ANALYSIS: Horror at Home – video rentals, paratexts and how we watch now

The way we’ve watched horror films has changed dramatically over the years. Here James C. Taylor charts the evolution of how fright flicks have been consumed, from rental stores to DVDs, streaming platforms and beyond… I became fascinated with horror films before I’d even watched one. As a child, when my parents took me toContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Horror at Home – video rentals, paratexts and how we watch now”

INTERVIEW: Rob Jabbaz, director THE SADNESS (2021)

“For the extreme moments I just went with what felt most intense and upsetting to me” After tearing a hole in eyeballs at the UK premiere, The Sadness is back to traumatise audiences with its blend of satire and ultra-violence at next month’s Grimmfest. We sat down with director Rob Jabbaz to talk about hisContinue reading “INTERVIEW: Rob Jabbaz, director THE SADNESS (2021)”

HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: A Life with No Exits: Cycles of Trauma in MARNIE (1964) – Part II

Rebecca McCallum concludes her analysis here on the character of Marnie, as part of our HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN series. Please note: the following article includes discussions of rape and sexual assault. Holding the Reins Unable to fight off her compulsion to steal, shortly after meeting Mark (Sean Connery) Marnie (Tippi Hedren) commits a robbery at his publishing firm.Continue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: A Life with No Exits: Cycles of Trauma in MARNIE (1964) – Part II”

REVIEW: Gaia (2021)

dir. Jaco Bouwer When forestry ranger Gabi (Monique Rocman) encounters extreme survivalist Barend (Carel Nel) and his son Stefan (Alex Van Dyk) she sinks into their unnerving and strange religion, realising that the woods harbour forces that are beyond her comprehension. Folk horror has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years, shaking off its ’70sContinue reading “REVIEW: Gaia (2021)”

REVIEW: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched (2021)

dir. Kier-La Janisse Since its debut at SXSW 2021 the reputation of this three-hour-plus documentary has preceded it, with director Janisse – hitherto most famous as the founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and author of The House of Psychotic Women – crafting a thorough overview of the history folk horror. The documentaryContinue reading “REVIEW: Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched (2021)”

HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: A Life with No Exits – Cycles of Trauma in MARNIE (1964) – PART I

Rebecca McCallum continues her series of deep dives into the leading ladies in the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Please note: the following article includes discussions of rape and sexual assault. Who is Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren) and what traumatic and damaging secrets are buried deep within her? An often problematic – yet equally fascinating meditationContinue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: A Life with No Exits – Cycles of Trauma in MARNIE (1964) – PART I”

REVIEW: Candyman (2021)

dir. Nia DaCosta There’s a moment around the mid-point of Nia DaCosta’s Candyman where struggling artist Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) glances at a mirror only to see the titular spook staring back at him. It’s a fright that’s been coming for a while, Anthony spiralling down a blood-clotted rabbit hole as he investigates the historicContinue reading “REVIEW: Candyman (2021)”

REVIEW: The Sadness (2021)

dir. Rob Jabbaz Following a viral pandemic in which the symptoms seemed venial, a rabies-like virus begins to mutate, transforming the affected into vicious and sadistic humanoid creatures, committing sick and violent acts upon each other. Amongst the chaos a couple fight to reunite whilst trying to avoid the infection and the onslaught of maniacalContinue reading “REVIEW: The Sadness (2021)”

REVIEW: Mystery Spot (2020)

dir. Mel House As every horror fan knows, anywhere that has rooms to rent is a place to beware: hotels, inns and holiday cabins will inevitably be haunted by ghosts of former residents, or function as hunting grounds for bloodthirsty killers. Motels are especially uncanny, liminal spaces – between indoors and outdoors, public and private.Continue reading “REVIEW: Mystery Spot (2020)”

REVIEW: The Advent Calendar a.k.a Le calendrier (2021)

dir. Patrick Ridremont Horror has never been short of Christmas delights, The Advent Calendar being the latest to join the ranks of the Ghoul-tide subgenre. Patrick Ridremont’s sophomore outing is an oddly charming affair, modern fairy-tale clashing with more grounded trauma. When the titular calendar comes into the possession of Eva (Eugénie Derouand), a formerContinue reading “REVIEW: The Advent Calendar a.k.a Le calendrier (2021)”