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HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: A Marked Woman – Alicia Huberman in NOTORIOUS (1946) – PART I

Spoilers In the latest instalment of her Hitchcock’s Women series, Rebecca McCallum goes undercover with a tale of sex, spies and second chances… Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is the daughter of a Nazi spy who, in the film’s opening, finds himself facing a life sentence for being an American traitor. Juggling coming to terms with herContinue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: A Marked Woman – Alicia Huberman in NOTORIOUS (1946) – PART I”

ANALYSIS: “His name was Jason” – cycles of grief in FRIDAY THE 13th (1980)

Spoilers Everyone knows the story of Camp Crystal Lake. But could it be that beneath the surface of this seminal slasher there are deeper themes of grief, loss and trauma? Tim Coleman makes the case… The original Friday the 13th, famously, doesn’t feature Jason Vorhees: unless one’s counting the final jump-scare which may / mayContinue reading “ANALYSIS: “His name was Jason” – cycles of grief in FRIDAY THE 13th (1980)”

ANALYSIS: The Final Girl of Our Dreams

Spoilers Rebecca McCallum assesses the journey of Nancy and Heather across the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise… Fearless and tenacious, with an inner fight that will not be quashed, Nancy Thompson is one of horror’s most adored and memorable final girls, brought to life by the incomparable Heather Langenkamp, who – as director Wes CravenContinue reading “ANALYSIS: The Final Girl of Our Dreams”

ANALYSIS: Complicated Views on Family in MALIGNANT (2021)

Spoilers Horror fans always have a lot to say, something especially true regarding James Wan’s latest, Malignant. I loved it, from the campy beginning to bonkers ending, and immediately knew it would become part of my regular rotation. In particular I adored how Malignant tackled a topic I haven’t seen much in horror lately: familyContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Complicated Views on Family in MALIGNANT (2021)”

TOP 10: Films of 2021

It’s been another tough year across the board, but horror cinema has continued to thrive, showcasing a veritable smorgasbord of incredible films. Here we polled our contributors to come up with our Top 10 of 2021… 10. Come True Anthony Scott Burns’ film is a cracking combination of Carpenter and Craven, a nightmarish journey withContinue reading “TOP 10: Films of 2021”

HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Murder in Mind – Lina Asygarth in SUSPICION (1941) – PART II

Spoilers Rebecca McCallum concludes her analysis of Suspicion, part of her Hitchcock’s Women series exclusively for Moving Pictures Film Club. The Spell of Murder Is Cast    Whilst out driving one afternoon, Johnnie asks Lina if she has any regrets marrying him, a question she adroitly turns around on him, possibly because she is worried sheContinue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Murder in Mind – Lina Asygarth in SUSPICION (1941) – PART II”

HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Murder in Mind – Lina Asygarth in SUSPICION (1941) – PART I

Spoilers Darkness, doubt and the art of compromise: Rebecca McCallum continues her Hitchcock’s Women series with another deep dive into a tale of gender and intrigue… Suspicion offers a portrait of one of Hitchcock’s most unlikely couples. Lina (Joan Fontaine) is bookish, prim and respectable. By contrast, her love interest Johnnie (Cary Grant) is aContinue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Murder in Mind – Lina Asygarth in SUSPICION (1941) – PART I”

REVIEW: Link (1986)

dir. Richard Franklin When one thinks of horror and apes conversation invariably turns to King Kong, that towering beast who climbs buildings and fights dinosaurs. But in 1986 director Richard Franklin – off the back of Psycho II, Roadgames and Patrick – brought a new type of simian-based fear to the screen in the formContinue reading “REVIEW: Link (1986)”

ANALYSIS: Dinner is Served – A Tasting Menu of Mealtimes in Horror

Spoilers Family get-togethers can be hell. This Thanksgiving, Rebecca McCallum pulls up a chair at the worst dinners in horror history… Mealtimes are often seen as a communal event: a time for families and friends to come together and enjoy drinks, nourishment and good conversation. Horror cinema shines a light on such occasions, exploiting theContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Dinner is Served – A Tasting Menu of Mealtimes in Horror”

