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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
 
 

Annabelle, the freaky looking doll-with-a-demon from James Wan’s The Conjuring gets her very own spin-off movie. I really enjoyed The Conjuring so does Annabelle have the same appeal? Set in 1969 with the Manson murders as a backdrop ‘Annabelle’ opens similarly to The Conjuring with the same footage of two Nurses talking about sinister goings on since they received the doll as a gift. This is based on the real life story of ‘Annabelle the doll’ from the case-book of real life ghost hunters and Demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren.

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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PRANK (SHORT) (2014)
Prank (Short) Reviewed: 01 October 2014
 
 

Shriekfest 2014 Preview – International Premiere With ambitious style Alex Weight’s Prank is a tale of supernatural vengeance amidst the hustle and bustle of Halloween night as trick or treaters invade the streets of a leafy suburb. Among them are three boys, perhaps a little old for the usual holiday fun, who have one particular call they want to make; to an old friend who will definitely not be expecting them and may not be entirely pleased when he opens the door. Prank is a witty short film that builds toward a finale that is both surprisingly original and chillingly merciless.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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SKYPEMARE (SHORT) (2013)
Skypemare (Short) Reviewed: 01 October 2014
 
 

Shriekfest 2014 Preview - Adding to the growing trend of chat room based horror films Skypemare draws on the best of this growing sub-genre to deliver an unsettling comedic finale to a short tale that preys on all our fears. Alison (Cerina Vincent) is chatting with her best friend Jenna (Annika Marks) over Skype on Halloween night, brooding over the fact she is home alone following boyfriend troubles and consoling herself with wine and pizza. When she witnesses what she believes to be an intruder in her friend’s home events inevitably spiral with bloody and brutal results.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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ALICE D (2014)
Alice D Reviewed: 01 October 2014
 
 

Shriekfest 2014 Preview - Creating genuine chills in low budget independent films is a tough challenge and one that many filmmakers have struggled to successfully overcome. With Alice D however, writer and director Jessica Sonneborn has done just that through clever use of traditional horror imagery and simple but engagingly unsettling effects. In 1890 the Davenport mansion is in use as a house of ill-repute, with the brutal owner (horror legend Kane Hodder) ruling through a blend of violence and intimidation.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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LIFE AFTER BETH (2014)
Life After Beth Reviewed: 26 September 2014
 
 

The course of true (undead) love ne'er did run smooth! Boy meets girl, girl dies and comes back to life, boy tries to make sure everyone lives happily ever after...during a zed-apocolypse.

Reviewer: Nina Romain
Rating: out of 5
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HUNGERFORD (2014)
Hungerford Reviewed: 26 September 2014
 
 

The relative age and experience of a filmmaker should have no bearing at all on how a film is received or appraised. With Hungerford however it is impossible to ignore the fact that Drew Casson, who co-wrote, and also directs and stars in the documentary-style horror, is only 19 years old. In his debut feature he has demonstrated an understanding and passion for the genre that is sadly missing from many films you will see.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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TIME LAPSE (2014)
Time Lapse Reviewed: 25 September 2014
 
 

When three friends discover a mysterious camera that has the ability to take photographs exactly 24 hours into the future, they are torn between moral responsibility and greedy curiosity. Inevitably, as artistic and financial aspirations win out, they are plunged into a spiral of suspicion and paranoia that pressurises their relationships as true natures are revealed.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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THE BOXTROLLS (2014)
The Boxtrolls Reviewed: 24 September 2014
 
 

In the posh Victorian-era town of Cheesebridge the residents live in fear from a dark threat lurking beneath the paving stones of the town. At least that’s what the evil Archibald Snatcher (Voiced by Ben Kingsley); pest exterminator would have you believe. If he can exterminate all of the town’s terrors he’ll receive the coveted White Hat and be able to join the esteemed Lord Portley-rind and his council of cheese lovers. In reality these evil-lurkers are the harmonious and sweet Boxtrolls.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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UNEASY LIES THE MIND (2014)
Uneasy Lies The Mind Reviewed: 24 September 2014
 
 

Claiming to be the first narrative feature shot entirely on an iPhone Uneasy Lies The Mind is a film that requires the viewer to pay extremely close attention at all times. The premise appears to be a very simple one; four friends gather at Peter (Jonas Fisch who also co-wrote the piece) and Julie’s luxurious home for a dinner party. After the consumption of quite impressive amounts of drink and drugs secrets begin to emerge but the question is: whose secrets are they?

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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WHITE SETTLERS (2014)
White Settlers Reviewed: 24 September 2014
 
 

There is an inherent fear in all of us concerning the invasion of our personal space and it is this relatable terror that is at the very heart of White Settlers, the new film from Simeon Halligan and Not a Number Productions. The thought that our home, somewhere we should feel at our most safe and secure, could become something altogether more sinister is one that festers in the dark during long, sleepless nights.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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OPEN WINDOWS (2013)
Open Windows Reviewed: 23 September 2014
 
 

There is a point in Nacho Vigalondo’s new feature Open Windows when potentially fading interest is rejuvenated. For much of the first act this is a somewhat plodding tale of suppressed voyeurism as competition winner Nick (Elijah Wood) is tricked into spying on famous actress Jill (Sasha Grey) after she apparently cancels the dinner which was to be his competition winner’s prize. As he follows the “forced” instructions from the mysterious Chord (Neil Maskell) however the film becomes much more interesting, developing from simple cyber stalking into something much more sinister.

Reviewer: John Townsend
Rating: out of 5
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THE GUEST (2014)
The Guest Reviewed: 10 September 2014
 
 

The Guest is the latest film from director Adam Wingard and the team that brought you the home-invasion killer-thriller ‘You’re Next’ and surreal horror ‘Pop-Skull’ The Peterson family open their door the mysterious, handsome David (Dan Stevens) into their home. They are still grieving from the death of their son Caleb on duty in Afghanistan. David claims to be on a mission of the heart, with a personal message for each of the family from Caleb. Before he can say Bingo, David has been welcomed into the house with open arms and an open ended visa to the family’s life.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)
Carnival of Souls Reviewed: 03 September 2014
 
 

I remember as a child staying to watch Carnival on late night TV in the late 80s. It caught me with its striking monochrome photography, classic style, creeping atmosphere and eerie organ score. It has stayed with me ever since.

Reviewer: Richard Mansfield
Rating: out of 5
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