Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry Director: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney Of all the adaptations of Gaston Leroux's famous Gothic romance of 1910, this silent era film of the 1920's sticks the closest to the original plot. It's the story of Christine (Philbin), a young singer in the Paris Opera, who is catapulted to… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Phantom Of The Opera (1925)
Starring: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth, Matthew Stagg Director: Sergio G Sanchez When four siblings return home to America in the 60's with their ailing mother, they try to leave the past behind them. But following their mother's death, Jack, the eldest, has promised to wait to report her demise til his… Continue reading Preview: The Secret Of Marrowbone (2017)
Starring: Mark Duplass, Partrick Brice Director: Patrick Brice Videographer Aaron (Brice) answers an ad on Craislist to video the last messages of a dying man, Josef (Duplass), at his cabin in a remote location. But something is very off about the Josef and his story. Initially just really awkward, things soon take a dark turn.… Continue reading Creep (2014)
Starring: Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Kiara Glasco Director: Sean Byrne Low on funds, a family move into a house in Texas that's selling cheap, because of it's creepy past. Soon, the father of the family, a painter, finds himself acting under a strange influence... And that's where the film departs from the… Continue reading The Devil’s Candy (2015)
Starring: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Juno Temple, Jay Pharoah Director: Steven Soderbergh Sawyer (Foy) has moved to a new city and started a new job to try and take her life back after a stalker (Leonard) has left her feeling fearful. But when her fears get the better of her and she tries to talk… Continue reading Unsane (2018)
Starring: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks Director: Mark Robson Mary Gibson (Hunter) is at school when she is told that her sister and only remaining family member, Jacqueline (Brooks), has gone missing. She heads to Manhattan to find out what's happened to her, and discovers a trail of black magic and betrayal that leads… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Seventh Victim (1943)
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum Director: Phillip Kaufman In 70's San Francisco, Matthew Bennell (Sutherland), an inspector for the health department, is concerned when his colleague Elizabeth (Adams) starts to talk about her partners strange behaviour. They soon realise that the strange behaviour is spreading, and that people are not themselves.… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
Starring: Susan Lanier, Robert Huston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace-Stone Director: Wes Craven An average suburban family, the Carters, are heading up to California when they take a wrong turn trying to find a silver mine that they recently inherited. Though warned by a shady gas station owner about the area and where they're headed, their… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Olivia and Markie have been best friends since high school. Now at university together, they head off for their last Spring Break in Mexico with a group of their closest friends. At a bar on the last night of their holiday, Olivia lets a cute guy buy her a drink and convinces her friends to head off with him to a spooky house to have a few last drinks. When they end up playing a game of Truth Or Dare, the friends soon find that they’ve started something they can’t finish. Something evil within the game won’t let them stop playing. If they refuse to play, they die, if they choose “dare” they may not survive, and if they choose truth, their lives might be destroyed by the secrets they hide from each other.
The idea that a game could be haunted isn’t new, but one that doesn’t have a…
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In rural America, the Abbott family try to survive in the aftermath of an invasion by strange creatures that hunt by sound. If you make a sound, they hear you and they hunt you with an incredible strength and speed. Survival is not easy. With one deaf child struggling, and another child on the way, is silence really possible? Can they survive?
It’s an incredible idea for a film, and with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski in the lead roles as the parents of the family, it seems like a sure fire winner. But sadly, it doesn’t deliver.
The film suffers from a few key problems of which horror films are prone, but the key issue is that it’s fairly slow and lurches from one situation to another, as though you’re watching a list of situations that someone has come up with in a room…
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