Archive for October, 2009

Dr Russell Marvin (Hugh Marlowe) and his new wife, Carol (Joan Taylor), are driving to a military base where they are working on Operation Skyhook, which plans to explore space by sending rockets into orbit around earth. Whilst they are driving, they are stunned to be followed closely by a flying saucer, an aurally memorable [...]

“Beware the stare of Mary Shaw, she had no children, only dolls. If you see her in your dreams, be sure you never, ever scream.” Dead Silence revolves around the fictional legend of Mary Shaw; a ventriloquist who lived in the town of Ravens Fair. During the 40’s, she kidnapped and killed a young boy [...]

The Evil Dead Trilogy. If you say those words to any self-respecting horror fan, they’re guaranteed to mention two names – Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. Army of Darkness came out in 1992, and since then director Raimi has been increasing his presence in Hollywood cinema, from the good (A Simple Plan / The Quick [...]

A group of young children play a game involving prank phone calls one night whilst their parents are throwing a party in the next room. The game simply involves picking a phone number at random, calling it and keeping the person on the other end of the line for a total of seventy five seconds. [...]

I remember the first zombie flick I ever saw. I was 9 years old and I had stayed up way past my bedtime to watch a Channel 4 showing of Night Of The Living Dead. I had seen horror movies before; down at my buddy’s house, we would raid his dad’s extensive Video Nasties collection [...]

Recently widowed Karen Tunney, having little other option due to financial ruin, decides to uproot her two daughters and move them to an inherited house on the outskirts of a forest in the middle of nowhere, USA. After strange things start to happen; soot on the mattresses, bizarre nightmares and blood on the front door, [...]

Comic book covers, particularly old ones, were always liars. On the front you’d often see a depiction of something mind-blowing, like Superman being dumped by Lois and running off with Lex Luthor, or Spider-Man ruthlessly beating on Aunt May until she handed over her pension money…okay okay, so maybe not that last one. The point [...]

The Hazing (a.k.a. Dead Scared) is silly, gory, knowingly crap and lots and lots of fun. Five College students in the process of pledging a fraternity/sorority are given the task of a treasure hunt followed by a night in the supposedly haunted ‘Hack House‘. Should they survive the night, they will be accepted members of [...]

I’m sure if you were to ask a range of people of a certain age which horror films they remember growing up with, Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist will make more than a few appearances. And, if I’m honest, it’s easy to see why…if only because it’s been parodied and referenced in a so many other films [...]

Once again, as the film begins we find that humans of the atomic age are doing what they do best in these movies – meddling, dagnabbit! This time their attention is turned to the Arctic, where the calving (no, not giving birth to a calf…the other meaning: “To break at an edge, so that a [...]

I can count the number of good killer croc flicks on one hand but thankfully I think Rogue can officially join their ranks. It has much more in common with Lake Placid than Lake Placid 2, at least. Starring Silent Hill’s Radha Mitchell, who is joined by Michael Vartan and Sam Worthington, Rogue is set [...]

Rob Zombie is one of those directors. We all saw House Of 1000 Corpses, many of us loved it. Then he brought out The Devil’s Rejects and we just about went apeshit for that. He showed a whole tonne of promise with those first two movies, then pissed all over it, Halloween-style. The Haunted World [...]

Filming a late-night piece focusing on a local fire department, TV reporter Ángela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) and her trusty cameraman Pablo get far more than they bargained for after they follow the team of firefighters to a block of apartments in the centre of Barcelona, supposedly to help an elderly resident trapped within her flat. [...]

Twisting, turning and smart for the initial thirty minutes and final half hour, Triangle suffers with a horribly predictable middle that sags incredibly. Without it, the film wouldn’t work, and the pay off is worth the trudge, but only just. Troubled mother Jess (Melissa George) joins Greg and his friends on a sailing trip supposed [...]

It only comes once a year, and it’s more exciting than Christmas. Whether you like carving the pumpkins, dressing up like a devil or lobbing eggs at Mrs Granger’s house, Halloween has a thousand memories for us all. The only problem is there’s so much to do. Yeah, the 31st is reserved for drunken costume [...]

Another Jack Arnold 50’s sci-fi/horror gem, Tarantula is one of the better “big bug” offerings. This time, likeable Dr. Matt Hastings (John Agar) is brought in by the bumbling local sheriff to examine a body, which turns out to be the colleague of reclusive, respected Prof. Deemer (Leo G. Carroll). Curiously, the man appears to [...]

Undead is not your average zombie movie, but this is by no means a compliment. It is fun, but it is also stupid, bizarre, unscary and more than a bit senseless. Rene (Felicity Mason) is leaving Berkeley fast. Her money has run out and she’s been forced to scarper her hometown and head to the [...]

Albino Farm is a half-decent low budget shocker which, while entertaining, is entirely unoriginal. It re-treads very familiar territory, coming across like an amalgamation of 2001 Maniacs and Wrong Turn (which in itself was a re-tread of ‘mutant freak’ classics The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre). Four college students hit the [...]

Gone is a psychological thriller in which a British couple; Alex and Sophie, who are back-packing in Australia, meet and befriend a charismatic American named Taylor. At first he seems like the ideal travelling companion; enigmatic, witty, generous and thoroughly charming. It’s only when they make the joint decision to deviate from their chosen path [...]

Thirst is funny, violent, insane, touching, brutal and beautiful. It is a superb piece of work from the visionary director of Oldboy and, rising high above the recent splattering of pop culture vampire flicks, proves that originality can exist amongst a severely over-saturated genre. This is a genuinely excellent horror film. Priest Sang-hyeon (The Host’s [...]

Preview of Thirst plus Q&A session with Writer/Director Park Chan-Wook 5th October 2009 – Curzon Cinema – 18:10 The Curzon Soho is an intimate cinema with a lot of charm and a real love of independent and foreign films – the walls ooze with an understated intelligence and adoration of movies that move, surprise and [...]

The title; Vacancy 2 is actually something of a misnomer as this is a prequel and not a sequel as the name might suggest. For anyone who’s seen Vacancy, this prologue sheds a little light on how the owners of its infamous motel come to be the murderous psychopaths that they are. After the entrepreneurial [...]

“Little Lisa took her axe, gave her captor 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave his partner 41.“ Sometimes also known as Lisa, Lisa or The Virgin Slaughter, the Harry Novak-produced movie Axe is a little known video nasty made during the Mary Whitehouse-incited furore surrounding what she perceived to be [...]

Rob Zombie remaking Halloween in 2007 seemed sacrilegious, especially since many felt Zombie’s modernisation of John Carpenter’s classic was poor and needless. A sequel to a poor remake seems like an even more ridiculous idea, but here it is, Halloween 2, the apparent conclusion of Zombie’s opus. Why see it? You shouldn’t. It is bloody [...]

Zombieland is fantastic fun. It is a funny, bloody, silly road trip through a brilliantly realised post-apocalyptic America. There is little depth to it, it’s not saying anything particularly interesting, it’s just immensely entertaining. Columbus is a loner, a geek who’s survived the end of the world by sticking rigidly to a set of rules [...]