Reviews

Here’s our review of Ramsey Campbell’s creepy horror, The Wise Friend. By Sarah Lines 05-06-20 32 Author: Ramsey Campbell Publisher: Flame Tree Press Released: Out now Price: £20 Ever thought you saw a shadow move out of the corner of your eye when you were alone? Even if you’re not prone to getting spooked, reading
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We think we understand the fine line Space Force is trying to tread – a balancing tightrope act between ‘charming workplace comedy’ and ‘current political satire’. Unfortunately it’s not quite witty enough for it to be an effective satire and it’s not really funny enough to be a laugh-out-loud comedy either. However, there are certainly
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We review No Signal, the sequel to Jem Tugwell’s Proximity and the latest in the iMe series. By Burt Peterson 04-06-20 1,979 Author: Jem Tugwell Publisher: Serpentine Books Released: Out now Price: £8.99 It has been a year since the events of Jem Tugwell’s first book in the iMe series, Proximity, and for Detective Inspector
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Centring on the idea that if someone is killed in a fit of a rage, the act curses the house it takes place in and leaves anyone who enters it mad, murderous and suicidal (in turn, making their own home a new site of infectious evil), Nicolas Pesce’s The Grudge bends Takashi Shimizu’s mythology to
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Is Reborn electrifying or is it a shocker? Find out with our crackling review… By Rachael Harper 26-05-20 246 Certificate: 15 Director: Julian Richards Cast: Barbara Crampton, Michael Paré, Kayleigh Gilbert Distributor: Jinga Films Sixteen years after suffering a stillbirth, actress Lena O’Neill (played by Barbara Crampton – Re-Animator) is (obviously) surprised to find the
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The battle of the ages are well underway with Richard Bates Jr’s Killer Instinct. By Rachael Harper 20-05-20 735 Certificate: 15 Director: Richard Bates Jr Writer: Richard Bates Jr Cast: Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick, Kim Delaney, Hayley Marie Norman We’re sure we’ve all been there: that need to get away from it all and find
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A powerless Superman? A band of superheroes who can’t save the day? Just what’s going on in DC’s latest animated movie Justice League Dark: Apokolips War? By Rachael Harper 15-05-20 64 Certificate: 15 Director: Matt Peters (co-director), Christina Sotta (co-director) Writer: Ernie Altbacker, Mairghread Scott Cast: Roger Cross, Rosario Dawson, Christopher Gorham, Jerry O’Connell, Matt
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Microphones at the ready! We review Alexandra Serio’s ASMR-based short horror. By Katherine McLaughlin 12-05-20 488 Released: 20 May Director: Alexandra Serio Cast: Alexandra Serio Distributor: Vimeo Tingle Monsters is being touted as the first ASMR horror… though that may not be necessarily true, with any Giallo film or indeed Peter Strickland’s meta-giallo, Berberian Sound
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Here’s our review of Brett and Drew T. Pierce’s supernatural horror, The Wretched. By Katherine McLaughlin 12-05-20 2,435 Certificate: 15 Director: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce Cast: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones Distributor: Vertigo Releasing There’s a smart concept about the anxiety that oozes out of teenage boys when it comes to the divorce
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We review Disney+’s first live action Star Wars series. By Nick Drew 04-05-20 669 Certificate: PG Creator: Jon Favreau Cast: Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Rio Hackford, Gina Carano Distributor: Disney+ With the Skywalker saga drawing to a divisive conclusion with The Rise Of Skywalker, there’s a weight of expectation around Disney+’s first live action Star
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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge is a flawless victory. By Rachael Harper 30-04-20 150 Certificate: 18 Director: Ethan Spaulding Cast: Joel McHale, Grey Griffin, Jennifer Carpenter Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Running Time: 80 minutes Once in every generation, a great tournament between the realms takes place that will ultimately determine the fate of Earth.
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Jeff Barnaby’s first-of-its-kind Indigenous zombie thriller crams in broken families, gore and constitutional statements. By Rachael Harper 29-04-20 3,269 Director: Jeff Barnaby Writer: Jeff Barnaby Cast: Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck Running Time: 97 mins Written and directed by Jeff Barnaby, Blood Quantum reveals two days in the lives of the Indigenous people in
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We review the English-language debut of Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, The Other Lamb. By Josh Slater-Williams 26-03-20 1,258 Director: Malgorzata Szumowska Writer: C.S. McMullen Cast: Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, Denise Gough, Kelly Campbell, Eve Connolly, Isabelle Connolly, Ailbhe Cowley Distributor: MUBI Running Time: 97 mins If you like this, try… The Invitation Michiel Huisman also
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Takashi Shimizu, the director and co-writer (with Daisuke Hosaka) of Howling Village (Inunaki-mura), will always, along with Hideo Nakata (Ring, 1998; Dark Water, 2002) and Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, 2001), belong to the pantheon of J-horror filmmakers. This comes down to Shimizu’s auteurist rôle at the centre of one of this subgenre’s most famous and influential
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“Welcome to the circle” is a recurring utterance in writer/director David Fowler’s debut feature of the same name. These words are addressed to anybody finding their way into an isolated woodland community whose few residents – Rebekah (Cindy Busby), Lotus Cloud (Heather Doerksen), Sky (Andrea Brooks) and Mathew (Michael Rogers) – are clearly the wide-eyed
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Every night, a group of ageing American ex-army men from the Vietnam – and in one case the Korean – War gather at dingy VFW Post 2494, run by their fellow soldier Fred Parras (Stephen Graham). Together, they knock back a few drinks, share some old combat stories, and engage in the kind of cameraderie
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As tech company manager Rick Sanders (Austin Lewis) leads his staff in a peppy motivational session at the beginning of Butt Boy, the camera circles to one man who stands out from his co-workers, a craggy island of disconsolate ennui floating in a sea of happy-clappy mirth. Played by the film’s director and (with Ryan
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“I don’t know why I do what I do.” The speaker, Jack (MacLeod Andrews, They Look Like People, The Siren) is going through what might be called an existential crisis. Displaced from his own home by a neighbour’s cockroach infestation, he is having to make his bed wherever he can – and right now, given
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