Folk Horror Revival Movies of the Decade: Top 5

Folk horror movie postersThe countryside, cults and the occasional demonic goat. The sub-genre of folk horror extols and explores all the dark, dreamy and often macabre elements of the folk sort.

A term first coined by Piers Haggard (director of ‘Blood on Satan’s Claw’) and later popularised by Mark Gatiss in the BBC documentary A History of Horror, folk horror is built upon a feeling of isolation and paranoia as thick as the fog that shrouds the haunted landscapes of its setting.

Bleeding into the early 70s from the heady highs of the late 1960s, the genre found its roots in the now infamous ‘Unholy Trilogy’: Haggard’s ‘Blood on Satan’s Claw’ (1971), ‘The Witchfinder General’ (1968) by Michael Reeves and ‘The Wickerman’ (1973) by Robin Hardy. This trifecta of films defined a generation of horror obsessed with the unflinching wilderness both within and around us. Continue reading

Halloween Movies: Top 5

Halloween series film postersIt’s that time of year again when ghosts and ghouls come out of the shadows and terrorise your local neighbourhood – or that just have been me last night at a friend’s Halloween party.

The annual event that is slowly becoming as popular here in the UK as it is in the US brings out the creative in us as well as terrifying.

To celebrate one of my favourite holidays of the year, I’m taking a look back through the franchise that epitomises the night of terror, Halloween. The series has long been my favourite in the genre, even making it into my top 10 influential films. But which five films in this long running franchise are worth a watch? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Kingsman Moments: Top 5

Kingsman: the Secret Service collageThe long-awaited sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service was released on Wednesday to a rather lukewarm critical reception. The Golden Circle is currently receiving mixed to average reviews from many critics, but you can read what I thought of it here.

Staying on the topic of Kingsman, I’ve decided to count down the top 5 moments from the first film. Why? To get you pumped to see The Golden Circle of course! Continue reading

Best Movie Posters of 2017: Top 5

Poster collage 2017Movie posters are big business nowadays. It’s no longer acceptable to mash a load of characters onto a print and slap a big title at the bottom. You have to get creative, and while some films are certainly guilty of falling into the slapdash approach, film posters have become works of art in their own right.

Following on from my article looking at the Best Movie Posters of 2015, I thought it a good idea to look back at the posters from the first 9 months of 2017. A year predicted to be one of the worst on record for Hollywood – oh dear, this isn’t going to be easy is it? Continue reading

Scariest Movie Clowns: Top 5

Clown collageSo, the modern-day adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is receiving rave reviews from just about everyone who’s gone to see it and rightly so – IT is a terrifying experience from start to finish.

With great performances and stunning imagery, it is the must-see movie event that this summer blockbuster season has been lacking.

Naturally, this got me thinking of other movies that feature some terrifying clowns. It’s a harder job than you might think to pick out five of the scariest movie clowns to ever grace the screen, but I’ve done it, just for you. But which five made the cut? Read on to find out. Continue reading