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Posted on: January 3rd, 2017

By the mid-1980s, the slasher movie was waning in popularity. Halloween, released in 1978, had spawned a slew of inferior imitators, and their formulaic structures often made these films too predictable to be genuinely frightening. But The Initiation, released in 1984, is both ambitious and innovative, and though it’s far from perfect, the film does …Read More

Posted on: January 1st, 2017

Synopsis: Todd and Rebecca, a couple who move into a new home, discover a fiery spirit that is longing to be set free. Their journey with the entity unravels a terrifying truth which gets darker and more sinister the closer they get to laying the spirit to rest. The Haunted gets off to a shaky …Read More

Posted on: December 31st, 2016

Synopsis: Writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as a caretaker at the isolated, mountain grounded Overlook hotel. After relocating to the Overlook with wife Wendy (Shelly Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd), ghosts of the hotel’s former residents turn up to terrorise the Torrance family and slowly turn Dad Jack into an …Read More

Posted on: December 29th, 2016

It’s Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what’s left of their final Devil’s Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. …Read More

Posted on: December 22nd, 2016

Synopsis: Average American couple, John and Mary (Richard Benjamin and Paula Brentiss) inherit a ramshackle house from a recently departed uncle. After moving into the property with their children Billy and Debbie, a local vampire starts perusing the grounds in the hope of retrieving an ancient book hidden somewhere in the attic: a book which …Read More

Posted on: December 21st, 2016

Synopsis: After being confronted by a demon, a small child murders his mother with a cleaver. Twenty years later, while being transferred to prison, he breaks free and begins murdering victims in the German countryside. If there ever were a movie whose title was indicative of its content, it would be Violent Shit. Andreass Schnaas’ …Read More

Posted on: December 21st, 2016

Synopsis: Since her mother’s incarceration in a mental institution, Boarding School Student Janet (Jennie Linden) suffers from debilitating nightmares. The dreams intensify to the point where school carer Mary (Brenda Burke) decides to place Janet back in the custody of her legal guardian Henry Baxter (David Knight). But, after returning home, Janet’s nightmares get worse …Read More

Posted on: December 20th, 2016

Synopsis: Prison Officer Katherine Walker (Chelsea Field) oversees a transfer of inmates from their secure compound into Wyoming State Penitentiary: a dilapidated edifice which the cantankerous warden Ethan Sharpe (Lane Smith) wants the prisoners to renovate. Soon after settling in, strange supernatural events start occurring on site, which causes a rift between the convicts and …Read More

Posted on: December 19th, 2016

Synopsis: A trio of sinister Santas torment a group of homeless people that are celebrating Christmas in an empty courtroom. As a concept, Good Tidings ticks every box for what should be a simple, effective and scary festive slasher. It is set during Christmas, it features a host of appropriately dressed Santa killers and a …Read More

Posted on: December 18th, 2016

Synopsis: A lonely employee at an animal shelter locks a woman in a cage when she rejects his advances. But she has a surprise in store for her captor… Being a woman who loves the horror genre can be strange. Time and time again, I’m asked why I would want to watch those movies, since …Read More

Posted on: December 16th, 2016

Penda’s Fen – originally shown on BBC1 in 1974 – is a feature-length television play, released commercially for the first time this year. Dealing with ideas of national identity and mythology, it is a heady, delirious mix of styles and genres, somewhere between a coming-of-age tale, a morality play and a horror film. Lovingly restored …Read More

Posted on: December 8th, 2016

There’s little to say about proud no-budgeter Don’t Fuck in the Woods that cannot be gleaned from its title. A bunch of horny young things travel deep into the woods for a camping trip to celebrate their graduation, soon becoming prey to the creature that hunts there. The kids fuck. The kids die. The film …Read More

Posted on: December 7th, 2016

Synopsis: A student takes the opportunity to delve in to the world of exorcisms for a theology project and offers to be possessed via a live stream online. The Possession Experiment starts strongly and sets a dark, grimy scene as its location for a recorded possession of a young woman. With obvious similarities to the …Read More

Posted on: December 7th, 2016

Synopsis: John Cleaver is a clinically diagnosed sociopath struggling to keep his murderous intentions at bay. When a serial killer plagues his small Midwestern town, his obsession with the murders threaten to push him over the edge. I Am Not a Serial Killer breaks down the psychology of serial killing in this gripping and surprising …Read More

Posted on: December 6th, 2016

Synopsis: A young couple decide to document their preparations for killing a stranger; the grisly  murder and disposal of the body included. But, will they be able to go through with it? Capture Kill Release brings a lot to the disturbing table of found footage as it follows a couple who plan to kill someone …Read More

