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The Last Exorcism Part 2 - Review

The Last Exorcism Part II - Review

One of the biggest trends in horror for the past decade or so is the found footage sub-genre and the supernatural sub-genre. It wouldn’t be long before both were combined.  Although ‘The Last Exorcism’ is by no means the proprietor of merging both these sub-genres, I will argue that it is an effective entry into it, although you could specify that it technically is not ‘found’ footage, it is however shot in a documentary style, so we shall refer it to a found footage film. The level of enjoyment I get out of ‘The Last Exorcism’ compared to a film like ‘Paranormal Activity’ would have to be measured on a scale of eating ice cream and having a wasp sting your eyeball, although it does show graphic violence, it also leaves a lot to the imagination.
If found footage is done correctly, it can be a very effective way of shooting a film. I believe that ‘The Last Exorcism’ managed to achieve this quite successfully. Here’s a little confession moment for you al…

HIDDEN GEM: The Last Winter - Review

The Last Winter - Review

As humanity continues to plunder Earth’s resources we have become aware that the planet is a fragile thing. Larry Fessenden’s The Last Winter explores the fragility of the planet and how our actions have damaged it. It is a film that delves into our fear of reprisal for our own wrong doings. However unlike a lot of films that deal with environmental issues, The Last Winter doesn’t assume that we know the root causes for our ecological problems. In fact it highlights the fact that we still know very little about mother nature and this in turn leads the film to ask if we can fully understand the consequences of our actions.

Fessenden presents these ideas in a compelling way. It’s interesting what can be achieved with a low budget, an excellent cast and solid camera work. This is a horror film that is elegantly restrained, more concerned with bizarre events than gore. Atmosphere and a sense of dread are Fessenden’s key tools in creating a satisfying horror.  

2013 Film4 FrightFest: 22nd - 26th August

2013 Film4 FrightFest: 22nd - 26th August

Thursday 22nd August 18:30 - The Dead 2: India - WORLD PREMIERE 21:00 - Curse of Chucky - EUROPEAN PREMIERE 23:15 - You're Next - LONDON PREVIEW
Friday 23rd August 10:15 - The Dyatlov Pass Incident - UK PREMIERE 12:30 - Dementamania - WORLD PREMIERE 16:15 - Hatchet III - UK PREMIERE 18:45 - Haunter - UK PREMIERE 21:15 - V/H/S 2 - UK PREMIERE (Read our review) 23:30 - 100 Bloody Acres - UK PREMIERE (Read our review)
Saturday 24th August 10:30 - The Hypnotist - UK PREMIERE 13:15 - Frankenstien's Army - ENGLISH PREMIERE 15:30 - Hammer Of The Gods - UK PREMIERE 18:00 - No One Lives - UK PREMIERE 18:00 - R.I.P.D - UK PREMIERE 23:30 - Cheap Thrills - ENGLISH PREMIERE
Sunday 25th August 10:15 - Missionary - EUROPEAN PREMIERE 12:40 - In Fear - PREVIEW 18:45 - The Conspiracy + 666 Short Cuts To Hell Competition - UK PREMIERE 21:10 - The Last Days - UK PREMIERE 23:30 - I Spit On Your Grave 2 - UK PREMIERE
Monday 26th August 11:30 - Dark Touch - UK PREMIERE 13:3…

A Retrospective look at Peter Jackson: The Days of Horror

A Retrospective look at Peter Jackson: The Days of Horror
When someone mentions the name ‘Peter Jackson’ the first thought that usually comes to one’s mind is “The Lord of The Rings” and “The Hobbit” or “that really really long King Kong remake”, but many people actually forget where Jackson started off. 

Peter Jackson’s first feature length film was a New Zealand based Comedy Horror/Sci-Fi called ‘Bad Taste’ in 1987.  The film revolved around the disappearance of the population of a small town, which is replaced by aliens who chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.  Compared to the genre and tone of ‘The Lord of The Rings’, it is fair to say similarities between the two are pretty slim, but we must remember that Sam Raimi started off by giving us the wonderful gift of ‘The Evil Dead’ before going on to direct the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise and Disney’s ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’; this radical change in genre isn’t uncommon.  ‘Bad Taste’ is obviously a lower budget flic…

Winners of the "Friday The 14th" poster competition

Winners of the "Friday The 14th" poster competition

A couple of weeks ago we held a poster design competition, here are the winners:

by Steven Jefferson (@SteJay)
by Dan Butcher (@VanguardComic)

Many thanks to all the others who entered! And congratulations to Steven and Dan!

