Film Reviews, News & Competitions

 
 


 
LATEST
 

 
Horror
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here Comes the Devil (Ahí va el diablo)

Prior to his entry in this year’s anthology The ABCs of Death with B is for Bigfoot, no stranger to the horror genre, Argentinian writer/director Adrián García Bogliano pushed the boundaries with Mexican horror Here Comes the D...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Link

The relationship between people and apes is long and quite complicated, and not just in films.  You still occasionally hear stories in the news about chimps and the like bought as exotic pets turning against their owners in hor...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Little Deaths

Just in time for the annual FrightFest shindig in London’s glittering West End, Little Deaths – a showcase for all that is warped and messed up in the world if British horror – finally sees the light of day. H...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Evil Dead

Remaking a film like Evil Dead should come with a health warning to all involved:  You are remaking making a cult classic, a film that people have watched over and over and fallen in love with, deeply.  But director Fede Alvare...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape

Norwegian cinema has been consistent over the last few years with generous, genre-abundant offerings to the silver screen.  We have had a taste of Norwegian horror with Rare Exports, fantasy with Troll Hunter and Thale, the cri...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Possession

To try and compare Possession to other films would be an act in futility. On the one hand it stands alone, utterly unique in its ideas and execution. On the other it has influenced no end of filmmakers with its dark, psychologi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The ABCs Of Death

An ingenious twist on the horror anthology genre, The ABCs Of Death created quite a response worldwide when playing to its initial intended audiences; the horror festival circuit. But on disc, instead of being limited by home v...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Static

Home invasion thrillers like recent offerings The Strangers or the fabulous and terrifying Ils owe a debt of course to Michael Haneke’s genre defining Funny Games. With little ground left to cover, it’s impressive how director ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Brood

When a horror film still has the power to disturb you over 30 years after its original release, you know it must be doing something right. Initially appearing in the UK in 1980, there’s no doubt The Brood looks a tad dated nowa...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hansel & Gretel : Witch Hunters

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Or so the old adage goes. It must be said, however, Tommy Wirkola‘s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters never even looked much on paper; and regrettably, the finished film is unlikely...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Texas Chainsaw

Since Tobe Hooper‘s original classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 39 years ago, the name has entered the ranks as one of the most recognisable and iconic figureheads in modern horror alongside Freddy, Michael and Jason, an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apartment 1303

It’s never easy moving into a new home the first time, as rebellious teen Janet Slate (Julianne Michelle) discovers. After enduring her alcoholic, attention-seeking mother Maddie (Rebecca De Mornay – The Hand That R...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Facility

Tapping into most people’s primal fear of hospitals, The Facility shuns the more fanciful horror trappings, and places us in a readily identifiable setting. But if the setting is readily identifiable, the context is somew...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Come Out And Play

Kids eh! Who’d have them? And, more importantly, if they turned into a giggling maniac who’d have the balls to kill them? While Narciso Ibáñez Serrador asked that exact question in Who Can Kill A Child?, Belarus’s Makinov attem...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Collection

2009’s The Collector, the directorial debut of Marcus Dunstan and co-written with his screenplay partner Patrick Melton (the duo having worked on the last four entries in the Saw saga, the Feast trilogy and Piranha 3DD for Jon ...