Featured, Reviews / 26.08.2021

Way back in 1992, a horror film delivered a slasher killer whose motivations were far more interesting than just plain psychotic. After years of villains who maimed and murdered hapless victims for no reason, Bernard Rose's Candyman presented a racially charged film whose killer represented everything America would rather forget. This boogeyman's revenge was entirely justified and the film drew parallels between the past and present in ways the horror genre had rarely dared touch. Almost 30 years later, America may proudly declare its progress, yet it prefers to...

Reviews / 01.02.2021

When a film is accompanied by a warning about its level of gore, you have a certain expectation something truly wicked is on the horizon, especially when it features in Sundance's infamous Midnight program. While co-writer/director Prano Bailey-Bond's Censor is a film that pays deep homage to the UK's wave of "video nasties" of the 1980s, it isn't quite nasty enough to truly call itself an example of the cult genre. Those seeking lashings of gore and violence may find this one a tad disappointing and that pre-screening...

Reviews / 01.09.2020

From The Evil Dead to Cabin Fever, the idea of setting a horror film in a creepy cabin in the woods is nothing new. It's practically a sub-genre all of its own, particularly after Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon sharply skewered the conceit with the meta-aware genius that was 2011's Cabin in the Woods. By virtue of unfortunate timing, writer/director Amelia Moses' Bleed With Me stands as the third horror film of 2020 to take place within the claustrophobic confines of a spooky, isolated cabin. Thankfully, Moses delivers...

Reviews / 28.08.2020

Nobody likes a trip to the hospital, especially during a crippling pandemic. It's a setting the horror movie genre has often tapped for all sorts of terrifying mayhem. However, it's rare to find a black comedy set within the walls of an infirmary, given the difficulties of making light of a place of such misery. A sardonically dark comedy full of bloody violence and twisted humour, 12 Hour Shift has all the makings of something wickedly fun. If only the humour landed as well as the gallons of...

Reviews / 20.08.2020

One of the many joys of being a writer in the 21st century is unconsciously opening yourself up to the white-hot vitriol fired off by nasty keyboard warriors around the globe. Amongst the open forums of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, there will always be those looking to victimise, bully, and harass anyone with an opinion slightly different from their own. By daring to share your voice in the online world, we inherently accept hatred is all but a predestined certainty. The relative anonymity of the internet...

Reviews / 09.08.2020

Can an idea be just as contagious as the deadly virus the world is currently suffering through? That's the startling question broached in writer/director Amy Seimetz's intoxicating and atmospheric horror She Dies Tomorrow that could be the most unexpectedly relevant film of 2020. By presenting a dazzling vision of a contagion of the mind, Seimetz has inadvertently tapped into the crippling anxiety many of us are feeling over what tomorrow will bring. If tomorrow brought your certain death, how would you react? That's precisely the follow-up question Seimetz ponders...

Reviews / 07.08.2020

Back in 1999, The Blair Witch Project gave new life to the "found footage" genre of horror filmmaking and created a voyeuristic experience that was equal parts captivating and horrifying. In recent years, the genre has evolved into the "computer screen film," where the entire visual narrative is constructed within the digital devices of the film's characters. At a time when we are so reliant on video technology to remain connected with friends and family, it hardly surprising a horror film is here to make us terrified of...

Reviews / 29.06.2020

In the horror genre, there is a litany of blood-soaked, jump scare-heavy films which exist to elicit screams from any audience and very little else. Every now and then, a horror film comes along that manages to terrify its viewer while also serving as a deeply insightful metaphor for real-world issues. Whether it's the commentary on inherited mental illness in Hereditary, the biting social critique of race and class in Get Out, or The Babadook analysing childhood trauma, horror is often at its best when it has something...

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...