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Odd Thomas

Odd (Anton Yelchin) isn’t like everyone else in the friendly Californian town Pico Mundo. For starters, his name was apparently a misprint in his birth certificate and his mother was locked up when he was young for being,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kiss of the Damned

Until Twilight came along in 2008 and saturated the genre with a fair amount of angst-ridden slush, we had the likes of Near Dark, Let the Right One In and Dracula (1992) to satisfy our hunger for the vampire love story.  Simil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Complex

Hideo Nakata is famed for bringing into the world some of film’s truly darkest horror creations. None more so than 1998’s Ring, and no, not the dumbed-down-over-obvious-Hollywood-Naomi-Watts-screaming version but the genuinely ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Banshee Chapter

What is the job of a director? Some would argue that it is principally a managerial position that takes the work of many different people and combines them to create a singular vision. Others might say that directors are there ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Colony

The post-apocalyptic action/horror genre has in recent years had a major new glut of titles.  While the world continues to live in times of uncertainty, such films will always be relevant, as when done well, it can give hope th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

You’re Next

In the immortal words of Scream all horror movies are the same; “Some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can’t act who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door.  It’s insultin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Ass Spider!

The concept is hardly an original one. Mankind falls pray to a giant bug beast terrorising the city. We’ve been there before with Mimic and Starship Troopers. Yet there is something cringingly enjoyable about Mike Mendez’s Big ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Conjuring

The Conjuring is very much a product of the success of Paranormal Activity.  A film that deals in the things that go bump in the night, that shadow behind the door and the feeling of chills up the spine.  But The Conjuring wear...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

With Hollywood churning out sub-standard remakes it is fitting that Arrow should pick such a prime moment to give Invasion Of The Body Snatchers a much warranted Blu-ray release.  Philip Kauffman – the man who wrote Raiders Of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The People Under The Stairs

With home invasion movies having something of a renaissance this year, thanks to the likes of You’re Next and The Purge, it seems as good as ever to re-visit Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs.  Of course unlike your norm...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Twixt

Twixt is odd. Sometimes odd can be good, like Inception, and sometimes it can be incredible like Memento. However, it can go drastically, horribly wrong. When this happen odd describes something that is plot-less, confusing, du...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Witches

It’s been said that familiarity breeds contempt and that’s certainly true in the case of The Witches. Decades of being aired on TV, in post-pub timeslots, has done much to damage the reputation of this chilling pastoral horror....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Creepshow

While Marvel and DC have always dominated the market for superhero comics, the American market for non-superhero comics used to belong to a company known as Entertainment Comics, EC for short. Unlike Marvel and DC, EC made thei...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Purge

Trying hard to be more than just the sum of its parts, The Purge is a horror that sets out an interesting premise, builds well and then, unfortunately, forgets to scare, shock or thrill. Set in a very near future, crime is at a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

ATM

ATM comes from writer Chris Sparling, the man responsible for putting Ryan Reynolds in a coffin for the entirety of Buried and making it a genuinely gripping watch.  So with his ability to craft tense, self-contained thrillers ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Superheroes Must Die

Now is truly the age of the superhero on screen.  Marvel and DC blockbusters may continually dominate the cinema charts but there is certainly always room for movies that attempt to deconstruct the superhero genre.  Think Watch...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Citadel

People often talk about horror films purely in terms of the effects that they have upon their audiences. However, while an ability to make audiences jump may account for the success of any given film, talking about horror purel...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Byzantium

For some Byzantium might be a vampire film too far.  After the brooding of Twilight and all the overwrought teenage angst that came with it, do we need more bloodsuckers vamping up our screens?  But Byzantium offers something n...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black Rock

Black Rock is not what the posters and trailer would have you believe.  It’s billed as a survival horror a; Deliverance with girls.  But while the ad-men want to attract the gore-hounds, Black Rock is aimed at a more discerning...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Exorcism Part 2

The Last Exorcism might be one of the best titles to come out of the recent found footage boom, perhaps also one of the best horror movies of the last five years.  It took the form of documentary footage following Reverend Cott...