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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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CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
Creepshow 2 Reviewed: 14 December 2015
 

A wraparound story shows a young boy anticipating the arrival of the latest ‘Creepshow’ comic book, before we venture into the following trio of tales; “Chief Wooden Head”: A wooden Indian statue comes to life to seek revenge for the murders of two kindly old store owners (George Kennedy and Dorothy Lamour) by a gang of yahoos. “The Raft”: Four young adults are trying to have some fun out at a lake when a mysterious substance/entity in the water refuses to let them leave their raft. “The Hitch-Hiker”: Unfaithful wife Lois Chiles is travelling home post extra-marital coitus when she accidentally hits a hitch-hiker...and just keeps on driving. The hitch-hiker continues to haunt her as she tries to make her way home to her husband. Stephen King has an amusing cameo in this segment as a trucker.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, A (2014)
Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, A Reviewed: 14 December 2015
 

Set in a fictional, Iranian ghost town, a mostly silent, skateboard-riding, Middle Eastern female vampire (!) stalks the streets and night and lures various characters to their deaths. They’re mostly scum, though, including a douchy drug dealer (Dominic Rains) and a pathetic elderly junkie (Marshall Manesh) who owes money to the junkie, to name but two. But then she meets the junkie’s nice guy son, Arash (Arash Marandi), and an unusual relationship begins. Or something.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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CREEP (2014)
Creep Reviewed: 14 December 2015
 

This mumble core effort from recent film school graduate Patrick Brice sees him team-up with actor, producer, writer, director Mark Duplass for a tale about a videographer, Aaron (Brice) who answers an ad on Craigslist which involves filming a guy, Josef (Duplass) for 1 day for $1,000. When Aaron turns up at the location he becomes nervous, as Josef seems a little bit strange. Things go from bad to worse as Aaron tries to work out what compulsive liar Josef’s real intentions are.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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V/H/S VIRAL (2014)
V/H/S Viral Reviewed: 02 December 2015
 

An anthology of camera-related stories, with a wrap-around story involving a guy (Patrick Lawrie) filming police cars, whilst his girlfriend (Emilia Zoryan) runs into some trouble. The first story is about a stage magician (Justin Welborn) arrested for murder. A videotape reveals a sinister pact, a magical cape, and dead people. Next up we have a story about a Spanish scientist who creates a device that opens up a parallel world, where he finds another version of himself having created his own device. A decision to switch places leads to some very weird discoveries. Like you don’t know how weird, believe me, we’re talking super, duper weird here. Finally we have a story about skater punks with cameras hooked to their helmets, who get a nasty surprise when they come across a very strange cult of seemingly ghoulish creatures who immediately set upon them.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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OCULUS (2014)
Oculus Reviewed: 02 December 2015
 

Eleven years after killing his own father (played by Rory Cochrane) who had in turn murdered mother (played by Katee Sackhoff), Brenton Thwaites is released from a psychiatric hospital and greeted outside by sister Karen Gillan. Gillan is committed to keeping a promise they made as kids. They believed that their father was a good man driven homicidally mad by an evil mirror that was in their house, and which also caused their mother to become paranoid and psychologically unstable, prior to her death. However, Thwaites seems rather reluctant, having spent the last 11 years looking at things more rationally and coming to the conclusion that dad was simply evil and that all the mirror stuff was just delusion on his part.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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THE LAZARUS EFFECT (2014)
The Lazarus Effect Reviewed: 16 October 2015
 

Blumhouse's latest horror offering 'The Lazarus Effect' boldly steps out somewhere between 'Flatliners' and 'Pet Semetary' and brings with it a whole host of supernatural tropes for us to feast on. I had been looking forward to this for some time and the trailer certainly had that 'Flatliners' feel to it. Ultimately it was a shame to see that this effort generally lacked in any real originality and it's over use of typical jump scares and lacklustre tension really had a negative impact on the whole viewing experience.

Reviewer: Steven Davies
Rating: out of 5
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FROM THE DARK (2014)
From the Dark Reviewed: 01 October 2015
 

‘From the dark’ is a vampire-survival horror from ‘Stiches’ director Conor McMahon and released by Dark Sky Films.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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HADES (SHORT) (2014)
Hades (Short) Reviewed: 01 October 2015
 

From writer/director Kevin Kopacka comes this beautifully crafted and very visually striking horror short. What begins as something likened to a Lana Del Ray music video soon descends into a very interesting and experimental cinematic experience which follows M on her suffering through various stages of her relationship represented by the five rivers of Hades.

Reviewer: Steven Davies
Rating: out of 5
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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (TV) (2015)
Fear The Walking Dead (TV) Reviewed: 03 September 2015
 

Fear The Walking Dead is AMC’s spin off from the ever popular The Walking Dead. However, as critically acclaimed as The Walking Dead is, it is not without fault or criticism. Even though I am a fan of the show I myself found the pacing issues of the last series very cumbersome and slow, which was also the same for the series before. In my opinion most of the episodes could have been combined after each of the mid-season breaks rather than dragged out in the way that they were. In spite of this I tried to approach this new spin-off with an open mind.

