Tag Archives: Horror

DVD Review: A Cure For Wellness (USA/Germany, 2016) discovers glee in its unrestrained European sensibility

Returning to the genre that arguably brought him to fruition, Gore Verbinski’s (The Ring) A Cure For Wellness is a decidedly morbid slice of cinema that revels in its own jarring weirdness. Here’s a film that has considerable monetary backing (something of a surprise for a particularly eerie horror experiment) yet comes off more like a pet-project-come-cult-classic-in-waiting.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Ridley Scott tugs on existential threads with Alien: Covenant (USA, 2017)

2012’s Prometheus marked the beginning of a franchised prequel to Ridley Scott’s original Alien, not only taking fans back to the origins of this iconic sci-fi franchise, but diving deeper into the meaty philosophies such a concept brings, finding purpose with the motif of creation. The introduction of synthetic android David (Michael Fassbender) emerged as the vehicle for this great change in shift and tone; however, not granting this character believable motivations, and creating dynamics between him and the film’s human characters that felt contrived at best, spoiled what was otherwise an intriguing build-up to the Alien universe. Alien: Covenant could be seen as Scott attempting to correct the ills that weighed Prometheus down, while giving us the same enhanced visual experience the 2012 film became known for. ... Continue Reading

Ahead of season two, we look back at the debut of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant FX series Outcast

Outcast, originally a comic published by Image Comics and created by Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, is another Robert Kirkman TV creation that is slowly taking the world by storm. It may be a TV show that has a much smaller scale than Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series, but hey, even I remember watching the first season of that show and telling everyone else to give it a watch, they all laughed at me, “…it’s about Zombies?”, they smirked, “how good could it be?” Well, that was in 2010 and it’s now 2017, the show is still growing stronger despite a few bumps along the way.... Continue Reading

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