All posts by Exquisite Terror

Born from a love of horror, ponderous thoughts and meandering topics, Exquisite Terror is a periodical that takes a more academic approach to the genre.

Consumerism and Addiction

British filmmaker Simon Rumley's latest, Fashionista, is a strange and visually brilliant examination of deep obsession.

/ March 26, 2018

The Art of Stephen Jones’ Horror

Horror relies on image to promote terror and bring hideous ideas to life.

/ December 17, 2015

The Curse of Frankenstein (Devil’s Advocates)

A close analysis of Jimmy Sangster’s script and the differences between film and book.

/ July 29, 2015

Twisted Tales

Holland would be well advised to place the emphasis on stronger scripts and to dispense with his trifling on-screen introductions.

/ June 21, 2015

What’s Left of Us

Boasts edgy performances and a script which focuses on the here and now rather than excessive backstory.

/ May 7, 2015

Reinventing Grand Guignol

In conversation with playwright Carl Grose on his fast and loose tribute to Parisian theatre company, Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol.

/ October 27, 2014

The Forbidden Door

Bleak and multi-layered, the performances are solid throughout, the film benefiting enormously from stylish cinematography.

/ August 29, 2014

FrightFest: Blood Moon

While undeniably quite remarkable in overall aesthetic, Blood Moon seems to build to a climax which never fully materialises.

/ August 25, 2014

FrightFest: The Sleeping Room

A half-baked, ambitious ending, but the film is effectively creepy and satisfyingly lensed, its shocks permeated with a melancholy calm.

/ August 23, 2014

Subversive Horror Cinema

An exhaustively researched, largely successful attempt to analyse the subversive qualities inherent in the horror cinema.

/ May 28, 2014

Halloween (Devil’s Advocates)

A joy to read; insightful and well researched, it serves as encouragement to return to Halloween once again.

/ May 5, 2014

Sheer Filth!

Sheer Filth was one of the more eclectic fanzines, covering not only cutting-edge exploitation but strange music and literature.

/ April 20, 2014

The Best British Horror 2014

Not all of the tales are memorable but overall The Best British Horror 2014 is an agreeable, worthwhile anthology.

/ April 12, 2014

Hatchet 3

The body count is huge, the dialogue abysmal, the story perfunctory at best, yet the enthusiasm ensures it's never tiresome.

/ March 28, 2014

The Thing (Devil’s Advocates)

An excellent study in its own right, well researched, informative and intelligently written in a clear, presentable style.

/ February 15, 2014

FrightFest: Rewind This!

Nothing but fun is to be had here, the film a catalogue of gore and nudity posing as a behind-the-scenes survey of SFX techniques.

/ August 24, 2013

FrightFest: 100 Bloody Acres

The upbeat tone is maintained so thoroughly that, even when the blood rises in gouts, it doesn't dampen the lightheartedness.

/ August 23, 2013

A Seasoned Descent

In conversation with Paul Hyett on his directorial debut, The Seasoning House, and the transition from SFX to directing.

/ June 21, 2013

The Seasoning House

A sense of conviction and commitment to realism prevents the film from seeming an exercise in exploitation.

/ June 16, 2013

Hellsing Ultimate Volume 5–8

Follows original events more closely and benefits from this with a much more coherent and progressive storyline.

/ May 19, 2013

Preserving Hammer History

We speak with Hammer historian Marcus Hearn about restoring Dracula in high definition for its incredible, definitive release.

/ March 17, 2013

Vampire Ecstasy

After I had viewed it as many times as I could stand, I had to put on Red Roses of Passion to restore my respect for Sarno.

/ January 21, 2013

Christmas Evil

A classic in its own unique way, embraced now for 30 years by those who savour off-beat films that foil expectations.

/ December 21, 2012

Grave Encounters

It's pure pantomime and about a decade too late, but with the lights down and sound up there's fun to be had.

/ July 3, 2012

Seance: The Summoning

Despite the potentially ominous setting, this is a lethargic outing augmented by lifeless direction and a leaden script.

/ July 2, 2012

666: The Prophecy

You would almost expect tongue planted firmly in cheek, yet this sagging clod of a movie takes itself quite seriously.

/ June 7, 2012

The Watermen

A stalk-and-slash film with very little stalking or slashing, little happens until the inevitably contrived conclusion.

/ June 6, 2012

Juan of the Dead

Zombie fans will enjoy the numerous genre references, but many will see the same old tired and perfunctory plot devices.

/ June 2, 2012

Season of the Witch

B-movie fluff at best, dull at worst, and not a patch on the films it tries to emulate. Fortunately, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

/ October 27, 2011

Dead Special

We speak to SFX maestro Greg Nicotero about the power of make-up and the upcoming series of The Walking Dead.

/ October 17, 2011

Evil Rising

The script really is slow, with nothing remotely interesting happening until the final few minutes. But what an ending.

/ October 10, 2011

Confessions

A cruel indictment on contemporary Japanese youth and their despondency, which unravels its cruel web satisfactorily.

/ April 30, 2011

Insidious

With huge jump scares and more subtle, creepy moments, this is a film which has mastered the whole spectrum of horror filmmaking.

/ April 29, 2011

Re-Cut

A great example of how the first-person horror subgenre works its magic, but it also highlights some of its core flaws.

/ April 16, 2011