Category: horror

“The past is a wilderness of horrors” | The Wolfman (2010)

‘I’m a big fan of horror movies as far back as I can remember,’ said actor Benicio Del Toro. ‘The Universal horror movies were the first films I knew the titles of [as well as] the names of the actors in those films.’[1] All the way back in 1931 Universal Pictures stumbled upon a commercial ...

REVIEW: Personal Shopper (2016)

Maureen (Kristen Stewart) is a 28 year-old American living in Paris. During the day she works as a personal shopper for a rich celebrity named Kyra (Nora von Waldstätten). In her own time she obsesses over her recently deceased twin brother Lewis, and his promise to try and contact her from beyond the grave if ...

REVIEW: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

Following the release of the film The Blair Witch Project a disparate group of fans, academics and obsessives arrive in Burkittsville, Maryland, to tour the sites showcased in the original film. When they somehow lose several hours of their lives, they return to one of the group's home to review the videotaped footage of the missing time. ...

REVIEW: Blair Witch (2016)

Years after his sister Heather vanished in Maryland's Black Woods, James Donahue (James Allen McCune) returns in the hope of finding out what happened to her. He brings along with him student documentarian Lisa (Callie Hernandez) and a group of friends. Once inside the woods, supernatural events begin to close in around them and the ...

“As a species we’re fundamentally insane.” | The Mist (2007)

An eerie mist descends upon a quiet Maine town. Before long it is discovered that the mist is populated with nightmarish monsters, trapping a group of townspeople inside their local supermarket. Once trapped inside, however, it turns out that the biggest threat to their survival may not be the creatures in the mist at all ...

“You’re so cool, Kung Fu” | House (1977)

As with all national cinema industries, Japan has seen a variety of highs and lows. If the 1950s and the 1960s were the golden age of Japanese cinema, then the decade that followed is probably best considered the industry’s ‘dark age’. The 1970s witnessed a staggering contraction in the Japanese film industry: audiences dwindled away, ...

“I just want to be perfect.” | Black Swan (2010)

Sometimes the best genre filmmaking can pass you by. It seemed to happen in 2010: Darren Aronofsky’s excellent film Black Swan was a critical darling that year, with critics raving about his Polanski-esque psychological thriller and Natalie Portman’s fragile central performance. The acclaim continued into 2011, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ...

“Something in the blood” | 28 Days Later… (2002)

When is a zombie movie not a zombie movie? It’s a question that quite a lot of critics and viewer may have asked themselves when they saw Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later…, released in the UK in October 2002 before opening internationally over the subsequent twelve months (the USA got it in July 2003, Australia ...

“We all must make our little deals with the devil” | Dominion: The Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

The story of Dominion is one of the stranger ones in modern Hollywood. It’s a film that was made, and then shelved, and then entirely replaced, only to be resurrected and released to film festivals and home video. It is a god-send for film students, since it illustrates beautifully with two complete feature films – ...

“We’re being kept here to die” | The Ruins (2008)

Ben Stiller is a noted writer, director and performer of Hollywood comedies, who has headlined such blockbuster hits as There’s Something About Mary (1998), Zoolander (2001) and Tropic Thunder (2008). He is not necessarily the first name to spring to mind when thinking about horror movies, yet in 2008 he and his business partner Stuart ...