Commitment to authenticity creates a genuinely foreboding, oppressive climate that engulfs The Witch and its characters.
Haunting cinematography and subtle, constant terror are a perfect reflection of the patriarchy’s oppression of women.
A surreal psychodrama charged with urban decay and all the hopeless decadence a 21st Century audience could ever want.
A psychological depth that pushes the meaning of ‘haunting’, urging readers to question the origins and nature of evil.
Packed with big ideas that outshine its minimal budget, this Troma is daring, interesting and resolutely not for everyone.
A reluctance to spiral into the supernatural or grotesque prevents The Righteous from landing its message with conviction.
For fans of action with a twist of gore and a knowing wink, the laugh-out-loud Prey has a genuine sense of fun at its heart.
Both authentic and reverent of the genre’s greatest hits, Night Caller is as gleefully distasteful as the films that inspired it.
A delirious trip into the culture of the terminally online, with a sense of unease that's repellent and deeply relatable.
A enchanted wonderland to change the way you see England, not for showing anything new, but what has been there all along.
Interesting and intense directorial choices find the sweet spot where absurdity, anxiety and satisfaction coexist in harmony.
Unreliable characters in an ethereal setting drive this powerful parable on disintegrating families and stolen childhood.
Peppered with deadpan comedy, Agnes is a film of two halves that examines faith, loss, and what it truly means to be possessed.
Creepy set pieces compound sequences that build to crescendo and do not relent, while quiet moments offer little solace.
Justin David tells a touchingly twisted tale, a story with a spinning compass that won’t let you figure out where home is.
A cautionary tale for the post-Weinstein generation that lampoons the futility of Hollywood’s facile approach to money-grubbing in all of its glory.
With an allegory that seethes on its underbelly, Amulet is a disturbing and enigmatic picture that reflects a strikingly bleak view.
Teeming with macabre delights, Erik Hofstatter’s story is one that you don’t so much read as ravish.
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 impressive slow burner that develops beautifully through to a spine-chilling climax, with unexpected, shocking results.
This at times excruciating feminist satire is propelled forward by Gillian Wallace Horvat’s delightfully deadpan delivery.
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.
A nuanced study of dementia and its alienating effects; an exceptional screenplay creates thematic cues throughout that can be felt in every microfibre.
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.
This window into Viktor Wynd's unknown world is an invitation to be disarmed and seduced by the strange, the forbidden, and the inexplicable.
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.
A highly enjoyable, atmospheric thriller that unfortunately tails off into a mere breeze instead of building into the raging, frenzied tempest it could have been.
Peppered with moments of pastiche, Kirill Sokolov's debut has a zany, kinetic energy that will appeal to admirers of off-kilter, graphic and darkly comic cult cinema.
With its gritty cinematography, amplified violence and John Carpenter-esque soundtrack, VFW is a gruesomely entertaining bloodbath that oozes with nostalgia.
A spellbinding tale of forbidden knowledge, ancient otherworldly entities, strange cults, and alien worlds that lurk unseen on the periphery of our own.
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.
Offering the same taut suspense as its predecessor, there is much to enjoy in this terrific exercise in nerve-wrecking tension.
With nihilism and transgressional fiction at its core, Habit provides a putrid snapshot into a sordid, untold underworld.
Darkly absurd humour, with a deeply unsettling score and cinematography that bolster the portentous atmosphere of dread.
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.
While the tales are condensed, key dialogue and memorably nerve-jangling passages are retained. All are hauntingly effective.
Ambiguous and beautifully insidious as result, Rift is an impressive sophomore effort from Icelandic filmmaker Erlingur Thoroddsen.
An astonishing and brave feature debut that marks director-writer Liam Gavin as one to watch. Highly recommended.