Archive for December, 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, the Gorepress team members come up with their personal choices for the top 10 horror movies of the 21st Century so far…

So Castle Freak, eh? Were you really expecting much from this Full Moon release? I know I wasn’t. I guess that’s why I was blown the fuck away. We all know that Stuart Gordon can be a hell of a director when he really puts his mind to it, but he has his name on [...]

Last of the Living is a lot of fun. It is rigidly unoriginal and startlingly predictable, but because of its trio of amiable characters and a self-knowing silliness, it’s an genuinely enjoyable laugh-riot through zombified New Zealand. Morgan and Ash are life-long friends, and have teamed together with loose-cannon ex-boxer Johnny to survive the zombie [...]

Christmas comes but once a year and is a time for friends, family and obscene over-indulgence. The scene is a familiar one; the whole tribe is stuffed with turkey and roast potatoes, their bodily organs literally floating in a veritable sea of mulled wine when someone inevitably insists that you all watch a festive movie [...]

When The Butterfly Effect 2 beats its wings, it creates a tidal wave of dull, meandering and pointless nonsense that consumes anyone unfortunate enough to watch it. If you hated the original, loved the original or haven’t even bothered to watch the original, don’t even consider checking out the sequel. It is simply terrible. Nick [...]

Based on a novel by Jack Ketchum, which was inspired by the true story of American serial killer Charles Schmid, The Lost is a startlingly bleak tale of hopelessness and escalating madness. The central character; Ray Pye, who embodies Schmid in all but name, even down to his exaggerated appearance, is a charismatic but sociopathic [...]

Red Mist (a.k.a Freakdog) sees a group of arrogant medical students inadvertently land the lonely, socially awkward Hospital caretaker in a coma after forcing him to imbibe a cocktail of drink and drugs at a party. Fraught with worry over the damage it could do to their fledgling careers, they dump him at the Hospital [...]

The Saw franchise is prolific if nothing else. This is the sixth Saw movie shunted out in what is undoubtedly the most popular series in the “horror-porn” genre. Saw VI is confused, didactic, slightly arrogant but definitely compelling. The death-traps are solid and reasonably inspired, but the pacing does drag when people are not screaming [...]

Oh, M. Night Shyamalan, where did it all go wrong? Audiences and critics alike were almost entirely unified in their praise for The Sixth Sense (and deservedly so) but ever since you’ve continued to divide opinion with every new film you release…until this one. And, unfortunately, I don’t mean that in a good way. After [...]

Carriers is incredibly depressing. It is a solid, uninspired film that moves along at an expected pace and does nothing surprising. All it does competently is paint an incredibly grim picture of post-apocalyptic America, without humour and without love. This film will make you unhappy. Beginning with a shameless attempt at poignancy, featuring old camera [...]

Infestation is silly, funny, self-knowing, cheaply made and an immensely enjoyable giant bug attack film that is thoroughly entertaining throughout. Great fun. The plot is blindingly simple – a job-shy slacker wakes up in his workplace entombed in webbing. Freeing himself, he finds the world is overrun by giant meat-eating bugs. Teaming up with an [...]

Burnt-out NYPD detective Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) is called in after the badly mutilated remains of one of New York’s most prolific businessmen and socialites is found in Battery Park, alongside that of his wife and bodyguard. The deceased man’s name carried with it a lot of political and financial clout, so already the possible [...]

Incorrectly and unfairly written off as ‘torture porn’ by most, Saw marked the start of an unexpected and hugely successful franchise and is actually a very interesting and original thrill-ride. Two strangers, Adam and Dr. Lawrence Gordon, wake up in a filthy and derelict room at opposite ends, chained to a pipe and with no [...]