horror

  • 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...
  • Locking down the Insidious key to success… (DVD)

    New Mexico, 1953, and a young Elise Rainier must cope with her ability to see the undead with the regular punishments her abusive father dishes out for each ‘transgression’. When Elise’s mother is killed by something lurking below the house, the family bonds become even more strained and as...
  • ‘Heriditary’ promises scary storeys and familial fears…

    Horror films may be big business but they largely seem to fall into the shocker / slasher category. However the Oscar-nomination for Get Out suggests that audience and pundits appreciate a  psychological story that has a bit more to say or wrong-foots the viewer. The recent Sundance Film Festival...