A more delicate expression of the body horror subgenre that is closer to reality and, arguably, more tragic and disturbing.
As a carefully cultivated horror story that resonates in the fear-laden recesses of modern life, Lunacy is a book to savour.
Some memorable performances, but ultimately fails to make us squeal or laugh. Go in with low expectations to enjoy the ride.
Most Horrible Things
Fails to find the level of wit necessary, yet in spite of so much, Most Horrible Things is compelling, exciting and surprising.
Vampire Cinema: The First One Hundred Years
A charming visual guide offers the convincing case that the vampire genre tells us more about who we are than we may think.
The Deep House
A suffocating rollercoaster that breathes new life into an enervated subgenre, trapping us into a nightmare that refuses to let go.
Throwing subtlety aside, Hounded is a straight-up lampoon of the kind of snooty toffs that believe the world is their birthright.
Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences
With sleek production and sheer enthusiasm peppered throughout, this is an excellent companion to King’s own words on his craft.
The Watkins Book of English Folktales
This reissue, one of the most comprehensive on English folklore ever published, is a gift to the whole world, not just England.
Objectively superficial and messy, but that doesn’t mean it fails to entertain; The Retaliators is arguably brainless genius.
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.
Sick & Beautiful
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.
Friend of the World
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.
The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus
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.
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair
A delirious trip into the culture of the terminally online, with a sense of unease that's repellent and deeply relatable.
England On Fire
A enchanted wonderland to change the way you see England, not for showing anything new, but what has been there all along.
The Sacred Spirit
Interesting and intense directorial choices find the sweet spot where absurdity, anxiety and satisfaction coexist in harmony.
Father of Flies
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.
The Exorcism of God
Creepy set pieces compound sequences that build to crescendo and do not relent, while quiet moments offer little solace.
Kissing the Lizard
Justin David tells a touchingly twisted tale, a story with a spinning compass that won’t let you figure out where home is.
The Beta Test
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.
Soaking in Strange Hours
Teeming with macabre delights, Erik Hofstatter’s story is one that you don’t so much read as ravish.
Prisoners of the Ghostland
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.
My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To
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.
I Blame Society
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.
Little Nightmares II
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.
Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula
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.
Maid of Sker
For gamers who can forgive certain flaws, Maid of Sker has a disturbing atmosphere and some wonderful eccentricities that are worth exploring.
The Unnatural History Museum
This window into Viktor Wynd's unknown world is an invitation to be disarmed and seduced by the strange, the forbidden, and the inexplicable.
The Inner Friend
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.
Why Don’t You Just Die!
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.
Shed of the Dead
While this feature has a couple of notably gory moments, it seems to ignore the crucial cues that define and distinguish the genre.