Horror

The Turning (Review) – A confused take on the Henry James classic

Henry James 1898 novella ‘The Turn of Screw’ has found itself the subject of several cinematic adaptations and interpretations over the years. The most notable of these being Jack Clayton’s exquisite and unparalleled The Innocents in 1961. However, with The Turning director Floria Sigismondi attempts to take the gothic horror of Henry James into 1990’s America. While equally playing with …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – IT Chapter Two

There was an inherent risk sitting at the heart of IT. One that splits a combined story interweaving adult and childhood experience, into two separate entities. Hence dividing the narrative of Stephen King’s source material. While also creating an expectation that the audience could combine both chapters into singular cinematic journey. This is a challenge that few films have managed …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Back in 1981 Alvin Schwartz released the first volume of his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series. Aimed at introducing children and teens to the nightmare world of folk horror. His books not only proving a huge success, but also inspiring a whole generation of horror fans. With tales of mysterious creatures, ghosts and things that go bump in the …

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

Following hot on the heels 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 unique take on sexuality in …

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 industry. Wooing a whole new …

Horror – The Essential Collection

Ever since the dawn of film, Horror has played a part in its development. Acting as a mirror to our inner most fears, while challenging us to face the ghosts of our deepest anxieties and terrors. Whether fictional, religious or real, horror has played with the psychology of human fear, shining a light into the darkest corners of human existence. …

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. Director Rose Glass’ debut feature providing 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 care worker into a …

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

Waves batter an isolated rock, as the gulls circle looking for their next meal. The beaming torch of the barnacled lighthouse providing safety for travelling sailors. While the keepers of the light slowly descend into insanity. Following his 2015 horror masterpiece The Witch, Director Roger Eggers gives us a maritime nightmare of epic proportions. The claustrophobic 1.19:1 aspect ratio working …

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 a feeling of quiet discomfort from …