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By Alex Fitch on 21 June 2012 Comments Off

Slickly made, the film is captivating in its set pieces which utilise 3D post-production well, including a duel between Abe and a vampire in the midst of a horse stampede and recreations of battles during the civil war…

By Alex Fitch on 13 April 2012 1 COMMENT

An enormously entertaining horror comedy; ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ updates the fantasy horror genre as seen in films like the Evil Dead trilogy for knowing modern audiences.

By Mark Clapham on 03 June 2011 Comments Off

Following on from INJ Culbard’s excellent graphic adaptation of Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’, SelfMadeHero return to Lovecraft’s work with a selection of seven of his most famous tales, adapted by an excellent line-up of creators.
The stories adapted in this first volume (a second is promised) are those which laid the groundwork for Lovecraft’s [...]

By Mark Clapham on 29 March 2011 Comments Off

I’ve always had a great fondness for Clive Barker. He’s the same age as my mother, a bit of trivia which always made him seem like the super-cool gay uncle I never had. His work has always sat somewhere between horror and fantasy, while being more humane and creative than 99% of the output in [...]

By Mark Clapham on 20 January 2011 Comments Off

Watching ‘Missing’ I was unsure of whether it was a coldly scathing portrayal of male violence against women or a tasteless, and for the most part extremely slow, horror film.

By Alex Fitch on 12 January 2011 Comments Off

It’s beautifully shot, has a great soundtrack and a gripping performance by the lead. However not a film I feel I’ll ever want to watch again…

By Lance Parkin on 31 December 2010 Comments Off

This is a movie that practically begs you to compare it to things that are a lot better.

By Shiny Shelf on 26 December 2010 1 COMMENT

Another trailer of interest, this time the teaser for Danny Boyle’s ‘127 Hours’, starring the always-interesting James Franco:

‘127 Hours’ is in cinemas nationwide 5 January 2011.

By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 24 November 2010 Comments Off

More from Grimm Up North 2010: ‘13 Hours’, ‘Slice’, ‘Chop’, ‘Primal’ and ‘We Are What We Are’.

By Mark Clapham on 19 November 2010 Comments Off

Lovecraft’s ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’ gets a classy graphic novel adaptation from writer/artist INJ Culbard.

By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 17 November 2010 Comments Off

Day Three of Grimm Up North 2010: Evil in the Time of Heroes, The Pack, and Amer.

By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 11 November 2010 Comments Off

How can anyone resist a film with the title ‘Dead Hooker in a Trunk’? I certainly couldn’t, and am very pleased I gave in to temptation.

By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 11 November 2010 Comments Off

Day Two at the Grimmfest: ‘The Reeds’, ‘Dream Home’ and ‘Alien vs Ninja’.

By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 10 November 2010 Comments Off

Day one of Manchester’s ‘Grimmfest’ horror film festival: The Last Man On Earth rescored by Animat, and new Brit-horror ‘Outcast’.

By Jonn Elledge on 08 November 2010 Comments Off

It isn’t just that ‘Burke and Hare’ is bad, although clearly it is.

By Mark Clapham on 04 September 2010 Comments Off

Comics love arbitrary numbering milestones, and if there’s one advantage of a weekly publication schedule it’s that those big numbers roll around four times as fast as they do for US monthlies.

By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 26 August 2010 3 COMMENTS

Oh, thank you Maverick Films for ‘Army of the Dead’. I have to say, having watched it once, I went straight back to the start and watched it all over again, as much from a sense of disbelief at what I’d witnessed as to enjoy the story.

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By Alex Fitch on 25 August 2010 4 COMMENTS

Suitably for a film about faith, I can only recommend this movie based on my own convictions. I believe it’s an entertaining, unnerving and in some respects, challenging film. However the aspects I admired about the film may also be qualities that put other people off from watching it…

By Alex Fitch on 20 August 2010 1 COMMENT

You know that a film’s viral marketing is working when worries about its content making you feel sick make you avoid watching it!

By Mark Clapham on 12 July 2010 Comments Off

‘The Crazies’ is a good example of a modern Hollywood remake of a cult independent movie, in that it’s slicker and more focused than the original, but a lot less interesting.

By Stephen Lavington on 10 June 2010 4 COMMENTS

‘Pulse’ delivers high-quality genre stuff, though exactly which genre is hard to pin down. It’s a medical drama that’s also a dark conspiracy thriller that’s also a chilling supernatural horror show that also dabbles in great gouts of Grand Guignol.

By Alex Fitch on 09 April 2010 1 COMMENT

…an excellent day for an exorcism.
With all the other 1970s and 80s horror tropes and films being remade endlessly in the cinema at the moment, the one film/series that has been surprising left alone is the Exorcist saga. With the exception of The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005, this is the first collision of [...]

By Stephen Lavington on 27 April 2008 Comments Off

‘Black Sheep’ firmly maintains the Kiwi tradition for making the grungiest, funniest and most physically substantial horror movies in the world today…

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By Mark Clapham on 20 May 2007 Comments Off

It’s clear from the opening of ‘The Toybox’, in which bits of East Anglian folklore are re-enacted in Flash animation, that this is a film which is willingly to be defiantly regional…

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By Jon de Burgh Miller on 17 February 2007 Comments Off

Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, Hannibal Rising attempts to explain the motivation and origin of the world’s most famous fictional serial killer.

