Category: Reviews

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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Hollywood Monster by Robert Englund

The chances are, if you’re a horror fan, then you’ll know who Robert Englund is. The original – and best – incarnation of Freddy Krueger, Englund rose to prominence in the 1984 Nightmare on Elm Street film directed by Wes Craven and is still working today (mostly on very low-budget horror films) and he’s also …

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Film Review: The Tapes

The Tapes is another pick from the never-ending slew of found footage films, although this one is British and tries to include a different slant on the whole theme. Review: The Tapes

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Review: Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth is the latest offering from renowned small press Spectral Press. Rough Music is Spectral’s first release of 2012 and effortlessly maintains the high standards set since its inception. Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

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Snowtown (2011)

Between August 1992 and May 1999, eleven people were murdered by John Justin Bunting and his accomplices in Southern Australia (a twelfth charge was dropped due to lack of evidence). The bodies were found stored inside barrels of acid located in a former bank building in Snowtown, South Australia on 20 May 1999. Four people, …

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The Mammoth Book of Body Horror, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan

A good themed anthology, especially one with the word Mammoth in the title, should be a mix of the old and the new, a collection of classic reprints as well as some new material for those of us who need a little bit more than just a re-read of old favourites. Illustrating very nicely indeed …

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Review: A Horrible Way to Die

Garrick is a convicted serial killer. He’s being transported from prison to a secure unit when an opportunity for escape presents itself. He then makes his way cross-country, trying to get back to see Sarah, the girlfriend who put him away when she testified against him. On the way, Garrick continues his old habit of …

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Review: Inkubus

Gary McMahon lays down his thoughts on Inkubus and true to form he’s not one to mince his words. Inkubus Review

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Review: The Faceless by Simon Bestwick

Solaris’ latest supernatural chiller The Faceless has arrived. Review: The Faceless by Simon Bestwick  

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Review: Closure, Limited by Max Brooks

Today marks the release of Max Brooks’ slimline follow-up to World War Z. Find out our verdict on Closure, Limited by Max Brooks. Review: Closure, Limited by Max Brooks

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Review: 11:22:63 by Stephen King

The plot of 11:22:63, the latest hernia-inducing tome from master storyteller Stephen King, is like a wire coat hanger – simple but effective. Upon this hangs a story that is like a magnificent velvet coat of many colours. As in the best of King’s novels the story can be summed up as a simple ‘What …

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Review: The Mill by Mark West

Find out what we think to Mark West’s The Mill available now for less than £1/$1 on the Kindle. The Mill by Mark West reviewed  

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Review: Hell Train by Christopher Fowler

Earlier this month Solaris released Christopher Fowler’s Hell Train. John Llewellyn Probert explores the Hammer film that was never made. Hell Train by Christopher Fowler reviewed

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Review: A Cold Season by Alison Littlewood

If you were to break A Cold Season by Alison Littlewood down into a series of bullet points you would perhaps consider it to be a collection of well worn tropes and themes; small village cut off by unnatural elements? Check! Deeply religious, estranged father? Check! Sinister, unfriendly locals? Check! Scary, feral children? Check! However …

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