31 DAYS OF HORROR# 17: Josh Stifter on THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986)

Josh Stifter – director of recent FrightFest favourite Greywood’s Plot – returns to Texas for one of the most gonzo sequels ever committed to celluloid… I remember the first time I watched The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. I wish I could say it was some grand moment in my childhood, as I watched Leatherface chainsawContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR# 17: Josh Stifter on THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #14: Prof G Neil Martin on CANARIES (2017)

Professor of Psychology G Neil Martin gives a neglected Welsh horror-comedy a thorough re-appraisal… A man, clearly in distress, lies on the ground. It’s dark; could be night. He’s wearing a yellow rain coat. Rain falls hard. His eyes are exopthalmic, lips tight against the onslaught of water. He’s prone, but around his wrists areContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #14: Prof G Neil Martin on CANARIES (2017)”

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)”

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)”

REVIEW: The Found Footage Phenomenon (2021)

dir. Sarah Appleton and Phillip Escott Found Footage has always been a bit of an outlier in the horror landscape, the peculiar nature of purposefully capturing accidental reality on film being simultaneously easy to execute, yet difficult to successfully pull off. But the subgenre’s power to change the trajectory of filmmaking is undeniable, and theContinue reading “REVIEW: The Found Footage Phenomenon (2021)”

REVIEW: Greywood’s Plot (2019)

dir. Josh Stifter Making a film takes a colossal amount of effort, hueing together the creative and financial being a Herculean task. So when the work is a micro-budget indie that sticks the landing and proves to be genuinely enticing it should be celebrated all the more. This is why Josh Stifter’s cracking sophomore effortContinue reading “REVIEW: Greywood’s Plot (2019)”

REVIEW: Ultrasound (2021)

dir. Rob Schroeder Three stories are somehow connected in this puzzling sci-fi mystery: Glen (Vincent Kartheiser) finds himself somehow teetering on the edge of fatherhood after an unusual encounter, unsure of how he got there; Katie (Rainey Qualley) is a young woman navigating a psychologically abusive affair with an affluent and seemingly clean cut politician;Continue reading “REVIEW: Ultrasound (2021)”