Movie Review Archive

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It was surprising enough that a sequel to 2014’s Ouija was greenlit. What’s even more surprising is that the sequel is actually better. WIth Oculus’ Mike Flanagan at the helm, what could have been yet another by-the-numbers spookfest becomes a genuinely solid horror movie. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. Ouija: Origin of Evil follows [...]


[Review contains spoilers] Landmine Goes Click starts off fairly promisingly. We’re introduced to three backpackers (Chris, Alicia and Daniel; the latter two of which are a couple) trekking across rural Georgia – that’s Georgia the country, not Georgia the state – when one of the trio accidentally steps on a landmine. Terrified of detonating the [...]


The Devil’s Candy is Aussie director Sean Byrne’s follow up to the hugely enjoyable low budget cult hit The Loved Ones. Much like The Loved Ones, music takes a central role as likeable parents Jesse and Astrid Hellman, and their sassy metal-loving daughter Zooey, take up residence in a new country home. Buying the house [...]


Anna Biller must have been one very busy woman. Not only did she direct her film The Love Witch, she produced, wrote, composed for, designed (art, set, costume and production) and edited it as well…so I think it’s fair to say that it’s a film that she must have poured a lot of herself into. [...]


Dear God No sees The Impalers, an outlaw motorcycle hang hell-bent on rape, murder and merriment, driven to a cabin in the North Georgia mountains, after an altercation (see: massacre) with another club. There they encounter a crazed anthropologist hiding a dark secret in his basement, and a flesh-devouring monster stalking the wilderness outside. Directed [...]


There’s no point beating about the bush. Friend Request is a very derivative movie. The obvious parallel is 2014’s Unfriended (which, to be fair, whilst telling its story in quite an inventive, intriguing way, wasn’t hugely original in itself); both use social media as the vehicle for the horror, both involve the ghostly goings-on following [...]


Before we go any further, let’s make no bones about it; Spring is barely a horror film. At its heart it’s a romance, and quite a sweet one at that. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, fresh from the critical acclaim of their lower-than-low budget flick Resolution, have crafted quite an earnest love story that’s accessible [...]


10 Cloverfield Lane came as a bit of a surprise to everyone. There had been whispers of a follow-up to J.J Abrams’ alien disasterfest Cloverfield for a long time, but nothing concrete ever surfaced…until the trailer landed in early 2016, a mere eight weeks before the film’s actual release date, and everyone collectively exploded. After [...]


I’m not really sure how I feel about Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, even after a full day of thinking about it. That’s probably not the first thing you’d want to read when you start a review, but hopefully by the end of it you’ll understand more what I mean. High-Rise, an adaptation of a J.G. Ballard [...]


If you’re of a certain age, I’m sure Goosebumps holds quite a special place in your heart. The series of books – totalling over sixty individual stories – sold over 350 million copies worldwide…so adapting it into a film was always going to be a risky move, liable to upset a great deal of people [...]


Rob Zombie seems to be quite a divisive personality. There are those who tend towards die-hard fandom, lapping up anything he touches and never wavering in their dedication. Then there are those who believe he’s a blight on the horror landscape, dumbing down the genre and ruining existing mythos with nihilistic abandon. I’d put myself [...]


The follow-up to the widely acclaimed The Conjuring, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) don their spooky investigative hats and head to Enfield, London to help Peggy Hodgson (Frances O’Connor) and her four children banish the evil presence that has been terrorising their home, and supposedly possessing one of the girls, Janet – [...]


After young couple Scott and Penny retreat to the woods to film a nature documentary, they get more than they bargain for when they stumble across a number of mysterious rudimentary statues, the work of the famous yet reclusive and equally mysterious artist, Mr. Jones. Deciding to change their course a little, they instead choose [...]


When a passing comet knocks out the power in all houses except one, a party of eight friends set off to investigate. Unbeknownst to them however, the comet has torn open the fabric of reality, creating an alternate timeline at the end of the street. The result is Coherence, a stripped down, experimental science fiction [...]


Banjo is definitely a film that lays its cards on the table from the word ‘go’. The first two minutes alone contain enough blood, swearing and male ejaculate for most films, but this isn’t most films. Peltzer is a put-upon young chap who suffers emotional abuse at the hands of his domineering girlfriend Deetz, and [...]


It’s somewhat counter-intuitive to the movie-going experience to tell people to specifically wait for for a film to be released onto DVD because the experience on a small screen will be greater, but in the case of Unfriended, that is entirely your best bet. Moreover, I would implore you to watch it on a laptop [...]


Creep isn’t groundbreaking, but it’s almost certainly unlike any other found footage horror movie you’ll have seen. It’s awkwardly funny, strangely compelling and has moments of genuinely unsettling horror. Aaron, a videographer, (Patrick Brice) answers a peculiar ad on Craigslist requesting the services of someone to document ‘a day in the life’. When he turns [...]


I managed to catch Some Kind Of Hate at this year’s FrightFest, and it was prefaced by director Adam Egypt Mortimer bounding onto the stage and excitably announcing that he’d made a film that was bound to appeal to people who’d ever experienced bullying. I have no doubt that he was sincere in his claims [...]


Ted Geoghegan‘s We Are Still Here is a gorgeous, gloriously straightforward haunted house movie. It’s from the same new wave school of horror as the output of filmmakers like Ti West and Adam Wingard, and it’s a really fun, surprisingly bloody ride through the frozen landscape of New England. Anne and Paul have lost their [...]


In the mid 1970′s, a small psychology lab in Pennsylvania began testing subjects that showed the early signs of psychic abilities. Although initially the results were small, one patient, Judith, began showing unparalleled psychic and telekinetic abilities. As further tests were carried out, it became apparent that this was not a case of a gifted [...]


You know the drill by now: storm’s a brewin’ and it’s full of the hungriest, most aggressive sharks imaginable. Make no mistake about it, the ‘nadoes of the Sharknado series – a series that will not die, judging by the announcement of a fourth instalment on the very same day the third was released – [...]


The Canal is a creepy little Irish shocker, that boasts bucketfuls of suspense and atmosphere but is ultimately a little disappointing. David works in a film archive centre with his softly spoken colleague Claire. One day she asks him to check out some new reels that the centre have acquired and David is startled to [...]


The mainstream press would have you believe that found footage has had its day, that it hasn’t been good since The Blair Witch Project and that it should just go off and die somewhere already. This is because movies like Willow Creek, The Borderlands, etc. usually aren’t afforded theatrical releases and, therefore, the majority of [...]


Horror fans of a certain age possess a deep, abiding love for Joe Dante. The auteur who gave us Gremlins, Piranha, Matinee et al can (usually) do no wrong, as evidenced by his most recent offering, The Hole; a fun, exciting, super-spooky kids’ horror flick with the scariest clown doll this side of Poltergeist. It’s [...]


Meet Viago. He’s just an ordinary guy, who likes to do ordinary things. He likes to read, take in a movie, and loves a night out on the town with his housemates Vladislav, Deacon and Petyr. All the normal things you’d expect from a group of house-sharing guys, right? Oh, and they also like to [...]