Category: Reviews

FrightFest: The Sleeping Room

A half-baked, ambitious ending, but the film is effectively creepy and satisfyingly lensed, its shocks permeated with a melancholy calm.

/ August 23, 2014

FrightFest: All Cheerleaders Die

Not a bad parody of 90s high-school horror, but its deliberate clichés fall short.

/ August 23, 2014

FrightFest: Housebound

It is not just in its writing and direction that Housebound excels; the production design is a feast for the eyes.

/ August 22, 2014

FrightFest: Wolfcop

With its icky transformation scenes, lashings of blood and gore, and bizarre sense of humour, this has cult stamped all over it.

/ August 22, 2014

FrightFest: The Last Showing

With frustratingly little to sink one's teeth into, the film is just as forgettable as the formulaic films it seeks to mock.

/ August 22, 2014

FrightFest: Late Phases

The inevitable showdown is a hoot, but overall, a throwaway experience that should have spent more time in development.

/ August 22, 2014

Camp Dread

Tries to pass itself off as self-aware, but in the end it is, disappointingly, a rather vacuous and plodding mess.

/ June 23, 2014

Subversive Horror Cinema

An exhaustively researched, largely successful attempt to analyse the subversive qualities inherent in the horror cinema.

/ May 28, 2014

Willow Creek

With long takes, reliance on sound and suggestion, and chilling climax, it is one of the better found-footage titles.

/ May 26, 2014

After

With its engaging themes of destiny, fate, and redemption, After emerges as a strangely touching and haunting film.

/ May 26, 2014

Halloween (Devil’s Advocates)

A joy to read; insightful and well researched, it serves as encouragement to return to Halloween once again.

/ May 5, 2014

Sheer Filth!

Sheer Filth was one of the more eclectic fanzines, covering not only cutting-edge exploitation but strange music and literature.

/ April 20, 2014

The Best British Horror 2014

Not all of the tales are memorable but overall The Best British Horror 2014 is an agreeable, worthwhile anthology.

/ April 12, 2014

The Quiet Ones

A script crying for a horror backbone is frustratingly weak for the most part, its tedious jump-scares no substitute.

/ April 10, 2014

Hatchet 3

The body count is huge, the dialogue abysmal, the story perfunctory at best, yet the enthusiasm ensures it's never tiresome.

/ March 28, 2014

Ghost Stories

The promised 'extreme shock and tension' is a baffling assurance; what we have here is far from a true horror production.

/ March 3, 2014

Devil in the Woods

Delivers a number of tired tropes amidst a bland screenplay that largely consists of tedious, drawn-out padding.

/ February 28, 2014

We Are What We Are (2013)

Carefully conceals the cannibalism at its heart in favour of the examination of familial roles, rites of passage and ritualism.

/ February 25, 2014

Blackout

An incredible amount of humour, and the weird-for-the-sake-of-weird mentality is not just ballsy, but also highly entertaining.

/ February 24, 2014

Only Lovers Left Alive

Rich characterisation, an intriguing premise and delicately handled direction enhance this full-blooded yarn.

/ February 21, 2014

All Roads Lead to Hell

Buchan excels at short and twisted love stories, but it’s Simmonds’ graphic artwork that makes the author's prose shine.

/ February 16, 2014

The Thing (Devil’s Advocates)

An excellent study in its own right, well researched, informative and intelligently written in a clear, presentable style.

/ February 15, 2014

The Complex

Atmospheric and beautifully shot, it may not take any original paths, but should appeal to admirers of Japanese horror cinema.

/ January 6, 2014

Frankenstein (TV Miniseries, 2004)

A bloodless take that merely skims the surface of the story’s rich depth. Uninspiring direction further renders this dreary.

/ January 3, 2014

Shackled

A wonderful beginning to a story that promises surreal, and what follows calls to mind David Lynch in its dreamlike quality.

/ November 25, 2013

The People Under the Stairs

While it is often overlooked, it is an effective horror flick with a dark sense of unease that is still incredibly palpable.

/ October 29, 2013

My Amityville Horror

My Amityville Horror poses many questions, but by the film’s conclusion, very few have actually been answered.

/ October 23, 2013

Lifeforce

Unstrained and anarchic, Lifeforce may not be considered Hooper’s best work, but it’s certainly one of his most wildly entertaining.

/ October 10, 2013

Sharknado

Fearless in its idea, but disappointingly lacks the direction and acting needed to pull off its own wacky intellections.

/ September 29, 2013

Citadel

Falls short of its early promise, but a worthwhile experience for picking at the scab of the more desolate side of life.

/ September 27, 2013

Insidious: Chapter 2

Although the plot loses some of its intrigue, Wan superbly distracts us with his talent to make the audience feel constantly unsettled.

/ September 10, 2013

FrightFest: Big Bad Wolves

Deftly balancing genres, it's a remarkable script that never misses a beat, truly belying the writers' inexperience.

/ August 26, 2013

FrightFest: In Fear

A smart screenplay delivers an effective psychological thriller that wastes no time in initiating a tension that remains taut.

/ August 25, 2013

FrightFest: Missionary

Anthony DiBlasi maintains a firm hand on the reins and ensures Missionary slow-burns its way to a satisfying and moving finale.

/ August 25, 2013

FrightFest: No One Lives

Ryûhei Kitamura's second US venture is a riot; revelling in its throwaway nonsense, it's fun from the get-go and knows it.

/ August 24, 2013

FrightFest: The Paranormal Diaries – Clophill

One hell of a dull time, with nothing other than repetitive speculation to lull one to sleep.

/ August 24, 2013

FrightFest: Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman

Crams in every bit of exploitation style it can into the first 10 minutes alone.

/ August 24, 2013

FrightFest: Rewind This!

Nothing but fun is to be had here, the film a catalogue of gore and nudity posing as a behind-the-scenes survey of SFX techniques.

/ August 24, 2013

FrightFest: Haunter

Showcases a great deal of devil in its detail, with a tight-knit, metaphysical framework that may require multiple viewings.

/ August 23, 2013

FrightFest: 100 Bloody Acres

The upbeat tone is maintained so thoroughly that, even when the blood rises in gouts, it doesn't dampen the lightheartedness.

/ August 23, 2013

FrightFest: V/H/S/2

Improves on the formula established by the original film; by slim-lining the segments, and by featuring fewer, the impact is undeniable.

/ August 23, 2013

FrightFest: Wither

An entertaining if not very original demonic possession slash zombie gorefest that, at the very least, showcases energy and zest.

/ August 23, 2013

FrightFest: Hansel and Gretel – The 420 Witch

Incredibly fun with some fantastic gore, but falls just short of its own expectations.

/ August 23, 2013

FrightFest: Antisocial

Compare Antisocial to projects with similar production constraints, and there is no parallel in terms of cinematic experience.

/ August 23, 2013

FrightFest: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

The final act crosses the line between fantastical to slightly amusing ridiculousness.

/ August 23, 2013

Possession

Stark, exhilarating and utterly lacking in compromise, Andrzej Zulawski's film is an emotionally brutal watch.

/ July 29, 2013

The Shadow Out of Time

A smooth read, especially if you’re a well-versed Lovecraft fan. If you’re not, Culbard might be able to convince you.

/ June 24, 2013

The Seasoning House

A sense of conviction and commitment to realism prevents the film from seeming an exercise in exploitation.

/ June 16, 2013

Infection Z

Flounders between drafts, as confused as its one-dimensional characters. A jarring edit does nothing to help matters.

/ June 7, 2013

Hellsing Ultimate Volume 5–8

Follows original events more closely and benefits from this with a much more coherent and progressive storyline.

/ May 19, 2013