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Posted on: October 2nd, 2020

Themes of religion and belief have been a horror fiction staple for generations. There’s something wickedly appealing about them, whether it be exploring the workings of a cult, watching innocents flirt with the dark side of religion, or the most common trope of them all, demonic possession. And whilst it’s a sub-genre that’s been around …Read More

Posted on: September 29th, 2020

Every now and then, you stumble upon a movie that you just can’t stop thinking about. For the past several months, that movie for me has been Spiral. I first saw Spiral at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival in 2019, where it made its North American Premiere (read my review here). Directed by Kurtis David …Read More

Posted on: September 17th, 2020

Immersive horror experiences and escape rooms are certainly part of the zeitgeist at the movies of late with the likes of The Houses October Built or Haunt being prime examples of how films revolving around these themes should be executed. And then of course, there’s the entire Saw franchise, especially now with all the buzz …Read More

Posted on: September 1st, 2020

This month’s Venice Film Festival seeks to dodge the brunt of the Covid-19 crisis but it’s the first time an international festival has decided to go ahead since the pandemic shuttered competitions all around the world. Given these circumstances, so many films that would surely have gone down a treat with festival crowds have missed …Read More

Posted on: August 24th, 2020

With a title like Random Acts of Violence, you’d be right in thinking that director Jay Baruchel’s sophomore feature is incredibly violent. Following comic book creator Todd (Jesse Williams) as he embarks on a road trip to promote the final issue of his popular Slasherman comic series, the film—which hit Shudder in the US, UK, …Read More

Posted on: July 13th, 2020

Right about now, we could probably all use a relaxing vacation. But after watching writer-director Jeffrey A. Brown’s debut feature The Beach House, you might think twice before seeking out sun, sea, and sand. The film’s premise is deceptively simple. Emily (Liana Liberato) and Randall (Noah Le Gros), two troubled college sweethearts, head to Randall’s …Read More

Posted on: May 12th, 2020

Few films carry as much weight on their shoulders as Blood Quantum (read our review here), the sophomore feature of writer-director Jeff Barnaby. The tale of a zombie plague that affects everyone except the Indigenous inhabitants of the Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, who happen to be immune, the film not only had to live …Read More

Posted on: April 24th, 2020

Beautiful and threatening. Those are two words that writer-director Neasa Hardiman uses to describe the creature at the heart of her debut feature, Sea Fever (read our review here). They’re also a good encapsulation of the film itself. Set aboard an Irish fishing trawler, Sea Fever sees a smart but socially awkward marine biologist named …Read More

Posted on: April 20th, 2020

With the coronavirus forcing cinemas around the world to close their doors, many films are not getting the theatrical release they originally planned. While that affects countless directors, perhaps no one deserves to feel more disappointed than a first-time filmmaker who was about to see the culmination of years of hard work on the silver …Read More

Posted on: August 28th, 2019

Becoming a parent allowed me not only to rekindle my inner child, but to also revisit TV shows and films with my kids that I hadn’t seen in ages. It was great to get the chance to do so, but at the same time it quickly became clear that as much as my kids enjoy …Read More

Posted on: August 27th, 2019

It’s been the better part of three decades since their last feature-length visit to our planet but those kooky Krites have set their sights on Earth again in Critters Attack!. Debuting this week in the UK, this long-awaited direct sequel, penned by Scott Lobdell (Happy Death Day) and directed by Bobby Miller (The Cleanse), brings …Read More

Posted on: August 16th, 2019

Grace’s [Samara Weaving] wedding should be the happiest day of her life. She’s marrying the man of her dreams, Alex [Mark O’Brien]. Grace also couldn’t be more thrilled to become a member of the Le Domas clan, a filthy rich and eccentric family known for creating a game board empire. However, Grace soon discovers a …Read More

Posted on: August 15th, 2019

When FREAKS begins, it seems to be a perhaps post-apocalyptic scenario in which a father (Emile Hirsch) tries to shield his little daughter Chloe (Lexy Kolker) from deadly threats outside their house. Then we witness him coaching her to adopt a false identity, and the intrigue begins. From there, the storyline unfolds in a series …Read More

Posted on: August 13th, 2019

What do you get when you’re a dinosaur-loving filmmaker and your phone autocorrects “velociraptor” to “veloci pastor?” For Brendan Steere, writer and director of The VelociPastor, you get the idea for a hilarious creature feature that has been delighting and baffling audiences in equal measure. It’s a classic boy-meets-girl-defeats-ninjas story. After a devastating tragedy leaves …Read More

Posted on: April 2nd, 2019

Meeting Grady Hendrix for the first time, it was hard to believe that this pleasant man in a neat suit and salmon pink tie could possibly have authored the horror novels piled on the table beside him. These are books filled with gut-wrenching moments of terror and skin-crawling gore, from the grisly teenage tapeworm extraction …Read More

