Wither 2012

Considering what a runaway success, both creatively and financially, the original The Evil Dead was there have been surprisingly few rip offs/homages to it. Even when the horror comedy Cabin in the Woods showed up, as a full stop to the sub genre, what exactly was it lampooning? I guess it was satirising horror conventions…

Misery 1990

Like any artist, successful directors often hit a run where they are at a creative peak and make film after film that are near perfect. John Carpenter is probably the prime example with everything between Assault on Precinct 13 and The Thing being amazing. The Thing’s underperformance undoubtedly had a knock on effect but other…

Friday the 13th Part 2 1981

Apart from the fact that Jason Voorhees has yet to get his infamous hockey mask, Friday the 13th Part 2 is probably the quintessential Friday The 13th movie. Here, the series hasn´t started to feel desperate by adding gimmicks like telekinetic Carrie clones or the island of Manhattan and keeps things pretty straightforward. Teen counsellors…

Beyond Skyline 2017

When Skyline came out in 2010 there was one thing everyone could agree on: they all hated it. I think this was very unfair as people’s reaction seemed to be more about expectations rather than the quality of the film itself. Audiences went in expecting a big budget studio flick and what they got was…

THE GREATS: The Thing 1982

Where do you start with The Thing? As far as I can see the only trouble with The Thing is that there is no trouble at all. It is a perfect film. Perfectly written, acted, shot and  directed. This makes writing about it very difficult indeed. I’m as much as likely to gush all over…

Horror at the Oscars

On Sunday night it seemed so tantalisingly close. Due in part to the Academy’s voting system and part because its a fine film, it looked for one brief moment that Blumhouse’s horror hit Get Out might actually win Best Picture at the 2018 Oscar ceremony. Finally, in its ninetieth year, the Academy Awards were going…

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse 2015

Horror comedies are a tricky prospect for both viewer and film maker. As the thorror genre is always borderline ridiculous at the best of times the idea of laughing at something that is trying to kill you (with big teeth, bad skin and limbs dropping off) seems a natural one. In many ways it must…

Valentine 2001

Okay I get why you would want to release your horror movie set on St Valentine’s day and called Valentine actually on St Valentine’s day. It makes total sense: cash in on that holiday. But surely, unless your horror movie is actually about love (maybe twisted forbidden love like The Shape of Water or doomed…

Fright Night Part 2 1988

The sequel to Fright Night, a bona fide eighties horror classic, is one of those films that has sadly disappeared into the mists of cinematic time. This is mostly due to being caught up in various rights issues but also, bizarrely, being involved in the Jose Menendez murder. It has long been hoped that something…