Reviews

Our Evil (Mal Nosso), the feature debut of writer/director/producer/editor Samuel Galli, is a film of two halves. In the first, hulking, bald, middle-aged Arthur (Ademir Esteves) wakes at 2.32am, searches the dark web, skimming over items like ‘credit card cloning’ ‘cannibalism’ and ‘necro’ to open a section on ‘assassination (South America)’, where he watches an online
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When Ryan Murphy announced that American Horror Story’s seventh season was set to revolve around the 2016 US Election, viewers were rather skeptical as to whether it would work. While considered a genuine nightmare for some (and perhaps, even more frighteningly, a divine moment for others), Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton certainly didn’t seem
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A perfect seasonal gift for any and all horror obsessives (is there a Halloween equivalent of the stocking filler?), this short, sweet comic is a welcome return to solo-penned stories from Hellboy creator and all-round industry legend Mike Mignola. While the expanded Hellboy universe is still going strong, Mignola has favoured co-writing various spin-offs and
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One of the latest novels to address the possibility of a world transformed by the effects of global warming, Paul McCauley’s Austral is set a number of years into the future. Antarctica has been colonised, the retreating ice revealing the landscape underneath, and humanity are building a new world there. The eponymous central figure is a
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Not to be confused with Carlos Algara and Alejandro Martinez-Beltran’s Mexican film of the same name, Verónica is, like its director Paco Plaza’s previous [REC] and [REC] 2, set mostly in a Spanish metropolitan apartment building where something diabolical finds a way in. There, 15-year-old Verónica (Sandra Escacena, in an impressive big-screen debut) is left
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A strict catholic upbringing leaves shy Thelma (Eli Harboe) feeling like an outsider as she embarks on her University education in Joachim Trier’s sensitively handled supernatural Nordic chiller. Trier stamps his own nuanced spin on female coming-of-age horror by introducing a refreshing and richly drawn gay character struggling with her sexuality that strikes a similar
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Rafe Spall turns in an emotionally engaging performance in this loose adaptation of Adam Nevill’s horror novel directed by David Bruckner and written by Joe Barton. Spall really makes you feel his character, Luke’s pain, fear and grief during and after he witnesses the brutal murder of a close friend at an off-licence. The swift
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Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan saw Natalie Portman’s character struggle to maintain her identity and sanity in her own manic pursuit of perfection. Similar concepts rear their head in mother! too; only it examines control being taken rather than being lost, creating something much more harrowing. Charismatic duo Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem offer up powerhouse
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There’s a lot to be said for a good old-fashioned scare. The thing that goes bump in the night, the monster in the cupboard, the whisper from the darkness. While Andy Muschietti’s film of Stephen King’s generation-scarring doorstop IT may not reinvent the horror wheel, it knows exactly what it’s about: scaring you. To that
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While there was a conspicuous dearth of female filmmakers represented in FrightFest’s feature programme (of the 65 films that screened, only Natasha Kermani’s Imitation Girl, Tini Tüllmann’s Freddy/Eddy and Caroline Labrèche and Steeve Léonard’s Radius could boast female directors), the short films showcase went a considerable way to redressing this imbalance. Programmed by Shelagh Rowan-Legg, it
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An uncatchable killer is stalking the streets of Victorian London, but this isn’t the Ripper. This is The Limehouse Golem, a murderer who doesn’t leave a trace and doesn’t seem to follow any discernible pattern. Adapted from Peter Ackroyd’s acclaimed novel Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem, this intelligent chiller plunges us into a mystery full of
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Polish cinema legend Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, In Darkness) returns with Spoor, an unusual blend of small town murder mystery, thriller and magical realism based on the novel by Olga Tokarczuk. The film stars Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka as Janina Duszjeko, an elderly woman who lives on the outskirts of town. Once an engineer, Duszjeko now helps
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