Twisted brilliance in Dressed To Kill

Watching the film for the first time you’d be forgiven for questioning whether or not you were viewing a voyeuristic semi-pornographic sex film. The opening scene not only plays with your perception of what is really happening but it throws genre conventions out the window, and...

Review: The Unborn

Oh dear. Poor Odette Yustman has only gone and killed her twin brother with her own umbilical cord. The dead foetus has now come back from the dead as the reincarnated spirit of some other dead twin, and is now hell bent on making Odette’s life miserable. Can Rabbi Gary Oldman...

Review: Cloverfield

I was like many intrigued by Cloverfield's marketing campaign: the unnamed movie with a poster that depicted a decapitated Statue of Liberty. The trailer, which first appeared alongside the release of Transformers during the summer of 2007, showed the home video footage of a...

Review: Ils (“Them”)

Ils (released in the US and UK as Them) sees loved-up couple Clementine (Olivia Bonamy) and Lucas (Michael Cohen) being harassed in their beautiful but secluded countryside home by an unseen but decidedly nasty foe. Directors David Moreau and Xavier Palud premise the...

Review: The Relic

Penelope Ann Miller stars as an evolutionary biologist who, after her colleague goes missing when on the hunt for a mysterious mythical creature named the Kothoga, finds herself at the center of a murder investigation, of which the killer in question decapitates its victims. With...

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...

Review: Death Sentence

It you want to see a movie that so perfectly encapsulates deux ex machina look no further than James Wan's Death Sentence. It's an unoriginal piece of filmmaking that hinges on one of the biggest horror cliches in the book. It's a shame because director Wan definitely has an eye...