Maniac (2013) - Review

Maniac Review

Maniac directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2) makes its own name for itself despite being a remake of the 1980s William Lustig film. There are nods to the original but with some tweaking of the story by horror duo Aja Alexandre and Gregory Levasseur, a great casting decision and directorial flashes this remake sets it apart from its predecessor.
Frank (Elijah Wood) is the owner of a mannequin store that restores old mannequins; he also stalks and kills women.  When Frank meets a photographer Anna (Nora Arnezeder) who takes an interest in his work, Frank’s urge to kill comes into to direct conflict with his urge to be with someone.
Maniac takes place in Frank’s world, a world not unlike Travis Bickle’s world in Taxi Driver. It is sleazy, dank and depressing. From the very first camera shot to the last this is Frank’s place and he is just letting us in for a peak. The decision to shot the film from a mostly point of view style (I say mostly but I’ll get to that later) of Frank cert…

V/H/S 2 - Review

V/H/S 2  Review

Off the back of the sometimes awesome, sometimes average V/H/S comes V/H/S 2. A brand new bunch of horror shorts that are on the whole, better than their predecessor with a better framing story around the short films. Everyone remembers the anthology films of the past and kudos to the people behind the V/H/S series for bringing this format back into view.
The film starts with a framing story of two private investigators working on a missing student case. The P.I’s break into the students house and they find a stack of VHS tapes, which one of them starts to watch as the other searches the house.
The short films inside of the framing story are: Clinical Trials directed by Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett – A man (Adam Wingard) gets a robotic eye and starts seeing ghosts. A Ride In The Park directed by Gregg Hale and Eduardo Sanchez – A story about a zombie apocalypse, from the point of view of the zombie. Safe Haven directed by Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto – A documentary cr…

Evil Dead (2013) - Review

Evil Dead (2013) Review

When it comes to horror remakes, they are always delivered with the same sigh of disappointment, and the odd comment about “Hollywood running out of ideas”.  I never saw the point in rebooting the classics, surely it makes more sense to reboot films that had potential but flopped, giving someone else a chance to improve something that could have been great, instead of soiling something that was great.  However, it is safe to say that ‘Evil Dead’ doesn’t fall under the category of a Michael Bay produced horror, or a Rob Zombie remake, or just any poor horror remake you can think of.  Instead of being threatened by the hatred towards reboots, it is actually threatened more by the release of ‘Cabin in The Woods’ last year.  It is safe to say that ‘Evil Dead’ follows the clichéd rules of ‘Cabin’ pretty closely, but that isn’t enough to destroy a movie, because sometimes a cliché can be fun, and ‘Evil Dead’ was exactly that; fun. 
After a bloody opening scene, we see…

‘Monsters In The Closet’: An exploration of homosexual/queer themes in horror. - Jozef Hamilton

‘Monsters In The Closet’: An exploration of homosexual/queer themes in horror.

It’s no surprise to anyone that homosexuality is not a theme widely explored within Hollywood and in particular, the horror genre. Sure we have films such as ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’Hellbent’ and ‘The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror’ which heavily identify themselves as catering to the gay demographic of horror films as well as the heterosexual audience, but when you really think about it, how many famous horror films explore themes that academics deem ‘queer theory’? I’m not talking about your obscure bargain bin section film here; I’m referring to both widely known films, and, to an extent, ones that could be referred to as ‘cult classics’ among genre nuts, but very well established within the horror fanbase.
There might be more than you would think and there are a lot of LGBT horror fans, myself included. Some films use the struggle to cope with ones sexuality and identification as a powerful weap…

The Purge - Review

The concept of The Purge is certainly high. It's also an intriguing one. In the near future America has managed to cut all unemployment and homelessness to 1% by suspending all emergency services and legalising all crime for one night a year. In doing so, the hope is that all the grudges, aggravations and pent up feelings can be unleashed without repercussions, turning citizens into happier, more productive people.

What is next for the Horror genre? By Bill Gordon

There’s no denying the popularity in the horror genre, the unusual thrill people get from being scared.  Whether it’s telling ghost stories round a campfire or watching it on the big screen, it’s a strange and popular activity and we can’t get enough of it.  

Horror movies have  been around and forcing viewers to retreat behind cushions or sofas for over 100 years now; starting as early as the 3 minute short film in 1896 by Georges Méliès, ‘Le Manoir Du Diable’, to the well-known unofficial Dracula adaption in 1922, ‘Nosferatu’, by F.W. Murnau.