Category: Reviews

Trick or Treat: Hellions (2015)

Posted on 10/12/15 by Ben

By Nia Edwards-Behi I’ve briefly raved about Hellions before on this site, in my preview of FrightFest 2015. Well, now the film’s set to hit home-viewing, just in time for Halloween, and I’m really looking forward to many people picking it up and seeing it for themselves, because more than anything, it’s a film that […]

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Review: Regression (2015)

Posted on 10/11/15 by Ben

By Ben Bussey I’d almost forgotten about Alejandro Amenábar. Having come to prominence with 1997’s Abre Los Ojos AKA Open Your Eyes, a psychological drama with a bizarre sci-fi twist (which later spawned an inferior remake in the Tom Cruise/Cameron Crowe movie Vanilla Sky), the Spanish director really broke big with 2001’s The Others. Ghost […]

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DVD Review- Insidious: Chapter 3

Posted on 10/10/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea So here’s the thing: I was all set to start this review by saying I’d volunteered to review Insidious 3 on a bit of a whim, as I hadn’t seen the second Insidious and wasn’t sure how the films would relate either to each other, or to the first one. Well, Ben […]

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Review: Children of the Night (2014)

Posted on 10/10/15 by Ben
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By Nia Edwards-Behi There’s quite a wave of a horror filmmaking that seems to be happening in South America at the moment. Festival initiatives such as Blood Window are bringing more and more of these films to the fore. Children of the Night (formerly ‘Limbo’) is an example of this wave, coming from Argentinian director […]

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DVD Review: The Final Girls (2015)

Posted on 10/08/15 by Ben
The Final Girls

By Ben Bussey We all know very well how frustrating it is to see new movies endlessly recycling the same basic concepts with little to no variety. However, there’s a particularly potent brand of frustration that emerges when a new movie comes along with a comparatively fresh and inventive premise, but then fails to fully […]

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DVD Review: Turbo Kid (2015)

Posted on 10/07/15 by Ben
Turbo Kid

By Tristan Bishop Aren’t we all a bit sick of new films looking like old films yet? The likes of Hobo With A Shotgun, Death Proof & Machete all tapped into a nostalgia for the gritty 70s & 80s heyday of politically-incorrect exploitation, at once a compliment and an alternative to the never-ending stream of […]

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Review: The Inhabitants (2015)

Posted on 10/07/15 by Ben

By Quin When you get to the end of The Inhabitants, you may ask yourself, how did I get here? I didn’t mean to quote the Talking Heads, but I don’t know how else to say it. The movie I started watching felt like a different movie in almost every way 90 minutes later. Apart […]

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Trick or Treat: Pay The Ghost (2015)

Posted on 10/06/15 by Ben
Pay the Ghost

By Ben Bussey As this new release is set at Halloween, we figured it was a good fit for our seasonal thread Trick Or Treat, devoted to checking out the best and worst in horror movies set on October 31st. Read on to see which category this one falls into… It’s difficult, if not impossible, […]

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Film Review: La Entidad (The Entity) (2015)

Posted on 10/05/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea I suppose I shouldn’t be amazed that the found footage phenomenon is still rolling jerkily onwards, nor that countries not usually associated with a horror tradition are now having a go themselves; take Peru, for instance, the country which has brought us La Entidad. My knowledge of any relationship between Peru and […]

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Review: Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

Posted on 10/05/15 by Ben

By Nia Edwards-Behi I’m almost certain anyone watching Aaaaaaaah! will struggle to recall a film with which to compare it. The best I can think of is Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, but in all honesty, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen that film and that might just be because there’s a […]

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Film Review: Perdurabo (Where is Aleister Crowley?) (2003)

Posted on 10/03/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea The Great Beast – English occultist Aleister Crowley – has for many years enjoyed an uneasy flirtation with popular culture. He’s appeared on the cover of a Beatles album, which ought to suffice to substantiate the first sentence – he’s inspired numerous homages in poetry and literature, but being such a problematic […]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Skull (1965)

Posted on 10/03/15 by Ben
The Skull - Eureka Blu-ray DVD

By Nia Edwards-Behi I confess that The Skull is a Cushing/Lee collaboration I knew very little about before receiving the screener of Eureka’s gorgeous new Blu-ray release for review. It’s an Amicus film that looks a lot like a Hammer film, boasting Freddie Francis at the helm, and Cushing and Lee in an astonishingly starry […]

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DVD Review: We Are Still Here (2015)

Posted on 10/02/15 by Ben
We Are Still Here - Studiocanal DVD

By Nia Edwards-Behi We Are Still Here is Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut and it’s a film that demonstrates some considerable strengths. It’s clear that Geoghegan’s a man with respect for the horror genre as the film offers a haunted house narrative with a degree of intelligence and reverence that it doesn’t always receive. Anne (Barbara […]

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Review: Shark Lake (2015)

Posted on 09/30/15 by Ben
Shark Lake - VOD Final

By Ben Bussey Attention, any and all filmmakers contemplating making a shark movie. Here are some key points to consider. How much money do you have? Is the budget there to create believable shark effects and attack sequences? If not, do you have any directorial tricks up your sleeve to convey suspense without convincing creature […]

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DVD Review: The Passage (AKA Lemon Tree Passage, 2014)

Posted on 09/29/15 by Ben
The Passage Metrodome DVD

By Tristan Bishop When we think of genre film from Australia we tend to think of arid outback conditions and the brutal ways of living they can engender – a long tradition of films, from Nicholas Roeg’s Walkabout (1970) to Russell Mulcahy’s Razorback (1984), from Mad Max to Wolf Creek, film-makers have used the huge […]

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DVD Review: Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce (2014)

Posted on 09/28/15 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey There was a time when I considered Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City my absolute favourite film of the 2000s. I’m no longer quite that fond of it, but I do still appreciate its heightened comic book noir aesthetic, its brash balls-out masculinity, and its effortless sense of cool which has […]

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Fantastic Fest Review: The Passing (‘Yr Ymadawiad’, 2015)

Posted on 09/28/15 by Ben

By Nia Edwards-Behi A lone man, Stanley (Mark Lewis Jones), works diligently at a well near his secluded property. He hears the sound of a car horn, and following it, finds a crashed car. He finds a young couple at the vehicle, which is part-submerged in the nearby river: the defensive Iwan (Dyfan Dwyfor) and […]

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