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THE APPARITION (2011)
The Apparition Reviewed: 16 April 2014
 
 

Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan star as young couple Kelly and Ben who are being tormented by strange goings on in their new home. When they look into events deeper, they realise that they are out of their depth and call in paranormal investigator Patrick (Tom Felton). That’s all I really want to say about the plot, as it takes a basic premise and fuses it with a real-life event to make quite an effective little movie.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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THE QUIET ONES (2013)
The Quiet Ones Reviewed: 16 April 2014
 
 

This experimental 70s set horror film sees Oxford University Professor Jared Harris and a bunch of his student’s set-up in a remote country mansion to attempt to help a young woman plagued by a terrifying supernatural force.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD (2013)
Fright Night 2: New Blood Reviewed: 16 April 2014
 
 

Whilst this was marketed as a sequel to the 2011 remake, it’s more like a hybrid version of both the original Fright Night and Fright Night Part 2 as Charley, Amy and Ed (who have all been re-cast or resurrected in Ed’s case) travel abroad to study in Romania only to encounter the sexy and mysterious professor Gerri Dandridge who is actually a vampire. Just as well the gang have been through this before…except they don’t seem to have any knowledge of vampires. Confused? You will be!

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2 (2013)
I Spit On Your Grave 2 Reviewed: 16 April 2014
 
 

I really enjoyed the 2010 remake of the 1978 classic (if you truly can enjoy something so sickening), so I was pleased (I guess) to hear that Steven R. Monroe was returning to do a sequel.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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THE COTTAGE (2012)
The Cottage Reviewed: 16 April 2014
 
 

For two thirds of its running time The Tenant (or The Cottage if you’re American) from Chris Jaymes is a tense, interesting thriller that taps into fears that most of us suffer from; the idea that a supposed harmless stranger might infiltrate and disrupt our lives with evil intent. Unfortunately though the film struggles to find a satisfactory conclusion and ultimately fails to deliver in the final act.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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NOTHING LEFT TO FEAR (2012)
Nothing Left to Fear Reviewed: 14 April 2014
 
 

The first film out the gate from former Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Slash’s newly formed horror genre production company Slasher Films, is this strange religious horror effort about a pastor who relocates with his family to nowhere, USA (“the town probably doesn’t even have a mall”, quips one character early on) only to discover the friendly locals harbour a dark secret.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA (2012)
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Reviewed: 14 April 2014
 
 

This sort of sequel to the 2009 film uses another real-life incident as the basis for 101 minutes of things going bump in the night, but despite its terrible title, I really quite enjoyed this.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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IN FEAR (2013)
In Fear Reviewed: 14 April 2014
 
 

“The best British chiller since The Descent” proclaims the cover art. “I highly doubt it” thought the cynic in me. I’m pleased to report however that for me, it very nearly was.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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HOSTEL: PART II (2007)
Hostel: Part II Reviewed: 14 April 2014
 
 

Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, and Bijou Phillips are three American girls travelling around Europe, who make friends with the absolute worst person possible. Gorgeous model Vera Jordanova suggests they come to Slovakia with her to go to a supposedly amazing spa. Yeah, that sounds like fun. Not. Even Jordanova’s hotness isn’t enough to convince me. Nonetheless since these three girls are idiots of the highest order, they agree, and you guessed it, sign in to the hostel from hell. The hostel of course is in league with Elite Hunting, a haven for wealthy and soulless clients to carry out all kinds of sick torture on youngsters kidnapped from the hostel. Our three protagonists are to be preyed upon by the likes of gung-ho businessman Richard Burgi and his meek and more hesitant cohort Roger Bart. Exploitation notaries Ruggero Deodato (director of the infamous “Cannibal Holocaust”) and actress Edwige Fenech turn up as a cannibal (!) and art professor, respectively.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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THE BORDERLANDS (2013)
The Borderlands Reviewed: 11 April 2014
 
 

Despite reports to the contrary the found footage genre is very much alive. With recent films such as the frightening Banshee Chapter, intelligently twisting Evidence and sci-fi coming of age drama Chronicle there are filmmakers clearly demonstrating that some of the most interesting additions to the canon are still being made. Now, with the release of Elliot Goldner’s The Borderlands there is a truly terrifying film to include among any list of the best horror films of recent years.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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MAMA (2013)
Mama Reviewed: 07 April 2014
 