Posted on: April 1st, 2019

Chances are, the first time you laid eyes on Pollyanna McIntosh, she was almost unrecognisable beneath a layer of dirt and blood. Her breakout role in Andrew van den Houten’s 2009 film Offspring (based on the novel of the same name by the late Jack Ketchum) saw her playing the Woman, a member of a …Read More

Posted on: April 1st, 2019

Further to its success on the international festival circuit, White Chamber – Paul Raschid’s (Unhallowed Ground, Servant’s Quarters) chilling dystopian portrait of the UK – has now been unleashed on US audiences. Set in the not-too-distant-future in the UK, civil war rages, and martial law has been declared by a military government hell-bent on squashing …Read More

Posted on: March 14th, 2019

Playing on our fears of being isolated and alone, the single-location thriller updates old haunted house and home invasion stories to include new, more inventive narratives, and it seems that filmmakers haven’t yet run out of ideas of how to shock the living daylights out of us. One particular film that is testament to the …Read More

Posted on: March 11th, 2019

Imaginary friends are much more common than one might think. Up to two-thirds of children have them and, according to specialists, they provide comfort in times of stress, companionship when they’re feeling estranged, someone to give orders to when they feel impotent, and someone to blame for the broken vase in the kitchen. Most importantly, …Read More

Posted on: October 31st, 2018

How far would you go for love when it’s DEAD? Horror author Jeremy Wagner answers that in his new book, Rabid Heart (Riverdale Avenue Books). After the Necro-Rabies virus breaks out, turning most of the world into zombies, Rhonda Driscoll discovers her once thought dead fiancé is actually alive (or more accurately, one of the …Read More

Posted on: October 24th, 2018

Live-scoring the silent L’INFERNO is the latest in the musician’s long litany of horror achievements. One of the highlights of this past summer’s Fantasia International Film Festival was the opportunity to view a rare piece of Italian horror-cinema history, accompanied by a man who was an omnipresent part of the country’s great shocker wave of …Read More

Posted on: June 30th, 2018

Director Sam Wineman (pictured right) is an American filmmaker who has burst onto the festival circuit with his hotly anticipated horror film The Quiet Room which stars an incredible cast including Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & 5) and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s very own Alaska Thunderfuck. The Quiet Room sees Jamal Douglas …Read More

Posted on: June 24th, 2018

Before Freddy, before Jason and Pennywise the Clown, there was The Redeemer, a double-thumbed shape-shifting prankster as handy with a blowtorch as he was with a shotgun and a scimitar. To mark the 40th anniversary of THE REDEEMER: SON OF SATAN (aka CLASS REUNION MASSACRE), we tracked down the Redeemer himself – actor T.G. Finkbinder …Read More

Posted on: March 1st, 2018

“For Mark, without whom this book would not exist.” So reads the dedication in Clive Barker’s The Scarlet Gospels, perhaps subtly hinting that Mark Alan Miller’s work on the novel may have gone beyond that of a conventional editor. Now the prequel novella Hellraiser: The Toll has arrived, courtesy of boutique US press Subterranean (SST …Read More

Posted on: February 7th, 2018

Christopher Lawrence Chapman’s INOPERABLE sees genre regular Danielle Harris (Halloween 4 & 5, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, the Hatchet franchise) checking in for “acute care” in a role that’s very much a far cry from any character she’s tackled to date. Loosely inspired by a traumatic first-hand experience in an emergency room when Hurricane Charley was …Read More

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017

Troy Nixey is your favourite comic artist that you can’t name and there’s a good chance you’ve already read one of his works. Famous among those in the know, this low-flying artist has done work for every major publishing house across the board, even illustrating everyone’s favourite caped crusader, Batman. In 2011, Nixey teamed up …Read More

Posted on: November 16th, 2017

Where there’s a will there a way and way back in 1992 writer/director Gary Sinyor, along with Vadim Jean, set out to make the British comedy film, Leon the Pig Farmer but despite there being no way to raise the whole budget, with the goodwill of the entire cast and crew they made the film …Read More

Posted on: October 20th, 2017

Last week, the French filmmaking duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (INSIDE, LIVIDE, AMONG THE LIVING) stopped off at the 50th anniversary of The SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia to present their latest endeavour, the unsettling origin story of one of horror’s most feared icons, LEATHERFACE. Going against the slasher grain to …Read More

Posted on: October 11th, 2017

Since showrunner Bryan Fuller teased that talks about a fourth season of Hannibal have officially begun, fans have been more excited than ever. And the cast and crew have admitted that they are just as eager to see the acclaimed horror show make a comeback. Amongst them is Aaron Abrams, who plays sassy and arrogant …Read More

Posted on: October 5th, 2017

If you appreciate your fiction pulpy and unpredictable, Bryan Roberts’ Ed Savage: The Savage Murders Trilogy is going to be one of the most enjoyable books you’re likely to read this year. Taking cues from classic 70’s genre fare and applying it to the contemporary climates obsession with reality TV and celebrity, the book is …Read More

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