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…

The Suckling AKA Sewage Baby 1990

Amazon Prime’s horror section is a weird mix of the obvious (Jaws! The Shining! er… Van Helsing?)and the so obscure that it is clearly there just to bulk up the library. However if you keep on digging (and digging and digging) beyond all the unheard of nonsense there are some real gems. The Suckling is…

Death Spa 1989

I understand that there is a never ending desire for a good idea in Hollywood. And that that good idea will hopefully sell tickets by the bucketful. This is why an article in the New Yorker can become a A-List feature or a dance trend can become the next Step Up or Breakin’ 2: Electric…

Orphan 2009

Somehow I had managed to not only miss Orphan upon its release (and the years since)  but also know nothing about it other than the twist at the end that some bastard told me at the time. For some reason killer children movies never get me banging at the door of the local multiplex on…

How did the Upcoming Horror of 2017 turn out?

As I´ve already pointed out horror went down a storm in 2017 but back in January I wrote a preview of some of those films and more. So how did they turn out? Were our hopes and dreams realised, or just dashed across the tarmac with lower intestines dripping down the storm drain? The Autopsy…