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Posted on: January 19th, 2018

To this day, Hammer carries a lot of weight in the horror realm and remains synonymous with the genre after all these years. And despite being fairly quiet in recent times since relaunching the brand in 2007, titles released during their glory years continue to find resonance among genre aficionados. Therefore, whenever a new documentary …Read More

Posted on: January 13th, 2018

Synopsis: Insidious: The Last Key takes things back to the beginning for parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) as she is forced to investigate a haunting in her old family home. Until now, I’ve been a huge fan of the Insidious franchise and the supernatural terrors it uncovers in various family homes. However, what was once …Read More

Posted on: December 21st, 2017

Synopsis: Graduate student Helen Lyle is researching urban legends for her thesis. She soon uncovers a local superstition about Candyman, a ghost of a former slave who wears a hook in place of a hand. The inhabitants of a housing project called Cabrini Green live their lives in perpetual fear of him. As Helen begins …Read More

Posted on: December 16th, 2017

Suspiria – released in 1977 – is widely regarded to be Dario Argento’s masterwork, a rich tapestry of heady visuals, psychoanalytic dream-theory, and deep, esoteric messages. Described as a film that “only makes sense to the eye,” the visual elements of Suspiria are extremely important, largely because of the way it totally disregards conventional narrative …Read More

Posted on: December 7th, 2017

Children have always played an important part in horror films, acting as the central antagonist in many famous examples. In films like The Exorcist, The Omen, and The Ring, this is done to subvert our expectations of how children should be depicted, challenging the traditional images of innocence and helplessness. In Dismissed, the antagonist is …Read More

Posted on: November 28th, 2017

When Creep was released back in 2014, it was a surprise hit, garnering critical acclaim for its effectively straightforward narrative and fantastic performances from its leading actors, Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice. Talks of a sequel (and even a trilogy) were heard shortly after the film’s release, though nothing was officially announced until September 2016. …Read More

Posted on: November 25th, 2017

Here’s the one that started it all. Universal Pictures had been taking a keen interest in a certain stage play that had been playing to packed houses since its debut at London’s Little Theatre in 1927. Before that year was out, a slightly modified version was on Broadway, and a tour of the States followed, …Read More

Posted on: November 25th, 2017

Synopsis: Angela Baker and her cousin Ricky attend camp Arawak, a summer camp for teenagers. Shy and reclusive, she finds herself being bullied by her peers. The summer camp and the slasher film have an interesting relationship with one another. One of the many entries to capitalise on this location is Sleepaway Camp, a 1983 …Read More

Posted on: November 15th, 2017

Synopsis: Horror Movie: A Low Budget Nightmare is a documentary that follows the trials and tribulations behind the making of Craig Anderson’s festive horror film Red Christmas. Director Craig Anderson is a man who has forever dreamed of making a horror film. Now in his thirties, Craig decides that now is the time to make …Read More

Posted on: November 13th, 2017

Synopsis: In the sequel to 2010’s sci-fi Skyline, Frank Grillo plays a detective who must fight to save his son when aliens invade, kidnapping most of the population and trapping them in their warship. In a surprising turn of events, I’d like to report that Beyond Skyline is actually a decent sequel. By refreshing the …Read More

Posted on: November 10th, 2017

A truly scary collection of contemporary horror tales set in a 1980’s shore town where nothing is quite as it seems, The Witches of Wildwood, delivers on all cylinders. In this delightful collection of short horror fiction, author Mark Wesley Curran recounts original tales of mystery, imagination and terror – all set uniquely in and …Read More

Posted on: November 9th, 2017

If we’ve learned one thing from horror cinema it’s that the woods aren’t a safe place to be. All sorts of mad men and creatures lurk within the trees, and you can bet they’re out for blood should you step into their territory like an unwanted guest. In Capps Crossing, the latest film from writer-director …Read More

Posted on: November 8th, 2017

Synopsis: 23 years after the last series of killings by the ancient demon known as the Creeper, a crack team of survivors assembles to hunt the thing down as it terrorises a rural farming community. Jeepers Creepers split audience opinion down the middle upon its 2001 release, with a heart pounding and fist-gnawingly tense first …Read More

Posted on: November 4th, 2017

Canadian indie horror film Boneyard blends supernatural elements with slasher fare, resulting in an intriguing effort that goes to unexpected places in its third act. Directors Brent Nurse and Steven Spencer have crafted an engaging shocker that is certain to take fear-fare fans by surprise. University professor David Morrison (Jason Bowen) is under intense public …Read More

Posted on: November 4th, 2017

Synopsis: A crazed clown called Art uses Halloween as the perfect night to wreak bloody havoc, murdering anyone who crosses his path. Move over Pennywise, because there’s a new clown in sight and this one is a thousand times more violent and a million times crueller than you. Art is a sadistic and honestly terrifying …Read More

