Tag: Drama

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To

Incredible performances drive an emotional weight that oozes a transcendent power guaranteed to haunt you.

/ June 28, 2021

Threshold

An impressive slow burner that develops beautifully through to a spine-chilling climax, with unexpected, shocking results.

/ May 9, 2021

Relic

A nuanced study of dementia and its alienating effects; an exceptional screenplay creates thematic cues throughout that can be felt in every microfibre.

/ January 18, 2021

Rift

Ambiguous and beautifully insidious as result, Rift is an impressive sophomore effort from Icelandic filmmaker Erlingur Thoroddsen.

/ October 5, 2017

A Dark Song

An astonishing and brave feature debut that marks director-writer Liam Gavin as one to watch. Highly recommended.

/ August 15, 2017

Frankenstein (2015)

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

/ February 22, 2016

The Messenger

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

/ September 17, 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

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

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

Only Lovers Left Alive

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

/ February 21, 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

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

Possession

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

/ July 29, 2013

The Seasoning House

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

/ June 16, 2013

The Corridor

A movie which feels like the filmmakers knew what they wanted to achieve, but were unsure on how to go about it.

/ April 4, 2013

The Fallow Field

That rarest of films, one that genuinely keeps you guessing to culminate in some palpable tension come the third act.

/ March 11, 2013

Midnight Son

Eschews many of the vampire subgenre's tropes to present something more akin to a quietly observed character study.

/ February 11, 2013

The Night Child

As the epitome of seventies B-movie charm, it boasts the strong elements of enjoyable kitsch that one would hope for.

/ December 3, 2012

Some Guy Who Kills People

Wants to be a comedic horror film with hidden depths, but the horror is scarce and the humour largely average.

/ November 8, 2012

Santa Sangre

A trip that was calculated carefully, the near constant use of slightly off-key circus music adding to its hypnotic quality.

/ September 21, 2012

Berberian Sound Studio

Strangely accessible for a giallo come art-house film; a pleasure from beginning to end, with lavish attention to detail.

/ August 31, 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

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

Sometimes They Come Back

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

/ April 9, 2012

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

Cannibal

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

/ October 15, 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

The Silent House

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

/ July 18, 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

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

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