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HERE COMES THE DEVIL (2012)
Here Comes the Devil Reviewed: 20 November 2014
 
 

A lesbian love session is followed by a knock at the door and a psycho killer carving one of the girls up. Next we cut to a different group of characters, typical family on vacation in Mexico. The two kids (one girl, one boy, both in that 'awkward' stage of development) go wandering off up to the mountains and inside a cave.and don't come back by the end of the day. Their parents (who had been enjoying some alone time ifyouknowwhatimean) call the cops, and wait anxiously in their hotel room.having a giant row, blaming each other for the day's events. The next morning the kids turn up, seemingly unharmed. Oopsy.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW (2014)
As Above, So Below Reviewed: 19 November 2014
 
 

Found-footage horror films are a dime a dozen these days, growing in popularity since the first Paranormal Activity film seven years ago and fueling unwatchable copycat mediocrity. The scares are cheap, the storylines are bland, and the originality is nonexistent. Thankfully, As Above/So Below manages to break past these barriers and create a new, atmospherically tormenting energy.

Reviewer: DA Zapata
Rating: out of 5
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AFTERPARTY (2013)
Afterparty Reviewed: 14 November 2014
 
 

Luis Fernandez plays the lothario star of a horror-themed soap opera. After a recent and extremely embarrassing breakup with his co-star (Úrsula Corberó), Fernandez attends a party at a remote estate. He wakes up the next morning not remembering a whole helluva lot from the wild night before. He’s also still at the house where the party was held, and is locked inside the hermetically sealed house with three young women (played by Alicia Sanz, Ana Caldas, and ‘ugly duckling’ Rocio Leon), whom he may or may not have been intimate with last night. With not much of an idea of how things ended up the way they are now, nor any idea how in the hell they can get out of this place, the quartet must further contend with a masked killer on the prowl, picking them off one-by-one.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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FLEA, THE (SHORT) (2008)
Flea, The (Short) Reviewed: 11 November 2014
 
 

It is startling that a film so full of visceral impact can be produced for less than £1000 but that is the case with Ben Steiner’s The Flea. To fully describe how unsettling and oppressive an atmosphere this film of under 10 minutes manages to generate is difficult, and to do so may result in failure, but like the best short films it follows one very simple premise; hit fast and hit hard.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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EXTRATERRESTRIAL (2014)
Extraterrestrial Reviewed: 06 November 2014
 
 

The dark storylines of The Vicious Brothers, known for their cult favorites Grave Encounters 1 & 2, have returned in an entirely new way for their newest film, Extraterrestrial. Given the title alone, we know exactly where this film is headed, and it wastes no time getting there. The film begins with an alien abduction, setting the tone and making it seem as though this will be nothing short of formulaic. Thankfully, it throws “formulaic” out the window.

Reviewer: DA Zapata
Rating: out of 5
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THE ABCS OF DEATH 2 (2014)
The ABCs of Death 2 Reviewed: 04 November 2014
 
 

Many horror fans with an affinity for cult films flocked to The ABCs of Death when it was first released in 2012. With such an original concept, it was impossible to resist. We have, 26 directors, 26 letters of the alphabet, and each director is given a letter and told to choose a word, creating a 3-5 minute short in which someone or several people are killed.

Reviewer: DA Zapata
Rating: out of 5
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V/H/S VIRAL (2014)
V/H/S Viral Reviewed: 04 November 2014
 
 

It is a safe assumption to say that the V/H/S films have become modern day cult classics for horror fans, particularly those with a taste for found-footage. Viral is now the third installation in the VHS anthology series, during which characters have been known to watch horrific, violent, and supernatural events that have been previously recorded.

Reviewer: DA Zapata
Rating: out of 5
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OFF SEASON (2012)
Off Season Reviewed: 31 October 2014
 
 

If you reach a point in your life when your conscience is malevolently stalking you, constantly pressing you to do the right thing, to make the right decision, then you know not all of your life choices have been entirely successful. Kate Carman’s film Off Season suggests now might be the time for some people to evaluate those choices.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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EAT ME! (2010)
Eat Me! Reviewed: 30 October 2014
 
 

There is an exuberant energy to Eat Me! that is lacking in many films with larger budgets and greater reputations. Sometimes this can be attributed to lower funding encouraging a level of commitment and effort from filmmakers that leads to performances from all involved exceeding what are bound to be limited expectations. Occasionally it can be down to raw talent rising above restricted and modest beginnings, leading to a noticeable and memorable production. Katie Carman’s film contains a mix of both of these.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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THE BABADOOK (2013)
The Babadook Reviewed: 29 October 2014
 
 

Kids' play turns nasty...Amelia (Essie Davis) is living most parents' nightmare: your partner dies in a car accident, leaving you trying to bring up your primary school age child (Samuel) on your own. You struggle gamely through a dead-end job in soulless surburbia, while your elderly next door neighbour asks you to do odd jobs for her and your irritatingly-perfect relatives dish out well-meaning but annoying advice. It's enough to make anyone doubt their own sanity.