Reviewer: Wayne Sprigg
Rating: out of 5
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THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014)
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Reviewed: 28 August 2015
 

In Texarkana, a Halloween screening of the 1976 film “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” ends in a hooded killer attacking a young couple and killing the male (Spencer Treat Clark). The girl (played by Addison Timlin) decides to take it upon herself to uncover the identity of the killer. Did I mention that in this film’s plot, the original 1976 “Town” was based on true events that happened to Texarkana years before? So, is the killer the same person from long ago, or someone inspired to kill in the name/memory of the original killer? Gary Cole, Joshua Leonard, and Ed Lauter play local lawmen, Anthony Anderson is a Texas Ranger (!), Veronica Cartwright plays Timlin’s concerned grandmother, and Edward Herrmann is the useless town preacher.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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ZOMBEAVERS (2014)
Zombeavers Reviewed: 28 August 2015
 

Two idiot truck drivers hauling toxic waste have an accident with a deer, some of the waste gets accidentally dumped into a local river and voila! Zombeavers. Cut to three young ladies (Lexi Atkins, Rachel Melvin, and Cortney Palm) on a getaway in a cabin in the woods. Although this is meant to be a girls only trip, three dopey guys (Peter Gilroy, Hutch Dano, and Jake Weary) turn up as well. The Zombeavers are nearby, rabid, and very, very hungry. Rex Linn plays a local hunter-type who tries to help out, whilst Brent Briscoe plays another local yokel.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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SINISTER 2 (2015)
Sinister 2 Reviewed: 28 August 2015
 

In the original Sinister, crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves his family to a new home so he can work on his latest project. He’s writing a book on a terrible crime and unbeknownst to the rest of his family they’re living on the most recent murder site. He discovers the killings are ritualistic and all clues lead to sightings of an ancient deity called Bughuul (or Bughul, Mr.Boogie). Ellison discovers a box of 8mm films in the loft, each movie depicts a different family murder and in each case one of the children is revealed as the killer before going missing. As Ellison uncovers the terrifying facts about Bughuul, he removes his family to their old house but these sets off the final motion in Bughuul’s chain of events leading Ellison and his family to be murdered by their youngest daughter with a very sharp axe.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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INFERNAL (2015)
Infernal Reviewed: 24 August 2015
 

Infernal follows young couple Nathan and Sophia as they welcome their first child, Imogene shortly after their wedding (which itself takes place shortly after they move in together). The pair suspect something is wrong when their daughter begins acting strangely and spooky goings on start happening in their home.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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SCREAM (TV) (2015)
Scream (TV) Reviewed: 24 July 2015
 

I’ll start this review by saying I’m a huge Scream fan. I grew up with the franchise, watching the first Scream when I was 11 years old. I watched it so many times that I wore out the videocassette rental from Blockbuster video. The store even called my mom to check on the VHS and when it would be returned. I love Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley, Gale Weathers. I even love Ghostface and his/ her many incarnations. The franchise is a totem of the horror genre.

Reviewer: Nicole Bird
Rating: out of 5
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GIRLHOUSE (2014)
GirlHouse Reviewed: 20 July 2015
 

Don’t let the trashy neon UK cover art fool you, Girlhouse may be going straight to DVD in this country but it’s one of the best horror movies I’ve seen so far this year.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown
Rating: out of 5
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WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1968)
Witchfinder General Reviewed: 16 July 2015
 

Set in England in the mid-1600s, during the era of Cromwell (Patrick Wymark), Vincent Price stars as the real-life Matthew Hopkins, a brutal and ruthless roaming witch-hunter and supposed Puritan. The film centres on his encounters with supposed heretic priest Rupert Davies and Davies' niece Hilary Dwyer. Hopkins wants to hang Davies for his 'crimes', but Dwyer offers herself to Hopkins instead if he'll spare her uncle's life. Ian Ogilvy plays Dwyer's lover, who is away serving Cromwell on the battlefield while all of this is going on. When he returns to see what has happened, he swears vengeance against Hopkins.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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HEAD (2015)
Head Reviewed: 11 July 2015
 

Those of you who may recall Peter Jackson's rather fun yet equally repugnant dark puppet comedy 'Meet the Feebles' from back in 1989 will be pleased to hear that Elmwood Productions have also bought together a new batch of felt faced friends to entertain you. Writer/director Jon Bristol's horror project 'HEAD' introduces us to a group of young friends who are heading out on a camping trip for the weekend to the remote mountains of New England. Oh and did I mention that it happens to be on the site of Satanic cult murders that took place years before?

