Movie Review Archive

Reviews in order of upload:


Now I can’t proclaim to be the biggest fan of the Death Note anime – it was only when I realised that Netflix was picking it up to reboot as a feature film that I decided I’d sit down and force myself through it – but, that being said, it’s hard to disassociate one from [...]


Follow has caused a bit of controversy here at Gorepress Heights. Mostly because I really enjoyed it, and Sarah really didn’t. Perhaps it’s because her breadth of knowledge on the horror genre far surpasses my own, and I view a lot of films with an innocent, sometimes naive, almost child-like wonder – but I’m going [...]


A Cure For Wellness is a peculiar film, that doesn’t quite live up to it’s lofty ambitions, but is a worthwhile watch nonetheless. Lockhart, a dead-eyed, ambitious Wall Street type is tasked by his superiors to travel to a wellness spa in the Swiss Alps to convince his company’s CEO to return to New York [...]


Following the success of his previous film, the horror comedy Troll Hunter – a Gorepress favourite – Norwegian director André Øvredal sets his sights on breaking more into the mainstream by releasing his first feature-length English-language film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe…and boy, am I glad he did. After the body of an anonymous young [...]


I’m not sure which is more rare; a film that so overtly celebrates womanhood both on- and off-camera, or a horror anthology film which is actually so, for the most part at least, consistently good. XX – nodding to the chromosome combination, for those of you at the back not paying attention – is a [...]


Lesson of the day, folks: never trust Netflix’s ratings system. After having seen 2016’s Satanic pop up with a rating of 4.5 / 5, my interest was certainly piqued, so I decided to give it a bash. It follows the story of four college kids – Chloe, David, Seth and Elise – who stop off [...]


Joining us this week is guest reviewer, Neil Sheppard! Hollywood cafes are staffed almost entirely with wannabe actors who dream of getting their shot at the big time. A very small percentage of them manage to land one or two lucky parts that earn them the kind of cache it takes to be able to [...]


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 [...]