Halloween (2018)

Forty years ago (well 41 as I write this, but it was forty years when the film was released) John Carpenter helped define a genre with a film that has become an all time favourite of mine, Halloween. Since then the series has had its ups and downs (largely in accordance with the law of... Continue Reading →

They Live

Throughout his filmography, from Halloween to The Thing to Escape From New York and more John Carpenter has expressed at least hints of an opposition or the prevailing politics of the era, but more than anywhere this is expressed in his 1987 dystopian thriller, They Live. While it's iconography has become a part of the... Continue Reading →

John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

By the late 1970s the horror movie had reached one of its natural tipping points as the so-called 'grindhouse' style of earlier in the decade, the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, I Spit On Your Grave and Last House On The Left, had broken new, and extreme ground in the American branch of the... Continue Reading →

Ghost Stories

The portmanteau horror film was something of a mainstay back in the days of Hammer horror in the 1960s and 70s where several shorter tales were combined to make one feature-length movie, generally linked by some kind of thematic device, be it a simple presenter/storyteller or something more inventive. Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's Ghost... Continue Reading →

Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide

Having grown up through the 1980s and 90s the notion of the ‘video nasty’ is one that lingers long and strong in my memory. From The Young Ones referencing it (with the help of The Damned) to more serious news stories claiming this set of films had led to some of the most despicable crimes,... Continue Reading →

Stephen King’s IT (1990)

So after reading the novel and seeing the 2017 film from Andy Muschietti, I thought it only right give Tommy Lee Wallace's take on the story a watch. Arguably the most famous version of Stephen King's tale of an evil spirit in the small town of Derry, Maine and a group of children (and later... Continue Reading →

It by Stephen King

Stephen King’s sprawling epic is one of the stories that has become ingrained in the popular culture of the last three decades. A big part of that will be down to Tim Curry staring TV adaptation and the more recent movie version, but also thanks to the sheer scale and relatability of the novel. Even... Continue Reading →

Cain Hill

Horror cinema is a funny thing. It's one of the oldest genres of populist film and has been a constant presence from Nosferatu to Bride of Frankenstein to Psycho to Texas Chainsaw to Blair Witch to Saw and onwards. Through that time it has shifted and changed, evolved you could say, to keep up with the... Continue Reading →

Twin Peaks: The Return

25 years or so ago David Lynch and Mark Frost left television and film audiences baffled as their journey to the dark heart of Americana, Twin Peaks (and spin-off movie Fire Walk With Me), came to an end with one explanation unraveling a whole host of further questions. Now here we are in September 2017... Continue Reading →

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