Demonic

Horror in the House: FrightFest 2015 Preview

First published by Little White Lies, in anticipation both of the Film4 FrightFest 2015, and of the focus on domestic dread in the (then) forthcoming Crimson Tide issue of LWLies. Includes reviews of: The Diabolical, We Are Still Here, Pod, Hangman, Slumlord (aka 13 Cameras), The Shelter, Estranged, Demonic (aka James Wan’s Demonic), AfterDeath, Emelie Whether…

Night of the Living Deb (2015)

First published by TwitchFilm “It seems sort of like a zombie apocalypse!”, observes Deb Clarington (Maria Thayer), quickly assessing the situation around her and unhesitantly taking appropriate action where so many other heroes and heroines in this genre spend half their film just working out what’s what. Not that her savviness always pays off. “You…

Estranged

Estranged (aka January) (2015)

Estranged (aka January) first published by Little White Lies When we first encounter January (Amy Manson) – named for the Roman god of doors, beginnings and transitions – she is on a Brazilian motorcycling trip with her boyfriend Callum (Simon Quarterman) and fleetingly free, having six years earlier severed all ties with her past. Yet an accident…

AfterDeath

AfterDeath (2015)

AfterDeath first published by Little White Lies Like After Life (1998) or Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006), Gez Medinger and Robin Schmidt’s directorial debut AfterDeath makes no bones about the fact that it is set is a limbo between life and whatever comes next, as five of the recently departed find themselves washed ashore on a heath…

Sand

The Sand (2015)

The Sand first published by TwitchFilm The morning after a night of hardy partying on a secluded beach, several co-eds awaken not just to the usual hangovers, erotic regrets, post-prank headaches and relationship recriminations, but also to the realisation that all their other friends have mysteriously vanished, and that, beneath the sand that surrounds them,…

Hate

Some Kind Of Hate (2015)

Some Kind of Hate first published by TwitchFilm After finally standing up for himself against a vicious bully, troubled teen Lincoln (Ronen Rubinstein) is sent to a New Age reform school in the Californian desert, where he is quick to find himself the target of further bullying. In a moment of frustrated anger, he accidentally summons…

Diabolical

The Diabolical (2015)

First published by Little White Lies “Not again.” This opening line – coming after the camera has reeled unnaturally (POV-style) through a darkened house, after electrical devices have started and stopped of their own accord, after there has been an eerie flash of light and a pen has moved across a table by itself –…

Fare

Night Fare (2015)

Night Fare first published by TheHorrorShow “There are no deadlines that never come due, no debts never paid.” This motto is displayed in the rear of a Parisian black cab for its passengers to read. “Scary, huh?” comments Luc (Jonathan Demurger), a local drug dealer showing his old Mancunian friend Chris (Jonathan Howard) a night…

standing

Last Girl Standing (2015)

First published by TheHorrorShow With an opening sequence in which Camryn (Akasha Villalobos) turns the tables on deer-masked ritual killer ‘the Hunter’ and survives a woodlands killing spree that has left all her friends dead, Last Girl Standing begins where most slashers end. For Benjamin R. Moody’s feature debut is less interested in the emergence of a ‘final…

Rabid Dogs (2015)

First published by TheHorrorShow “Boy or girl?”, the supermarket assistant asks the anxious man (Lambert Wilson) at her checkout counter. “Pardon?”, replies the man, played by Lambert Wilson and credited only as “˜le père’, before muttering, “A girl. Girl,” and purchasing the red toy bunny that the saleswoman recommends for his daughter. This is our…