Leatherface

Leatherface (2017)

Leatherface first published by SciFiNow Perfection is a hard act to follow – which is why the three sequels to Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), not to mention Marcus Nispel’s 2003 reimagining and its two sequels, all came with diminishing returns. Leatherface is different. It is not just that it is a prequel…

Key

Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

Insidious: The Last Key first published by Sight & Sound, March 2018 Review: In the spaces between all stories there are yet more stories – which goes some way to explain Insidious: the Last Key, the latest, literally middling tale of mediumship in the Insidious franchise. Originally a pastiche of Poltergeist (1982) and other domestic horror…

Creation

Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Annabelle: Creation first published by Sight & Sound, September 2017 Review: Sequels tends to move forward, but with Annabelle – a child-size, creepy looking porcelain doll and also a conduit for a demon looking to possess souls and spread evil – it seems that the only way is backward. Her first on-screen appearance in the 1970-set…

Ouija

Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

First published by Little White Lies It is 1967 – even the Universal logo looks as though it is from the Sixties – and Doris Zander (Lulu Wilson) is being bullied by two boys in the school playground. “You know why people say mean things?”, the school’s priest Father Tom Hagen (E.T.‘s Henry Thomas), after…

Prometheus

Prometheus (2012)

First published by EyeforFilm According to Hesiod’s Theogony and Works And Days, after the Titan Prometheus steals fire and “the means of life” from Zeus and gifts them to mankind, Zeus vengefully sends to men the first ever woman, Pandora, whose jar is filled with evil, disease and death – while the immortal Prometheus is…

Monsters University (2013)

Review first published by Film4. Synopsis: This Pixar prequel sends lovably monstrous duo Mike and Sully back to school for some funny life lessons on scaring. Review: As nerdy, swotty Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and complacent, entitled Sully (John Goodman) meet, compete, and eventually team up (with each other and a fraternity of prodigious…