Objectively superficial and messy, but that doesn’t mean it fails to entertain; The Retaliators is arguably brainless genius.
Haunting cinematography and subtle, constant terror are a perfect reflection of the patriarchy’s oppression of women.
A reluctance to spiral into the supernatural or grotesque prevents The Righteous from landing its message with conviction.
Unreliable characters in an ethereal setting drive this powerful parable on disintegrating families and stolen childhood.
With an allegory that seethes on its underbelly, Amulet is a disturbing and enigmatic picture that reflects a strikingly bleak view.
The world Sono builds is engrossing and overwhelming, but the narrative never appears to shift out of first gear.
Hallmarks of the vampire genre coupled with a small-town America backdrop challenge patriarchal institutions.
Incredible performances drive an emotional weight that oozes a transcendent power guaranteed to haunt you.
Despite some shortcomings, Initiation, particularly in the wake of #MeToo, should be applauded for tackling these issues with gravity.
An unapologetically ridiculous, trippy ride that will satisfy ardent fans of carefree horrors and, of course, Nicolas Cage himself.
With a strangeness equalled by its unambiguity, Little Nightmares II has a fearless simplicity that allows the eerie, ethereal beauty of its visuals, music and sound effects to shine.
Scratches the surface of what the genre is capable of enunciating, but still provides the pales of gore and absurdity that make it so perpetually fascinating.
For gamers who can forgive certain flaws, Maid of Sker has a disturbing atmosphere and some wonderful eccentricities that are worth exploring.
Much like the work of Don DeLillo or David Lynch, the narrative summons more questions and mysteries than conclusions or answers.
A terse, tight-fisted thriller possessing an inadvertent power that allows the audience to connect with the characters and their dire circumstances.
With its gritty cinematography, amplified violence and John Carpenter-esque soundtrack, VFW is a gruesomely entertaining bloodbath that oozes with nostalgia.
Occasionally eerie but doesn’t surprise us with any unique quirks that make it more than a one-dimensional creature feature.
Lane's documentary delivers a unique perspective: an inverted, transposed battle of good vs. evil that’s farcical and horrifying in equal measures.
While this feature has a couple of notably gory moments, it seems to ignore the crucial cues that define and distinguish the genre.
Brilliantly tragic and darkly comical performances successfully communicate the nihilistic sentiments at Videoman's core.
A compelling plot explores Stephen King’s core themes while creating something truly unique with his mammoth bibliography.
In a stern test for even the most hardened splatter film fanatics, Roberto Scorza offers a powerful solo performance.
With nihilism and transgressional fiction at its core, Habit provides a putrid snapshot into a sordid, untold underworld.
Endlessly packed with memorable quirks and some exquisite anime sequences, this eccentric effort is essential viewing.
Caniba provides a confidential, intoxicatingly claustrophobic portrait of Issei Sagawa that never fails to subtly unsettle and horrify.
Masterfully blends suspense with breakneck violence to produce what is perhaps one of the best teen slashers of the 21st century.
A huge deviation in tone from the derelict moodiness captured by director J. A. Bayona, despite some wonderful artwork.
Explores uncomfortable humanitarian and environmental issues, but these themes fail to harmonise with supernatural elements.
A triumphant debut effort which offers unique tension and poignancy and isn’t afraid to confront uncomfortable cultural realities.
Sardonic elements balance with emphatic characters and sharp camerawork to ensure the film's anxious torsion maintains its focus.
Uses all the hallmarks of Britain’s distinctive post-apocalyptic zombie cannon to make for powerfully relatable, bleak scenes.
Stephen King cultists will find the humour and originality of the author firmly intact, but perhaps only in fragments and flashes.
A sardonic and entertaining chapter in an ambitious and bizarre adaptation, but disappointingly lacks allegorical meat.
Ambitious and bizarre, Limbo is a hallucinogenic rollercoaster that takes giddy pride in disintegrating reality and reliability.
Could have been so much more, but still an alluring watch which bursts with style and vengeful violence.
Rawly sketched artwork complements the abstract plot line, which will please the exploitation and pulp fiction aficionado.
An audacious effort that should be given praise for its unrepentant Maggie, portrayed with fearless honesty and confidence.
Dead Funny as a collective emphasises the quality, depth and audacity of British comedy, with an enormous amount of surprises.
A cleverly-layered effort packed with satirical humour, with a universe so outlandishly odd it is frighteningly similar to our own.
Not a bad parody of 90s high-school horror, but its deliberate clichés fall short.
An incredible amount of humour, and the weird-for-the-sake-of-weird mentality is not just ballsy, but also highly entertaining.
Buchan excels at short and twisted love stories, but it’s Simmonds’ graphic artwork that makes the author's prose shine.
Fearless in its idea, but disappointingly lacks the direction and acting needed to pull off its own wacky intellections.
Although the plot loses some of its intrigue, Wan superbly distracts us with his talent to make the audience feel constantly unsettled.
Incredibly fun with some fantastic gore, but falls just short of its own expectations.
A smooth read, especially if you’re a well-versed Lovecraft fan. If you’re not, Culbard might be able to convince you.
A read with huge amounts of intrigue; there are enough unanswered questions to leave the reader looking forward to part two.
An interesting slab of urban fantasy, but while Cornell is incredibly talented at setting the scene, he isn’t as gifted in capturing dialect.
An incredible amount of humour, some memorable characters, and contextualisation that adds extra depth.