Category: Reviews

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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Review: Break

In the horror genre, the hoary old theme of the ‘backwoods slasher’ never seems to go out of fashion. Every few years a new film of this type appears, and rarely do any of them bring something new to the table. Such is the case with Matthias Olof Ekh’s Break. Break

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Review: Strippers vs Werewolves

For a nation that has such a fine tradition in the genres of both horror and comedy, Britain hasn’t done quite so well in combining the two. Probably the best two horror comedies to come from these shores, Theatre of Blood (1973) and An American Werewolf in London (1981), were both dreamed up by Americans, …

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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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