horror

  • The more ‘Things’ change: More Horror, Homage and Heart in Hawkins…

    Summers change everything and when Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) returns from summer-camp, boasting of a new love, he’s somewhat disappointed to find that the romances between Eleven (Mille Bobby Brown) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Max (Sadie Sink) and Lucas (Caleb McLoughlin) seem to be demanding much of their time...
  • Oh, the horror! Bloody Bananas split the difference?

    For those of a certain age, there are likely fond but likely incredibly surreal memories of an American television show called The Banana Splits (technically, ‘The Banana Splits Adventure Hour‘) which was originally broadcast between 1968 and 1971. Though hard to explain, it was essentially a mixture of live-action...
  • Bespoke and mirrors… ‘Us’ has more than face value…

    In 1986, young Adelaide strolls off from her parents while visiting a beachside funfair at Santa Cruz and finds herself entering a rundown funhouse, complete with a chamber of mirrors that don’t seem to be showing quite what they should.  When her parents finally find her, she refuses to...
  • Hallowed Grounding: #TimesUp for Michael Myers?

    Forty years ago, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was the only survivor of a horrific massacre as Michael Myers turned the holiday of Hallowe’en into a buzzword for bloody murder. Though her physical scars healed, the mental ones did not and she always believed that the almost supernaturally-empowered figure...
  • The Nun: Not with a bang but a wimple…

    The Conjuring franchise, the horror mythology loosely (sometimes very loosely) taking its cues from real people and events,  has had its ups and downs, including the main films, the Annabelle spin-off and now an origin story of sorts with The Nun. So far the franchise has been a mixture...
  • ‘Slenderman’ horror offers slim pickings…

    Wren (Joey King), Hallie (Julia Goldani Telles), Katie (Annalise Basso) and Chloe (Jaz Sinclair) decide to up the ante by exploring the internet phenomena known as ‘Slenderman’ but it’s a decision they quickly regret. When one of them goes missing, the others start to realise that whatever took her...
  • Waking the Dread: Hereditary’s family fears…

    Annie Graham (Toni Collette)  is an artist who lives with her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) and family in a luxurious multi-story house, an idyllic rural setting. Their lives are less comfortable emotionally – especially with the recent loss of Annie’s mother, the matriarchal Ellen who was known for her...
  • Nailed it. Silence is golden for ‘A Quiet Place’…

    A group of people slowly make their way around the ramshackle remains of a small city store – its staff, inhabitants and a majority of its stock now long gone. It’s soon clear that this isn’t some opportunistic theft, but a family on the wrong side of something recent...
  • Winchester: Old school horror gets a realty check…

    Compromised and soon-to-be-impoverished psychiatrist Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is beginning to wonder whether his own addictions may have been the downfall of an otherwise respected career but he is approached to evaluate the mental state of Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), the widow of the man who created the famous...