Category Archives: Appraisal

Camp Dread

With its backwoods setting, cast of horror veterans such as Danielle Harris (Hatchet II, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) and Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Satan’s Playground), and central idea revolving around the making of a slasher film, Camp Dread could have been a fun and interesting throwback to the likes of Friday the 13th, Just Before Dawn […]

Wither

There’s a lot to enjoy in this Swedish shocker, particularly if you’re a fan of practical effects work and of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, as Wither is a virtual remake of the influential 80s classic. You know the drill by now: a group of friends go and spend the weekend in a house deep in […]

Subversive Horror Cinema

This is an exhaustively researched, largely successful attempt to analyse the ‘subversive’ qualities inherent in the horror cinema, specifically the way in which periods of both national and global conflict can result in challenging, intelligent works that subvert not only the conventions of the genre itself but the cultural and societal norms of the day. […]

Willow Creek

‘Found-footage’ horror has been much maligned of late, due mainly to an incessant plethora of bland Paranormal Activity sequels and redundant cash-ins, each more derivative than the last. A few titles have proven the effectiveness of the formula — most notably The Blair Witch Project; [REC]; Lake Mungo; The Last Exorcism; and more recently The Borderlands — but […]

After

Bus crash survivors Ana and Freddie (Karolina Wydra and Steven Strait) awaken to find they are the only people left in their small town, and their attempts to leave are thwarted by a towering wall of impenetrable fog completely encircling the place. Before long they discover that all is not what it seems, and as […]

Halloween (Devil’s Advocates)

This is an excellent addition to Auteur Publishing’s ever-expanding ‘Devil’s Advocates’ series of film titles and the second John Carpenter movie to be covered following Jez Conolly’s recent study of The Thing (review here). Murray Leeder’s thoughtful, clearly expressed analysis of Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is far reaching in scope while resisting the temptation to become sidetracked […]

The Last Horror Movie

The reasoning behind this re-release of Julian Richards’ micro-budgeted 2003 British shocker is obvious when you see the artwork on the new DVD sleeve — the distributors are pushing this as another Paranormal Activity and riding the coat-tails of the cursed ‘found-footage’ genre. Based on that, you’d be excused for giving this one a pass. […]

Tabatha

Neil Gibson’s four-part Tabatha is an interesting and eclectic mix of genres. The end result can only be described as a guilty pleasure, but that’s not to say that there is nothing here for the observant horror fan. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, the comic starts with the perfect eeriness of a Tim Burton suburbia […]

SHEER FILTH! Bizarre Cinema, Weird Literature, Strange Music, Extreme Art

“There are still publications (all of which are, significantly, fanzines) that maintain the standards set by Bill Landis [editor of Sleazoid Express] — the ability to draw the reader into a kind of hermetically sealed world of sleaze: Subhuman and the early issues ofGrindhouse in the USA and Sheer Filth in Britain come immediately to […]

Big Bad Wolves

It’s rare that a film achieves the hype that surrounds it, and Israeli writer-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s darkly comic and nasty crime story has received countless accolades from festival goers, whilst being widely advertised as Quentin Tarantino’s favourite film of last year. Comparisons to Tarantino are obvious — long scenes of dialogue and […]