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)…


[Rec]2 (aka Rec 2) (2009)

[Rec]2 first published by Film4 Summary: Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza return to direct this nerve-shredding sequel to Rec (and its quickie US remake Quarantine), further documenting the twists and turns of an unfolding demonic apocalypse.   Review: The original Rec (2007), with its terrifying tale of resident evil in a Barcelona apartment building, may have…

Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza

Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza on REC

Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza on REC first published by Little White Lies LWLies interrogates the writers/directors of diabolically tense Spanish ‘reportage’ horror Rec (2007). Anton Bitel: REC seems to tap into the imagery of the 9/11 attacks. Were you merely exploiting a real event for horrifying effect, or were you making a broader comment…


Rec (aka [Rec]) (2007)

Rec (aka [Rec]) first published by Little White Lies Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and The Blair Witch Project (1999) may have set the ball rolling, but it was the terrors of 11th September, 2001, recorded live by amateurs at the scene, that made reportage the vehicle of choice for today’s horror films, from Diary of the…


Sleep Tight (2011)

First published by LittleWhiteLies Much like Jaume Balagueró’s telemovie Films To Keep You Awake: To Let and his shakicam shockers [Rec] and [Rec]2 (both co-directed with Paco Plaza), Sleep Tight (Mientras duermes) concerns characters locked in an apartment building with an unwelcome presence – only this time round, the focus is less on the perspective of the victims than of their persecutor, a frighteningly human kind…

Rec Apocalypse

[Rec] Apocalypse (aka Rec 4) (2014)

[Rec] Apocalypse first published by FilmLand Empire Let’s rewind. In the mid Noughties, when both the zombie and the shakicam subgenres of horror had not quite reached their peak, a duo of Spanish directors – Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró – innovatively combined the two, threw in a bit of possession lore at the end, and…

Sleep Tight (2011)

Jaume Balagueró’s Hitchcockian thriller Sleep Tight (Mientras Duermes) may well inspire pathological vigilance in viewers. Here’s my review for LWLies.