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Big Bad Wolves

Dark and disturbingly captivating the directors of Big Bad Wolves Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado flirt with a Quentin Tarantino type style to create a multi-layered thriller that’s pointedly chilling in every sense of the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Homefront

Homefront comes from the pen of Oscar Nominated writer Sylvester Stallone.  You can re-read that sentence all you like it won’t make it any less true.  For while Sly has made a name for himself as first an iconic and then a ger...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White Of The Eye

Donald Cammell was born to be a painter. Educated at the Royal College of Art and a firm favourite amongst 1950s aristocrats looking to have their portraits painted, he met the 1960s by declaring painting a dead medium and imme...
 
 
 
 
 
 

In Fear

At first glance In Fear is your run of the mill horror, you know the type; young couple on a weekend getaway take a few wrong turns, lose phone signal and before long are being stalked, harassed and terrified by an unseen foe. ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gravity

Blazing a trail with box office, critical and award success Gravity was 2013’s essential cinematic viewing.  It was a film that had more force than, well, gravity itself.  Released on the home formats just in time for it to pot...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Europa Report

Europa Report treads that age-old adage of Sci-fi thriller which sees a group of brave astronauts travel to the farthest reaches of our solar system to find out if we are alone in the universe.  But unlike an Alien or even the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Days

Similarities predictably abound between this and José Saramago‘s Blindness, itself adapted into a film directed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles in 2008. Here however, it is an unseen and free-flowing infection ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Léon 20th Anniversary Special Edition

These days Léon director Luc Besson deals more in producing Euro-action-thrillers that are both formulaic and predictable, we’re looking at you Taken and Transporter franchises.  But looking back at Léon, twenty years after it’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Prisoners

Coming after his much lauded, and Oscar nominated, Incendies, all eyes are on Prisoners’ director Denis Villeneuve to see if he can repeat the trick of making an engaging drama mystery for a more mainstream audience.  With the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Passenger

Last Passenger, a British movie low on both concept and budget, set on the last train out of London, doesn’t sound like it promises too much and indeed it barely bothered the box office. But put all cynicism aside and get...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Peacock

Anybody that has followed the career of Cillian Murphy will know the Cork actor isn’t averse to a bit of cross dressing. In Neil Jordan’s 2005’s Breakfast on Pluto he went from gawky teen to beautiful blonde bombshell as transv...
 
 
 
 
 
 

White House Down

Sometimes movies are like London buses; you wait for ages for one Die Hard in The White House movie to come along and then two arrive at once.  White House Down may have lost the race out of the gates to Olympus Has Fallen but,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Long Goodbye

Director Robert Altman is most fondly remembered for his ensemble pieces but to ignore The Long Goodbye is to miss out on a piece of pulpish brilliance.  While the likes of M*A*S*H, Nashville and Short Cuts have that quintessen...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tenebre

Tenebre sees Dario Argento back to his bonkers giallo best.  Inspired to write the film after he found his own stalker threatening to kill him, it is easily the director’s most personal work and arguably his most accessible. Fl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mystery

Mystery lives up to its name as it gradually and stylishly unravels the secret and painful lives of its central characters, revealing sordid lies and utter betrayal at the core of this family’s story. Opening with a horrific ca...