GENRE BLAST: Things That Go Bump, III – Fantasy

They fracture time and space, reference our libraries of mythology and ethics, and take us far outside – or inside – of our hopes, our dreams and nightmares.

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Family Dysfunction

The Greek and I close out our series of 50 films for Halloween with a heavy dose of family values. Light relief? Not if you consider kidnapping, murder, rape, madness, deviance et al as gratifying. Families often suffer in horror movies, these last 5 of our selections are no different. Frailty (2001) Bill Paxton, God […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Head Fuck

Yes, these are the horror hybrids that have you scratching your head if only you could locate it. From the sublime, the bonkers, to the head-spinning, time-tossing, can’t-believe-your-eyes motion picture experiences you are unlikely to forget. Now, excuse me while I go take a shower, popped some painkillers, and have a lie down. Timecrimes (2007) […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Women Scorned

I’m not here, as a man, to endorse the poor treatment of women, only to scan over how it does form a strong source of some horror stories. These 5 films might just fit into that category, but these women fight right back – with knives, razor-sharp wire, guns, but also with their courage, strong-will, […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Funny That

What do you mean there is nothing funny about a pregnant slasher? Or zombies in a classical literary setting? Or a kind of vampire The Real World? Or severed heads in the fridge? Where the hell is your sense of humor? These 5 “horror” movies blend in wit, satire, back comedy, genuine laughs, and, well, […]

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Frankenstein and The Cinematic Legacy of Man as Creator

It was a “wet ungenial summer” in Geneva when the 18-year-old daughter of a political philosopher and a feminist author suggested to her lover and other acquaintances (including Lord Byron) that they write ghost stories. As a result, this young woman would unleash on the world a tale which terrified and captivated in equal measure. […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Cursed Be

There’s nothing like a possession to disrupt a wedding, or indeed a congregation. Could be supernatural, could be a curse, likely unable to explain all the same. The next 5 films for Halloween carry with the weight of enigma, of body control, of actions outside of the remit of natural human forces. Mother Joan of […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – High Tension

This will not include the movie High Tension that was featured in last year’s Halloween 50, but delivers another 5 films in the same vein that ought to make up some of your binge-watching over the next few days. Entrapment, murder, secrets, deception, danger, outbreaks, twisted folk, that is all here at the very least. […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – I’m A Creep

Multiple personalities. Behaving inappropriately. Getting into someone else’s bed. Wielding an axe. Watching people from afar. Murderous tendencies. Kidnapping girls. What a bunch of creeps. Here are 5 more films for Halloween to creep you out a little. Monsieur Hire (1989) Michel Blanc’s central performance as the Monsieur Hire of the title in Patrice Leconte’s acclaimed […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – There Will Be Blood

To be spilled, to be spattered, to be in excess, to be shimmering even in black and white, to leave an impossible stain on your clothing. Blood is the name of the game with the next 5 films for Halloween, and indeed the driving force of these narratives, be it viral, explicit, for revenge, for […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Oh The Horror

Okay let’s shovel some of the shit out of the way, with a selection of five horror movies we love to hate. Awful writing, terrible acting, ridiculous direction, laughable plots, unsurprising twists. The list goes on, but some of this garbage will have you rolling in the aisles or therapeutically enraged. And for those reasons […]

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The State Of LGBTQ+ Horror

As a gay male who loves watching horror movies, there is one thing that keeps occurring to me. I’ve noticed that there aren’t many horror movies centering around LGBTQ+ people which is not shocking, given the state of queer characters in all genres, yet it is rather unfortunate. One horror film I can think of […]

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Suspiria: A Nightmare Fairytale For Grown-Ups

We’re getting closer to Halloween, and it’s a perfect time to indulge in a wealth of horror films that put you in a suitably spooky mood. One film that perfectly evokes a suitable amount of terror is Dario Argento’s 1977 cult classic Suspiria. Suspiria is both beautiful nightmare and fantastical grown-up fairytale in one jewel-toned […]

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50 Films For Halloween ’17 – Children Of The Revolution

We simply could not resist delving into the horror binge this year, the wife and I, as we hover ever closer to Halloween. The 50 films we kind of showcase here, come in 10 parts, and a mixed bag of genres. They are not all all out horrors, sure, nor are they all classics. All […]

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The Silence Of The Lambs: A Truly Intelligent Blockbuster Horror Film

By Bianca Garner “Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.” These words uttered by Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) in The Silence of the Lambs are a warning to us all. We do not want Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in our heads; but ultimately we become obsessed about him as the film’s narrative unfolds. He […]

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Genre Blast: Things That Go Bump, Part 2 – The Paranormal

Everybody loves the tingle when we know that a protagonist is about to turn the corner and come face to face with his or her demise, when we realize that the sicko’s phone call is “coming from inside the house,” or that maybe some unsettling event is not a dream or an aberration, but reality.

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Ao-terror-oa: Kiwi Filmmakers Bring You 6 Weeks of Horror

For every horror fan, there’s something deliciously fun about Halloween: it’s a chance to indulge in your favourite horror films and check out some potential new favourites. But November 1st hits, the costumes are put away and it’s all over, Rover. This year, however, H2Ow Productions is being your ghoulish fairy godparent and bringing you […]

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Genre Blast: Things That Go Bump, Part One – MONSTERS!!

Monsters have played a key role in our mythology since the first story was shared with the tribe around the safety of a fire, and I expect they will remain the most popular way to allegorize our fears that stem from any phenomenon that has no immediate explanation. And they are great fun, to boot.

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Independent Filmmaker Arthur Egeli Reconstructs A ‘Murder On The Cape’

I knew a little about the true story of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer who was involved in a coastal affair, before being brutally murdered. When I sat down to watch Arthur Egeli‘s film based on those events, Murder on the Cape, I went looking into it even further. The screenplay from Egeli has a […]

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Film Director Oliver Park Talks About On-Screen Scares

The great thing about directors is that they inspire the next generation to create their own films. Horror writer/director Oliver Park is one such example, part of the “new breed” of filmmakers with a passion and talent for horror. Hailing from Bath, England, and now living in London, Oliver Park has had a passion for […]

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