Category: Reviews

Review: Dark Mirror

When you start your film with an opening shot of the main character lying on a blood-soaked bed with their son, looking at a kitchen knife sticking out of their stomach, you’d better ensure that the remainder of the running time lives up to that opening montage. Unfortunately, Dark Mirror fails on nearly every level. …

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Review: Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 sees the title character depart from his noir, hardboiled detective roots (as demonstrated in the first two instalments, where Max claps his way through drug lords in a gritty New York setting) and venture off into the sunset. Approximately nine years after Max Payne 2, fans are now treated to a completely …

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Review: Paranormal Incident

If you thought that a film with a title of Paranormal Incident would be trying to cash in on similar titles, you’d be right. Read more…

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Review: The Bridge – Season One

A grim, bleak crime thriller with a washed-out photographic palette to match, The Bridge was hyped as the first ever creative television collaboration between Denmark and Sweden, combining the talents of the Danish producers of TV successes The Killing and Borgen, and the Swedish team responsible for Wallander. It’s no surprise, then, that the plot …

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Review: Dark Melodies by William Meikle

William Meikle is a man on a mission. With fifteen novels and more than 250 short story credits to his name, Meikle has written everything from Sword & Sorcery to Sherlock Holmes. But it is, perhaps, the many Lovecraftian novels and short stories for which he is most renowned. Read more…

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Review: Doll Parts by Wayne Simmons

With Drop Dead Gorgeous, Wayne Simmons set up an apocalypse unlike any other. His creatures were not just zombies, as you might have expected if you had read his debut novel, Flu. The monsters in DDG were all beautiful women, or Dolls, risen from the dead to wreak havoc around Belfast, their flapping eyes and …

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Review: The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert is the latest release in the Spectral Visions series from Spectral Press. The novella tells the story of a crazed serial killer who murders his victims, all doctors, in the style of murders that happen in Vincent Price films. The novella is dedicated to the …

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Review: Monster Brawl

How do you review a film like Monster Brawl? We’re not even convinced that it qualifies as a film to be entirely honest. The concept is a bizarre one, combining the silliness of the world of wrestling with some of the most famous monsters of all time and mashing them together into the running time. …

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Review: The Tunnel

It’s rare these days for a movie’s publicity to get it just right but the advance blurb for The Tunnel, the new Australian found footage thriller, is surprisingly apt.  Described as The Blair Witch Project meets Death Line (or Raw Meat on the actual blurb – presumably Australians saw that particular 1973 Gary Sherman classic …

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Review: Visions Faded Fast edited by Gary McMahon

The novella is alive and well, if the quality of offerings in this collection (edited by the prolific horror author Gary McMahon) are any indication. Genre fiction is well served by this story length, as it allows plenty of scope for characterisation whilst not causing the writer to struggle to maintain a sense of dread …

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Review: Zippered Flesh edited by Weldon Burge

Body horror is nothing new in the horror genre. For decades now, David Cronenberg has delved into our base fears about how our bodies can be altered and changed, causing pain and suffering. In the last decade or so, cinema from the Far East has been utilising this sub-genre to good effect, giving us tales …

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Review: Dark Shadows

Depp and Burton are something of a collaborative nightmare, with a twisted partnership spanning two decades. It began with the cult masterpiece Edward Scissorhands in 1990, a film which plucked Depp from the chiselled jaws of what looked set to be a career centred entirely on his boyish good looks and set him on his …

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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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