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THE OTHERS (2001)
The Others Reviewed: 20 October 2016
 

Set in 1945 somewhere off the North coast of England, Nicole Kidman is Grace, a devoutly Christian mother and wife who lives in an isolated mansion with her two children (played by Alakina Mann and James Bentley), who are apparently very light-sensitive. Her husband, meanwhile is off fighting in the war and has been gone quite a while, possibly even dead. Their servants walked off the job some time back and don’t seem to be returning. Into their lives come three new servants played by Fionnula Flanagan, Eric Sykes, and mute Elaine Cassidy. Grace becomes concerned after a while that the servants aren’t heeding her rules properly, which include never opening the curtains, and always closing the door behind you before opening another. These are very important, as they pertain to the children’s health and safety. Meanwhile, Grace is also starting to worry about the kids’ tales of ghostly presences in the house, particularly from wilful daughter Anne (Mann). However, she slowly starts to wonder if the kids might be telling the truth.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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POD (2015)
Pod Reviewed: 20 October 2016
 

Although I’m in the apparent minority of those that were unimpressed with CARNAGE PARK, it is undeniable that Mickey Keating is on a trajectory that will eventually see him regarded as a horror wunderkind. While I similarly felt that DARLING didn’t live up to its full potential, I have found my favorite Keating project in POD. A tight, economical homage to the paranoid science fiction properties of yesteryear, POD is masterfully minimal in both location and concept. The film tells the story of Lyla (Lauren Ashley Carter) and Ed (Dean Cates), two siblings who go to stage an intervention at the family lake house for their psychologically disturbed brother Martin (Brian Morvant) after receiving a frantic phone call. As Martin begins to exhibit increasingly upsetting and untethered behavior, claiming that the government experimented on him while he was a soldier and that there’s a strange creature in his basement, Lyla and Ed soon realize that there may be more truth to his stories than they’d like to believe.

Reviewer: Thomas Seraydarian
Rating: out of 5
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OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL (2016)
Ouija: Origin of Evil Reviewed: 18 October 2016
 

Ouija: Origin of Evil is the follow-up to 2014’s Halloween Box Office No.1 Ouija. Rather than follow any of the original’s main characters, Origin of Evil is a stand-alone (but also prequel) story set in the 1960’s dealing with the family that became the ghosts in Ouija. It isn’t going to end well.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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INN OF THE DAMNED (1975)
Inn of the Damned Reviewed: 17 October 2016
 

Set in Gippsland, Australia (but filmed in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, not Victoria) in 1896 where Dame Judith Anderson and Joseph Furst play an elderly couple of Austrian immigrants who run an inn. The couple are actually demented killers who murder their few guests. Meanwhile, American bounty hunter Kincaid (Alex Cord) is searching for an outlaw named Biscayne (Robert Quilter), whilst his Aussie colleague (played by Tony Bonner) eventually happens upon the inn. John Meillon plays a local drunk who aids Biscayne in his escape from the determined Yank lawman.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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DISASTER L.A. (2014)
Disaster L.A. Reviewed: 17 October 2016
 

Justin Ray (one to watch) has a boozy night at a party attended by his idiot brother (Jerod Meagher), ex-girlfriend (Stefanie Estes) and her new beau. The next morning he wakes up to find that a meteor shower the night before has led to toxic air and people slowly turning into zombies. He has to race to find his brother, their friends, and his ex, and try to head up the coast to possible safety. Easier said than done.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959)
Horrors of the Black Museum Reviewed: 17 October 2016
 

Tim Burton favourite Michael Gough stars as trashy tabloid crime writer who is obsessed with a series of gruesome murders currently plaguing London. He's also loudly offering negative opinions on the bungling efforts of Scotland Yard (represented by Geoffrey Keen) in solving the case. He also somehow manages to obtain certain gruesome artefacts from each of the murders for display in his 'Black Museum' devoted to true crime. Graham Curnow plays Gough's young assistant, whilst Beatrice Varley plays a shop owner who specialises in gruesome artefacts and weapons.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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VISIONS (2015)
Visions Reviewed: 17 October 2016
 

