As a fan of horror films, you have to sit through an awful amount of disappointment before you find something special. Thankfully this is very much the case for Ari Aster’s feature film debut, Hereditary. This is a film that possesses the ability to give you goosebumps, make your blood run cold and genuinely provide a completely unnerving, unforgettable experience.
Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, The Shape of Water, brings to the screen his own mesmerizing take on the creature feature with his usual captivating visuals and elegant story telling. This is a beautiful yet dark love story about broken people living in a hostile world, about tolerance and finding a connection.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice is an adaptation from Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel by the same name. It’s offers a psychedelic take on the classic detective tale that adds a variety of American subcultures and drugs to the mix. The result is a multi-layered, colorful, hilarious and slightly confusing Californian surf noir that is drenched in an almost hallucinogenic haze of smoke, hustlers and hippies. Continue reading
Off the back of his sensational 2015 debut Tangerine, Sean Baker returns with a joyous and touching childhood adventure, The Florida Project. Set amidst a backdrop of the harsh realities of surviving Motel life, this is a film that is raw, heartfelt, and bursting full of life. Continue reading
The Thing, Directed by the horror master John Carpenter, uses incredibly stunning visuals to build this chilling version of the 1951 classic The Thing from another World. With mind blowing special effects for its time, this is a horrific horror film. It’s one of the goriest and most powerful films made and despite the large amounts of blood, guts and violence, it’s not the gore in this film that causes the sense of dread, it’s the isolation, distrust and fear of the unknown that will keep you biting your nails. There could not be a more remote setting that Antarctica which only adds the fear of being alone and on your own. Continue reading
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…” Blade Runner 2049 is the cinematic marvel that we never knew we needed. Not only is it a great science fiction film but it also manages to earn its right to sit alongside the original iconic classic by delivering a cinematic triumph with its visuals, sounds and story. Continue reading
Evil Dead takes us back to the most iconic cabin in the woods for a contemporay remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 original classic The Evil Dead. Five friends, Mia, David, Olivia, Eric and Natalie, head to a remote cabin in the woods. In the basement they find a mysterious book. Upon reading it, they unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival. Continue reading
The latest Stephen King adaptation of the iconic novel gives a new generation something to be really scared of. IT manages to perfectly blend the adolescent anxieties of a group of youngsters with a horrifying fear manifesting itself as their worst nightmares. It is this dual combination of a coming of age drama with mainstream horror that is the real success to this film. Continue reading
Inspired by a brilliant three minute short film from Andy Muschietti and produced by Guillermo del Toro, comes the haunting fairytale horror of Mama. The story follows Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his partner Annabel (Jessica Chastain) who take on the responsibility for his two little nieces that have been missing for five years after being left to survive on their own in a remote cabin in the woods. However, it isn’t long before they discover that they were not completely on their own after all. Continue reading
Part dramatisation and part historical documentary, Detroit is the true story of a police raid that rocked the city of Detroit for five days in the summer of 1967. It led to one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest and one of the largest RACE riots in United States history. Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the National Guard patrolled the streets, several young African Americans seeking refuge from the violence on the streets at the Algiers Motel now find themselves facing a brutal police interrogation. Continue reading