ANALYSIS: Cop killer / Killer cop – in defence of SPIRAL (2021)

Spoilers Is the latest instalment of the 00s goreno franchise actually great? Tim Coleman makes the case… When Spiral: From the Book of Saw was released earlier this year – ostensibly the 9th entry in the infamous “torture porn” saga – it was greeted with mixed reactions. Whilst some praised it as “the most politicalContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Cop killer / Killer cop – in defence of SPIRAL (2021)”

HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Fighting the Waves of the Past – Mrs de Winter in REBECCA (1940) – PART II

Rebecca McCallum concludes her analysis of the Second Mrs de Winter. Read Part I of this piece here. An Imposter in Her Own Home The power of Rebecca lies not just in the memory of those who knew her and metaphysically in the corridors and rooms of Manderley, but in the literal reminders which surroundContinue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Fighting the Waves of the Past – Mrs de Winter in REBECCA (1940) – PART II”

HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Fighting the Waves of the Past – Mrs de Winter in REBECCA (1940) – PART I

Returning with the latest instalment of our Hitchcock’s Women series, Rebecca McCallum dreams of Manderley again… In his adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, Hitchcock channels the gothic and ghostly to maximum effect. When a young (and unnamed) companion (Joan Fontaine) meets and marries the brooding, melancholic and affluent Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier)Continue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Fighting the Waves of the Past – Mrs de Winter in REBECCA (1940) – PART I”

REVIEW: Val (2021)

dir. Aaron Fradkin Taking a familiar set-up (an on-the-run criminal breaks into the home of a high-class escort) this latest work from director Aaron Fradkin (who co-writes with Victoria Fratz) skilfully manages to break free of predictability. For Val, both the character and film, is a breath of fresh air. Delightfully breezy without taking itselfContinue reading “REVIEW: Val (2021)”

REVIEW: Amulet (2020)

dir. Romola Garai Bats are on the menu with this slow build debut from actress-turn-director Romola Garai: but under the great build-up and gritty set design things fall into the familiar trap of over-egging the surrealism to the detriment of the final film. Amulet follows former soldier Tomas (Alec Secareanu) who – having escaped toContinue reading “REVIEW: Amulet (2020)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #30: Jed Shepherd on NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984)

Spoilers Jed Shepherd – co-writer of horror hits Host and this year’s Dashcam – takes it back to the 80s teen sci-fi horror which remains his favourite film of all time… I can’t recall the day, the month or year, but I can remember with supernatural clarity the feeling I had when I first watchedContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #30: Jed Shepherd on NIGHT OF THE COMET (1984)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #29: Tim Coleman on IT FOLLOWS (2014)

Spoilers Moving Pictures editor Tim Coleman is sure someone’s following him – and getting ever closer – in David Robert Mitchell’s 2014 neo-slasher… A woman runs, terrified, from her house. She’s dressed in silky nightwear and heels, her eyes fixed on something – as yet – invisible. A neighbour asks if she needs help: no.Continue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #29: Tim Coleman on IT FOLLOWS (2014)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #27: Jeremiah Kipp on CANDYMAN (1992)

Jeremiah Kipp – writer / director of recent festival hit Slapface – talks urban legends, liminal creatures and the art that lasts forever… “I am rumor. It is a blessed condition, believe me. To be whispered about at street corners. To live in other people’s dreams, but not to have to be. Do you understand?”Continue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #27: Jeremiah Kipp on CANDYMAN (1992)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #26: Becky Darke on THE OMEN (1976)

Spoilers Becky Darke – co-host of the Don’t Point That Horror At Me and Return to Eerie, Indiana podcasts – unpacks lies, consequences and the Antichrist in one of the most famous occult films of all time… Richard Donner’s The Omen. The 1976 classic occult horror movie about a satanic plot to implant the AntichristContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #26: Becky Darke on THE OMEN (1976)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #25b: Phil Drinkwater on TENEBRAE (1982)

