sweetie you won't believe it

Sweetie, You Won’t Believe it – A wild rollercoaster of laughs, blood and gore

Fantasia presents Sweetie You Won’t Believe It, book tickets here. Yernar Nurgaliyev’s delightfully dark horror-comedy joyously plays with a range of classic slasher tropes at lightning speed. It’s 85-minute runtime barely giving you time to breathe as you bounce from gore to gags and back again. Here, Nurgaliyev’s mashup of horror past and present is laced with slapstick, goofball humour and a delicate conversation on masculinity. The result is an energetic comedy lined with gore and creativity that feels fresh

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Kratt – A delightfully bonkers fantasy horror

Fantasia Festival presents Kratt, book tickets here. Deep in the pages of Estonian legend, you will find a creature named Kratt. This mythological beast is subservient to the master who creates it out of household items and three drops of blood. And as it comes to life, it seeks nothing but work, as the devil within demands the master’s attention. However, once the work drys up, the Kratt will have no option but to seek its own entertainment, killing its

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Quick Picks

The Return (2020), How to Deter a Robber (2020), The Boy Behind the Door (2021) – Quick Picks

Quick Picks brings you short reviews of movies available to rent, buy or stream now. This edition features The Return (2020), How to Deter a Robber (2020) and The Boy Behind the Door (2021). The Return We all love a haunted house tale, right? But, with so many on offer, the quality of these varies significantly as directors seek to offer something new. On the face of it, BJ Vernot’s new movie would appear to fall directly into the traditional

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Boys from County Hell

Boys from County Hell – Baugh’s vampire flick is wickedly entertaining

Watch Boys from County Hell in UK and Irish cinemas from August 6th. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin. On a hill just outside the village of Slaughtaverty, County Derry sits a lonely hawthorn tree. But, this lone tree has a devilish story to tell. Legend has it the tree marks the grave of Chieftain Abhartach, the first Vampire king of Ireland. According to the same tale, a pile of stones once sat under the tree, weighing down

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The Blazing World – A beautifully demented fairy-tale

The Blazing World is showing at Sundance London on 31st July and 1st Aug, book tickets here. The past twelve months have offered us some brilliant horrors, largely thanks to a wave of stunning female directors. We have experienced the ecclesiastical eroticism of Rose Glass’ Saint Maud following its 2019 London Film Festival premiere. Plus, Prano Bailey-Bond’s neo-Gothic Censor. Meanwhile, Nia DaCosta’s Candyman looks set to emerge from its hive as an unsettling laceration of American socio-political tensions. But, there’s another horror wunderkind that’s

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Old – If you go down to the beach today, you’re sure of a disappointment

Old is playing now in cinema’s nationwide The legacy of M. Night Shyamalan is a curious one. There often seems to be little in-between for him as a director. After all, while we have The Sixth Sense and Signs, we also have Lady in the Water and Devil. And while it’s undeniable that Shyamalan always brings something creatively intriguing to the table, his propensity for grand-explainer twists often trips him up. Part of the fear of horror is the unexplainable, a fear of the unknown that

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