A horror film is a hard thing to do well. Most horror movies are predictable, with overused tropes and twists turning the story from scary, to sub-par. Ghost Stories, from writers and directors Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, is one of those horror movies that doesn’t fall flat.
Ghost Stories follows arch-skeptic Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman), as he stumbles across a long-lost file containing three cases of inexplicable hauntings. With demons, ghostly little girls and a surprising twist, this movie is the epitome of a horror film. Continue reading
Indie horrors are often classed as some of the best ones out there. It Follows, The Blair Witch Project and Saw are all examples of the indie horror genre creating something, a story so disturbing and chilling, that it lingers. Netflix has done that with Super Dark Times.
Super Dark Times follows best friends Zach and Josh as they navigate teenage life in the 1990s. However, a gruesome accident leads to a secret they need to keep, which eventually drives a wedge between them, propelling them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence. Continue reading
Who doesn’t like a comedy horror movie? They combine the best of both worlds: the sadistic, gore-loving, blood-drenched genre of horror, and cheesy, light-hearted, laughs. However, it is a fine art to master. Netflix’s latest stab at the pastiche, The Babysitter, is definitely a good attempt. Is it, however, art?
The answer, in short, is no. It’s not art, but it’s thoroughly entertaining throughout its 85-minute running time. As far as horror-comedies go, it isn’t the worst.
The film follows Cole (Judah Lewis) as he spies on his babysitter after his bedtime, only to find out that she is the head of a satanic cult. What follows are a series of deaths and attempted deaths, all varying in extremeness and graphic content. Continue reading
The 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 is less than 24 hours away. The night of trick or treaters and mischief is one making waves over here in the UK with kids and adults alike enjoying the colourful decorations and bucketloads of sweets.
Of course, the tradition of disembowling a pumpkin and slapping a ‘scary’ face on the front of it is one you’ll either love or loathe. The tough orange vegetable (or should that be fruit) can be an absolute nightmare to carve.
This got me thinking, what would I like to see on my pumpkin this year? With that in mind, I’ve come up with some fabulous movie-themed pumpkin ideas for a truly cinema-tastic Halloween. Continue reading