Haunted-house thrills at the bottom of the ocean in David Twohy’s Below

The distinct smell of B-movie excess comes with David Twohy’s haunted submarine film, but it shouldn’t be likened to such drivel as Ghost Ship and Virus as they don’t even compare to the well-oiled scares and deep-sea suspense of this slick chiller. There’s an assured production...

Review: April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day plays like a toned-down Friday The 13th, gaining its chauvinistic attributes from PG-13-styled sexual innuendo (you know the type where giddy high school girls read "what kind of orgasm does your man give you" from teen market magazines) whilst sticking itself...

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...