Under the Shadow

A triumphant debut effort which offers unique tension and poignancy and isn’t afraid to confront uncomfortable cultural realities.

/ January 23, 2017

Blair Witch

Dream team Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett bring an unusually hit-and-miss affair that nevertheless delivers in a frenetic final act.

/ January 23, 2017

Train to Busan

Sardonic elements balance with emphatic characters and sharp camerawork to ensure the film's anxious torsion maintains its focus.

/ October 24, 2016

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.

/ October 21, 2016

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.

/ October 17, 2016

Wolf Creek (TV Series)

Australian outback killer Mick Taylor returns in Wolf Creek the series, an addictively unsettling watch that comes highly recommended.

/ October 10, 2016

Holidays

As is generally the case for an anthology, Holidays is a mixed bag, touching all bases between effectively chillsome and irritating.

/ October 10, 2016

Observance

Presented as more a thought piece than coherent story, Observance is a truly psychological film and effectively unsettling.

/ October 7, 2016

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.

/ September 21, 2016

Cell

Stephen King cultists will find the humour and originality of the author firmly intact, but perhaps only in fragments and flashes.

/ August 24, 2016

Prime Cuts: Vol. 2

A sardonic and entertaining chapter in an ambitious and bizarre adaptation, but disappointingly lacks allegorical meat.

/ July 20, 2016

Bachelor Games

Ultimately, Bachelor Games falls flat due to lacking commitment to its ideas, but the comedy stitches it together, albeit loosely.

/ July 7, 2016

Limbo

Ambitious and bizarre, Limbo is a hallucinogenic rollercoaster that takes giddy pride in disintegrating reality and reliability.

/ May 23, 2016

Some Kind of Hate

Beautifully filmed, with a bleak karmic mantra that makes for a frequently intense viewing experience.

/ May 6, 2016

Night of the Living Deb

A comic, upbeat tone throughout that features more one-liners than you can shake a severed arm at.

/ May 2, 2016

The Sand

There is nothing to recommend here; as a creature feature (mostly) missing its creature, The Sand is an arduous watch.

/ April 22, 2016

Estranged

Could have been so much more, but still an alluring watch which bursts with style and vengeful violence.

/ April 6, 2016

Curtain

Gleefully absurd, a gonzo sense of humour ensures that Curtain is a disarmingly compelling and bizarro genre gem.

/ March 5, 2016

Landmine Goes Click

An almost perfect exercise in queasy tension, but would benefit from a tighter script and better characterisation.

/ March 2, 2016

The X-Files FAQ

The X-Files FAQ is an enriching and accessible exploration of one of television’s most imaginative and popular shows.

/ February 29, 2016

Frankenstein (2015)

Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein is a compelling and thought-provoking yarn that retains an air of unpredictability.

/ February 22, 2016

Navy SEALS vs. Zombies

With its pallid execution and rudimentary story, Navy SEALS vs. Zombies is a highly unremarkable film indeed.

/ February 12, 2016

Backtrack

With a tenuously linked story that lacks supernatural finesse, Backtrack is confused, and a tiresome experience.

/ January 29, 2016

Prime Cuts: Vol. 1

Rawly sketched artwork complements the abstract plot line, which will please the exploitation and pulp fiction aficionado.

/ January 18, 2016

The Art of Stephen Jones’ Horror

Horror relies on image to promote terror and bring hideous ideas to life.

/ December 17, 2015

Sound is Half the Picture

Talking the effectiveness of aural terror with award-winning sound designer and composer Alan Howarth.

/ October 29, 2015

The Messenger

A missed opportunity for exploration of the relationship between mental illness and the supernatural.

/ September 17, 2015

Bait

Burrows beneath your skin from the off, with a sly edit that ekes out the tension to unbearable levels.

/ September 7, 2015

Cub

For a first-time feature, Cub is a multi-faceted approach that proves too ambitious, let down by incomplete narrative.

/ August 1, 2015

The Blair Witch Project (Devil’s Advocates)

Successfully posits the film as one of the most influential titles in horror cinema history.

/ July 30, 2015

The Curse of Frankenstein (Devil’s Advocates)

A close analysis of Jimmy Sangster’s script and the differences between film and book.

/ July 29, 2015

Black Sunday (Devil’s Advocates)

Fascinating reading, further highlighting how groundbreaking Mario Bava’s film was.

/ July 27, 2015

Housebound

A well-written, well-paced screenplay gradually builds tension and intrigue, ensuring the viewer is riveted throughout.

/ July 20, 2015

100 Bloody Acres

100 Bloody Acres is an excellent example of comedy-horror that gets the balance just right, delivering a thoughtfully layered story.

/ July 13, 2015

An Evening of Irish Horror

With their ingenious recreations of radio productions from a bygone era, the troupe afford us a glimpse into the past.

/ July 8, 2015

Killer Mermaids

Coming from a confused premise, Killer Mermaids is an empty affair that lacks subplot and character arc.

/ June 28, 2015

Unhallowed Ground

A wealth of interesting ideas remain undeveloped, while rudimentary direction fails to make the most of the moody location.

/ June 25, 2015

Can’t Come Out to Play

What could have easily been melodramatic drivel is rendered surprisingly powerful with certain moments packing an emotional wallop.

/ June 21, 2015

Twisted Tales

Holland would be well advised to place the emphasis on stronger scripts and to dispense with his trifling on-screen introductions.

/ June 21, 2015

Burying the Ex

Populated by stock types, the story is backed by little in the way of characterisation, and missing a necessary campiness.

/ June 19, 2015

Wake Up, Maggie

An audacious effort that should be given praise for its unrepentant Maggie, portrayed with fearless honesty and confidence.

/ May 29, 2015

What’s Left of Us

Boasts edgy performances and a script which focuses on the here and now rather than excessive backstory.

/ May 7, 2015

The Sleeping Room

At times the film feels rather muddled, but atmospheric tension and taut pacing ensure it remains compelling.

/ May 5, 2015

Discopath

With its retro-sleaze appeal and synth score, it perfectly emulates the gritty atmospheres of exploitation shockers such as Maniac.

/ May 4, 2015

The Herd

Unflinchingly depicts women subjected to the same processes as the average dairy cow as it delves into the horrors ignored by society.

/ April 20, 2015

What We Do in the Shadows

Charming and oddly heart-warming, it’s testament to all involved that the film feels so fresh, energetic and cuspid-sharp.

/ April 12, 2015

Afterimages

Serves as a neat, interesting introduction to Asian folklore that allows some playing with storytelling techniques.

/ March 29, 2015

Blood Ransom

A slow-burn approach with a dreamlike quality that is at times hypnotic indicates a filmmaker to watch in director-writer Francis dela Torre.

/ March 28, 2015

Starry Eyes

A powerful rumination on the cost of fame and the monstrous things people are prepared to do in order to obtain it.

/ March 16, 2015

The Haunting of Black Wood

A carefully constructed and deliberately vague set-up that milks every ounce of tension, with twists coming thick and fast.

/ February 2, 2015