Horror

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 – The Horror of ‘Coming Out’ in 80’s America

Following hot on the heals of the success on A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). The first sequel in a long line of sequels and prequels trod very different ground to the original film. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 found itself derided by the critics of the time. Only recently finding exploration in its …

Hocus Pocus – A retrospective look at a holiday classic

Hocus Pocus debuted in British cinemas on Friday 29th October 1993. A week in which Meat Loaf reigned supreme at number one in the UK singles chart. And Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park continued to dominate UK cinema screens 16 weeks after its initial release. While a new boyband named ‘Take That’ stormed through the music …

Saint Maud (Review) – Visceral horror of the highest order

Spoiler Free Religious fervour mixes with mental illness in a film that takes you to the very edges of psychological horror. Rose Glass’ debut feature is visceral horror of the highest order. Wrapping its audience in a nerve shredding world of mental decline. The escape door firmly closed as we follow a deeply troubled young …

The Lighthouse (Review) – How long have we been on this rock?

Spoiler Free Quick Read Review The sea batters an isolated rock, while the gulls circle looking for food. The beaming torch of a rugged lighthouse, keeping Canadian sailers safe while those trapped in its thick walls descend into insanity. New boy Ephram Winslow (Robert Pattinson) joining old sea dog Thomas Wake (William Defoe) as assistant …

The Lodge (Review) – An icy blast of psychological horror

Spoiler Free In 2014 writer/directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz brought us one the finest horror films of the past decade with Goodnight Mommy. Now teaming up with screenwriter Sergio Casci they are back with a psychological horror that once again proves their place in the horror fall of fame. The Lodge wraps you its …

Deerskin ‘Le daim’ (Review) – The jacket to end all jackets

Spoiler Free The power of filmmakers to laugh at that own craft is a precious and valuable thing. Especially when combined with stories that fly in the face of reality while played with deadpan sincerity. Quentin Dupieux‘ latest offering does just that with a killer black comedy about a Deerskin jacket, psychosis and a rural …

Little Monsters (Review) – A farmyard full of zombie fun

In a modern age of film and TV where zombie stories have sat front and centre in popular horror. Developing something new and inventive is not always easy. However, with Little Monsters Writer/Director Abe Forsythe manages to deliver something truly fresh and different. A relentlessly funny comic book tale of a slacker and a teacher …

IT (Chapter Two) Review – The inner child in every adult

Our recent retrospective of ‘IT Chapter One‘ ended with the following thoughts on the upcoming chapter two “With IT Chapter Two coming to cinemas in few weeks time, Muschietti may achieve something truly unique in cinema. A two part horror film that honours its literary roots, while providing a modern classic of the genre”. So …

IT (2017) – The childhood fears we never relinquish

Stephen King published his 22nd novel ‘IT’ back in 1986 to a mixed reception from critics. The novels coming of age themes sitting alongside a supernatural presence who fed on fear, captivated some and bemused others. Its 1300+ pages demanded attention and commitment from the reader. While its core themes dug deep into childhood and …