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…

Alien: Covenant 2017

Look, if you are one of the seemingly endless amounts of people who didnĀ“t like Prometheus then I can tell you now you are probably not going to Alien: Covenant either. This is because no matter what the title or poster suggests, this is very much the film set after Prometheus rather than the film…

The Faculty 1998

The nineties were not a good period for horror movies. The crazy asthetic of the 1980s had given way to sown thing a bit more sensible but also duller. There was no movement like the slasher or the Italian shocker. The masters of horror were either going off the boil or had given up working…

Harbinger Down 2015

Let’s face facts here, the 2011 version of The Thing was a failure in a multitude of ways that I’ve already wittered on about but of course the biggest tragedy was that the practical effects were mostly hidden or not used at all. In response to this travesty the company behind those effects, Amalgamated Dynamics,…

The Thing 2011

You know they’re making Bladerunner 2 right? Can you hear that sound? It’s a million cinephiles slapping their heads in frustration at the stupidity of it. If there is a glimmer of hope with making a sequel to that seminal sci-fi classic it’s that the director Denis Villeneuve (who’s filmography is rather great) said he’s…

The Thing From Another World 1951

The first thing (er…) you have to remember when watching The Thing From Another World is that it really does seem like a film from another world itself. Much of the language of cinema has changed so much in the past sixty four years since it was released that if you go in to The…

Tales of Halloween 2015

Here in the Queen’s country we don’t really don’t celebrate Halloween as much as our American cousins do. We think it’s all a bit crass and uncouth. Trick or treating is even worse as it seems like a desperate attempt to get money of strangers and we’d never been caught dead begging. Of course we’re…