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

Dead Special

We speak to SFX maestro Greg Nicotero about the power of make-up and the upcoming series of The Walking Dead.

/ October 17, 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

Evil Rising

The script really is slow, with nothing remotely interesting happening until the final few minutes. But what an ending.

/ October 10, 2011

Red State

A disappointing film with a script that is too basic for any kind of social commentary Kevin Smith may have been aiming for.

/ September 16, 2011

The Graveyard Poet

Writer Steve Santini possesses no talent whatsoever, prompting the begging of life's most simple, yet profound question: why?

/ July 25, 2011

The Silent House

Florencia Colucci is superb, easily shouldering the film. Also impressive is some genuine creepiness courtesy of clever lighting.

/ July 18, 2011

Hammer 2.0

In conversation with Hammer CEO Simon Oakes on his long-term plans for the studio and business strategy.

/ July 10, 2011

Seeing the Devil

Actor Lee Byung-hun discusses his performance in Kim Jee-woon's I Saw the Devil, and plans for directing film.

/ July 8, 2011

Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated

Despite the odd flare of brilliance, the concept fails. For rabid collectors only.

/ May 31, 2011

The Rite

All a rather predictable outcome that doesn't offer anything we've not seen before, but Anthony Hopkins saves it.

/ May 30, 2011

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

The cartoon violence on display here completely removes all sense of realism, shoving the film into torture porn territory.

/ May 28, 2011

Let Me In

The performances are faultless, but clumsy CGI removes the delicateness that had us so in love with the original.

/ May 27, 2011

Julia’s Eyes

A mixed bag and too ambitious for so early in a career, however Guillem Morales should be noted for the future.

/ May 20, 2011

5150 Elm’s Way

A confused affair that is a bizarre mishmash of clashing styles, with the barest of subplot revealed in just one line of dialogue.

/ May 19, 2011

7 Days

A masterpiece that will make the world sit up and take notice of what is the perfect portrayal of the psychology of a man.

/ May 1, 2011

Confessions

A cruel indictment on contemporary Japanese youth and their despondency, which unravels its cruel web satisfactorily.

/ April 30, 2011

Insidious

With huge jump scares and more subtle, creepy moments, this is a film which has mastered the whole spectrum of horror filmmaking.

/ April 29, 2011

Peeping Tom

A timeless and sublime masterpiece that presents an incredibly intelligent and moving picture of psychological struggle.

/ April 24, 2011

Attack the Block

Stands on its own two feet amongst the usual Brit comedy suspects, which is largely due to its cast of unknowns.

/ April 22, 2011

Wasting Away

This low-budget indie is a star turn, with a clever, funny script that shows life from the point of view of the zombie.

/ April 21, 2011

Knuckle Supper

An interesting and refreshing take on your standard toothy yarn, but the author lacks the ability to drive his purpose home.

/ April 19, 2011

Dear Mr. Gacy

Low budget, not particularly well acted and with a basic script, yet somehow, this film manages to elicit goosebumps.

/ April 19, 2011

How to Speak Zombie: A Guide for the Living

There are many zombie survival guides out there. But do any of them teach you how to speak zombie?

/ April 18, 2011

Re-Cut

A great example of how the first-person horror subgenre works its magic, but it also highlights some of its core flaws.

/ April 16, 2011

We Are What We Are

Deftly balances a horror premise with the politics of a family drama, marking Jorge Michel Grau as a filmmaker to watch.

/ April 11, 2011

Wake Wood

With nicely subtle handling of its occult element, the film slowly builds an atmosphere and is more chilling as a result.

/ April 8, 2011