Reviews

Hounds of Love (2017): Blood-Chilling True Crime Horror

Messed up but made in an artful way, Hounds of Love is easily the most frightening and disturbing horror film you’ll see in 2017. It’s extremely intense and unpleasant, but the good news is: viewers who make it to the end will be rewarded. I’m someone who’s watched a lot of horror and thriller-type movies; from The Evil […]

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Lights Out (2016): An Old-School ‘Bump in the Night’ Movie

The plot in Lights Out hinges on a simple concept – a demon you can only see in the dark. Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) and her little brother Martin (Gabriel Bateman) are being stalked by this entity, which has a strange connection to their manic mother Sophie (Maria Bello). The central premise is what drew me. The idea […]

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The Wailing (2016): An Epic Korean Horror Flick

About twenty minutes into this horror film, I was really surprised to be laughing. The Wailing starts out with slapstick comedy and buddy cop humour. Jong-goo (Do-won Kwak) bumbles his way through a murder investigation while providing for his family. He’s a hilariously rubbish cop, but a likeable guy. Being Mr Nice Guy won’t help him solve […]

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Raw (2017): Body Horror At Its Very Best

Raw: this is the movie that had audience members fainting when it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. This is the movie that apparently had LA cinemas handing out sick bags. Have you got what it takes to sit through the grisliest film of 2017 so far? Think Carrie crossed with the films of David […]

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HUSH (2016): Home Invasion Horror

So I watched Hush the other day on Netflix, not expecting much, but I was well surprised at how good it was. I liked it a lot! Hush is yet another tale of home invasion, and it’s as if director Mike Flanagan sets out to upturn any expectations we might have. Here’s the set-up: Maddie (Seigal), our hero, […]

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Classic, Lists

Cinema Psychos: 5 Classic Slasher Movies 

The slasher movie: a term given to any horror film where there’s a psychopathic killer on the loose. The golden period for this sub-genre was during the 1970s and 1980s. Even if you’ve never seen a slasher movie, you’ll probably have some idea of the classic tropes that come into play. Most of these films […]

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Reviews

It Follows (2014)

The premise of It Follows sounds like the worst film ever when said out loud. But sometimes the best ideas are the unusual ones. This thrilling horror focuses on teenager Jay (Monroe), who after sleeping with her new boyfriend, becomes the target of a supernatural entity – a curse passed on through sex. There are clear […]

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The Strangers (2008)

It doesn’t seem right to call The Strangers a horror film because it’s atypical and not particularly scary. Yet if the events depicted in this movie were to actually happen, there’s no doubt you’d be traumatised for life. It’s a home invasion film, after all, which focuses on a young couple who are terrorised by three masked […]

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Reviews

The Monster (2016)

There’s something about bad mothers in horror films that send shivers down my spine. In Bryan Bertino’s The Monster, not only have we been given a hellish creature, but also a troubled mother, faced with protecting the daughter she has mistreated. The film follows Kathy (Zoe Kazan) and her child Lizzy (Ella Ballentine), whose car breaks down on […]

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Don’t Breathe (2016)

Home invasion films are nothing new, but Don’t Breathe inverts the typical scenario, as his time, the good guys are the intruders. This tense horror follows three delinquents, Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto), who make a living breaking into people’s homes and stealing their goods. After a string of successful burglaries, their […]

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Lists

5 Horror Films For People Who Don’t Like Scary Movies

The horror genre is an acquired taste, so I understand why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Some people simply don’t like being scared or don’t like gore, excessive violence, and watching a film that will potentially keep them up at night. After I watched arthouse horror, The Witch (2016), it made me think about all the […]

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The Babadook (2014)

“If it’s in a word, or it’s in a book, you can’t get rid of the Babadook,” warns a handmade pop-up book, which the widowed Amelia (Essie Davis) reads to her son Sam (Noah Wiseman) in the indie horror film, The Babadook. Deceptive, suspenseful and creepy as hell, Jennifer Kent’s spine-tingling film may just be one of […]

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