Film Reviews

The Devil All The Time: A relentless, twisted and assured Southern Gothic horror

The Devil All The Time is available now on Netflix Based on the relentlessly dark Southern Gothic novel by Donald Ray Pollock. The fourth feature film from director Antonio Campos (Simon Killer) is both stark and enthralling. With a truly stunning ensemble cast offering both gravitas and depth to Pollack’s story; a sweeping, grisly and lurid family drama. One where community …

I Used to Go Here: A smart, delicate and distinctive comedy/drama.

We all reach a point where the hope and excitement that surrounded our early career fades. This process is not only profoundly uncomfortable but also, downright unfair as the veneer of youth fades. The realisation that life is quite mundane and boring wrapped up in changing friendships and a need for security. These changes are even more pronounced for those of us who …

New Queer Visions: Right Beside You

Sometimes we all need someone to turn to, but equally, sometimes the person we need may not be someone already in our social circle. It is within the complexity of human connections, friendships and relationships that NQV’s brand new short collection Right Beside You takes inspiration. With five beautiful short films from Mexico, Brazil, France the UK and the Netherlands; …

Kids Mix (Autumn 2020) ParaNorman / Casper / Alpha / Labyrinth

Every quarter we bring you four top picks for younger viewers. Kids Mix Autumn 2020 features ParaNorman (PG), Alpha (PG), Casper (PG) and Labyrinth (U). ParaNorman (2012) Let me start this review by proclaiming my love for stop motion animation and its ability to pull you into new worlds with divine characters. From Isle of Dogs to My Life As …

Blinders – We talk to Tyler Savage about his new thriller and the darker side of inner-city life

Every year millions of people pack their bags and head to major cities across the world, seeking a fresh start, leaving behind the problems, memories, and ghosts of their past. However, for many, the reality of leaving behind the security of their old life only increases their vulnerability. Their new lives snared in a trap of needing companionship and belonging …

Bloody Monday: Back to School Special – The Faculty / Slaughterhouse Rulz / Tormented

September 2020 Bloody Monday is back with a ‘Back to School’ special. Celebrating the end of summer and the return to desks, smartboards, hormonal tantrums and excitement. So grab a desk as we look back at three great school-based horrors to start the new term. From The Faculty (15) to Slaughterhouse Rulz (15) and Tormented (15). The Faculty (1998) What …

A Ghost Waits – Love transcends death in a delightful debut feature

Romance, belonging and ghosts are a staple of the supernatural genre, from A Ghost Story (2017) to Beetlejuice (1988) and The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947). The relationship between love, life and death central to our reflections on mortality. With film offering a glimmer of hope that death neither separates nor ends our eternal need for love and belonging. The …

Two Heads Creek – We talk all things horror, comedy and the macabre with writer and actor Jordan Waller

Now and again a horror/comedy comes along that is both intelligent and creative, while equally gore-filled and fun. These movies are quite rare, many struggling to manage the interface between gore, comedy, and social discussion; never quite balancing all three. However, Two Heads Creek is one of those rare gems that shines within the genre. Its gloriously dark script, energetic …

Don’t Click – A terrifying reflection on individual culpability and guilt

We live in a world of instant entertainment, gratification and communication. Our lives wrapped in a digital world of likes, shares, comments and viral videos. The ability to distinguish between reality, fiction, pain and pleasure caught in a trap of instant access. The doors to information, both written and visual, flung wide open. With the internet of things consuming our …