A year after surviving a car accident, Isla Fisher and her hubby Anson Mount are expecting a baby, and have just purchased a vineyard. However, things start to take a sinister turn when Fisher starts having disturbing visions. Her husband is dismissive, her doctor (played by Jim Parsons!) suggests she go back on her anti-depressants that she stopped when finding out she was pregnant. However, these seemingly supernatural visions keep haunting her, and Fisher becomes more and more freaked out. Gillian Jacobs plays another mother-to-be whom Fisher quickly befriends at yoga class, Eva Longoria is Fisher’s best friend, and Joanna Cassidy plays a local woman who is, let’s say, supernaturally sensitive.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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DONT BREATHE (2016)
Dont Breathe Reviewed: 14 October 2016
 

Don't talk. Don't drop anything. Don't try to aggressively pull a padlock off a door with an army veteran sleeping upstairs. No. Scratch that. Don't assume the Blind Man had been successfully gassed and won't hear you shoot at said padlock.

Reviewer: MissToxicLocket
Rating: out of 5
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HOLIDAYS (2016)
Holidays Reviewed: 14 October 2016
 

Anthology horror is quickly becoming the new found-footage in terms of middling quality and audience derision. Although there are undeniable classics such as the original installment of V/H/S, the subgenre is becoming inundated with half-baked, tenuously connected collections of shorts with increasingly amateur conceit and intent. Unfortunately, 2016’s HOLIDAYS proves to be yet another example of anthology horror’s careening towards the tepid. As with any release of this nature there is the odd highlight, but as a whole, HOLIDAYS lacks the thematic and narrative cohesion of TRICK ‘R TREAT or a concept so fresh and innovative that it mostly sidesteps any criticism (THE ABCS OF DEATH). As such, it is almost entirely forgettable.

Reviewer: Thomas Seraydarian
Rating: out of 5
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DEMONIC (2015)
Demonic Reviewed: 14 October 2016
 

Cops (headed by cynical Frank Grillo) are called to a Louisiana house that was previously the sight of spooky tragedy in 1988. There are three dead bodies and the only living person is the son (Dustin Milligan) of the only survivor to the 1988 incident. Apparently he, his girlfriend (Cody Horn), her jerk TV ghostbuster ex-boyfriend (Scott Mechlowitz, who has been alright in other films) and his crew (including Aaron Yoo and supposed empath Megan Park) were investigating the house and something murder-y appears to have happened. Possibly paranormal. Whilst the cops look through the video footage that was recorded, Grillo’s police shrink girlfriend Maria Bello tries to make sense of Milligan and his crazy story of the paranormal activity in the house.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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BLAIR WITCH (2016)
Blair Witch Reviewed: 12 September 2016
 

Last Friday I headed into town to Odeon’s ‘Scream Unseen’ where they show a new release horror film but its title is kept secret until the film starts. Clues were given out on Twitter and Facebook, the buzz was pointing to ‘Blair Witch’ the new and surprise sequel to 1999’s game-changing ‘The Blair Witch Project’. We were all pretty sure this would be the case but there was a definite sigh of relief and excitement as the words ‘Blair Witch ‘ filled the screen. I loved the original and the reviews from Comic-con where the sequel was unveiled were ecstatic.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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DARLING (2015)
Darling Reviewed: 25 August 2016
 

Although Mickey Keating’s latest film, CARNAGE PARK, is what appears to be putting the director on the map, his sophomore effort DARLING contains a considerable amount more of style and vision. Telling the story of the eponymous Darling (Lauren Ashley Carter), an offbeat loner who gets hired as the caretaker of a mysterious New York mansion, things almost immediately prove themselves to be sinister as Madame (Sean Young) details the unfortunate end of the last caretaker. As Darling explore the mansion, she experiences a variety of anxieties and hallucinations that leave us questioning her mental state, her grasp on reality, and just what in the Hell is actually going on.

Reviewer: Thomas Seraydarian
Rating: out of 5
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WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD (2014)
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead Reviewed: 25 August 2016
 

An astronomical event has led to people turning into rabid zombies, including Jay Gallagher’s wife (Catherine Terracini) and child, leaving the former distraught. Gallagher’s sister Bianca Bradey has been kidnapped by a weirdo scientist in a Hazmat suit (Berynn Schwendt) conducting bizarre experiments in a laboratory/truck, thinking she’s a zombie. The truth about her, however, is much stranger than a simple zombie infection. Eager to rescue his sister, Gallagher teams up with a couple of other men (Middle-aged Keith Agius and laidback Indigenous Australian Leon Burchill) he encounters out in the bush. However before a rescue can begin, there’s the pickle of a problem that none of the vehicles seem to be working other than the aforementioned mobile laboratory, as something is wrong with all the petrol. That’s when they discover that the zombie blood is flammable! Luke McKenzie plays one of the military-types working for the mad scientist.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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THEYRE WATCHING (2016)
Theyre Watching Reviewed: 23 August 2016
 