Reviewer: Nina Romain
Rating: out of 5
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OUIJA (2014)
Ouija Reviewed: 28 October 2014
 
 

Ouija is the new thriller from Michael Bay, Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse. It is based on the board game by Hasbro. After Laine’s best friend Debbie dies in an apparent suicide, she discovers an antique Ouija board in Debbie’s room and she wants to use it to say goodbye to her friend. They seem to make contact and Laine is desperate to find out if Debbie really did kill herself or, if there was something more sinister at work.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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IT FOLLOWS (2014)
It Follows Reviewed: 27 October 2014
 
 

On my way home after the screening of new Indie horror ‘It Follows’ at the London Film Festival I couldn’t help but look over my shoulder at the footsteps I could hear behind me. I almost ran to my door. Jay is 19 and does what any normal teenager does. She hangs out with her friends, swims in the pool and meets her new beau for trips to the movies. Unfortunately Jay’s latest boyfriend has a terrible secret that he passes on to her through intercourse and she is now cursed with the worst STI ever.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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SEE NO EVIL 2 (2014)
See No Evil 2 Reviewed: 24 October 2014
 
 

Billed by some as the sequel nobody wanted, See No Evil 2 picks up immediately after the events of the first film (despite the 8 year time gap in real-life) as the bodies of Jacob Goodnight and his victims arrive at the local morgue just as a group of sassy twentysomethings show up for a surprise birthday party for staff member Amy (Danielle Harris). Amy’s best friend Tamara (Katharine Isabelle) likes to get her kink on, so when she discovers that the now infamous serial killer’s body is downstairs she heads off with her boyfriend to get her freak on. Jacob Goodnight doesn’t take too kindly to her straddling his corpse and then shagging her boyfriend however, and he miraculously returns from the dead - which is when things get interesting.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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WRONG TURN 6: LAST RESORT (2014)
Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort Reviewed: 21 October 2014
 
 

This sixth part of the long running series sees Danny and his friends head to Hobb Springs when he discovers that he has inherited an old hotel from unknown relations. It doesn’t take long for the Hillicker (or is it Hiliker? I wish someone would settle on a correct spelling of the name) brothers to make an appearance. Someone’s going to regret this wrong turn and sadly, it’s most likely you…the viewer.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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SHE (SHORT) (2014)
She (Short) Reviewed: 16 October 2014
 
 

There are films that contain scenes you will remember for the rest of your life, certain cinematic moments so impactful and strong that they will drift back into your consciousness without warning or censor. She, a short from Chelsey Burdon and Mark Vessey, is one such film. By necessity this must be a short review as to reveal too much would be to do the film an injustice.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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STOMACH, THE (SHORT) (2014)
Stomach, The (Short) Reviewed: 16 October 2014
 
 

With a blatant disregard for traditional genre boundaries and an absurdly original premise, Ben Steiner’s The Stomach is a short film that can’t fail to entertain. How much is almost entirely down to the viewer’s interpretation. Frank can communicate with the dead. More accurately, the dead speak through his stomach.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD (2013)
Fright Night 2: New Blood Reviewed: 16 October 2014
 
 

Charlie (Will Payne) is studying abroad in Romania (!) with his best bud ‘Evil’ Ed (Chris Waller) and his girlfriend Amy (Sacha Parkinson), the latter of whom is starting to tire of Charlie. One night Charlie spots his sexy new professor Gerri Dandridge (Jaime Murray) making out with a naked chick in front of her window, right across from his hotel room. And then she sinks her fangs into said naked chick. Charlie is convinced Gerri is a blood-sucking vampire. Amy, of course, thinks Charlie is nuts, but Ed is willing to believe him (probably because he’s nuts). They decide to take their revelations to noted vampire-hunting reality TV host Peter Vincent (Sean Power), who of course thinks they are nuts. But Ed says they’ll pay for his help, and so, being that he’s in Romania too, hey why not help the crazy kids out? And then he realises they aren’t joking or imagining things and freaks out. Looks like Charlie and Ed are on their own. Oh, did I mention that Gerri likes to bathe in the blood of virgins? Hmmm, I wonder if any of our protagonists are virgins…

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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LET US PREY (2014)
Let Us Prey Reviewed: 15 October 2014
 
 

With opening scenes of breathtaking style that immediately set an atmospheric tone of malevolent portent director Brian O’Malley has skilfully constructed a genre inflected thriller, combining elements of horror with full on action. PC Rachel Heggie (Pollyanna McIntosh - White Settlers, The Woman) is beginning her first shift at a new posting in a remote Scottish police station. Even before she arrives Heggie confronts a young tearaway but this is only the beginning of her troubles. Over the next few hours a seemingly random collection of people become resident in the station’s cells, one of which is a mysterious unnamed man (Liam Cunningham - Dog Soldiers, Game Of Thrones) who slowly reveals a dark agenda.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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SPIDERS 3D (2013)
Spiders 3D Reviewed: 15 October 2014
 
