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The Quiet Ones

Continuing the Hammer Horror renaissance that started with the wonderfully gothic Woman In Black, The Quiet Ones maintains a period setting seemingly a perfect fit for the studios heyday of the ‘60s and ‘70s. But does The Quiet...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Varsity Blood

Varsity Blood is something of a throwback to the old days of ‘80s slashers, the likes of Prom Night, Final Exam or Graduation Day, which makes it a bit of an oddity in among the current fad of found footage horror films. Thing ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Almost Human

With its aliens and its small town Maine setting, Almost Human could nearly be mistaken for a Stephen King adaptation. Nearly. Not the likes of The Shawshank Redemption or Stand By Me, or even the more mediocre adaptations like...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Battery

Just when you think that new life can’t be breathed into low budget zombie movies, there comes along something like The Battery. At a time when the undead have completely taken over pop-culture, it’s hard to stand o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Sacrament

Given how tried, tested and frankly stagnant the “Found Footage” sub-horror-genre has become you may be inclined to avoid The Sacrament. But you’d be missing out on a film that doesn’t so much revolutionise the genre as reinvig...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Under The Skin

The less you know going into Under The Skin the better. The reason being that what director Jonathan Glazer has created is an often daunting, visually arresting experience that taps into a very primal fear of the unknown. Hence...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Re-Animator

Born out of director Stuart Gordon’s belief that there were too many Dracula movies around at the time, Re-Animator has since become a cult classic of the comedy horror genre. Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West – Re...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Invoking

With the advent of the Found Footage genre, independent horror directors have really benefitted from a low-budget approach. While Jeremy Berg’s The Invoking (originally known as Sader Ridge) isn’t one of those ‘discovered on a ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell

The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957 was a milestone in British film, especially for the studio that made it.  While they’d made many movies before, including horror titles, it was this that defined what a Hammer Film was.  ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gallowwalkers

In and out of development since 2005, Andrew Goth’s Gallowwalkers is about two-thirds of the way to being a genuinely interesting and provocative film. Unfortunately, the missing third is the one containing a decent structure. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Evidence

In the 15 odd years since The Blair Witch Project came out, the found footage genre has pretty much been done to death. It’s been given numerous horror treatments, it’s had the sci-fi action thriller treatment in Cl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Carrie

Given this year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Stephen King’s iconic novel Carrie it seems only apt that a new imagination of the material should return to screens.  And a ‘re-imagining’ is what director Kimbe...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Orca: The Killer Whale

Towards the end of Orca: The Killer whale Richard Harris bellows; “What the hell are you?”  It’s a fair question that could just as easily be aimed at this obvious Jaws rip-off. The story sees Captain Nolan (Richard Harris), a ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hatchet 3

In 2006, an unlikely new horror franchise appeared at a time when modern horror had lost its sense of fun in a midst of torture porn and nihilism; a low-budget old school slasher with as many (good) bad jokes as memorable kills...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Borderlands

Found footage doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and there’re several good reasons for that.  While at its worst it can be really cheap and gimmicky, done well it can be enormously immersiv, and can lead to very eff...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White Dog

Samuel Fuller is one of the great outsiders of American cinema. Initially a screenwriter for Laurel and Hardy, Fuller’s career spanned six decades and twenty-three films. Invariably made incredibly quickly and for little or no ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bloody Homecoming

The slasher movie had its boom period from 1980 to 1983 after the success of Friday the 13th, with a brief spike in the late ‘90s after Scream.  While the sub-genre does have its flaws, there’s much to recommend some of t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stalled

Ever since Night of the Living Dead (and arguably Invisible Invaders to get really obscure), the zombie siege has been an ever-reliable format for low budget horror.  However, never before Stalled has a feature confined the sie...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Muirhouse

Futile as it is, it seems that filmmakers remain intent on squeezing every last ounce of blood from the found footage genre.  Over the last couple of years in particular there have been some decidedly poor efforts, including A ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frost

Found footage horror films don’t seem to be going anywhere, and now we have Iceland’s stab at the genre.  In many ways the wilds of Iceland are an ideal place for such a film, as the glaciers and wastes can create a...