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The Last Days on Mars

9 Apr 20143 stars

An intelligent and engaging sci-fi thriller with strong performances and, oh yes, space zombies

Based on a 1975 short story ('The Animators') by pulp sci-fi author Sydney J Bounds, The Last Days on Mars is directed by Ruairi Robinson and stars Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Johnny Harris and Olivia Williams as members of a team of astronaut…

The Quiet Ones

9 Apr 20142 stars

Hammer's latest horror gets too bogged down in cod-scientific mumbo jumbo

The return of Hammer films has so far been a mixed bag; The Resident was barely released, their Let The Right One In remake flopped, and only period ghost story The Woman in Black hit the mark. The Quiet Ones is another uncertain entry, with journeyman…

Karen Gillan, Vincent Price and William Castle feature in Dead By Dawn 2014

31 Mar 2014

The horror festival will screen a mixture of new releases, short films and established classics

If you’re a fan of horror and all things dark, you’re probably pretty bummed around this time of the year, as April is not an especially spooky month: the clocks have gone forward, giving us sunlight until 8pm or so (at least in theory), and spring has…

Interview: Ted Kotcheff, director of uncompromising Aussie drama Wake in Fright

21 Mar 2014

The claustrophobic drama is experiencing a resurgence after almost 40 years in obscurity

Wake in Fright is a powerful film. Gary Bond plays John Grant, a teacher who gets trapped in 'The Yabba', a rough mining town in the middle of the Australian outback, where he gets dragged into a world of drinking, gambling and violence. 'It's an…

Interview: director Kieran Parker on Nazi zombie horror Outpost III: Rise of the Spetsnaz

21 Mar 2014

'What we liked about it was that it's obviously tongue in cheek with a little sprinkling of reality'

'It's not like we invented Nazi zombies but we were the first of the new batch,' explains Kieran Parker, director of Outpost III, with pride. 'It came from mixing things like Alien with Where Eagles Dare. What we liked about it was that it's obviously…

Video Nasties: Draconian Days

5 Mar 20144 stars

Jake West censorship doc highlights horror's frontline position in our battle for personal freedoms

The second part of director Jake West's history of film censorship in the UK looks at the furore surrounding the issue of 'Video Nasties', resulting in the establishment of the Video Recording Act in 1984. The government stamped down on the lack of…

Wolf Creek 2

5 Mar 20143 stars

John Jarrett stars as a menacing killer in this horror that suffers from odd shifts in tone

If you like brutal, bloody horror, 2005 was a particularly good year. Hostel, Saw II, The Devil's Rejects and a certain Wolf Creek were all released. The latter offered a pleasingly different take, directed by Australian Greg McLean and set in the…

The Sacrament

4 Mar 20143 stars

Ti West's latest lo-fi horror is inspired by the Jonestown massacre

In recent years Ti West has become one of the directors to watch in horror. He's created a succession of low budget films that have been thoughtful, intelligent genre movies. The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers and his segment in V/H/S ('Second…

Almost Human

4 Mar 20143 stars

Solid low budget sci-fi / horror hybrid from first-timer Joe Begos

Horror is one of the few genres that can still have a massive impact even with a limited budget. Evil Dead and Bad Taste are now considered classics of the genre and both directors (Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson respectively) have gone on to become two of…

Killers

3 Mar 20144 stars

A confident and well-made Indonesian/Japanese horror from The Mo Brothers

Following the failure of a major investigation, Indonesian reporter Bayu (Oka Antara) is feeling deeply depressed - the only things that even arouse his attention any more are his estranged family and the online snuff videos created by Japanese serial…

Horror DVD round-up - February 2014

27 Feb 2014

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, Nothing Left to Fear, Skinwalkers, In Fear & Kiss of the Damned reviewed

We’ll start our quick run through some recent horror DVD releases with the first flesh eating virus to have its own franchise. Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Signature) ●● (the third CF movie) is surprisingly entertaining even if the plot doesn’t quite hang…

We Are What We Are

27 Feb 20144 stars

Jim Mickle's horror remake is as much an atmospheric slow burn cannibal film as the original

When you talk about cannibal films people expect the gore and teeth gnashing fury of the exploitation films that shocked the 70s (most of which ended up on the Video Nasties list). And when you talk about horror remakes we’ve come to expect polished but…

Witching and Bitching

27 Feb 20143 stars

Alex de la Iglesia's action-horror-comedy starts well but stumbles halfway through

