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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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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
 

Doctors/lovers Mark Duplass and Oliva Wilde head up a research team at a local University, working on reviving brain cells (The team also includes Evan Peters, Donald Glover and documentarian Sarah Bolger). This naturally leads to reviving a dog. It proves successful in terms of re-animation, though some members of the team (mainly Bolger) believe the dog is exhibiting oddly erratic, 'Cujo'-esque behaviour (which wouldn’t have happened if they had chosen a Pug, they’re too dumb and happy to hurt anyone!). And that’s when their whole project gets shut down thanks to an anonymous call to higher-ups. All of their research ends up taken out of their hands by nasty corporate rep Ray Wise (in a one-scene cameo). The solution? A late-night break-in, and starting all over again. This time, however, they’ll record everything on camera. Unfortunately, it’s at this moment that the electricity in the building goes haywire and Wilde is electrocuted.

Reviewer: Ryan McDonald
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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