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Posted on: April 28th, 2017

Though touted as a dark horror comedy, I found Two Pigeons neither funny nor scary. It is instead an overly long, repetitive trudge that relies on gross-out gags to try and tell its tale of revenge. Dominic Bridges directs a joyless affair that takes a decent idea but goes nowhere with it. Hussein (Mim Shaikh) …Read More

Posted on: April 27th, 2017

Argentinian horror anthology Terror 5 is an interesting exercise in sociopolitical horror, but viewers (including yours truly) not up to speed on the country’s political climate and history may find that the anthology doesn’t offer many other new ideas. Said to be based on urban legends from that country, the movie does present a unique …Read More

Posted on: April 25th, 2017

Synopsis: In Francesca, two detectives must try to solve a 15-year old case of a missing girl to help catch a serial killer. The current killer is targeting people they think to be impure, believing that they are murdering people who deserve it. Francesca is an excellent homage to giallo films from the ’60s and …Read More

Posted on: April 24th, 2017

S&M: LES SADIQUES is über-talented indie filmmaker Alex Bakshaev’s follow-up to his 2015 offering THE DEVIL OF KREUZBERG. Where in that movie there were stylistic hints to his devotion to legendary Spanish trash-auteur Jess Franco, this latest opus could be said to be an out-and-out love letter, a case strengthened by the fact that it’s …Read More

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017

As a sub-genre, body horror has often been used to explore adolescent anxieties about puberty, examining newly-awakened fears and desires that emerge as a person’s body begins to change. With this comes a terror of deformity and otherness, a loss of what was once familiar, as well as a certain apprehension associated with a person’s …Read More

Posted on: April 19th, 2017

Synopsis: When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo’s fantasy into reality. Once every blue moon, a first-timer’s feature is accepted at Cannes Film Festival. It’s actually probably one hell of a lot less often than that, …Read More

Posted on: April 17th, 2017

Synopsis: A father leaves his three children in the care of a relative while he goes away on business. When the youngest receives a hunting knife in the mail, she attempts to take it from him. As the two of them struggle, she’s accidentally stabbed and dies. The children go into a panic, and decide …Read More

Posted on: April 16th, 2017

Inspired by nineteenth century gothic literature, Bava’s Black Sunday (La Maschera del Demonio) was released to modest acclaim in 1960. Vampires, with all their unearthly glamour, seem like a perfect fit for Italian horror, though Bava’s directorial debut owes more to the Universal monster movies of the 1930s. Although the film suffered from a huge …Read More

Posted on: April 14th, 2017

Directed by Maurizio del Iccolo and Roberto del Piccolo, My Little Sister is a micro-budget horror film about a young couple who find themselves at the mercy of a murderous villain who loves to wear the faces of his victims. Sounds familiar right? Well, it’s true that My Little Sister attempts to channel the ferocity …Read More

Posted on: April 13th, 2017

Synopsis: After moving to a new home a teenager is possessed by an evil spirit. Her mother calls upon the help of a local doctor and a priest to help rid her daughter of the entity. If the synopsis of a young girl getting possessed by a demonic entity feels like nothing new, then you …Read More

Posted on: April 13th, 2017

Synopsis: A couple of teenagers get their kicks from prank calling strangers; telling them that they’re sick, that there’s an invader in their house or that their daughter is dead. The tables are turned when the pair prank the wrong guy and find out that their late night fun can have deadly consequences. This is …Read More

Posted on: April 12th, 2017

With the whole world learning to live with a zombie apocalypse, a few islands are immune from the infection. Guess what? Ibiza is one of them! A group of young people head to the party island for sun, sea and sex, but discover a club owner who has a few of his own private walking …Read More

Posted on: April 12th, 2017

It is rare to find enjoyment in a horror sequel, because very few are able to maintain the impact of the first and develop the story in a way that is refreshing, interesting and worthwhile. However, Stake Land II is a more mellow, but equally as brutal sequel that impressively expands on the story began …Read More