Spoilers In our second slice of Argento-appreciation today, Phil Drinkwater – co-writer of the critically acclaimed Broadcast Signal Intrusion – peels back the layers of this one-time “video nasty”… I spent most of my youth in a perpetual search for video nasties; a hunter-gatherer focused entirely on That Which Should Not Be SeenTM. As theContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #25b: Phil Drinkwater on TENEBRAE (1982)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #25a: Simon Rance on TENEBRAE (1982)

Spoilers In the first of a double lashing of Argento-themed madness today, Simon Rance – part of the Cinema Under The Stairs (CUTS) team – waxes lyrical about this slice of Italian deep red… Many thought it a peculiar choice for Dario Argento to return to the giallo scene in which he made his nameContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #25a: Simon Rance on TENEBRAE (1982)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #24: Jerry Sampson on THE DARK AND THE WICKED (2020)

Spoilers Horror critic and screenwriter Jerry Sampson examines Bryan Bertino’s 2020 shocker, and the layers of family lies, secrets and trauma within… The thing about fear is that it can elude you if you indulge too often. You begin to forget how heavily that pit sits in your stomach, the faint taste of iron inContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #24: Jerry Sampson on THE DARK AND THE WICKED (2020)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #23: Dan Martin on AUDITION (1999)

Spoilers From his effects work in recent genre mega-hits Host, Censor and Possessor, to co-hosting the Arrow Video Podcast, Dan Martin knows his horror. Here he unpacks his first encounter with one of the most shocking films in the genre’s history… It was the year 2000 and I’d been properly bitten by the J-Horror bug.Continue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #23: Dan Martin on AUDITION (1999)”

REVIEW: We Need to Do Something (2021)

dir. Sean King O’Grady There is something wonderful to be said for a simple story: a single location, a primitive struggle for survival, the complexities of family dynamics condensed into ninety-seven minutes of horror. This is the offer of director Sean King O’Grady’s mid-pandemic feature debut.  After a storm forces a family to seek shelterContinue reading “REVIEW: We Need to Do Something (2021)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #22: Andy Stewart on SOCIETY (1989)

Spoilers Andy Stewart – filmmaker and co-host of the Strong Language & Violent Scenes podcast – mixes with high-Society in Brian Yuzna’s infamous gru-fest… A suited man looks on impassively as a blonde woman in a figure-hugging blue dress removes her face. Literally. Pulls her face off like it’s a mask. This image, on aContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #22: Andy Stewart on SOCIETY (1989)”

REVIEW: Dashcam (2021)

dir. Rob Savage If one conducted a census, there would probably be only three people left in the country who have not seen Host, the scorchingly inventive micro-budget debut co-written by director Rob Savage, Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd, and filmed during lockdown. Expectations were, therefore, almost stratospheric for the team’s follow-up feature, this timeContinue reading “REVIEW: Dashcam (2021)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #20: Vincent M. Gaine on BRIGHTBURN (2019)

Spoilers Film critic, academic and podcaster Dr Vincent M. Gaine grabs the cape of David Yarovesky’s superhero horror… If you’re a fan of Marvel, you may have been watching the animated series What If? on Disney+. Within these self-contained spin-offs, Marvel deliver some pretty dark stories, distinct from the generally bright and colourful tone ofContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #20: Vincent M. Gaine on BRIGHTBURN (2019)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #19: Jenn Adams on THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2011)

Spoilers Horror critic Jenn Adams looks back over the past ten years and asks “Why do we still have a husband’s bulge for The Cabin in the Woods?” No film celebrates the horror genre quite like The Cabin in the Woods. Part slasher, part supernatural, part, well, cabin in the woods movie, this 2011 horrorContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #19: Jenn Adams on THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2011)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #18: Alex Kronenburg on THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)

If you go down to the woods today… Moving Pictures contributor Alex Kronenburg boots up the old VCR to examine a classic found footage horror, and asks “Who’s to blame?” Small-town rural America, October 1994. Three student filmmakers high on naivety prepare to trek deep into the Black Hills Forest (about 25 miles west ofContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #18: Alex Kronenburg on THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)”

ANALYSIS: “Evil Dies Tonight” / “Make America Great Again” – Trump, Myers and Right-Wing American Hysteria in HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)

