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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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ASMODEXIA (2014)
Asmodexia Reviewed: 14 April 2016
 

After 'You Are Not Alone', shot in Smalltown USA, Sharp Teeth films branches off overseas.. This Spanish exorcism features the heroes fighting a 'malevolent infestation of an unholy epidemic of the undead'. Their apocalyptic nightmare is beautifully shot across desolate landscapes. Director Marc Carrete, known for corporate and commercial work, shot his flick in Barcelona in 2013.

Reviewer: Nina Romain
Rating: out of 5
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GOODNIGHT MOMMY (2014)
Goodnight Mommy Reviewed: 23 March 2016
 

Goodnight Mommy is an Austrian horror film from writer director team Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. Identical twins Elias and Lukas play alone in their idyllic and isolated country retreat. They’re awaiting the return of their mother who has been having severe facial reconstruction surgery following a recent accident. Mommy returns and immediately the twins can sense something is wrong.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR (2016)
The Other Side of the Door Reviewed: 23 March 2016
 

‘The Other Side of the Door’ is a British-Indian supernatural drama from director Johannes Roberts. Maria and Michael live in Mumbai with their daughter Lucy. The family is grieving at the recent loss of their son Oliver who died in a road accident. Maria suffers terrible guilt as she was only able to save Lucy in the tragedy. Maria becomes increasingly distant from her family and after an attempt to end her own life her house maid Piki tells her about am ancient ritual that can be performed at a ruined temple to allow the dead to return for one final time.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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YOU ARE NOT ALONE (2014)
You Are Not Alone Reviewed: 19 February 2016
 

Review by Nina Romain 'You are Not Alone'. Sharp Teeth Films, 2014, out on DVD 23 February. This slasher starts with a bizarrely calm 911 call from a woman who says she saw a strange man outside her house and 'doesn't know where he went'; then fades into panicky screaming.

Reviewer: Nina Romain
Rating: out of 5
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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION (2015)
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Reviewed: 19 February 2016
 

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the 6th and supposedly final entry in the widely popular and successful franchise started by Oren Peli back in 2007. The original’s premise was very simple. Katie and Micah, a young couple start recording paranormal activity in their home with a video camera. Katie reckons she’s been haunted since she was a child and the same entity has come for her again.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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THE VISIT (2015)
The Visit Reviewed: 19 February 2016
 

The Visit is a found-footage comedy horror from The Sixth Sense’s M. Night Shyamalan. Teens Rebecca and Tyler (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould) decide to visit their estranged Grandparents Doris and John whilst their mother is away on a cruise with her latest boyfriend. Rebecca is a budding filmmaker and plans to film a documentary of their visit. Between the siblings they have two cameras to catch the action as it unfolds.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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JOY RIDE 3: ROAD KILL (2014)
Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Reviewed: 19 February 2016
 

A couple of young revheads and their womenfolk head out on the open road to some typical bogan-y car rally or some such. Unfortunately, they encounter noted motor-psycho Rusty Nail (Ken Kirzinger) who doesn’t like the cut of their jib, and spends 80 or so minutes terrorising them.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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CHARLIES FARM (2014)
Charlies Farm Reviewed: 19 February 2016
 

Australia has been kind to horror fans in the decade since Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek was released and I’m pleased to report that Charlie’s Farm sits nicely alongside other recent Aussie horror offerings such as The Loved Ones and The Babadook in terms of quality.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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THE WITCH (2015)
The Witch Reviewed: 19 February 2016
 

This review comes rather late as was lucky to catch an early screening of The Witch at the excellent Mayhem Horror festival in Nottingham last year. It was a real coup for the festival and the crowd were excited to be getting an early preview of the most talked about horror film of the year. The Witch premiered at the Sundance Festival last year to rave reviews.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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THE BABADOOK (2013)
The Babadook Reviewed: 14 December 2015
 

Essie Davis has been raising her 6 year-old son Noah Wiseman since a tragic car accident took her husband’s life on the day the boy was born. She clearly hasn’t quite recovered from the grief, and not making matters easier is the volatile behaviour of young Wiseman, who doesn’t appear to play well with others. One day he gives her a book he found, to read him at bedtime. As she reads it, she realises it is anything but appropriate for children, as it concerns a creature lurking in the shadows that wants to kill. Wiseman is terrified, Davis gets rid of the book and that’s the end of that, she hopes. It’s not the end...boy is it ever not. Noises, shadows, and sheer terror ensue.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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