Victor

Victor Crowley (2017)

Victor Crowley first published by SciFiNow When directors say that their film is ‘for the fans’, it is typically a defensive gesture: a counteractive response to critics who have not seen the merits in a work, and who, naturally, can themselves only be imagined as non-fans, or at most as disappointed ones. Yet Adam Green’s…

Sexy

Sexy Killer (Sexykiller, morirás por ella) (2008)

Sexy Killer (Sexykiller, morirás por ella) first published by VODzilla.co In a university locker room, as female undergraduates in various states of undress gossip maliciously about one another’s sex lives, a figure in mask and black robes watches and waits for his opportunity. With machete in hand, he finds each shower cubicle frustratingly empty, until…

Mirror

Mirror Mirror (1990)

Mirror Mirror first published by VODzilla.co “I want everything back to the way it was!” shouts teenager Nikki Chandler (Krisin Dattilo) near the end of Marina Sargenti’s Mirror Mirror. It is a typical adolescent cry, as a young person, confronted with her own changing self and resistant to the new responsibilities of adulthood, just wants…

Fest

Fright Fest (American Fright Fest) (2018)

Fright Fest first published by SciFiNow Fright Fest (aka American Fright Fest) opens in a creepy hospital basement, where a young blonde (Ashley Blankenship) is captured, bound and sliced by a maniacal surgeon and a man with a chainsaw. It is such a concentrated combination of killer clichés that viewers will be relieved to hear a director, Spencer Crowe (an…

Ruin

Ruin Me (2017)

Ruin Me first published by SciFiNow Six horror fans head into the wilds for Slasher Sleepout, a camping event of orienteering, puzzle-solving and woodland terror billed as “the ultimate horror movie experience.” Well, really that is five horror fans and Alex (Marcienne Dwyer), gamely coming along with her boyfriend of 13 months Nathan (Matt Dellapina) after…

Grave

Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

Grave Encounters 2 first published by VODzilla.co Found footage is one of the few subgenres whose name refers not (like, say action or comedy) to content, nor (like horror) to an ideal viewer response, but rather to the films’ (fictive) material framing and form – which is to say that, for all its claims to…

Freddy

Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

First published by Movie Gazette in 2003 Jason Voorhees has been silently slicing and dicing teens at Crystal Lake since one Friday the 13th in 1980. Four years later Freddy Krueger appeared on Elm Street, invading teenagers’ dreams with his sharp one-liners and even sharper clawed glove. Ever since, the two have always been deadly rivals…

Scream 4

Scream 4 (2011)

Scream 4 first published by EyeforFilm In the mid-Nineties, when horror had all but disappeared from the multiplexes, Wes Craven’s Scream came along to cast a wry, critical eye back over what viewers had once loved about the genre, and so to bring it kicking and, well, screaming into the new millennium. A smart deconstruction of slashers filled…

Nightmare

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Little White Lies #56 (Nov/Dec 2014) was presented as though it had been written and published exactly two decades earlier. Here (in slightly lengthened form) is my contribution to that issue. Before the new, the old. It’s not always appropriate to include a history lesson in a contemporary review, but Wes Craven’s New Nightmare comes…