Spoilers It’s the most divisive genre film of the year: but could David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel be the first great post-Trump horror? The traumatic aftermath of slasher films are often glossed over: in early entries the deaths were comparatively quick and clean, and even when the subgenre edged into more sadistic territory there wasContinue reading “ANALYSIS: “Evil Dies Tonight” / “Make America Great Again” – Trump, Myers and Right-Wing American Hysteria in HALLOWEEN KILLS (2021)”

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 #16: Mary Wild on EAT (2014)

Spoilers “Eat Your Heart Out”: Freudian cinephile Mary Wild – lecturer at the Freud Museum and co-host of the Projections Podcast – takes a bite out of this underseen auto-cannibal movie… Jimmy Weber’s horror film Eat (2014) opens with out-of-work actress Novella McClure (Meggie Maddock) going through the steps of her morning routine, getting readyContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #16: Mary Wild on EAT (2014)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #15: Richard Waters & Alison Scarff on THE SHINING (1980)

Director / Producer partners Richard Waters and Alison Scarff – whose latest Bring Out The Fear (2021) is currently tearing up the festival circuit – book a stay at The Overlook Hotel… What is there left to say about Stanley Kubrick’s iconic adaptation of Stephen King’s masterpiece The Shining?  A film that is so entrenchedContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #15: Richard Waters & Alison Scarff on THE SHINING (1980)”

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)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #13: Zoë Rose Smith on BASKIN (2015)

Spoilers ‘You Carry Hell With You’: Zoë Rose Smith – Editor-in-Chief of Ghouls Magazine – explores masculinity and mental health in Can Evrenol’s Turkish shocker… The first time my therapist asked me to be open and honest with my unresolved trauma, we likened it to breaking the chains on a metaphorical latch, and simply unlockingContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #13: Zoë Rose Smith on BASKIN (2015)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #12: Mitch Bain on AFTER MIDNIGHT (2019)

Spoilers Mitch Bain – host of the Strong Language & Violent Scenes pod and composer for A Ghost Waits (2020) – writes here about the many monsters of After Midnight… While there are countless horror films across all subgenres that use a literal monster as a metaphor for a deeper, more personal conflict, few fuseContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #12: Mitch Bain on AFTER MIDNIGHT (2019)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #11: Ygraine Hackett-Cantabrana on THE EXORCIST (1973)

Spoilers Ygraine Hackett-Cantabrana – host of the What A Scream! podcast – talks about how one of the most reviled films in history spoke to her during her upbringing in Ireland… Ask any die hard horror fan when they first saw their absolute favourite horror film, and I can guarantee they will be able toContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #11: Ygraine Hackett-Cantabrana on THE EXORCIST (1973)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #10: James Rodrigues on NEAR DARK (1987)

Spoilers Film critic James Rodrigues takes a desert road-trip with Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire Western… When I first stumbled across Near Dark on Film4 late one night, I was unsure what to expect. My knowledge at the time was how this vampire film starred the less-interesting Petrelli brother from TV’s Heroes, and it had received aContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #10: James Rodrigues on NEAR DARK (1987)”

REVIEW: The Night Belongs To Monsters a.k.a. Las noches son de los monstruos (2021)

dir. Sebastien Perillo As the metaphor goes, when one is experiencing a sense of despair it feels like you are being followed around by a big black dog. Well, what if this theory was turned on its head, and during times of misery it was in fact a big white dog that came after you?Continue reading “REVIEW: The Night Belongs To Monsters a.k.a. Las noches son de los monstruos (2021)”

REVIEW: The Pizzagate Massacre (2020)

dir. John Valley Karen (Alexandria Payne) is a tenacious reporter intent on exposing a conspiracy theory that’s being pushed by a sensationalist news outlet. Having recruited a militia man named Duncan (Tinus Seaux) for security, together they fall deeper down a conspiracist rabbit hole with disastrous and violent consequences. Due to rapidly developing online technology,Continue reading “REVIEW: The Pizzagate Massacre (2020)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #8: Justin McConnell on CRITTERS (1986)

