Tag Archives: Horror

Review: Hellboy (2019)

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is my guy, my favourite comic book character of all time. I’m a fan. I loved that the Guillermo del Toro films hit the key beats of the mythology but remained first and foremost del Toro films. … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Us (2019)

Well that’s 2 for 2 for Jordan Peele. He’s become a vibrant, distinctive and essential American filmmaking voice in what seems like no time at all, and while US can be compared to GET OUT on certain thematic levels, it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review in Brief: Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

After the sickly style and horrible humanity of NIGHTCRAWLER, I thought Dan Gilroy partnered with Jake Gyllenhaal could do no wrong. And yet, VELVET BUZZSAW turns out to be a load of pretentious cobblers. Art critics can be empty and … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Beast (2017/18)

BEAST is just my jam. It’s a dark – bleak even – horror-mystery set in a far-flung and beautiful corner of the UK. It’s also a family drama where the family doesn’t enter into it much, because our lead would … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Review in Brief: Apostle (2018)

Gareth Evans’s APOSTLE has three things going for it: another killer propulsive soundtrack from Aria Prayogi and Fajar Yuskemal (THE RAID), the director’s usual grisly visual panache, and Michael Sheen. The rest of it is a misstep for the previously … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review in Brief: Cam (2018)

CAM is easily the most disturbing horror of 2018, not just because of its effective technical mounting and the barnstorming lead performance from Madeline Brewer, but because it feels so relevant to the here and now. Much like INGRID GOES … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review in Brief: Errementari (2017/18)

ERREMENTARI is a little gothic gem. It feels like what would happen if Guillermo del Toro remade one of James Whale’s darker Universal Horror films. “Errementari” is Basque for blacksmith, so appropriately this tells the tale of a village blacksmith … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review in Brief: Hereditary (2018)

Is HEREDITARY a good film? Yes. A good horror film? Not so much. I love that we see plenty of examples of the genre that don’t just rely on jump scares now, but you’ve got to offer true fear junkies … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Halloween Retrospective: Universal Frankenstein (As Played by Karloff)

I know quite a bit about Universal Horror. I wrote my Masters dissertation on it a few years back. This Halloween, I thought I’d look back at my favourite series within this cycle, FRANKENSTEIN. I know they made more than … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Feature | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: A Quiet Place (2018)

Sometimes the simplest premises have the most memorable results. I don’t think A QUIET PLACE is a game-changer for the horror or sci-fi genres, but it is very good at what it does. It also makes me want to see … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Film Review | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment