Category: Reviews

Review: Demons & Demons 2

Arrow Films, who have been doing their best over the past couple of years to provide the British public with smart presentations of cult horror films, have, with their latest release, brought us sparkling new transfers of Lamberto Bava’s Demons pictures, two Italian horror films produced during the mid-1980s, a very bleak time indeed for …

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Review: The Revenant

Actually filmed in 2009, it is a surprise that The Revenant wasn’t released earlier. In the spirit of Shaun of the Dead, The Revenant is a zombie horror comedy with a sub-plot of romance. In fact it ‘s even more of a mash-up of genres, including military and action films. The Revenant

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Review: The Wicker Tree

Let’s get one thing out of the way right at the start of this review: The Wicker Man is a classic British horror film, one which gradually acquired its reputation after initially going out on the lower half of a double bill at UK cinemas in 1973 (with Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now) and then …

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Review: Osombie

Oh dear! Oh no! Osombie! This film was reviewed in the very slight hope that it might turn out to be a comedy, or possibly even a musical (the lyrics above might have done for the big finale, don’t you think?). Osombie

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War of the Worlds Season One (TV series 1988-1989)

In the late 80s, CBS brought a new version of HG Wells’ classic alien invasion tale to the small screen. Set over three decades after the 1953 film version, this take on War of the Worlds starts with the revelation that the aliens weren’t killed by the microscopic bacteria, but merely placed into a forced …

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Review: The Watermen

Back in the 1980s filmmakers gave us every possible variation on the slasher theme – we had a run of such movies set in summer camps, in old schools, hospitals, even on deserted islands. Back then, a seafaring variant might have seemed like a good idea, but in 2011 it simply comes across as lazy …

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Final Destination 5

Like all successful horror franchises, the Final Destination series has suffered from the law of diminishing returns. After the refreshingly original series opener was released in 2000, the sequels were always going to be up against it, with the element of surprise largely removed. Review: Final Destination 5

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Review: Fright Night (2011)

With most remakes, it’s incredibly difficult not to compare and contrast with the original source material. However, the most recent version of Fright Night makes it easy to separate the two productions and view them individually on their own merits. Fright Night

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Review: Evidence

Another month, bringing with it another found footage movie. The good news is that Evidence is one of the decent attempts at this sub-genre. Not to be confused with another found footage film going by the same name which is based around a massacre at a gas station, this Evidence is an intriguing mix of …

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Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins

Peter Atkins is one of genre writing’s lesser-known gems. If his name is familiar, it’s most likely in connection with another famous Liverpudlian writer, Clive Barker – the two are, in fact, very good friends, plus Atkins was responsible for the Hellraiser II, III and IV scripts, a continuation of the Barker-directed Hellraiser film (itself …

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The Divide Review

When your film opens with a shot of New York being obliterated by nuclear bombs, as The Divide chooses to do, then you’d better have a doozy of a movie to follow it. Unfortunately, Xavier Gens – who directed both the brutal Frontier(s) and the poorly received videogame adaption Hitman – can’t keep the epic …

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La Herencia Valdemar & La Herencia Valdemar II: La Sombra Prohibida

Can there be another writer more misrepresented in film than H P Lovecraft? For the last fifty years, his writing has been the inspiration for countless filmmakers, but rarely have the results been successful. More often than not you suspect that the makers can’t be bothered to refer to the source material, instead preferring to …

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Film Review: Cassadaga

A young blind woman, Lily More, moves to the spiritualist community of Cassadaga after the death of her sister. The two girls had been orphans, their mother dying when they were young, so Lily’s life has already been blighted by tragedy. She’s been awarded a bursary to the local University, where she wants to study …

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Review: The Devil’s Rain

By the mid-seventies, cinema had shown us that getting mixed up with Satan had some serious consequences. Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist had swept away any idea that horror films were just simple morality tales where good must ultimately win through. Arriving when it did, The Devil’s Rain looks like was made a decade too …

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The Cabin in the Woods – Review

Stuck in release hell since filming wrapped in 2009 (due to MGM going bankrupt), 2012 will finally see the liberation of Cabin in the Woods, the love letter to horror from Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumni Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, onto the big screen. Review: The Cabin in the Woods

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