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…

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…

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…

Happy Death Day 2017

The eighties brought about the high concept movie with such nonsense as Schwarzenegger and Delete Vito as Twins or Eddie Murphy saving the world and The Golden Child or Tom Cruise making a Cocktail* ( obviously the stakes varied wildly from concept to concept). A lot of these films don’t stand up to much critical…

47 Meters Down 2017

I´d better admit right from the get go that for about eleven years I had a recurring dream where I was being eaten alive by a shark. Sometimes this varied to an alligator but the upshot is that I get very worked up about big water-based monsters trying to eat people. I recently came back…

Super Dark Times 2017

2017 has certainly been the year of the nostalgic teenage horror movie. Stepehn King´s It and season 2 of Stranger Things have been the big hitters but now there is also Super Dark Times. It is more grounded in realism but it still captures the awful, perilous period of youth where childhood slips away to…

Prevenge 2016

  It’s hard out there for actors. I know we all think of the Hollywood stars swanning about in their luxury trailers with personal trainers as best mates, but that is a tiny decimal point of a percentage of thespians. The rest of them are caught in a relentless series of auditions, or no auditions…