 

Young Megan Charpentier and Isabelle Nelisse have spent five years alone in the woods. Their father (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) fled there with them after some shonky business forced him to run. But one night, dad was killed by something mysterious in the shadows and the kids were left to fend for themselves all this time. The girls are now in a somewhat feral state, with their uncle (also played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) seeking custody, along with his musician girlfriend Jessica Chastain. When they take the girls, home, however, things get weird. The girls appear to be communicating with an invisible entity they call ‘Mama’. And this Mama is super possessive of her children. And seemingly real, as Chastain comes to learn. Daniel Kash plays the child psychiatrist the girls are assigned.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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CHILD OF GOD (2013)
Child Of God Reviewed: 07 April 2014
 
 

Child Of God is a darkly interesting film based around a central performance that is as startling as it is impressive. If you are unfamiliar with Cormac McCarthy's original novel it is also a deeply uncomfortable and disturbing watch. After apparently being unjustly evicted from his father's land Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) disappears into the wilderness, attempting to exist outside of normal social circles. Setting up home in an abandoned wooden shack Lester, with no outside influences and seemingly with few conscious moral boundaries, becomes increasingly isolated and the true extent of how far he has descended into depravity and desperation is violently evident.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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THE HUMAN RACE (2012)
The Human Race Reviewed: 28 March 2014
 
 

Paul Hough's debut feature film The Human Race takes its inspiration from many films, not least of which Battle Royale, but still manages to appear entirely original and forward thinking. Part horror, part science fiction, this is a film that is as intelligent as it is visceral and manages to keep you guessing right up until the potentially divisive finale.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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PATRICK (2013)
Patrick Reviewed: 27 March 2014
 
 

Kathy Jacquard (Sharni Vinson) is starting a new position as a nurse at a creepy facility for comatose patients. Here she works for a mad scientist (Charles Dance) that enjoys spending his free time using electroshock therapy and eating frogs. Soon she meets bedridden Patrick (Jackson Gallagher), whom she believes is trying to communicate with her by spitting in her face. (Don't try that at the club, fellas.) It isn't long before he falls for her and is using his telekinetic abilities to have the other patients sit up in their beds and shout, 'Patrick wants a hand job!'

Reviewer: Anthony Revolution
Rating: out of 5
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ROBOCROC (2013)
Robocroc Reviewed: 26 March 2014
 
 

A rocket is about to crash when it loses the payload . . . a cargo of mini-robots of destruction! Or, as a doctor describes them: 'A nanotechnology based weapons system, designed to target and replicate, turning a host into an unstoppable killing apparatus.' Oh, s***! Bill Nye has nothing on this mad scientist. The nanobots crash into a swamp and locate a giant crocodile. She becomes a metal reptile of death. Run for your f***ing lives!

Reviewer: Anthony Revolution
Rating: out of 5
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THE SHORTCUT (2009)
The Shortcut Reviewed: 25 March 2014
 
 

After the death of their father, Derek and his little brother Tobey move to their Mom’s home town to live with their Grandma. When Tobey ventures down a shortcut after school one day, he discovers a mutilated dog. This prompts eldest brother Derek and his friends to investigate the decade’s long mystery as to why you should avoid the shortcut.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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BLOODY HOMECOMING (2012)
Bloody Homecoming Reviewed: 25 March 2014
 
 

Horror subgenres are cyclical. After the slasher boom, we moved on to possession, haunted house, J-Horror and found footage movies and not necessarily in that order. I’m sure someone important once said that after 10 years we move back to the original “big thing”, so a decade after the late 90s slasher boom I waited with baited breath for the next wave and aside from an awesome My Bloody Valentine remake and a sorely disappointing Friday the 13th re-do, it never came. You can perhaps understand then why I was excited to hear about Bloody Homecoming.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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DARK HOUSE (2014)
Dark House Reviewed: 25 March 2014
 
 