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016

Synopsis: American character actor Gary Merrill is Raymond Garth, unhappily married to Ellen (Georgina Cookson), a highly successful businesswoman who holds the purse strings and generally wears the trousers (how’s that for a metaphor mix?) while he doesn’t appear do much of anything besides drinking Scotch.   When Ellen’s young, pretty niece Alice (Jane Merrow) …Read More

Posted on: December 1st, 2016

Synopsis: In 1970s Prague, paralysed American Journalist Gregory Moore (Jean Sorrel) is mistaken for dead and narrates a tale of cults, kidnap and murder, in the run up to his public post-mortem. This feature debut from Italian Writer/ Director Aldo Lado (Last Stop on the Night Train, Who Saw Her Die?) opens with a raven …Read More

Posted on: November 29th, 2016

Synopsis: A Pathologist (portrayed by actor Michael Carr) hosts a series of graphic vignettes depicting many aspects of death. Of all of the releases that were banned during the video nasty era, Faces Of Death remains one of the most controversial. Since its debut in 1978, an enormous amount of speculation has emerged regarding how …Read More

Posted on: November 25th, 2016

Don’t Let the Devil In is the first full-length feature from emerging filmmaker Courtney Fathom Sell and recently featured on Facet.org’s Resident Video series, which provides exclusive access to films from rising indie talents.  Described as a film about “the evil we experience everyday’’, it examines the subject matter from various angles, including humane, political …Read More

Posted on: November 24th, 2016

After the disappointment of the previous chapter, I didn’t hold any hopes for this movie – high or otherwise. There is an interesting scene at the start where we see a summer camp and a group of young folks sitting around a campfire while someone recounts to them a horror story – that of Jason. …Read More

Posted on: November 24th, 2016

Synopsis: In this tribute to the dazzling films of the 1960s, The Love Witch follows a modern-day witch called Elaine who will do anything to fall in love. The Love Witch is a playful warning about the dangers that lurk behind a pretty face, but I have fallen in love with The Love Witch and …Read More

Posted on: November 24th, 2016

Synopsis: A documentary which follows the moral and social decline of America between the late 1950s and early 1980s.Through archive film footage, newsreels and interviews, it claims to demonstrate that much of the problem lay with the country’s increasingly lax gun laws and an obsession with firearms which continues to this day. Premiered at FrightFest …Read More

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016

Meaningful interaction between human characters isn’t often the main focus of creature features, but it can be the difference between a remarkable monster movie (the 1954 Godzilla or 2005’s The Descent, for example) or a mediocre one. On the other hand, many creature fans feel cheated when there is decent or better human drama but …Read More

Posted on: November 23rd, 2016

For quite some time I have often wondered to myself why there haven’t been any credible invisible man movies made in recent years. In fact, the only movies that I can remember without conducting research are, of course, Paul Verhoeven’s thriller Hollow Man and the original 1933 horror film The Invisible Man which were both …Read More

Posted on: November 8th, 2016

Synopsis: Thirty-something Virginia (Mora Recalde) is left alone in her family’s house while her father tends to his sick niece Julia. As a rabies virus plagues the surrounding area the arrival of her cousin Anabel (Romina Paula) sets a strange set of events in motion as she spends most of the day asleep and disappears …Read More

Posted on: November 8th, 2016

Synopsis: A doctor, looking to investigate reactions of fear in a group dynamic, conducts a study in a house that’s allegedly haunted under the guise of an insomnia study. Joining him is a young woman named Eleanor, who has just been forced to leave her mothers’ house, and three others. As paranormal occurrences begin to …Read More

Posted on: November 2nd, 2016

Synopsis: A woman fights to escape from a mysterious group of people that have kidnapped he, but her situation becomes increasingly traumatic as the truth about her capture slowly becomes apparent. Delightful visuals and a strong cast are enough to get you through to the end of Rupture, but its themes and observations about life, …Read More

Posted on: November 1st, 2016

Synopsis: Deacon Choi (Kang DongWon) is a Seoul Catholic University student tapped to become the newest assistant to exorcist Father Kim (Kim YoonSeok). The pair attempts to exorcise a demon that has possessed a high school student (Park SoDam). South Korean horror thriller The Priests (2015) offers nothing new to fright film fans who have …Read More

Posted on: October 25th, 2016

Sometimes all you want from a film, is something which allows you to sit back, switch off and enjoy ninety minutes of brash trash, without putting too much work in on your part. Well, if that’s what you’re after, then director / writer Jason William Lee’s homage to all those classic cabin carnage, video nasties …Read More

Posted on: October 25th, 2016

Synopsis: Young Sophie (Louise Ogle) has been hired to bring food every night to a mysterious old woman who is locked in an attic. Is the old woman a prisoner? Is she dangerous?  Each night, as Sophie completes her task, her curiosity draws her closer and closer to what might be her last meal. Agatha …Read More

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