Film Reviews

Hocus Pocus – 25th Anniversary

At the start of October, I change my black cats purple collar to an orange one with jack-o-lanterns on it, switch to pumpkin spice flavoured coffee, and start watching Halloween films. And Hocus Pocus is always on the watchlist.

A kind-of horror film for kids from the wonderful people at Disney, Hocus Pocus was a bit of a flop in cinemas, and yet somehow became a perennial favourite on video and TV. Now, it’s a Halloween cult classic, and it’s also 25 years old this year.

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In case you haven’t seen it, Hocus Pocus is the story of two teenagers and one little girl who accidentally bring back three witch sisters from the dead on Halloween Night in Salem. With the help of an immortal talking cat, they must race against time to stop the Sanderson sisters before they devour the children of the town. But that’s just the bones…

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Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Seventh Victim (1943)

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)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Haxan (1922)

Starring: Elizabeth Christensen, Astrid Holm, Karen Winther Director: Benjamin Christensen A film in 7 chapter or parts, this is an early documentary film, though it's not a true documentary as we now know them. It's about witchcraft through the ages, the first chapter being a slideshow style history lesson about how the world was understood… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Haxan (1922)

Film Reviews

The Love Witch (2016)

A review of The Love Witch, that I wrote for We Make Movies On Weekends

If you’ve ever wanted to get revenge on an ex, this is the film for you.

OK, so I say that with tongue in cheek, a little bit. This is the story of a woman who just wants to find love, but her magic spells all go awry. Sound a little bit like Bewitched or Bell, Book and Candle? Well, it’s kind of like those, but when Elaine (Robinson) casts a love spell, people tend to die.

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The best part about this film is that I can’t decide whether it’s incredible or awful, just that I really got a kick out of watching it. The attention to detail, the sets, costumes, the way it’s shot, this film could be from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s veins bleed retro. It often feels stylised, like the scenes in a women’s tea room, where everyone wears pink, or the opening sequences where…

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Horror Round-Up: Psychics, Psychotics and Unexplained Epidemics…

The Dead Room (2015) A solid entry, this New Zealand horror is all about the atmosphere and the slow build, as a psychic and two scientists investigate an isolated farm house that the inhabitants have fled, due to it's being haunted. At first, it all seems inconclusive, but then things start to get weird. What… Continue reading Horror Round-Up: Psychics, Psychotics and Unexplained Epidemics…

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105 Must See Films: Suspiria (1977)

Starring: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini Director: Dario Argento Suzy, an American ballerina goes to Germany to study at a prestigious school, but soon realises that there's something wrong with the teachers after a series of murders and strange happenings occur. Essentially in plot a slasher film, the suspense builds around the murder of students and… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Suspiria (1977)