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.
Arrow present a limited 4K restoration of Dario Argento's startlingly assured directorial debut.
Possessing a strong comic book aesthetic, Demon Hunter echoes the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Blade.
Masterfully blends suspense with breakneck violence to produce what is perhaps one of the best teen slashers of the 21st century.
Halfworlds brings a strong aesthetic via excellent concept but is ultimately let down by poor pacing and a bad cast.
A huge deviation in tone from the derelict moodiness captured by director J. A. Bayona, despite some wonderful artwork.
A fascinating central premise strongly evokes The Twilight Zone, the focused script ensuring an insular, intimate atmosphere.
A dark, terse and keenly paced little chiller that brims with unsettling ideas and nightmarish detail, subverting expectations.
Explores uncomfortable humanitarian and environmental issues, but these themes fail to harmonise with supernatural elements.
Drew Barrymore shines in a stylised affair that revels in a refreshing juxtaposition of viscera with middle-class suburbia.
A triumphant debut effort which offers unique tension and poignancy and isn’t afraid to confront uncomfortable cultural realities.
Dream team Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett bring an unusually hit-and-miss affair that nevertheless delivers in a frenetic final act.
Sardonic elements balance with emphatic characters and sharp camerawork to ensure the film's anxious torsion maintains its focus.
Cuts to the core of the horror without ever diluting or compromising M. R. James’ carefully woven plots. Recommended for die-hard enthusiasts.
Featuring the Devil in his most vanilla of forms, horror fans will be left wanting; Lucifer is disappointingly sparse on strong imagery.
Australian outback killer Mick Taylor returns in Wolf Creek the series, an addictively unsettling watch that comes highly recommended.
As is generally the case for an anthology, Holidays is a mixed bag, touching all bases between effectively chillsome and irritating.
Presented as more a thought piece than coherent story, Observance is a truly psychological film and effectively unsettling.
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.
Ultimately, Bachelor Games falls flat due to lacking commitment to its ideas, but the comedy stitches it together, albeit loosely.
Ambitious and bizarre, Limbo is a hallucinogenic rollercoaster that takes giddy pride in disintegrating reality and reliability.
Beautifully filmed, with a bleak karmic mantra that makes for a frequently intense viewing experience.
A comic, upbeat tone throughout that features more one-liners than you can shake a severed arm at.
There is nothing to recommend here; as a creature feature (mostly) missing its creature, The Sand is an arduous watch.
Could have been so much more, but still an alluring watch which bursts with style and vengeful violence.
Gleefully absurd, a gonzo sense of humour ensures that Curtain is a disarmingly compelling and bizarro genre gem.
An almost perfect exercise in queasy tension, but would benefit from a tighter script and better characterisation.
The X-Files FAQ is an enriching and accessible exploration of one of television’s most imaginative and popular shows.
Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein is a compelling and thought-provoking yarn that retains an air of unpredictability.
With its pallid execution and rudimentary story, Navy SEALS vs. Zombies is a highly unremarkable film indeed.
With a tenuously linked story that lacks supernatural finesse, Backtrack is confused, and a tiresome experience.
Rawly sketched artwork complements the abstract plot line, which will please the exploitation and pulp fiction aficionado.
Horror relies on image to promote terror and bring hideous ideas to life.
A missed opportunity for exploration of the relationship between mental illness and the supernatural.
Burrows beneath your skin from the off, with a sly edit that ekes out the tension to unbearable levels.