Tag Archives: Horror

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Review: Cargo (2017/18)

CARGO is not to be confused with Cargo, the not particularly good Swiss ALIEN/MATRIX mashup from 2009. But I don’t think many people saw that one, so the mixup is unlikely. Netflix’s Cargo is, to put it simply, an Australian … Continue reading

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80s Review: The Shining (1980)

Most people’s first thought of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING will be one of three images: the ghost girls, the woman in the bath and Jack Nicholson axing his way through the bathroom door. Few western horrors, except for perhaps THE … Continue reading

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