13 Great Horror Films

13 Great Horror Films from 1922 to 2022

My 13 contributions to A Great Horror From Every Year from 1922, first published by BFI, 28 October 2022 Includes capsules of: Nosferatu, The White Reindeer, Carnival of Souls, Onibaba, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Possession, Re-Animator, Cronos, Cure, A Tale of Two Sisters, Rec, Let The Right One In, Berberian Sound Studio  Nosferatu (1922)…

Smile

Smile (2022)

Smile first published by Sight and Sound Writer/director Parker Finn’s feature debut begins with a face in close-up, but not with the smile promised by the title. A woman (Dora Kiss) is lying prone and dead in her bed, and as the camera tilts and pans across the floor, we see a mess of spilt…

Trim Season

Trim Season (2023)

Trim Season had its world première at the Overlook Film Festival 2023 “Murder. All kinds of sketchy illegal messed up shit happens up here. This place used to be a paradise, and now the energy’s all fucked up.” Hippy-dippy dope connoisseur Harriet (Ally Ioannides) is talking about Northern California’s Humboldt County in the Emerald Triangle,…

10 Autumnal Horror Films

10 Autumnal Horror Films

10 Autumnal Horror Films first published by BFI, 21 Oct 2021 Includes capsules of: To Kill A Mockingbird, Symptoms, Halloween, Children of the Corn, Ghostwatch, The Blair Witch Project, Monster House, Trick ‘r Treat, Hellions, November Spooks love thresholds, gateways and portals. They famously congregate on Walpurgis Night, the evening before May Day that marks…

Soho Horror Film Festival 2022

Soho Horror Film Festival(s) 2022

Identity is everything. Amid the FrightFests and Grimmfests, the Mayhems and the Celluloid Screams, the Fractured Visions, Abertoirs and Cine-Excesses, it is hard for a new genre festival to carve out its own niche: to jump out when least expected and grab the attention.  The Soho Horror Film Festival is ‘amateur’ in the true sense…

Everybody Dies By The End

Everybody Dies By The End (2022)

Everybody Dies By The End had its world première at FrightFest 2022 Anyone who has seen Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End (2012) or Ryuhei Kitamura’s No One Lives (2012) will know that this kind of title can often come with irony and antiphrasis. So the title of Everybody Dies By The End, though of course containing a truism about human mortality,…

The Brilliant Terror

The Brilliant Terror (2021)

The Brilliant Terror first published by VODzilla.co “Hello, fucktards, i have a problem with you and anyone associated with you.” The speaker is Mike Lombardo, owner of Reel Splatter Productions, a small horror filmmaking collective based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania – the words, however, are not his own, but rather a death threat that he has…

V/H/S/2

V/H/S/2 (2013)

V/H/S/2 first published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Most of his collection I would say was snuff and CP, but he had at least one that was the real thing. I don’t even think he knew what it was.”  So says missing student Kyle (L.C. Holt) in a webcam recording that a pair of camera-toting private investigators…

2020

2020: The year horror came home

2020: The year horror came home first published by VODzilla.co, 27 December, 2020 A website like VODzilla.co would not even exist were it not for the natural drift, in this digital age, of all films onto the internet. Even titles that start with a big traditional theatrical release eventually end up online for downloading or…

Dark Stories

Dark Stories (2019)

Dark Stories first published by Through the Trees Single mother Christine (Kristanna Loken, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 2003) comes under attack from a psychopathic Chucky-like semi-animated doll that has just been delivered to her home. Bound to a chair in the basement, she tells the knife-wielding mannequin a series of five ‘scary stories’…