadook

Essie Davis stars as the damaged, frazzled widow who lost her husband in a car accident on the day of their son’s birth. Fast forward seven years and her grief has left her on the brink of a nervous breakdown. If that isn’t bad...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ninjas vs. Monsters

Wow, we haven’t had a good Ninja film since… erm… never really (does Batman Begins count?). We still haven’t with this one, as Ninja vs. Monsters is a stupid, micro-budgeted affair with amateurish acting, Halloween decoration l...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stage Fright

There have been a few films before with the title Stage Fright, namely an Alfred Hitchcock thriller, and an Italian slasher from 1987. This film definitely has more in common with the latter than the former, being heavily steep...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deliver Us From Evil

Forging a smart little niche of character driven horror thrillers director Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil continues that trend. But while he may have been recently indoctrinated into the superhero family, with the anno...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Purge: Anarchy

Something of a sleeper hit last year The Purge presented an interesting premise with a poor execution. Rather than focus on the world created it instead dipped into clichéd home-invasion territory without ever offering anything...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

In the early seventies, a whole new era for horror was in full swing, taking it fully out of the gothic past, and into a very grim and extreme present. One of the most legendary titles of this era was The Texas Chainsaw Massacr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Oculus

After the smartly subversive, but relatively unseen, Absentia writer director Mike Flanagan certainly earned the right to have a crack at the big time. Rather than taking over an already established franchise Flanagan instead h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grave Halloween

In Japan there lies Aokigahara Forest, also known as The Sea of Trees. Miles of woodland near the base of Mount Fuji, the place has become infamous for one thing; suicides. On average, approximately 100 suicides a year took pla...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Treehouse

This is the hardest sort of film to review. Films that are runaway successes or those that are just plain awful; both as easy as pie to work with. But the ones that are so very close to being great but blow it, the mixed bags; ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Open Grave

Mysteries in stories are only as interesting as their resolutions, both in terms of what the solution is and how the reveal is handled. It’s not just about showing what’s actually been going on, it’s what know...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Reaper

Reaper has one of the most misleading DVD covers in recent years. It lists Danny Trejo and Vinnie Jones first like they’re the main characters. In actual fact, it takes Danny nearly half an hour out of an 85 minute film t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mark of the Devil

In the wake of Saw came a huge surge in the number of “torture” movies. Titles like Hostel and the like really pushed cinematic unpleasantness to all new extremes. The thing is though, this trend was nothing new. Ma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vamps

Krysten Ritter is too good an actress for films like Vamps. She had an excellent supporting role in the life-changingly brilliant Breaking Bad, she starred in her own TV series, and she’s shown she can play both serious and com...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Only Lovers Left Alive

Writer director Jim Jarmusch is to Indie films what Michael Jackson was to pop music. So the idea of him making a vampire movie, a genre made all too bland and mainstream thanks to Twilight’s sparkle angst, is a tantalizing one...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Beast

The early years of Walerian ‘Boro’ Borowczyk’s career seemed filled with promise: An award-winning director of short films who demanded to be involved in every stage of the production process from actor-coaching to set-painting...