Category: Reviews

Review: Playback

The latest release from the After Dark series of horror movies, and hinging on a clever premise, Playback is a riff on so many horror films that have come before that you could play a drinking game just spotting the influences. Everything from The Ring, Halloween, Videodrome and numerous found footage films are hinted at …

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Event review: Simon Kurt Unsworth, Alison Littlewood and Graham Joyce

Saturday 15 June saw the latest event from the Twisted Tales crew, who put on an evening of supernatural horror readings at Waterstones in Liverpool. The rain poured almost relentlessly throughout proceedings, giving a dreary yet atmospheric slant to the evening. Read more…

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Review: The Woman in Black

Based on Susan Hill’s classic ghost story, The Woman in Black is the latest screen adaptation of the famous chiller. The story has been made numerous times for stage and screen, yet this latest incarnation is without doubt the most high-profile to-date. Read more…

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Review: Last Days by Adam Nevill

Last Days is the latest and beefiest tome from British horror scribe Adam Nevill. It’s clear from the outset that this is Nevill’s most ambitious project to date, and in some ways, it’s also his most fascinating. Read more…

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Review: The Ritual

The Ritual is a gripping helter-skelter ride from the first page, where the reader is thrown headfirst into a nightmare-like situation. We’re introduced to a group of old friends (Hutch, Luke, Dom and Phil), who are in the Scandinavian wilderness for a walking holiday. However, it immediately transpires that two of the characters are struggling …

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Review: Return of the Living Dead – Special Edition

John Russo, producer and co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, was very keen to cash in on the success of his smash hit midnight movie. So keen in fact that it only took him 17 years to get his sequel to the screen (a mere eight years longer than it took Romero to release …

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Review: Absentia

A lot of modern horror films are so similar that they often seem to be part of the same predictable story, and they create a lot of noise and thunder that signifies very little. So it’s always a bonus when a quiet, finely crafted little horror film comes along and offers something different. Read more…

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Review: Piggy

A low budget British crime thriller, Piggy often comes across like a low-rent mash-up of Fight Club and Dead Man’s Shoes. There’s a good idea at the core of this film, but the execution lets it down and it doesn’t go as far as it should with the material. Read more…

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Review: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Miriam Black is the girl your mother warned you about. Her life thrives on drama and conflict, and she is a creature of habit; all the bad ones. You will love her instantly. However if a great memorable protagonist was all there was to Blackbirds you wouldn’t make it past about page twenty. Miriam’s great …

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Review: Silent Voices by Gary McMahon

Silent Voices is the sixth novel from talented British writer Gary McMahon. Arguably, it could be said to be his best novel to date. It is the second book of his Concrete Grove Trilogy, book one of which, The Concrete Grove, won Best Novel at This Is Horror’s inaugural awards. Read more…

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Review: Doll Parts by Wayne Simmons

Doll Parts picks up right where Wayne Simmons’ previous novel Drop Dead Gorgeous left off – and it’s one hell of a frenetic ride. Drop Dead Gorgeous followed the survivors of an event (The Great Whatever) in Belfast; we don’t actually find out if this is a worldwide apocalypse but it seems likely. That ‘event’ …

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Review: Prometheus

The most anticipated sci-fi horror of the year has landed. But does Prometheus live up to the hype? Review: Prometheus

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Review: Chill

HP Lovecraft meets Jess Franco in this ultra low-budget homemade effort that uses the classic short story ‘Cool Air’ for its inspiration but throws in some topless prostitutes with their faces peeled off for good measure. Review: Chill

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Review: The Awakening

Finally bringing the traditional ghost story back to its spiritual home after several years sunning itself on the Iberian Peninsula, The Awakening is undoubtedly going to elicit comparisons with Spain’s recent contributions to the genre. The Awakening  

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Review: Dead Heads

Films which mix horror and comedy are notoriously difficult to get right. The balance is tricky, and often a film will simply end up as a laugh-free mess rather than a carefully integrated mix of the two genres. Dead Heads manages to get more right than it does wrong, and the result is a surprisingly …

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