Justin McConnell – director of Lifechanger and Clapboard Jungle – on how carnivorous 80s mini-beasts buried their way into his heart… My love affair with pint-sized monsters began with Critters. I was around 12 when I first watched it, and distinctly remember the circumstances: I was home sick from school a lot when I wasContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #8: Justin McConnell on CRITTERS (1986)”

REVIEW: On The Third Day a.k.a. Al Tercer Día (2021)

dir. Daniel de la Vega Many believe a mother’s love to be incorruptible, the strongest force there is, endless and unconditional. In Daniel de la Vega’s latest this maternal affection drives one mother to desperate places as she searches for her missing young son when, following a car accident on a deserted road, Cecilia (MarianaContinue reading “REVIEW: On The Third Day a.k.a. Al Tercer Día (2021)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #7: Matt Glasby on LAKE MUNGO (2008)

Matt Glasby – journalist and author of The Book of Horror – takes a swim in the spectral waters of this underseen, frame-analysis Oz horror… Appropriately for such a quiet film, Australian chiller Lake Mungo first came to my attention via the whispers of far-from-home Antipodes. My friend Matt lent me the DVD, released by After DarkContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #7: Matt Glasby on LAKE MUNGO (2008)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #6: Rebecca McCallum on THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973)

Spoilers Rebecca McCallum – assistant editor of Ghouls Magazine and writer of our very own Hitchcock’s Women series – settles down for a night at the theatre… Hubble bubble boil and trouble! Following the announcement of the prestigious Critic’s Circle Award, a series of murders relating to the last repertory season of Shakespearean actor EdwardContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #6: Rebecca McCallum on THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #5: Russell Bailey on THE HITCHER (1986)

Russell Bailey – host of the Not Just For Kids podcast – pulls over to pick up Robert Harmon’s 80s cult classic… One rain-drenched night, Jim (C. Thomas Howell) is driving from Chicago to San Diego when he spots a hitchhiker (Rutger Hauer). Picking him up they have a conversation, one that shows our driverContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #5: Russell Bailey on THE HITCHER (1986)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #4: Lakkaya Palmer on MIDSOMMAR (2019)

Spoilers Doctoral student Lakkaya Palmer takes a trip to a daylit nightmare with Ari Aster’s hallucinogenic sophomore horror. When defining folk horror, one can think of it as using landscape to evoke fear in audiences: these films often take place in isolated rural settings and use themes such as religion, paganism, witchcraft and the powerContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #4: Lakkaya Palmer on MIDSOMMAR (2019)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #3: Graham Hughes on EVIL DEAD II (1987)

Graham Hughes – director of found-footage modern classic Death of a Vlogger – reads the Latin with Sami Raimi’s mad-cap horror sequel. Groovy. I didn’t watch a full horror film until I was about 15. Scratch that. I couldn’t watch a full horror film until I was 15. Everything scared the shit out of me:Continue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #3: Graham Hughes on EVIL DEAD II (1987)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #2: Louise Blain on THE DESCENT (2005)

Spoilers Louise Blain – presenter of Sound of Gaming on BBC Radio 3 – looks back on the claustrophobic horror classic that still… rocks. Neil Marshall’s The Descent doesn’t teeter on the top of my mental pile of the best horror movies. It doesn’t wobble, occasionally displaced by a newer 21st century upstart. No, likeContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #2: Louise Blain on THE DESCENT (2005)”

31 DAYS OF HORROR #1: Mike Muncer on THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974)

Spoilers Kicking off our #31DaysOfHorror, Mike Muncer – host of The Evolution of Horror podcast – describes his relationship with one of the most infamous horror films ever made… When I was 13 years old, I watched the scariest movie I’d ever seen. It was a grimy, cheap-looking film about a bunch of kids gettingContinue reading “31 DAYS OF HORROR #1: Mike Muncer on THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974)”

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”

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 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: 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)”

REVIEW: No Man of God (2021)

dir. Amber Sealey. A slow-burn character study that examines the complicated relationship between serial killer Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) and FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood). Bundy, now incarcerated and awaiting execution, has refused any and all interviews, refusing to discuss his heinous crimes. Until now. Based on the real-life transcripts between the two (HagmierContinue reading “REVIEW: No Man of God (2021)”


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