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A Quiet Place Part II

Back in 2018, one horror film silently took the genre by storm with its originality, surprisingly developed characters, and terrifying use of silence in its impeccable sound design. It was deservedly a huge success, both commer...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Well, this is a strange one. After the grisly Saw series wrapped up its complex and overarching narrative in the now-humorously titled seventh film Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, seven years later brought yet another sequel in 2017...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Power

Some of the best horrors thrive on their simplicity. For example, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is scary because it really just boils down to a mad bloke in the middle of nowhere chasing you with a power tool. See? Scary. Corinn...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Banishing

Christopher Smith is one of the most talented filmmakers in modern British horror. With his terrifying debut Creep back in 2004, he delivered a harrowing nightmare of a young woman being stalked by a creature in the London Unde...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Dark and the Wicked

It really is a great time to be a horror fan. In the last twelve months alone we’ve had some truly remarkable entries in the genre like Saint Maud and Relic, both incredibly powerful little chillers that burn slowly, and focus ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wrong Turn (2021)

When it was announced that screenwriter Alan McElroy was returning to the Wrong Turn series to write the seventh entry in the slasher saga – and it was to be a reboot, no less – it is unlikely that anybody was particularly exci...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Possessor

In 2012, celebrated filmmaker David Cronenberg’s son Brandon burst onto the scene with his directorial debut Antiviral, a blackly satirical sci-fi horror that debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. With gruesome morbidity, the fi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Relic

It seems like waiting for an innovative and memorable horror film in 2020 is like waiting for a bus. Nothing for ages, then two come along at once! Yes, after the phenomenal Saint Maud earlier in October, we now have another fi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saint Maud

In a year where all the big, flashy blockbusters are being held back in anticipation of a greater profit in 2021, independent films have an opportunity to dominate UK cinemas – the ones that are still open, at least. Director R...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Color Out of Space

Arguably, no genre writer has been as influential as H.P. Lovecraft. Over eighty years after his death, his unique vision of ‘cosmic horror’ continues to inspire authors and filmmakers alike. Yet, to date, there have few truly ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pet Sematary

There are two ways a film with such an outrageous plot as Pet Sematary could have been made. The first is as a campy ‘B movie’ fully aware of how ridiculous the idea of family pets rising from the dead is. The secon...
 
 
 
 
 
 

One Cut of the Dead

A zombie invasion isn’t quite what it seems in Shin’ichirô Ueda’s refreshing, funny, and clever take on a much-abused horror genre.  The plot revolves around what appears to be the making of a low-budget zombie horror film that...
 
 
 
 
 
 

mother!

A mild-mannered Jennifer Lawrence is working away on a house restoration project in a vast and creaky abode that she inhabits with Javier Bardem – an intense, acclaimed writer who is suffering from writer’s block and actively s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

It

There was a time in Hollywood where Stephen King’s name was above a slew of projects. Even It, based on his 1986 doorstop of a novel, was made into a 1990 mini-series which scared the bejesus out of a generation mainly thanks t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get Out

What is a horror film supposed to do? Scare you? Thrill you? Chill you? All of the above? Probably, but what you rarely expect a horror film to do is question your own outlook on the world. It is therefore with great delight th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Girl With All The Gifts

It’s telling that in a time of social and political upheaval superheroes have taken centre stage, or at least centre box office. Because we need something to give us hope, something to suggest a rescuer is on the horizon, a her...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don’t Breathe

Given his debut feature was the quite literally blood-soaked Evil Dead remake those of a squeamish nature would be right in entering Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe with a sense of trepidation. But while the claret doesn’t flow, a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Shallows

If you go into The Shallows expecting anything less than bikini vs big fish stop reading now. Seriously, if you’re after high-art go and read some James Joyce or watch a Terence Davies film. Because this is a full-blown B-Movie...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t want you to like The Neon Demon. To simply like something he created would be an assault on his senses, and if anyone is going to be assaulting anyone’s senses it’s going to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tale of Tales

If adult fairytales rock your inner-child boat then director Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is the one for you. Inspired by the fairytales of Italian folklorist Giambattista Basile, here we have three stories that revolves arou...