A compelling plot explores Stephen King’s core themes while creating something truly unique with his mammoth bibliography.
American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice
In a stern test for even the most hardened splatter film fanatics, Roberto Scorza offers a powerful solo performance.
The Strangers: Prey At Night
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.
Consumerism and Addiction
British filmmaker Simon Rumley's latest, Fashionista, is a strange and visually brilliant examination of deep obsession.
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.
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol. II
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.
A Dark Song
An astonishing and brave feature debut that marks director-writer Liam Gavin as one to watch. Highly recommended.
Nope, Nothing Wrong Here
In conversation with author and film historian Lee Gambin on his monograph on the adaptation of Stephen King's Cujo.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
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 Season One
Halfworlds brings a strong aesthetic via excellent concept but is ultimately let down by poor pacing and a bad cast.
Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #1
A huge deviation in tone from the derelict moodiness captured by director J. A. Bayona, despite some wonderful artwork.
We Go On
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.
Santa Clarita Diet
Drew Barrymore shines in a stylised affair that revels in a refreshing juxtaposition of viscera with middle-class suburbia.
Under the Shadow
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.
Train to Busan
Sardonic elements balance with emphatic characters and sharp camerawork to ensure the film's anxious torsion maintains its focus.
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
Cuts to the core of the horror without ever diluting or compromising M. R. James’ carefully woven plots. Recommended for die-hard enthusiasts.
Lucifer (TV Series)
Featuring the Devil in his most vanilla of forms, horror fans will be left wanting; Lucifer is disappointingly sparse on strong imagery.
Wolf Creek (TV Series)
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.
The Girl with All the Gifts
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.
Prime Cuts: Vol. 2
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.
Some Kind of Hate
Beautifully filmed, with a bleak karmic mantra that makes for a frequently intense viewing experience.
Night of the Living Deb
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.
Landmine Goes Click
An almost perfect exercise in queasy tension, but would benefit from a tighter script and better characterisation.
The X-Files FAQ
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.
Navy SEALS vs. Zombies
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.
Prime Cuts: Vol. 1
Rawly sketched artwork complements the abstract plot line, which will please the exploitation and pulp fiction aficionado.
The Art of Stephen Jones’ Horror
Horror relies on image to promote terror and bring hideous ideas to life.
Sound is Half the Picture
Talking the effectiveness of aural terror with award-winning sound designer and composer Alan Howarth.
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.