Reviews / 13.02.2020

After bursting onto the horror movie scene back in 2009 with runaway hit Paranormal Activity, Blumhouse Productions has proven itself a major player in the genre. But for every spectacular success like the Oscar-winning Get Out and Insidious, they've also served up some absolute disasters like Ouija and Truth or Dare. In a curious move, Jeff Wadlow, director of the latter film, is being given another shot with Blumhouse's latest reimagining, Fantasy Island. Taking mild inspiration from Aaron Spelling's 1977 television series of the same name (which, let's be...

Reviews / 12.12.2019

Way back in 1974, an unassuming Canadian horror film essentially defined an entirely new subsection of the genre and went on to inspire horror filmmakers for the next few decades, notably John Carpenter and his opus Halloween. While it's far from the greatest horror film of all time, Bob Clark's Black Christmas is one of the earliest examples of the slasher film, making it a landmark moment for horror cinema and rightly earned the film cult status amongst cinema fans. A remake came and went back in 2006, ramping up...

Reviews / 04.08.2019

In 2018, a bold new visionary director entered the psychological horror landscape and knocked our damn socks off. With the divisive (it's okay if you hated it) Hereditary, writer/director Ari Aster offered a hefty helping of nightmarish imagery, shocking moments, and a stunning performance by his leading lady, the Oscar-ignored (no, I'm not over it) Toni Collette. Just one year later, Aster returns to do it all again with Midsommar; an equally unsettling and disturbing endurance test for audiences, cemented by one of the best female lead performances you...

Reviews / 11.07.2019

Who doesn't love a shlocky B-movie that knows it's a shlocky B-movie and gives you everything you could ever want from a genre that should provide a dose of giddy, silly fun? Films of the monster movie genre often fall flat on their face by failing to realise the absurdity of their premise and attempt to be something they're not, as we saw with last year's problematic The Meg. It's so deliciously refreshing to encounter something like Crawl; a film that embraces its outrageous conceit to wildly entertaining effect. With...

Reviews / 26.06.2019

When the terrifically thrilling The Conjuring debuted back in 2013, few could have predicted it would ultimately launch a cinematic universe which has stunningly earned over $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office from its six films. Yes, you read that figure correctly. By expanding one movie into a seemingly never-ending franchise of sequels and spin-offs, there's a horror goldmine to be tapped here. The latest spooky chapter from this unexpected saga is the sequel to the prequel to the spin-off featuring cinema's latest creepy doll no one wants...

Reviews / 09.06.2018

Hype is a dangerous thing for most films, but particularly those of the horror genre. When a horror movie comes along that's hailed as "the scariest film of all time" or it's called a "gamechanger," it raises the level of expectation for those yet to see it. Naturally, this helps with box-office returns, but it can lead to disastrous disappointments for audiences who rush out expecting to be left literally shaking in their seat. This is the unfortunate situation facing Hereditary, the debut film from writer/director Ari Aster which...