I rest my case that THEY'RE WATCHING is one of the most egregious examples of a third act entirely destroying a horror film. Sarah, Alex, Kate, and Greg, are the crew of a home improvement show travelling to Moldova. Their goal is to film an episode on Becky, an American potter who has been hard at work converting an old abandoned home into an art studio. Soon, a local legend involving a witch begins to cause strife between the film crew and the inhabitants of Pavlovka, and it's off to the races. While perhaps not reinventing the wheel, the fact that the characters are involved with a television show at least gives the camera a reason to continue to roll throughout the film, which is more than can be said for most found footage.

Reviewer: Thomas Seraydarian
Rating: out of 5
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THE OPEN DOOR (2008)
The Open Door Reviewed: 22 August 2016
 

The Open Door is a 2008 low-budget indie thriller written and directed by Doc Duhame. The film is about a pirate radio station that grants its listeners’ their deepest wishes every 29 days during a full moon (we are made aware of this right after the opening scene) with deadly results. On this 29th day, a group of despicable, unlikeable people get a heavy dose of what it really is like to feel the wrath of themselves.

Reviewer: MissToxicLocket
Rating: out of 5
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THE GALLOWS (2015)
The Gallows Reviewed: 22 August 2016
 

For the first time in 20 years, a local high school is putting on a theatre production of a play called ‘The Gallows’. The 1993 production was beset by tragedy when a prop gallows legitimately executed a student (Yeah, apparently they used a real gallows. What?) Now student Ryan Shoos, armed with a handheld camera is documenting the new production, starring sensitive jock Reese (Reese Mishler) and the girl he has the hots for, theatre girl Pfeifer Brown. Ryan convinces Reese that the play is going to flop and it would be a good idea if they broke in at night (well, technically the side entrance has a broken lock, but that’s still ‘break and enter’ if you ask me) and sabotage the set. Reluctantly Reese agrees, and they are also joined by Ryan’s girlfriend Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford). However, Pfeifer soon turns up too, wondering just what they hell they’re doing. Before they have much time to discuss the matter, it seems they are somehow trapped inside the school, unable to get out. In almost total darkness they are stalked by an unseen force.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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MOST LIKELY TO DIE (2015)
Most Likely to Die Reviewed: 31 July 2016
 

'GLEE' fan favourite Heather Morris leads the cast of this throwback to 80s slashers, which is about a group of friends who reunite the night before their 10 year high school reunion, only to fall afoul of a psychopath in full graduation gown, who has a bone to pick with them.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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THE CONJURING 2 (2014)
The Conjuring 2 Reviewed: 16 July 2016
 

After enjoying the first Conjuring I headed to my local multiplex to see the hotly anticipated and very well reviewed sequel 'The Conjuring 2'. The first film dealt with paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren taking on the case of the Perron family as they dealt with the troubled family in Rhode Island. In the sequel the Warrens end up coming to England’s Enfield to tackle the Enfield Poltergeist, famous for terrorising the Hodgson family in the late 1970s.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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[REC] 4: APOCALYPSE (2014)
[REC] 4: Apocalypse Reviewed: 16 July 2016
 

Spanish TV reporter Angela Vidal (Manuela Velasco) is rescued from the infected apartment block by military-type Guzman (Paco Manzanedo). The next morning they wake up quarantined on a ship, poked and prodded by scientists looking for signs of the infection. However, Guzman soon discovers through one of his comrades (who is also on board), that scientists have a vial of infected blood. Some genius decides to inject a monkey with said infected blood, and said monkey gets all rabid, escapes its holding cell, and runs completely amok on the ship. Meanwhile, it appears that Angela might have something inside of her too!

