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Foundation

Foundation – An extraordinary and lavish TV epic that is brave, bold and beautiful

Foundation is now showing on Apple TV. If you thought Dune was the only epic science fiction adaptation in town this Autumn, think again. Apple TV’s adaptation of Issac Asimov’s legendary Foundation is both beautiful, complex and utterly fascinating. To say, David S. Goyer, Josh Friedman, Skydance and Apple took a significant risk on Foundation is an understatement. After all, Asimov’s books have often been called ‘unfilmable’ with several attempts falling into oblivion over the years. Much of this is

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Long Day's Journey into Night

Long Day’s Journey into Night (1962)

Long Day’s Journey into Night is available to rent now on Apple TV. Films that take place in one location, with a limited number of actors, are in a way a true testament to the power of cinema. These films have a much harder time pulling in audiences due to their limited creative resources, relying heavily on a solid screenplay, great acting and innovative cinematography. Many of the classic chamber piece films we love originate from theatrical plays. Their limited

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FILM AND TV REVIEWS

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Joyous, bright and proud

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is showing now on Amazon Prime and in selected cinemas nationwide. The journey from stage to the big screen is never an easy one for any musical. Often the very things that make a stage musical successful with audiences fail to translate as they move to

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The Sadness

The Sadness – A waterfall of gore and an avalanche of viscera

The Sadness is currently awaiting a UK release date 21st Century horror has largely moved away from gore in recent years, pivoting back to psychological, internal horror through, Get Out, The Lighthouse, Saint Maud and Censor. Of course, these are all great titles that serve us a stellar commentary on social

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound – A gargantuan and mind-bending puzzle box

Ultrasound is currently awaiting a UK release date. A lot of sci-fi films are relatively cut-and-dry. Perhaps there’s an evil alien invasion or a giant monster consuming inhabitants of a sleepy town. Or maybe it’s about time travel or parallel universe jumping. These are familiar, comfortable tropes and stories to

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Annette

Annette – Lacks a spark of experimentation and bold creativity

Annette is now playing in selected UK & Irish cinemas, arriving on MUBI from the 26th of November in the UK, Ireland, India, and Latin America. 2021 seems to have been a banner year for Sparks, with Edgar Wright’s deep-dive documentary into their history leading to a cultural rebirth. However,

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A Wake

A Wake – A simplistic family melodrama that never finds its voice

A Wake is available now on all major digital platforms through Breaking Glass Pictures. In 2002 the Pew Research Centre began exploring equality and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people globally. This research highlighted the global differences in experience for many LGBTQ+ people, including levels of confidence in coming out and the

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The Found Footage Phenomenon – A brilliantly crafted documentary

Frightfest presents The Found Footage Phenomenon; book festival tickets here. If you’re a fan of the found footage genre, you no doubt have a cherished title that started your fascination. Maybe it was The Blair Witch Project; perhaps it was Paranormal Activity – for some, it was Rec; for others, it was Troll Hunter. Hell,

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Slapface – A haunting and harrowing journey into childhood trauma

Frightfest and Shudder present Slapface, coming soon to Shudder. Book festival tickets here. If A Monster Calls (2016) showed us the healing power of an invisible monster in the life of an angry young boy, Jeremiah Kipp’s complex and harrowing Slapface demonstrates the dangers. Based on his self-penned 2018 short

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Post Mortem – A film that bites off more than it can chew

Frightfest presents Post Mortem, book festival tickets here. Post Mortem is undoubtedly a milestone, not for its outstanding quality but its place as Hungary’s first feature horror film. While it may sound unlikely that it took till 2020 for a Hungarian horror film to appear, it is worth noting that the

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Followers

Followers – A creative and cracking social media-inspired supernatural horror

Frightfest and Screenbound Entertainment Present Followers; book festival tickets here Occasionally our film reviews are laced with a sense of sadness, which is very much the case with Followers. The film’s premiere at this year’s Frightfest, missing its director Marcus Harben, who sadly passed away before its release. But, what Harben has left us with is nothing short of brilliant. His mash-up of screen-time and found-footage horror, embedded in a classic ghost story that writhes with delicious twists and turns

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CANDYMAN

Candyman – Repeat three times after me, “I WILL see Candyman on the big screen.”

Candyman is playing in cinemas now. Before we explore Nia DaCosta’s new Candyman offering, let us take a trip back to the original. Born in the imagination of the formidable Clive Barker in a collection of short stories, The Books Of Blood (1984-1985). Barker’s original story took place on a Liverpool housing estate, as its residents investigated the urban legend of a local serial killer. However, in translating the book to film, British director Bernard Rose (Paper House) transferred the action to

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Brain Freeze

Brain Freeze – A midwinter tale of sprouting evergreen zombies

Frightfest and Blue Finch Releasing present Brain Freeze; on digital from the 6th September. Let me start this review with a statement. I’m not too fond of Golf; in fact, I hate it. There, I said it. Everything about Golf makes me angry, from the fenced-off land used for just a privileged few through to the snobbery surrounding each clubhouse. Thankfully, I am not alone in this, as Brain Freeze director and co-writer Julien Knafo takes a nine-iron to themes

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Crabs! – A love letter to B-Movie monster horror with razor-sharp pincers

Frightfest presents Crabs; book festival tickets here. In the 1950s and 1960s, creature features were all the rage, from Creature from the Black Lagoon to The Blob and The Thing from Another World. You couldn’t stop creatures from coming and trying to invade! They had a pulpy earnestness to them that at the time was terrifying and is now quite funny. It’s that B-movie sentimentality that’s difficult to capture honestly, precisely because it lands on the knife-edge between lovably crummy

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Night Drive – Christmas can be murder

Frightfest presents Night Drive, on digital from October 11th The sun may be beating down, but it’s Christmas in the City of Angels. Here we meet ride-share driver Russell (AJ Bowen), a man busily trying to earn a living on the streets of Los Angeles. Russell is a nice guy, his car journey’s full of conversation, his customer service above and beyond the norm as he walks people to their door, and even helps with their shopping. But, ride-share drivers

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Motherly – It may not be entirely new, but it is devilishly creative

FrightFest and Raven Banner present Motherly; book festival tickets here. Motherly will be released on digital November 16th. Stephen King once wrote, “There’s no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids.” I think we all know this to be true. After all, mothers will often go to the ends of the earth to protect their kids. But, this can be rooted in blind love; the mother’s choices, held in a misguided view of a child’s perfection. Sometimes,

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Mad God

Mad God – A never-ending underworld of human creation

Fantasia presents Mad God; book festival tickets here. Thirty years in the making, it’s a rare honour nowadays to spend an hour and a half in the presence of a stop motion genius like Phil Tippett. After all, this is the man who helped bring us the luscious model effects of Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Willow and Indiana Jones, to name but a few. His award-winning career in visual effects, a veritable feast of blockbusters that continue to find praise

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#Blue_Whale

#Blue_Whale – Zaytseva opts for popcorn horror over psychological terror

Fantasia presents #Blue_Whale; book festival tickets here. On 22 November 2015, a teenage girl from south-east Russia posted one last selfie online before taking her own life. Her tragic suicide soon found itself the subject of comment and analysis in a series of online blogs. Within these blogs and chatrooms, many teenagers began to lace gossip, opinion and stories together into a toxic tapestry of fact and fiction. Here, Reality was kept firmly at bay as stories were embellished and

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