Reviews

The Cured (2017)

Grim but thought-provoking, The Cured is a bleak and oppressive movie that asks one simple question: what if zombies were cured and had to live with everything they did? It’s a brilliant idea which makes for a serious horror-drama that strikes the right balance between subtext and flesh-eating mayhem. The story follows Senan (Sam Keeley) […]

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Hereditary (2018)

Ari Aster’s Hereditary delivers gut-wrenching terror which builds like a gathering storm, slowly digging into the darkest recesses of our nightmares. It’s not for the faint of heart. From the outset, Hereditary creates a dreaded sense of uncertainty, serving up shock moments and constantly playing games with our own perceptions. It is a glorious, nail-biting art-horror film. The focus […]

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Reviews

Mother! (2017)

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! is an experimental horror film unlike any other and quite comfortably earns the “it’s not for everyone” tag. If you’re seeking conventionality, don’t even bother watching Mother!. It’s jam-packed with shocking imagery and possesses a nightmare quality. When Mother! was released last year, pretty much everyone came away with their own interpretation. The most prominent conversation was about […]

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Reviews

The Transfiguration (2016)

The Transfiguration is not about sparkly, human-loving vampires as they were made out to be in modern TV shows and movies. (Yes, Twilight I’m looking at you). In fact, The Transfiguration isn’t really about vampires at all. What it does is use vampirism as a means to explore trauma, grief and depression. The main character is Milo (Eric Ruffin), a […]

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Reviews

Gerald’s Game (2017)

You know those films that are so intense you feel drained at the end? Well, Netflix Original Gerald’s Game is one, despite the fact, Carla Gugino hardly gets out of bed. Also, it might be one of the best films based on a Stephen King book. Here are the details. Jessie (Gugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) travel […]

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Lists

5 Movies to Watch Next If You Loved ‘IT’

A box-office smash: IT is officially the most successful horror film of all time. Stephen King, you must be proud. This horror flick is a top grade remake, driven by a real feeling of dread and I kept thinking that Pennywise isn’t the only monster – the parents of the kids are awful too. It […]

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Reviews

Hounds of Love (2017)

Hounds of Love is a brutal and brilliant film from Australia. Based on a true story, it’s a study of horror hiding in plain sight and there could hardly be a more disturbing film around. Viewing this, you’ll probably put your face in your hands, grimace and squirm in your seat. But why subject yourself to […]

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Reviews

Lights Out (2016)

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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Reviews

The Wailing (2016)

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 trying to take care of his family. He’s a hilariously rubbish cop, but a likeable guy. Being Mr Nice Guy won’t […]

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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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Essential, 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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