Posted on: April 7th, 2017

Suspense-Thriller-Horror hybrid ‘Abandoned Dead,’ new from Wild Eye Releasing, delivers decent scares while seeming somewhat familiar: a security guard [Rachel Burke, played by the ever-talented scream-queen Sarah Nicklin] finds herself trapped in a rundown medical clinic somewhere deep in Los Angeles and soon discovers she is not alone. As paranormal disturbances mount, so do her …Read More

Posted on: April 1st, 2017

Synopsis: A young novelist named Jakob (the splendidly monikered Ross Indecency) announces to his partner Linda (Sandra Bourdonnec) that he needs time alone to work on the follow-up to his recent bestseller. His best friend Kurt (Suleyman Yuceer) has been making ends meet by carrying out hits for the mob, but now wants out. When …Read More

Posted on: April 1st, 2017

Based on a short story by Clive Barker, The Midnight Meat Train was released in 2008 before being rushed to DVD, and honestly, it isn’t hard to see why. The film suffers from many trends that now seem dated within the genre, and relies on excessive gore and jump scares to create tension. I have …Read More

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017

The true story of Ed Gein – the American serial killer and body snatcher – has inspired many famous horror films, including Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and House of 1000 Corpses. Deranged, released in 1974, is one of the most literal interpretations of the Ed Gein story, and though mainly remembered for its lurid …Read More

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017

Synopsis: Carrie White is dealing with the problems that come with adolescence. Her life is under constant duress from her peers at school, as well as her religious fanatic of a mother. While showering in the high school gymnasium, she begins to undergo her first menstruation. Unaware of what’s occurring, she breaks down, and is …Read More

Posted on: March 21st, 2017

Synopsis: As a woman tries to rekindle her relationship with her daughter Chloe (Lucy Boynton), she starts to believe that Chloe may be embroiled in a dangerous witch legend. There’s nothing scary in Don’t Knock Twice unless you’re scared of doors or knocking, because there’s a lot of slow, ominous zooms in on doors and …Read More

Posted on: March 20th, 2017

Synopsis: The employees of Belko Industries have a really bad day at the office when they are forced to play a deadly game against their colleagues, bosses, and friends. The Belko Experiment is directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and written by James Gunn (Slither), and when I heard that winning combination, I was sold. …Read More

Posted on: March 19th, 2017

Science-fiction thriller Atomica looks rather good, with impressive set designs of a futuristic nuclear power plant and CGI spacecraft. It lacks, however, in the important areas of story, characters, and performances. Abby Dixon (Sarah Habel) is a young, gung-ho, by-the-numbers safety inspector for a corporation that has found a way to convert leaked radiation to …Read More

Posted on: March 17th, 2017

Set before the events that unravelled in 2016’s masterful Train to Busan, Seoul Station is an animated action-horror that follows various survivors as they fight to survive during a zombie outbreak in South Korea. If you wanted to see the beginning of the zombie outbreak that rages during the intense and nail-biting Train to Busan, …Read More

Posted on: March 17th, 2017

Ten years after being gunned down during World War II and thrown into a lake with a dark past, a platoon of Nazi soldiers rise again to seek vengeance on a small French town and the Mayor who had them killed. Directed by that prolific master of Eurosleaze, Jean Rollin, 1981 cheapo Zombie Lake checks …Read More

Posted on: March 16th, 2017

Synopsis: Chip’s problem is that he can’t say no to beautiful women. This weakness gets him into a world of trouble when he agrees to help his girlfriend steal $68,000. “Sweet pussy clouds a man’s mind.” This bit of friendly counsel extended to Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) in an early scene primly sets the central …Read More

Posted on: March 16th, 2017

Synopsis: In this short film, an abducted woman wakes up naked and covered in dirt with her captor only inches away. She manages to make a run for it through the forest, but will she be able to escape his clutches? Into the Mud begins well, but there is nothing initially special about its set-up. …Read More

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