Victor Salva is an experienced writer and director who knows how to deliver entertaining and frightening horror films. 2001's Jeepers Creepers was one of the stronger additions to a resurgent genre and demonstrated skill and originality. Disappointingly though Salva's new film Dark House lacks these previous strengths and ultimately falls a little flat.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (2012)
Cockneys vs Zombies Reviewed: 13 March 2014
 
 

Harry Treadaway and his brother Rasmus Hardiker head a gang of none-too-smart bank robbers who are only doing the job to get enough money to save their granddad’s (a perfectly cast Alan Ford) retirement home from closing. Their gang also includes their cousin (a tough safecracker played by the scrumptious Michelle Ryan), and the seriously unbalanced and gung-ho ‘Mental Mickey’ (Ashley Thomas). The heist gets botched of course, but our protagonists emerge from the bank to find that hordes of zombies have descended upon the city. The two brothers and the rest of their motley crew decide they must henceforth journey to the retirement home and save all the old codgers (including Honor Blackman, Georgina Hale, and the late Richard Briers), who themselves prove surprisingly resilient.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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THE MACHINE (2013)
The Machine Reviewed: 12 March 2014
 
 

Rarely does a film come along that has the potential to change your perception of cinema, a film that challenges hitherto well known boundaries. Many productions aspire to achieve this greatness without ever having that mystical element that will elevate them above the crowd towards the much used but invariably undeserved title of modern classic. The Machine however deserves all these plaudits.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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JUNCTION (2012)
Junction Reviewed: 04 March 2014
 
 

There are moments all the way through Junction, the debut feature from writer / director Tony Glazer when you feel that some sort of redemption must be coming. That this never happens is not only fundamental to the intensity of the bleak world the film’s characters inhabit, but also credit to Glazer in not compromising his principles and delivering a few lighter moments engineered to send audiences home happy.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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THEY (2002)
They Reviewed: 04 March 2014
 
 

Jon Abrahams plays a troubled young man who hasn’t recovered from a monstrous incident some 15 or so years ago. He now claims to childhood friend Laura Regan that ‘They’ are back and trying to kill him. Not long after this, Abrahams has killed himself. Regan dismisses Abrahams behaviour as that of an unstable mind, but not only does she come across two other people (Ethan Embry and Dagmar Dominiczyk) undergoing similarly nightmarish experiences, but soon Regan herself is revisited by night terrors so long-ago buried that she had forgotten them. But now indeed it appears these childhood fears have come back and aren’t playing around. Jay Brazeau plays Regan’s childhood shrink whom she now looks to for help as an adult, and Marc Blucas is her trying-to-understand boyfriend.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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NEW BLOOD RISING (2014)
New Blood Rising Reviewed: 02 March 2014
 
 

Entering the vampire genre is fraught with problems for any filmmaker. Do you subscribe to well known conventions or attempt to construct your own mythology? Will your vampires be romantic, misunderstood artisans or ruthless, bloodthirsty killers? There are many, many more questions that demand answers and each new film must deal with every one given audiences familiarity with the subject following Hollywood’s unwavering love of this mystical creature. Unfortunately Chad Zuver’s New Blood Rising doesn’t satisfactorily deal with any of them but still remains an interesting attempt.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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ODD THOMAS (2012)
Odd Thomas Reviewed: 25 February 2014
 
 

If you imagine a strange concoction combining elements of Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense you will well on your way towards understanding what Stephen Sommers’ Odd Thomas is about. Based on the novel by Dean R. Koontz, who co-wrote the screenplay with the director, this is a film that constantly plays with your expectations and expertly teases you with well woven twists and turns that will leave you wondering on the true nature of the film until the very end.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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STALLED (2013)
Stalled Reviewed: 24 February 2014
 
 

Stalled is one of those rare films that successfully manages to find the mysterious and often elusive blend of horror and humour. There are far more forgettably unsuccessful entries into the genre than there are Shaun Of The Dead’s (the shadowy benchmark by which all must reluctantly be judged) and anyone brave enough to seek this formula must be praised. Here though thankfully, writer and star Dan Palmer alongside director Christian James have created a film which ranks favourably alongside any of its predecessors, while still finding imaginative originality that makes Stalled a worthy entry into the zombie canon.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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