Category: Reviews

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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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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