Film Reviews

House On Haunted Hill (1959)
Film Reviews

House On Haunted Hill (1959)

I’ve always had a soft spot for House On Haunted Hill, even before I was familiar with the works of William Castle, a man who found his calling as the master of hype during the late ’50s and early ’60s. He may have used gimmicks to boost the box office of […]

Oculus (2013)
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Oculus (2013)

Mirrors. I’ve never trusted them. Maybe it’s the years that I’ve spent watching horror movies, maybe it’s the fright when I see my own reflection some mornings, but they’ve just always made me slightly edgy. So when I started watching Oculus I knew that it could be an effective horror film […]

Lesson Of The Evil (2012)
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Lesson Of The Evil (2012)

Ahhh, Takashi Miike. He’s quite mad, as I’m sure many people already know. Thankfully, he’s also quite brilliant. Having dabbled in many different genres throughout his career, Lesson Of The Evil is a return to the kind of carnage that has won him an army of fans over the past couple […]

Greatful Dead (2013)
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Greatful Dead (2013)

Nami (Kumi Takiuchi) is a lonely girl. She’s been lonely most of her life, and now spends her time watching other solitary people and keeping a diary of their movements. The latest subject that catches her eye is elderly Mr. Shiomi (Takashi Sasano), but Nami’s viewing experience is tainted when […]

Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2013)
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Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2013)

While it’s the kind of thing that we’ve seen a hundred times before, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla is an impressive film, thanks in no small part to a fantastic central performance from Glenn Maynard, onscreen for almost every scene as hapless ice cream vendor, Warren Thompson. Warren spends his days asking people […]

Bad Neighbours (2014)
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Bad Neighbours (2014)

Who doesn’t love a culture clash comedy, especially when the two cultures clashing consist of lurid fluorescent shot glasses, self-made dildos and violent strobe lighting going up against punishingly high mortgages, breast pumps, spreadsheets and spreading bellies? It’s hardly original but Bad Neighbours proves to be a generally amusing frat […]

Housebound (2014)
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Housebound (2014)

I don’t want to give away too much about Housebound. It’s a horror comedy that manages to dance its way through a number of subgenres in a way quite unlike any other movie I can think of in recent years. The fact that it uses the elements of each subgenre to […]

Killer Legends (2014)
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Killer Legends (2014)

Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills created a fascinating horror documentary a few years ago when they created Cropsey. I was hoping that they would repeat that success with Killer Legends, a documentary about urban legends and what truths, if any, they grew from. Unfortunately, the opening scenes didn’t give me a great […]

The Voices (2014)
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The Voices (2014)

The follow up film from Marjane Satrapi, director of Persepolis is not what you would expect. In one fell swoop she shifts her gaze from biographical animation to screwball, satirical comedy. The Voices sees Ryan Reynolds play Jerry Hickfang, a toilet factory worker who is, unbeknownst to those around him, […]

Frank (2014)
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Frank (2014)

It’s the well-known story, the familiar dream of making it big as a musician and leaving your old, ordinary life far behind. Such is the situation we find Jon in, played by Domhnall Gleeson, an office drone chained to his desk job who is desperately seeking some hallowed musical inspiration; […]