Film Review

Film Review

Les Gouffres (2012)

There’s not much I can put here to sugar-coat the pill. I really didn’t like Les Gouffres. Granted, there was a potentially interesting psychological aspect to the whole movie that might appeal to some people, but it didn’t work for me at all. The story concerns a large sinkhole, funnily enough, […]

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Dead Banging (2013)

Aaarrrggghhhh, every year since I’ve started going to Dead By Dawn there’s always one film that I can never find enough information for. I have the bare details, a random selection of names from the cast list, and my own opinion. And that is all. Dead Banging is that movie for […]

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In The Name Of The Son (2012)

A vigilante movie with a difference, In The Name Of The Son is a film with the potential to offend and alienate many viewers. I thought it was pretty great, but it’s undeniably just as discomforting as it is entertaining. Astrid Whettnall plays Elisabeth, a loving wife, a loving mother to […]

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Obvious Child (2014)

When Gillian Robespierre’s directorial debut, Obvious Child, opens with the female lead Donna Stern (played by real-life comedian Jenny Slate) talking about vaginas and farts in her stand-up, you can tell you’re going to get along just fine. Expanded from a 2009 short film by the same name, created by […]

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The Howling (1981)

1981 was a great year for werewolf movies. In fact, you could say that it was the best year for werewolf movies. An American Werewolf In London is one of my favourite movies of all time, and my favourite werewolf movie, but The Howling gives it a good run for its money, […]

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The Wind Rises (2013)

In the world of animation, Hayao Miyazaki is a legend. His fantastical vision has brought us unique gems such as Totoro, forest kodamas and the robots of Laputa, with his simplicity in style making him an icon for generations

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Candyman (1992)

Adapted from the short story by Clive Barker, Candyman is a bit of a modern horror classic. Written and directed by Bernard Rose, it mixes some social commentary, some urban legends and a load of intelligence to create a rich, satisfying, modern horror that also gave audiences a new horror icon. Virginia […]

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Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Yet another delightfully ghoulish (literally) movie from William Castle, Mr. Sardonicus is a real treat for horror fans, thanks to its mean-spirited script, the characters and the way in which the tale unfolds. Ronald Lewis plays Sir Robert Cargrave, a man in the medical profession who is renowned for his positive […]

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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 […]

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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 […]