Category: Reviews

Abertoir 2015 Review: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Posted on 11/27/15 by Ben

By Tristan Bishop The western and the horror film are two of the oldest genres in film – almost as old as film itself, in fact – and so it’s no surprise that there is a long history of cross pollination between the two. From creepy 1930’s pulps such as Riders Of The Whistling Skull […]

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DVD Review: Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (2015)

Posted on 11/19/15 by Ben
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By Ben Bussey We’ve had no shortage of documentaries covering the cultural shifts of the 1970s and 1980s. In the US, American Nightmare charts how horror cinema was revitalised from the late 60s onwards by the likes of George Romero, Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper, whilst Going To Pieces chronicles the slasher movie boom which […]

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Abertoir 2015 Review: Fatal Frame (2014)

Posted on 11/18/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea It’s so often the case that, when I sit down to watch a Japanese film, I find that it’s based on an extensive manga and/or gaming series of which I have no knowledge whatsoever. It’s been the case with filmmakers I know reasonably well – such as Takashi Miike (or at least […]

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Abertoir 2015 Review: Francesca (2015)

Posted on 11/17/15 by Ben

By Ben Bussey Welcome back to Wales! In a strange kind of way it seems fitting that the horror festival of England’s bilingual neighbour should play host to the UK premiere of a movie spoken in Italian though shot by Argentinians. Okay, maybe that’s a bit tenuous, but bear with me on this. To be […]

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Review: The Funhouse Massacre (2015)

Posted on 11/10/15 by Ben

By Ben Bussey There are few things so tiresome as a horror comedy which is neither funny nor scary. Alas, we seem to get rather a lot of them; and, double alas, The Funhouse Massacre is yet another title to add to that undesirable list. A well-meaning, ambitious endeavour with a very agreeable core concept, […]

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Blu-Ray Review: The Reflecting Skin (1990)

Posted on 11/05/15 by Ben
The Reflecting Skin - Soda Pictures Blu-ray

By Ben Bussey Few things show up gaps in one’s own film knowledge more acutely than a movie you’ve never heard of dropping in your lap with a press release describing it as a ‘cult classic.’ It’s true, I was hitherto utterly unaware of writer-director Philip Ridley’s debut film, and indeed of Ridley himself and […]

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Halloween Special Review: The Hunger (1983)

Posted on 10/30/15 by Ben

By Ben Bussey Halloween tends to be a time when the older, more established horror movies we often roundly label as ‘the classics’ get picked up, dusted off and sent on the rounds.  It was no doubt with this in mind that our friends at PR company Fetch Publicity got in touch with us with […]

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Book Review: Dead Leaves by Andrew David Barker

Posted on 10/29/15 by Ben

By Ben Bussey The passions that capture us in our youth invariably impact the person we grow to be in adulthood. This almost invariably seems to be true of horror fans: those who come to be lifelong devotees very often first develop that affinity for the genre whilst young (as we explored early this year […]

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Celluloid Screams 2015 Review: These Final Hours (2013)

Posted on 10/28/15 by Keri
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By Keri O’Shea The question ‘what would you do if you only had hours to live?’ is one that we’ve probably all considered at some point; of course, the world ends for individuals all the time, but in terms of some grand event, whether it’s the four-minute warning (alright, that’s shorter still), the biblical apocalypse […]

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Celluloid Screams 2015 Review: The Witch (2015)

Posted on 10/27/15 by Ben
The Witch

By Ben Bussey Expectations are a tricky beast indeed. As I remarked in my earlier Celluloid Screams 2015 review of the wonderful He Never Died, very often the joy of the festival experience is going in with little to no prior knowledge or expectation and encountering something brilliant, and knowing you’re among the first to […]

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Celluloid Screams 2015 Review: Excess Flesh (2015)

Posted on 10/26/15 by Keri

By Keri O’Shea At its best, horror has a great deal of power to question and probe aspects of modern life. By turning a uniquely distorting eye on social and cultural norms, it can make us reconsider them – or see them in such grotesque and new ways that we can’t thereafter see them as […]

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Trick or Treat: All Hallow’s Eve 2 (2015)

Posted on 10/26/15 by Ben
All Hallows' Eve 2

By Quin Exactly the way I discovered All Hallow’s Eve in 2013, the sequel All Hallow’s Eve 2 appeared on the iTunes horror page just like the unmarked video tapes find their way to unsuspecting viewers in the two films; I seriously hope this is going to become a regular thing. The list of sequels […]

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Celluloid Screams 2015 Review: He Never Died (2015)

Posted on 10/25/15 by Ben

By Ben Bussey Perhaps the greatest pleasure of the film festival experience is sitting down to watch a movie of which you have little to no advance knowledge, and wind up being taken totally unawares. Going into Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema for the Celluloid Screams screening of He Never Died, I basically knew nothing other than […]

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Toronto After Dark Review: The Interior (2015)

Posted on 10/22/15 by Ben
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By Keri O’Shea The first thing we find out about James (Patrick McFadden) is that he’s a guy who wears a cheap work suit like it’s doing horrible violence to him. He’s stressed, miserable, and what’s more, he’s not in good health either: suffering from double vision, numbness in his hands, and other symptoms which […]

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Review: Night of the Living Deb (2015)

Posted on 10/21/15 by Ben

Review by Quin There is certainly no shortage of film titles consisting of puns. These films tend to either be porn films or comedies; but more accurately, parodies. Edward Penis Hands. Shaun of the Dead. Womb Raider. Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. You get the idea. Well, now you can add Night of the […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci

Posted on 10/21/15 by Ben
Arrow Video Black Cats

By Ben Bussey The sainted Edgar Allan Poe’s legacy in cinema is curious. Whilst his writings have long been hugely influential resulting in numerous screen adaptations, very few Poe movies adhere that closely to the text. This has been never more true (pun intended) than of the various movie versions of The Black Cat. Universal […]

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Review: Some Kind of Hate (2015)

Posted on 10/16/15 by Ben

By Ben Bussey My fellow horror fans, we have a firm contender for the best worst film of 2015. Just in case we need to make the distinction, I don’t mean to say Some Kind of Hate is a flat-out bad movie; those are the ones that tend to just leave you utterly cold and […]

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