Category: Reviews

Supernatural Activity

The humour wears thin due to puerility and the editor needed reining in, but some of the comedy is surprisingly well timed.

/ August 13, 2012

The Reverend

Bordering on unbearable, The Reverend pushes the limits of patience, the script basic and the acting self-consciously bad.

/ July 31, 2012

Zombie 108

A reasonably good start rapidly falls victim to a lack of direction, resulting in an incoherence that does not entertain.

/ July 27, 2012

Axed

Intriguing at first with some style to be had and attention to detail, but let down by a lack of direction and poor acting.

/ July 25, 2012

Absentia

Will keep you guessing, until all possibilities for explanation are eventually tied together in an excellent balance of subplot.

/ July 9, 2012

Grave Encounters

It's pure pantomime and about a decade too late, but with the lights down and sound up there's fun to be had.

/ July 3, 2012

Seance: The Summoning

Despite the potentially ominous setting, this is a lethargic outing augmented by lifeless direction and a leaden script.

/ July 2, 2012

The Innkeepers

It's only really for specific moments that The Innkeepers very obviously feels like a horror film, yet it is effectively creepy.

/ June 25, 2012

Chernobyl Diaries

The set piece needs more attention, but the attacks are done reasonably well, an instil of progressive tension reasonably effective.

/ June 22, 2012

The Amityville Haunting

Cliches abound, as does overkill, while the characters are irritating. And yet, a wound-up tension is impressed without noticing.

/ June 17, 2012

Brain Damage

A delightful piece of fan faction that packs some extra surprises; you can tell Martin enjoyed every second of writing.

/ June 12, 2012

Father’s Day

Has everything one could desire of a daft evening's entertainment, from sibling incest to a meeting with the Devil/God himself.

/ June 11, 2012

Skew

Found footage is a tricky subgenre to add an original concept to and Skew makes a good attempt. But it's not enough.

/ June 10, 2012

666: The Prophecy

You would almost expect tongue planted firmly in cheek, yet this sagging clod of a movie takes itself quite seriously.

/ June 7, 2012

The Watermen

A stalk-and-slash film with very little stalking or slashing, little happens until the inevitably contrived conclusion.

/ June 6, 2012

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.

/ June 4, 2012

The House

Visually, there are some good moments, but it's a hotchpotch of story-telling technique, none of which stick.

/ June 3, 2012

Juan of the Dead

Zombie fans will enjoy the numerous genre references, but many will see the same old tired and perfunctory plot devices.

/ June 2, 2012

Deadball

Exploitative, splatter-comedy fun that is hugely entertaining and self-knowingly plays to its strengths effectively.

/ May 31, 2012

Island of Lost Souls

The foreboding set piece complements the horrific story wonderfully, while Charles Laughton is genuinely sinister.

/ May 27, 2012

Osombie

Quite possibly one of the most lacklustre attempts at a zombie film ever made, Osombie is simply excruciating.

/ May 14, 2012

Dark Shadows

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.

/ May 11, 2012

The Monk

An unusually restrained Vincent Cassel is a pleasure, but it's a drawn-out story that runs out of steam before a rushed conclusion.

/ April 27, 2012

Cassadaga

Enough strands are left to ponder to deem writers Bruce Wood and Scott Poiley as worthy of keeping an eye on.

/ April 16, 2012

Break

Deeply irritating; places far too much focus on stunted, badly-acted banter that is difficult to understand at points.

/ April 16, 2012

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.

/ April 13, 2012

Sometimes They Come Back

A painfully average film, its classic horror status somewhat baffling. Purchase to complete your Stephen King collection.

/ April 9, 2012

The Revenant

D. Kerry Prior's limited experience mostly lies in SFX, but you wouldn't know it from what is perfect comedy timing.

/ April 2, 2012

Dellamorte Dellamore

Its own bizarre entity; a curious commentary on the protagonist’s descent into madness as he combats love, loss and zombies.

/ March 20, 2012

A Horrible Way to Die

A non-linear approach wears thin, initial intrigue giving way to frustration as the story continually dances away with the cuts.

/ March 19, 2012

Evidence

There is probably a good film hidden somewhere in here, but the entire experience feels like a waste of time.

/ March 10, 2012

The Raven

John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe is immensely watchable, but the story is downgraded to a bog-standard thriller.

/ March 9, 2012

The Shrine

Effectively creates tension to complement an overall creepiness, to deliver a climax that keeps the viewer in the dark.

/ February 28, 2012

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

Under the impressive visuals and solid cast there are genuine flaws, and it allows itself to surrender to cliché too easily.

/ February 16, 2012

Kill List

A superbly crafted piece of dark cinema and well worth a watch. Just brace yourself for the final act; it’s a bit of a jolt.

/ December 20, 2011

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3

Nucleus Films continue their mission to educate the masses on the concept of the grindhouse subgenre. Go purchase.

/ November 30, 2011

Rabies

The central story is drowned in subplot after subplot, red herrings running amok to the point of frustration.

/ November 22, 2011

The Human Centipede 2

Laurence R. Harvey turns in an excellent performance, but there is no escaping the knowledge of a rapidly hashed idea.

/ November 19, 2011

Snowtown

A truly effective film that will stay with you long after the credits roll; to have achieved this in a debut is quite remarkable.

/ November 18, 2011

Straw Dogs (1971)

This 40th anniversary edition, hosting a plethora of extras, is surely one of the year's most essential releases.

/ November 10, 2011

Straw Dogs (2011)

The dumbing down of the violence to tiresome torture porn, robs it of its parallel to David Sumner's psychological shift.

/ November 3, 2011

Evil Things

On the whole achieves its aim of imitating amateur home video, as director Dominic Perez steers the ship to a solid finale.

/ November 3, 2011

The Awakening

The raison d'être is ludicrous and sewn up in minutes, but the cast is very good, as is the cinematography and symbolism.

/ October 28, 2011

Season of the Witch

B-movie fluff at best, dull at worst, and not a patch on the films it tries to emulate. Fortunately, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

/ October 27, 2011

The Rig

The Rig fails to capitalise on any initial potential and becomes more tedious with every dragging minute of screen time.

/ October 26, 2011

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Not quite as funny as you’d expect if you have seen the shorts, the film plays it straight.

/ October 24, 2011

Cannibal

Occasionally inspiring, often harrowing and depressing, the film throughout is artistic, engaging and intriguing.

/ October 15, 2011

The Woman

An interesting statement on misogyny, albeit subtle as a sledgehammer — but then, this is from Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum.

/ October 14, 2011

Buried Alive

A required watch for fans of Frank Darabont, creator of The Walking Dead, if only to see what a difference 20 years can make.

/ October 13, 2011

Death Bell

Believes itself brutal, when in reality a small number of strong images are tied loosely together with a basic story.

/ October 10, 2011