Tag Archives: Horror

Film Review: Ouija: Origin of Evil (USA, 2016) leaves its predecessor in the dust

Scares were flat when Stiles White made his directorial debut with 2014 film Ouija, a supernatural horror which got by commercially on its formulaic, same-same structure – and the release date being Halloween – but ultimately faltered in the face of superior genre films released that in the same year.... Continue Reading

How The Blair Witch Project convinced a generation that the found footage horror film was real

Let us take a trip back to a simpler time. The year is 1999. Bluetooth technology was officially announced, MySpace was released on the internet, people were in the grips of Y2K hysteria and a few critics actually thought Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was a good film. It was a year of changes and new ideas. The internet played a crucial part in the development of both. In fact, the internet  encouraged it.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Dead 7 (R18+) (USA, 2016) is no Walking Dead – but there are boy bands!

Apparently we live in a world where members of boybands decide that writing and starring in a post-apocalyptic zombie filled cowboy shoot-em-up Western is a good idea. Initially when I saw the trailer for this film I had a little optimism that it could be one of those “so bad it’s almost good” type of films. You know the ones, like Sharknado, or Megashark VS Giant Octopus, or Snakes On A Plane. Considering this was a film funded by SyFy it’s easy to have some tentative, positive reservations. But what little hope I had for this film was dashed pretty quickly. Spoilers ahead because it would be impossible to discuss how terribad this film is without giving stuff away.... Continue Reading

Sydney Film Festival Review: The Eyes of My Mother (USA, 2016)

Richard Kuipers, Programmer of the “Freak Me Out” program strain for Sydney Film Festival preceded a recent screening of The Eyes of My Mother with a fairly apt description: “the point where extreme art house and extreme horror meet”. While art house may outweigh horror here, Kuipers primed viewers correctly, Nicolas Pesce disturbing feature playing out as a mesh of both worlds, bringing the intriguing scope of art house to unwrap a story about one woman’s sickening relationship with death and tracking how that relationship was formed on a secluded farmhouse property in Portugal.... Continue Reading

Top ten horror films that you really haven’t seen (Part 1)

In an assault on horror, popular critic and academic Morris Dickstein wrote that the genre had become a “routinized way of playing with death, like going on the roller coaster”. It’s not impossible to see where his criticisms are founded, given the whole genre has been so formulated; mathematicians have actually developed a generic horror equation.... Continue Reading