Reviewer: Horror Asylum
Rating: out of 5
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AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION (1982)
Amityville II: The Possession Reviewed: 09 July 2015
 

The Montelli family move into the Amityville house, and it’s not long before all manner of unusual things begin to take place. Eventually, a Catholic priest (James Olson) is called upon, but the loutish behaviour of patriarch Burt Young drives him away (‘Coz you wouldn’t want to stop an abusive husband/father from being abusive, right?). Eldest son Jack Magner seems to act out, seducing his own sister (Diane Franklin) and exhibiting other more violent behaviour, thus Olson begins to suspect something more otherworldly demonic is at play.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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JURASSIC WORLD (2015)
Jurassic World Reviewed: 25 June 2015
 

It’s been 22 years since a group of plucky individuals were test subjects for a new amusement park containing the world’s first genetically engineered Dinosaurs. Things didn’t quite go to plan and the park never opened. Cut to the present and Jurassic World, the 4th film in the Jurassic Park franchise brings everything up to date. Jurassic World is the rebranded park that has now been open to the public for several years. In a bid to woo a fast-bored public, the genetic engineers are creating hybrid creatures that are bigger, stronger, faster etc… What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything for park controller Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) she’s a frosty uptight career woman with a head for heights and a bod for demanding genetically modified dinosaurs that will escape, chase her and tear her blouse. If only there were a man around to save her from a fate worse than barren-singledom. Enter Owen (Chris Pratt) a gorgeous park ranger, so gorgeous in fact he can train Raptors, Raptors! The fearsome creatures that would disembowel you with a swift flick of the wrist are now trained puppies and they have names, presenting Flopsy Mopsy, Cotton Tail and Blue.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR (1989)
Bride of Re-Animator Reviewed: 25 June 2015
 

After spending time in Peru as doctors during wartime over there (while conducting controversial experiments on the sly), Dr. Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) and his diabolical associate Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) return home to work as interns at the local hospital from the original “Re-Animator”. The socially awkward West is still ruthless in his pursuit of reanimation of the dead, but this time is interested in re-animated body parts. The idea is to create a whole being made of different people’s body parts to then revive them at the same time. Cain wants nothing to do with this idea, but West has an ace up his sleeve to get Cain on board: The new re-animated corpse will feature the heart of Cain’s deceased love, Megan (The piecemeal corpse, when fully assembled, is played by Kathleen Kinmont). Flies in the ointment here come in the form of a dogged police lieutenant (played by Claude Earl Jones), who has a personal beef to settle after his wife was turned into a zombified corpse, and bizarro Dr. Graves (Mel Stewart), who has found some leftover re-animation fluid, as well as stumbling on a certain severed head (David Gale).

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
Rating: out of 5
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UNDER THE SKIN (2013)
Under the Skin Reviewed: 21 June 2015
 

Under the Skin is the latest from director Jonathan Glazier and stars Scarlett Johansson. The film opens with a series of abstract images. A woman’s voice repeats words over and over, gradually forming the English Language. The shapes become more recognisable, a human eye. A biker picks up the body of a dead young woman from a ditch. He puts her body in a white van. In a white void, a naked young woman undresses the corpse. It is her exact double and she assumes the dead woman’s identity. This is Laura, a mysterious alien. She takes to the streets of Edinburgh in a white van and catches the attention of various young men. She takes them to her derelict home and they are never seen again.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (2015)
Insidious: Chapter 3 Reviewed: 19 June 2015
 

I’m a huge fan of Insidious; I walked out of the first film feeling terrified and exhilaratingly thrilled. The Lipstick-faced Demon scared the hell out of me and I was sure he was hiding in my loo every night for about a month. Then came chapter two picking up directly where the first film left off. I was so disappointed leaving the cinema, it had become a bit of a disjointed, what with all the time travel and revisiting scenes from the first film and explaining them in minute detail. I have to say I’ve watched Chapter 2 on DVD since and enjoyed it a lot more, perhaps without the weight of expectations from my love of the original I was able to enjoy the fun bits and skip the ending. This is kind of how I feel about Chapter 3. It sits between the two in terms of quality and I have a feeling I’ll be watching it again when it comes out on DVD/Netflix

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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AREA 51 (2015)
Area 51 Reviewed: 10 June 2015
 

Writer/director Oren Peli returns to the director's chair for new alien based found footage thriller 'Area 51'. Hot on the heels of 'Alien Abduction' and 'Extraterrestrial' this new alien-themed feature once more attempts to give us some close encounter scares and thrills but sadly misses the mark entirely. A group of young conspiracy theorists plan a trip to the mysterious military base Area 51 to try and unlock the secrets of this highly classified government location. Aside from the fact that Area 51 itself has been the subject of many sci-fi horrors to date there is a great deal more here that's uninspiring simply than just the overused backdrop.

Reviewer: Steven Davies
Rating: out of 5
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LOST RIVER (2014)
Lost River Reviewed: 03 June 2015
 

Having enjoyed Ryan Gosling in ‘Only God forgives’ and a being a big fan of Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks I was intrigued by the mysterious and beautiful trailer for ‘Lost River’. Lost River is the directorial debut of A-list actor Ryan Gosling and received its premiere at Cannes. The film was getting mostly 2 star scathing reviews, could it be that bad with a trailer that good? Yes is the answer.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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