Evil Dead 2
The extras on offer here earn this release its entitlement to the term 'special edition', where so many others fail.
I Didn’t Come Here to Die
Thoroughly unlikeable characters played by terrible actors spout unnecessary predictive dialogue in lieu of characterisation.
Piecing together its story in multi-format, it's an interesting spin on found footage, but it falls victim to an over-zealous edit.
Two opportunities for interesting subplot that could alleviate the tedium of watching an unlikeable trio pant and bicker were missed.
The Fallow Field
That rarest of films, one that genuinely keeps you guessing to culminate in some palpable tension come the third act.
Eschews many of the vampire subgenre's tropes to present something more akin to a quietly observed character study.
Schlocky good fun, but Piranha straddles the line between dull and entertaining, twiddling its thumbs between fish attacks.
Masquerades as a teen horror comedy, but the real story is the degenerative mental condition of the lead character.
Lacklustre, featuring little by way of horror or indeed comedy, relying on thinly spread visual gags over real thought.
Basket Case Trilogy
This limited edition steelbook is a sight for sore eyes; teeming with extras, no B-movie aficionado should be without it.
The Devil Rides Out
As a classic tale of good versus evil, the film required a strong representative of either side, and does not disappoint.
Vincenzo Natali's debut holds a beauty in purity that matches the mathematical conundrum its characters find themselves in.
The Curse of Frankenstein
The transfer does not hold quite the same clarity as other recent restorations; an important package nonetheless.
Really, this is average TV drama fodder at best, plodding its way to a clumsily made point that makes little sense.
More concerned with style over substance; fast and fun, there is no pretence here for anything other than a bloody ride.
The puppetry is simply superb as is texture; it's excellent attention to detail from puppet-makers Mackinnon and Saunders.
The Harsh Light of Day
An arduous affair with a cringeworthy script that provides no value for the subgenres it attempts to straddle.
Juxtaposes the supernatural with real-life threat, whilst holding a very strong point in maintenance of mystery.
There's very little to recommend this film; any comedy present is lacklustre, while the predictability is too pronounced.
A trip that was calculated carefully, the near constant use of slightly off-key circus music adding to its hypnotic quality.
The biggest mistake here is that the genetically-engineered insects of the title take a backseat. Truly dreadful.
The Devil’s Business
With a hell that breaks loose quietly, The Devil's Business metes its tension effectively to insidiously creepy result.
The puppetry is impressive — the ghosts and zombies are a feast for the eyes — and the stop-motion is fluid.
A Night in the Woods
A taut atmosphere is effectively created, emphasised by drip-feeding of subplot, with one particular twist genuinely surprising.
Dreadful acting and a basic, sweary script is the order of the day, with poor use of light making the film difficult to follow.
Berberian Sound Studio
Strangely accessible for a giallo come art-house film; a pleasure from beginning to end, with lavish attention to detail.
The exorcism makes a refreshing change in not being Bible-based, but this is strictly Hollywood horror by numbers.
Naturally there is variance in quality, but overall an exhilarating experience that brings pleasure back to found footage.
A bizarrely playful addition to the [REC] series that opts for comedy over horror, despite plenty of blood on offer.
Refreshing for its solid reason for found footage, with some effective moments, but let down by uncontrolled camera.
The humour wears thin due to puerility and the editor needed reining in, but some of the comedy is surprisingly well timed.
Bordering on unbearable, The Reverend pushes the limits of patience, the script basic and the acting self-consciously bad.
A reasonably good start rapidly falls victim to a lack of direction, resulting in an incoherence that does not entertain.
Intriguing at first with some style to be had and attention to detail, but let down by a lack of direction and poor acting.
Will keep you guessing, until all possibilities for explanation are eventually tied together in an excellent balance of subplot.
It's only really for specific moments that The Innkeepers very obviously feels like a horror film, yet it is effectively creepy.
The set piece needs more attention, but the attacks are done reasonably well, an instil of progressive tension reasonably effective.
The Amityville Haunting
Cliches abound, as does overkill, while the characters are irritating. And yet, a wound-up tension is impressed without noticing.
Has everything one could desire of a daft evening's entertainment, from sibling incest to a meeting with the Devil/God himself.
Found footage is a tricky subgenre to add an original concept to and Skew makes a good attempt. But it's not enough.
Return of the Living Dead
A superb package teeming with extras; a fitting tribute to a film that fully justifies its reputation as a cult classic.
Island of Lost Souls
The foreboding set piece complements the horrific story wonderfully, while Charles Laughton is genuinely sinister.
Quite possibly one of the most lacklustre attempts at a zombie film ever made, Osombie is simply excruciating.
At first glance Dark Shadows is fun, but there is simply little story to be had, with a script that relies on just the one joke.
An unusually restrained Vincent Cassel is a pleasure, but it's a drawn-out story that runs out of steam before a rushed conclusion.
A Ghostly Pushover
One week on since fun and games at a paranormal investigation… Perhaps it's safe to talk about it now. Perhaps it's not.
Enough strands are left to ponder to deem writers Bruce Wood and Scott Poiley as worthy of keeping an eye on.
Deeply irritating; places far too much focus on stunted, badly-acted banter that is difficult to understand at points.
The Cabin in the Woods
A perfect introduction to the genre, accessible enough to reel folk in. The rest of us will go giddy counting the references.
Sometimes They Come Back
A painfully average film, its classic horror status somewhat baffling. Purchase to complete your Stephen King collection.