Posted on: November 3rd, 2017

Synopsis: Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) brings his family to the secluded Overlook hotel for the winter, hoping to use the time to write a new novel. However, the hotel is home to a darkness that soon takes possession of Jack, causing him to carry out horrifically violent acts on his family. All the while, his …Read More

Posted on: October 25th, 2017

The familiar horror trope of teenagers getting lost in the woods is an interesting one, primarily because it draws on the same psychoanalytic imagery as the fairy tales we were told as children. In each case, the forest represents a place of temptation and desire, a transitional stage through which the characters must pass to …Read More

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017

THE MUMMY’S GHOST was Universal’s fourth Mummy opus, the third in the sequence started by THE MUMMY’S HAND (1940) and the second to star Lon Chaney, Jnr as the titular creature. Got all that? Good. However, while following on directly from 1942’s THE MUMMY’S TOMB, this one also changes things up a little. Not much, …Read More

Posted on: October 20th, 2017

In Perugia, a masked killer stalks a group of female college students, punishing them for their sexual proclivities. Jane (Suzy Kendall) and her friends have suspicions about who the killer might be, and decide to get away from the university until the murderer is caught, staying – for the time being – in a villa …Read More

Posted on: October 20th, 2017

While perhaps unsung and, to an extent, overlooked on the global scale, Brazil has a rich history of delivering outstanding genre fare. From the cult classic Coffin Joe movies to recent offerings like The Devil Lives Here, it’s a corner of the globe worth scouring for fright flicks. Our Evil (Mal Nosso), on the other …Read More

Posted on: October 19th, 2017

The Unraveling is the type of film one should enter as blindly as possible. In fact, your best bet would be to skip all trailers and reviews and check back at a later date after you’ve seen it for yourself. Director Thomas Jakobsen and co-writer Justin S. Monroe have set out to lead the viewer …Read More

Posted on: October 11th, 2017

If there’s ever a horror franchise that has always sought to do something new with each instalment then the first one to pop into my mind has to be Don Mancini’s Child’s Play. Now going on for almost 30 years with no signs of slowing down, the franchise is back with its seventh instalment Cult …Read More

Posted on: October 9th, 2017

Synopsis: Determined to lose his virginity before his 30th birthday, Jim (Danny Morgan) thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he meets sisters Lulu (Georgia Groome) and Kitty (Kelly Wenham). However when he and his confident friend Alex (Michael Socha) head out with the girls, they realise that they’re hiding a dark and deadly secret. Comedy-horror …Read More

Posted on: October 1st, 2017

Children of the Corn, released in 1984, followed a string of hugely successful King adaptations, including Carrie (1976), The Shining (1980) and Salem’s Lot (1979). In today’s political climate – in which more and more people are driven to religious extremism – I thought now would be the perfect time to revisit Children of the …Read More

Posted on: September 24th, 2017

Synopsis: A group of middle-aged male friends travel to Northern Sweden for a wild camping holiday but after veering too far from their pre-planned path, the chaps start suffering supernatural hallucinations which twists their trip into a terrifying, blood-soaked battle for survival. Harsh woodlands have served as a reliably frightening backdrop for countless classic horror …Read More

Posted on: September 18th, 2017

Synopsis: After being kidnapped by the Blue Skeleton a year prior, a group of friends decide to face their fears by visiting haunted attractions once again. However, all signs point to something sinister and when they’re told to seek out Hell Bent, they wonder if the Blue Skeleton are back. The premise for The Houses …Read More

Posted on: September 15th, 2017

Stephen King – who celebrates his 70th birthday this month – is really the master of modern American horror, whose brand of dark but ultimately hopeful stories have dominated the market for the last 50 years. King’s novels have been adapted into some of the most influential horror films of all times, and although Pet …Read More

Posted on: September 15th, 2017

Mathieu Turi makes a stunning feature film debut as a writer/director with Hostile, an English-language French production that offers engaging drama with its action-packed thrills. This film rises well above the creature feature norm because of its dramatic gravitas, outstanding performances, and solid direction. Brittany Ashworth, who also appears in 2017 horror feature The Crucifixion …Read More

Posted on: September 14th, 2017

Synopsis: Handsome, desirable and oozing self-confidence, Spencer Cutler is a psychopath void of empathy or guilt. Living his life to take advantage of others, he sets his sights on his next victim but an encounter with a new brand of ecstasy sends his life into a downward spiral when he begins to feel emotion for …Read More

Posted on: September 13th, 2017

Synopsis: In Derry, a group of children who call themselves the Losers Club vow to put an end to an ancient shape-shifting demon that typically adopts the scary guise of Pennywise the Clown and hunts the town’s children. Until this year, I had neither read Stephen King’s It or seen the mini-series based on the …Read More

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