The History and Influence of Hammer Films

Hammer is remembered today for its horror films, which is to be expected since the genre produced their most iconic films and characters, but is did start out making dramas and comedies, and also period-action films. Horror movies didn’t even register as half their output. As a...

Halloween 1978 versus Halloween 2007

Aside from the great gulf in quality between John Carpenter's classic 1978 slasher and Rob Zombie's post-Scream back-story-cum-remake, the new film couldn't be more different from the original. The original Halloween was a benchmark in horror. It set new standards that would...

Review: The Arbor

I was lucky enough to be invited to a special preview screening of Clio Barnard's debut film chronicling the life of late Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar and her daughter Lorraine. This unique drama-documentary mixes audio...

Analysis Of The Slasher Film

You could look back at the stalk and slash sub-genre of horror cinema (predominately known as 'slasher' film, or 'teen slasher') and cite the book written about serial-psychotic Ed Gein as the root of the genre. Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the book and made the pivotal...

Top 10 things about Back To The Future

With the one week only re-release in UK cinemas of Back To The Future, Top10Films was reminded just how great this fantasy classic remains. Seeing the film on the big screen for the first time was an experience not easily forgotten. And, inspired by the film's theatrical...

Did Steven Spielberg Direct Poltergeist?

Who directed Poltergeist is a question that has been raised many times between fans of the film ever since an article appeared in the L.A. Times in 1982. The article, about a set visit during principle photography, queried whether credited director Tobe Hooper was actually at the...

It wasn’t all a bed of roses between David Lean and his most famous fan Steven Spielberg

Chris Evans of The Independent wrote an article in 2008 entitled: “How Sir David Lean had an epic falling out with Steven Spielberg over the filming of a Conrad novel”. The article, concerning Lean’s great unmade epic Nostromo based on Joseph Conrad’s 1904 novel, told of how...

Lawrence of Arabia: The film that inspired Spielberg

Steven Spielberg’s favourite film is David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. When the film was first released in 1962 Spielberg went to see it at a small theatre in Phoenix, Arizona where he immediately fell in love with the epic tale of T.E. Lawrence. However, as the director explains,...