By Chrys Hudson Lee on 23 February 2006 Comments Off

It’s strange but encouraging that the script which was intended to be an ‘X-Files’ episode has grown into a beast of a brand successful enough to give Jason and Freddy a run for their money…

By Chrys Hudson Lee on 10 February 2006 Comments Off

Hollywood’s remake machine spews out another ‘re-imagining’ of a landmark horror tale, this time John Carpenter’s seminal ghost story, surely one of the creepiest films in existence. So why bother?

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By Chrys Hudson Lee on 05 January 2006 Comments Off

The icing on the cake of frustratingly watered-down teen-horror productions from our buddies across the pond. One must assume there is a boardroom of execs somewhere who genuinely believe these movies to be pleasing people…

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By Chrys Hudson Lee on 28 October 2005 Comments Off

In one of those depressing turns of misfortune only Hollywood can marshal, it’s a real shame the Urban Legend franchise never took off with graceful aptitude…

By Chrys Hudson Lee on 04 October 2005 Comments Off

Let’s face it, the Child’s Play franchise owes a lot to the post-modern stylings of Scream and its copies – the rinse-and-repeat days of the lone doll stalking the same kid to transfer his soul seem like a distant memory…

By Mark Clapham on 03 October 2005 Comments Off

It is a relief to announce that, yes, George A. Romero still has what it takes. ‘Land of the Dead’ is a worthy sequel to Romero’s three previous zombie movies,while being a great contemporary horror movie in its own right…

By Chrys Hudson Lee on 03 October 2005 Comments Off

Unlike some other recent body count flicks, House of Wax on face value alone has three fundamentally terrifying things going for it: a ghost town, a psycho killer and – shudder – Paris Hilton.

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By Stephen Lavington on 11 September 2005 Comments Off

Changes made in the jump from page to screen can sometimes make a major difference to the fundamental direction of the character, and this is the case in ‘Constantine’…

By Mark Clapham on 10 May 2005 Comments Off

‘To Catch A Virgin Ghost’, showing at London’s Prince Charles Cinema as part of the UK Korean Film Festival 2005, doesn’t so much span the genres as roll over them in a tank.

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By Matt Hill on 08 December 2004 Comments Off

From the off it’s important to note that anyone who has seen ‘Man Bites Dog’ will have difficulties taking ‘The Last Horror Movie’ seriously as an original construct…

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By Mark Clapham on 01 October 2004 Comments Off

Hellraiser was an odd kind of horror film, but it was an even stranger basis for a franchise. With parts five and six on the way in the US, here’s a DVD collection of the first three instalments to remind us how it all began…

By Mark Clapham on 21 August 2003 Comments Off

So, who’s better?

By Iain Hepburn on 22 February 2003 Comments Off

There were many raised eyebrows and muffled concerns when Hollywood decided it was going to do a remake of Japanese horror film ‘Ringu’…

By Stephen Lavington on 19 February 2003 Comments Off

This film is best known for marking Michael Caine’s darkest hour and, as bee expert Brad Crane (“of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton.”) it’s pretty dark.

By Mark Clapham on 09 February 2003 Comments Off

Even by the standards of David Lynch films, Lost Highway is weird. Persistently dreamlike to the point of semi-consciousness, the film drifts through a series of bizarre twists and hypnotic images…

By Jim Smith on 08 November 2002 Comments Off

‘Twin Peaks’ remains one of the greatest achievements of US Network television. In its time nothing could touch it for sheer quality, and despite the leap in the standard of Network drama over the decade between ‘Peaks’ and now, there’s still very, very little that even comes close. Not in terms of consistency, not in [...]

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 05 November 2002 Comments Off

The creative partnership of director Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland is renewed with ‘28 Days Later…’

By Mark Clapham on 07 October 2002 Comments Off

I’d rather Jack…

By Eddie Robson on 21 September 2002 Comments Off

Have you seen this yet? You haven’t? Well, grab a copy and watch it smartish, before somebody gives away the ending.

By Mark Clapham on 26 August 2002 Comments Off

Ted Bundy was the last movie of this year’s FrightFest, and co-writer/director Matthew Bright, producer Hamish McAlpine and actress Alexa Jago were all on hand to talk about the movie…

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By Mark Clapham on 25 August 2002 Comments Off

Horror film festival the Lupo FrightFest 2002 has scored a number of coups over this Bank Holiday weekend, including the English Premieres of Hideo Nakata’s Dark Water and Matthew Bright’s Ted Bundy…

By Mark Clapham on 25 August 2002 Comments Off

Hideo Nakata’s most famous film, Ring, managed to make audiences fear those two key amenities of the modern world, the telephone and the television. Now, with Dark Water, Nakata is set to make us scared of our plumbing…

By Eddie Robson on 11 August 2002 Comments Off

Before you consider going to see this film, think very carefully. Are you sure that you don’t have anything better to do?

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By Mark Clapham on 19 July 2002 Comments Off

So, Jason X represents the collapse of all known culture into a pit of self referential, self-indulgent old nonsense? Maybe, but it’s also cheap, cheerful and vigorously entertaining.

By Jim Smith on 30 June 2002 Comments Off

There are two orthodoxies about From Dusk Till Dawn. One – that adhered to by film purists – is that it’s a shambolic bit of nonsense tossed off by Tarantino in his lunch hour and then given to an inferior mate to direct…