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Stoker - A Review by Lisa

Stoker is one of those films that seems to divide people on what genre it belongs in and whether or not it's a truly good film. Some call it horror, while others call it a mystery/thriller. I find it to be a really wonderful throwback to the time when Alfred Hitchcock knew how to keep us on the edge of our seats. Since Mr. Hitchcock is readily accepted into the world of horror, I like to include Stoker in it as well.
Directed by Chan-wook Park of "Oldboy" infamy, Stoker is a quiet, gorgeous piece of film. We are introduced to India (Mia Wasikowska) on her birthday while she excitedly searches for her yearly gift. Found in a tree, it's a perfect white box with a perfect yellow ribbon. Inside of the yellow tissue paper, India finds only a key. Up until this birthday, India has always received a new pair of saddle shoes. Unfortunately, she will not receive her shoes and she will not see her father return home, either.


At her father's funeral, India notices a well…

Byzantium - Review by Lisa

Director Neil Jordan returns to the vampire genre with a little gem titled "Byzantium".
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The story of Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) it's a gorgeous, dreamy fairy tale. Leaning more towards the Grimm fairy tales, this is the story of two female vampires on the run from a mysterious group of men. As the story unfolds, we learn that Clara has been alive for hundreds of years and her only goal is to keep Eleanor safe from harm. Knowing nothing but the world's oldest profession, Clara quickly finds refuge in a deserted guesthouse, Byzantium, and quickly starts up her own brothel, rescuing the girls from the streets. Eleanor, on the other hand, lives a life of solitude until she meets Frank. The two bond quickly and Eleanor writes the story of her and Clara in order to share her secret with Frank. Unfortunately, Frank does not believe this grand tale of immortality granted by a secret cave behind a waterfall. He refuses to believe that Eleanor and …

Big Ass Spider - Review by Ryan

Let me start by saying that I have a pathological fear of spiders and watching Big Ass Spider did nothing at all to ease that fear. Every slight itch or breeze of air had me scrambling to make sure it wasn't a spider crawling on me, big ass or otherwise...that being said Big Ass Spider is a heap of fun. 
As the title would suggest the film is about a huge spider running rampant, no great shock there however the film isn't your typical Sharknado style B grade flick, despite its alarmist name. Big Ass Spider is actually both a great monster flick and also a very funny comedy.  
Alex Mathis (Greg Grunberg) is in pest control, when he is bitten by a spider whilst on the job, he ends up at the hospital and, after a mortuary worker gets bitten by something, Alex volunteers to kill the bug. The spider escapes, black-ops teams get involved and all hell breaks loose. 
Grunberg is pitch perfect as bug-killing, lonely guy Alex, he is - as they say - an everyman, someone to whom most people …

UK TV Horror Guide - 18 January 2014

Channel Time Reason for watching Sat 18 Gremlins Gold 9.00 Monsters on humorous kill spree Blue Steel H 9.00 Zoolander horror? Piranha II SM 9.00 Bitey fish bite people. Again. Se7en SG 10.40 Paltrow's head in a box. Yay. The Howling ITV4 11.10 Therapy with werewolves. Or not. Dark Shadows SC 11.35 Depp sucks (not Lone Ranger ref.) Killing Them Softly<