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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Starring: Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr, Bela Lugosi, Warren Williams, Evelyn Ankers Director: George Waggner Part of the Universal monsters cycle, The Wolf Man is an enduring horror classic. While there had been werewolf movies before this, this was the one that grabbed audiences by the throat and made them sit up and take notice.… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Wolf Man (1941)
Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop Director: Edgar G Ulmer If you've read Edgar Allen Poe's story The Black Cat, you'll soon notice that it has nothing in common with this film but the title. But don't let that put you off. This is the film that first put the great Bela… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Black Cat (1934)
Last night was the 90th Academy Awards, a ceremony that usually inspires some controversy, joys, disappointments and emotional tears, for the attendees at least. Whether you love or hate the films that won or were nominated, it's always an interesting night. In case you missed it, here is the full list of nominees and winners.… Continue reading And The Winner Is…. Oscars 2018
There's a soft spot in my heart for 80's and 90's horror films. There's something classy about 70's horror and films of the noughties were so realistic and gore heavy. But in the 80's and 90's, horror films could be scary and also have giant worm puppets or demons made out of plasticine. I have… Continue reading Vestron Horror Classics: The Gate, Lair of the White Worm and Wishmaster now on Blu Ray
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Lance Henriksen Director: Brian Taylor Writer/director Brian Taylor brought us Crank (2006) and Gamer (2009), which in some ways tells you what to expect here: an amusing and violent commentary on modern day social troubles that's also a fun ride. In this film, a family lives in modern,… Continue reading Preview: Mom And Dad (2017)
Starring: Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Kiefer Sutherland Director: Niels Arden Oplev Five medical students obsessed with the afterlife stop their own hearts to experience near death experiences. But when they're brought back, they do not come back alone... For the uninitiated, this is a remake of a 90's film, that also starred Kiefer… Continue reading Flatliners (2017)
Starring: Ross Noble, Shauna MacDonald, Richard Foster-King, Steve Wall Director: Dennis Bartok Dana is a happy woman who is close to her daughter and husband, and lives an active life as a coach. But when she is hit by a car, she finds her life unravelling in her hospital room as she starts to see… Continue reading Nails (2017)