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE III (FINAL SEQUENCE) (2013)
The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) Reviewed: 16 July 2016
 

Dieter Laser stars as Bill Boss, the sadistic and frankly bizarre warden of a prison whose job is skating on thin ice right now. In an attempt to run a tighter ship (or because he’s just plain sick and evil), Boss is intrigued by an idea his assistant Dwight Butler (Laurence R. Harvey) comes up with to meet Tom Six, the filmmaker behind the “Human Centipede” films. Six suggests it is ‘medically possible’ for the creation of a human centipede, and both Boss and Butler set about getting every one of the prisoners surgically attached to one another from mouth to…well, y’know. Eric Roberts turns up as a bemused Governor, whilst ‘Tiny’ Lister and Robert LaSardo play tough prison inmates.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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THE FINAL GIRLS (2014)
The Final Girls Reviewed: 16 July 2016
 

Taissa Farmiga plays the daughter of an actress (Malin Akerman) best-known for a cheesy 80s slasher pic called “Camp Bloodbath” (which was set in the then contemporary 1986). Sadly, Akerman died in a car accident a few years back, and now a classmate wants Farmiga to attend a revival showing of “Camp Bloodbath”, which she very reluctantly agrees to. The screening goes horrendously bad, involving a fire, and somehow after she and some friends/classmates make their escape they end up weirdly in the middle of the world of “Camp Bloodbath”! They even come across the character Farmiga’s mother played. Typical culture clash and weirdo meta humour ensues, whilst Farmiga takes the chance to befriend camp counsellor Nancy (Akerman again). Pretty soon, though, they remember that they’re in a horror film and are forced to save not only themselves but help the movie characters evade horrendous death. And hey, maybe since Nancy is essentially Farmiga’s mother, maybe she can get her mother back kinda sorta. Adam DeVine and Angela Trimbur are annoying as other camp counsellors, whilst Farmiga’s friends are played by Alia Shawkat (as the token quirky best friend called ‘Gertie’), Nina Dobrev, Thomas Middleditch (in for Jamie Kennedy, essentially) and Alexander Ludwig.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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MOTH (2016)
Moth Reviewed: 16 July 2016
 

Being a fan of all things Mothman and having made a film about the creature myself,I was interested to hear there was a new feature by Hungarian duo Gergö Elekesand József Gallai. I got in touch via the films Facebook page and József kindly got back to me with a screener.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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TORMENT (2013)
Torment Reviewed: 02 June 2016
 

Featuring what is an undeniably gripping poster thumbnail, Torment seems to have attracted its fair share of naysayers during its considerable tenure on instant streaming services. The long and short of it is that while director Jordan Barker's fourth film certainly isn't a modern horror masterpiece, at the very worst it's functional, which is more than can be said for many of its peers. Telling the story of Cory (Robin Dunne), Sarah (American Mary's Katharine Isabelle), and Liam (Peter DaCunha) travelling to an isolated vacation home in the middle of the woods, Torment is a concise and unpretentious slasher home invasion narrative. A sullen and somewhat difficult child, Liam resents Cory for remarrying after his mother passed, and resents Sarah even more for entertaining his father's interests. As tensions heat up at the house, Liam goes missing, kicking off a series of events that will lead to the trio fighting to survive the attacks of a deranged group of psychotic killers.

Reviewer: Thomas Seraydarian
Rating: out of 5
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THE SACRAMENT (2013)
The Sacrament Reviewed: 30 May 2016
 

Far more on the thriller side of things, The Sacrament actually possesses two concurrent concepts of interest, but fails to satisfactorily capitalize on either of them. An almost verbatim presentation of the Jonestown Massacre narrative, The Sacrament tells the story of three VICE reporters, Patrick, Sam, and Jake, who venture out to the isolated Eden Parish, a utopian community headed by the religious leader affectionately referred to as Father. Acting upon a letter from Patrick's sister, Caroline, a recovering addict currently stationed at Eden Parish, the trio pester Father for an interview that goes less than swimmingly, starting off a chain reaction that quickly exposes that things aren't as peachy-keen in Eden Parish as they initially seem.

Reviewer: Thomas Seraydarian
Rating: out of 5
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MR. JONES (2013)
Mr. Jones Reviewed: 05 May 2016
 

Young couple Penny (Sarah Jones) and Scott (Jon Foster) have sold their city studio flat for a rural getaway, intending to shoot a nature documentary. Filming themselves as they drive to their deserted cottage in rural Americana, there's plenty of gorgeous shots of sunrises in corn meadows, moonlit fields, the couple beaming at each other lovingly surrounded by nature, etc. They seem to be living every townie's dream of escaping to rural bliss to be together "waking up to birds instead of [an] alarm clock" as Scott puts it, and their perfect artistic project is literally on their doorstep.

Reviewer: Nina Romain
Rating: out of 5
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