 

Patrick Muldoon stars as a Bulgarian…er…New York transit authority supervisor who sends one of his workers down in the subway tunnel when some debris finds its way in the tunnel. The worker ends up dead, and an autopsy report finds spider venom as the cause. Just what in the hell is down there? Mutant spiders, that’s what. Actually, they are mutant ALIEN spiders, the result of some truly messed-up experiment by the Russkies in the 80s where spiders were crossbred with alien DNA…‘coz that’s such a sensible thing to do. But now the spiders have started to grow too big and it’s all getting out of hand. Military man William Hope and Russian doctor Pete-Lee Wilson are attempting to locate the queen spider to use for their idiotic and half-baked purposes…er…I mean for their nefarious purposes. Christa Campbell plays Muldoon’s ex-wife, a health inspector. This film from director Tibor Takacs (best known for “The Gate”) and co-writer Joseph Farrugia at first seems like a SyFy Channel flick, right down to the casting of “Aliens” co-star William Hope as the villain. It certainly doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility for former “Days of Our Lives” and “Starship Troopers” co-star Patrick Muldoon to work on a SyFy project. And yet the FX are slightly above the quality of a SyFy ‘classic’, as is the film itself.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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ANNABELLE (2014)
Annabelle Reviewed: 14 October 2014
 
 

This spin-off from last year’s 70s horror The Conjuring sees cute young married couple (Annabelle Wallis as Mia, and Ward Horton as John) who are about to have their first child surrounded by 70s Amerciana. John gives his wife a large china doll, and after they fail to realise it’s turning the oven on and trying to kill Mia by burning the house down, the couple sensibly decide to throw it away as they move to another state.

Reviewer: Nina Romain
Rating: out of 5
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THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT (2014)
The Houses October Built Reviewed: 13 October 2014
 
 

Halloween is a much bigger deal in the United States than in the United Kingdom, we all know that. As horror fans demand more intense and immersive experiences a whole industry has grown to cater to this, the result being a number of so-called haunted houses populated mainly with out-of-work actors whose goal is to scare the hell out of paying customers.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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YOU'RE NEXT (2012)
You're Next Reviewed: 03 October 2014
 
 

Rob Moran and Barbara Crampton are a long-married affluent couple who gather their family together for a dinner celebration in honour of their 35th wedding anniversary at their vacation home. Soon into the night, however, the house and its inhabitants find themselves under fire from unseen crossbow-wielding attackers. As the high-numbered, but frankly useless family members are bumped off one-by-one, Sharni Vinson, the Aussie-born student-turned-lover of A.J. Bowen, shows an unexpected resilience and aptitude for survivalist ingenuity as she starts to turn the tables.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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NIGHTMARE CODE (2014)
Nightmare Code Reviewed: 03 October 2014
 
 

Hiding behind the stylised exterior of Mark Netter’s high concept dark thriller Nightmare Code is a supernatural science fiction horror film fighting to get out. That Netter controls these forces is very much the strength of the film, but also leads to a finale that may not satisfy all audiences.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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DRUDGE (SHORT) (2013)
Drudge (Short) Reviewed: 03 October 2014
 
 

Shriekfest 2014 Preview - From Kheireddine El-Helou comes Drudge, a short film that brutally demonstrates how an innocently planned romantic evening can descend into a horrific nightmare culminating in a desperate game of life and death. Drawing comparison with the opening scenes of Wes Craven’s seminal slasher Scream this is a film that unexpectedly suffers from being so brief, lasting only an enjoyably gore-filled 9 minutes.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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BERKSHIRE COUNTY (2014)
Berkshire County Reviewed: 03 October 2014
 
 

Shriekfest 2014 Preview - The home invasion theme is one revisited time and again by filmmakers, and is the inherent human fear upon which Audrey Cummings has built her film Berkshire County. With such abundance comes inevitable and unavoidable comparison and as such Cummings’ debut feature suffers slightly up against Adam Wingard’s bigger budget You’re Next and the hugely impressive White Settlers from Simeon Halligan. Berkshire County does however contain enough originality and successful genre references to engage the audience.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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LATEST REVIEWS

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Here Comes the Devil

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As Above, So Below

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Afterparty

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Flea, The (Short)

Extraterrestrial Movie Review

Extraterrestrial

The ABCs of Death 2 Movie Review

The ABCs of Death 2

V/H/S Viral Movie Review

V/H/S Viral

Off Season Movie Review

Off Season

Eat Me! Movie Review

Eat Me!

The Babadook Movie Review

The Babadook

Ouija Movie Review

Ouija

It Follows Movie Review

It Follows

See No Evil 2 Movie Review

See No Evil 2

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Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort

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She (Short)

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