Archive for September, 2013

On the back of the huge success of Max Brooks’ cult classic novel of the same name, World War Z chronicles the initial events of the Zombie War, but takes the different stance of making it a personal tale intercut with mass global disaster scenes. This was seen by many as a risky move. Marc [...]

When Tommy Cowley (Aneurin Barnard) witnesses his wife being attacked by three hooded youths, he’s horrified to discover a syringe jabbed into her pregnant belly. This seemingly-random attack leaves him as a single dad with crippling agoraphobia, left looking after his daughter in a dilapidated housing estate long-set for ‘regeneration’. Due to move out of [...]

Following the disheartening, yet predictable, mainstream success of the incredibly derivative Insidious, along with this year’s far more accomplished The Conjuring, James Wan returns with yet another ghost story, about a haunted house, a tortured family, and not much else. The events of Insidious: Chapter 2, to give it its full name (surely that title [...]

Reunions are always difficult. When Sarah (Kate Bosworth) invites two of her bickering friends for a long-needed intervention on Black Rock island, she hopes their differences will be resolved and the trio will return to their old – happier – friendships. Unfortunately they’re not alone on Black Rock and the women run into a trio [...]

Eli Roth divides fans. Some people laud him as a horror icon whose work has made waves through the genre, whilst some view him as an upstart punk who’s dragged horror back to the 80’s. Whatever the case, he isn’t going away, having befriended Tarantino and become a self-styled writer, director, producer and actor with [...]

Bag of Bones (or Stephen King’s Bag of Bones, because he OWNS IT) is a 2011 TV miniseries which has only just reached the UK on DVD & Blu Ray. Based on Stephen King’s 1998 book “Stephen King’s Bag of Bones”, this 157 minute bloated film is a decent, haunting, well-made two-part series that is [...]

It begins with two naked lesbians fucking on a bed. Then, after some truly bizarre pillow talk about shame and lights, a machete-wielding maniac bursts in, chops off their fingers and flees… up a hill, where he gets naked, empties a sack of severed human fingers onto the grass and then buries his face in [...]

Ryan Reynolds continues his quest to undermine the stability of comic book movies in this adaptation of Peter M. Lenkov’s 2001 Dark Horse Comics release. Despite being a fairly forgettable jaunt into cod occultism and action movie cliches, someone clearly thought that this warranted the sort of care and attention reserved for first tier Marvel [...]

Simon Killer is a disarming, involving exploration of a young man’s increasingly off-kilter psyche. It’s a quiet, thoughtful film and while it’s interesting enough, ultimately it doesn’t go anywhere and winds up raising more questions than it answers. On the back of a failed relationship, Simon retreats to Paris, France in order to collect his [...]

With a title like Sharknado, we know right off the bat not to expect Jaws, or even Deep Blue Sea. In fact, the only thing that is expected of a film such as this is that its tongue is held firmly in its cheek, with all notion of reality thrown completely out the window in [...]

VHS tapes. Remember them? Before Blu-Ray and DVD, with their crystal clear hi-def image and surround sound, VHS was the savour of the film fanatic. Even with its poor video quality that made things look slightly out of focus and its tendency to have its innards ripped out and munched on by the very players [...]

The trouble with Stranded is that it is not a good film. Nor is it a truly terrible one. Instead, it possesses elements of both but the allure of neither, leaving it (appropriately, but disappointingly) stranded somewhere in the middle. The crew consists of exasperated voice of reason Col. Gerald Brauchman (Slater), brooding Dr Lance [...]

‘Trashy’. ‘Cheesy’. ‘Clichéd’. Chillerama has not been given an easy ride by reviewers. And maybe they’re right to jump to these conclusions – but Chillerama wasn’t made to win any prizes or to impress with beautiful cinematography or great acting. This project was made for the simplest of reasons: four film nerds coming together to [...]

Accountant Ken has an unwelcome guest living in his lower intestine, a demon manifested of his repressed ill-will to the world. Named Milo. When people in Ken’s life start showing up brutally slain, supposedly by a rabid raccoon, he teams up with his psychiatrist (Peter Stormare using all of the grim intensity in his arsenal) [...]

You’re Next, while not necessarily startlingly original, does what most horror films these days fail to do; it entertains, it provides characters to invest in, adds in some genuinely funny dialogue and actually spins a few conventions on their heads in the process. No mean feat. The basic premise is much like any other home [...]

Norwegian horror has, over the past few years, firmly cemented itself as a serious player for delivering heavy hitters. Examples of this include Cold Prey and Dead Snow. Delving into native folklore and beliefs has paid off with horror/fantasy films such as Thale and the critically acclaimed Troll Hunter. The regions growing reputation for heavy, [...]