Cult director Alex de la Iglesia owes a lot to Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn in this fast-paced action-horror-comedy. As with FDTD, Witching and Bitching picks up with a gang of crooks on the run following a heist. Instead of hiding out in a…

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

24 Feb 20143 stars

A maximalist, bewildering giallo horror in the vein of Dario Argento

A maximalist, bewildering horror in the overflowing vein of Dario Argento, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears is part of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's determined attempt to pump new blood into the giallo genre (following 2009's Amer and the…

The House of Him

24 Feb 20143 stars

Rob Florence's ultra-low budget horror is an intriguing treatment of gender and violence in cinema

When considering the term 'low budget' in filmmaking, it's often worth remembering that the term is relative to the industry – even lo-fi legend The Blair Witch Project cost at least $20,000, which is still a trifle more than most of us have down the…

Dead of Night

24 Feb 20145 stars

The 1945 Ealing portmanteau horror is by turns eerie, funny, macabre and utterly chilling

One of the finest horror films ever made and one of the best British films of all time? Grand claims, but this 1945 portmanteau film (here restored for re-release) produced by Ealing Studios and featuring some of their most talented regulars stands the…

FrightFest interviews: Jordan Barker, Joe Begos and Zack Parker

19 Feb 2014

The horror directors behind Torment, Almost Human and Proxy share their thoughts

FrightFest has proved to be one of the most popular events at the Glasgow Film Festival. Year after year the horror faithful gather to watch the latest in shock cinema and 2014's event looks like another masterclass in fear featuring Ti West's latest…

Wake in Fright

14 Feb 20144 stars

A fearsome treatment of Australian cultural identity, masculinity and violence

A fearsome treatment of Australian cultural identity, masculinity and violence, long unseen even in its native land due to the unavailability of a usable print, Wake in Fright has met with renewed praise since being restored from rediscovered negatives…

Interview: horror filmmaker Ti West prepares for FrightFest

14 Feb 2014

The director of The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers is screening his latest, The Sacrament

‘Horror is one of those things I wasn't allowed to see when growing up, so of course I was totally drawn to it. It's like a magic trick, you can experience this feeling of being scared despite being in a totally safe environment,' explains Ti West the…

Only Lovers Left Alive

14 Feb 20144 stars

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star in Jim Jarmusch's anti-vampire, vampire film

Jim Jarmusch has made a career out of subverting the norms of genre filmmaking – indeed, his work is a genre unto itself. After the divisive The Limits of Control, his latest film (which is best described as an anti-vampire vampire film) signals a…

WATCH: The teaser trailer for Scarlett Johansson sci-fi Under the Skin

4 Feb 2014

The film, adapted from the novel by Michel Faber, is directed by Jonathan Glazer

Many modern movie trailers can be accused of giving away too much information, with patrons feeling they no longer need to actually watch the film having witnessed the entire extent of the plot. The latest piece of footage for Michel Faber adap Under…

I, Frankenstein

31 Jan 20141 star

Repetitive CGI battles and lumpen dialogue result in a corpse that shouldn't have been reanimated

There are some stories that reverberate through the ages. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein was first published in 1818 and has since been adapted multiple times in film (most notably with Boris Karloff in 1931) and theatre (including Danny Boyle’s recent…

Devil’s Due

16 Jan 20141 star

A tedious and wholly derivative horror experience from Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett

From poor conception through to shoddy delivery, Devil’s Due is a tedious and wholly derivative horror experience. Co-directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who made their name on one of the V/H/S horror anthology segments, and based on a…

In Fear

12 Nov 20134 stars

Impressive horror debut set in Ireland from Jeremy Lovering

Seeing other people scared is often the scariest thing of all. That’s why found-footage flicks like The Blair Witch Project still unnerve. For his feature debut, an impressive, immersive chiller, TV director Jeremy Lovering filmed his two lead actors…

Interview: Kick-Ass star Chloë Grace Moretz on the remake of Brian De Palma's Carrie

7 Nov 2013

'I had Julianne Moore and I had Kimberly Peirce... It was like a bunch of sisters in one room'

If the first thought you had on hearing that Brian De Palma's iconic horror movie, Carrie, was being remade was, 'Please, don't do it,' you weren't alone. Even the movie's star, Chloë Grace Moretz, admits that this news initially made her spine tingle…