Crawl

Nowhere near as trashy as Sharknado, and nowhere near as classic as Jaws, Crawl is a fun Friday night B-movie and perfect for leaving your brain at the door and switching off for 87 minutes. The kind of film that arguably does not get enough of a wide-release these days, Crawl would normally be relegated… Read More Crawl

Knives Out

After the trials and tribulations director Rian Johnson faced in the wake of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it is pertinent that his return is very much a smaller, lighter affair. Taking himself away from the space opera scene and the legion of angry fanboys who follow it, to the almost stage-like setting of a… Read More Knives Out

Midsommar

Just one year ago, director Ari Aster marked himself out as a talent worth watching with Hereditary. Now, with Midsommar, Aster has confirmed his status as royalty within the horror genre. If Hereditary was a tale of a family’s grief which soon delved into the supernatural, then Midsommar is a tale of a girl’s sorrow… Read More Midsommar

Terminator: Dark Fate

Ever since Terminator 2: Judgement Day was released back in 1991, the Terminator series has been on a downward spiral. After the mediocrity of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines & Terminator Salvation, followed by the travesty that was Terminator: Genisys it comes as no surprise that Terminator: Dark Fate wants to put those films… Read More Terminator: Dark Fate

Ready Or Not

Weddings. They’re always the same, aren’t they? Uncomfortable photos, embarrassing speeches, family members pretending to get along, human sacrifice and devil worship. That’s the line Ready or Not draws in the sand early on, and you’re either in or out from that point onwards in this comically violent and darkly humorous survival-horror film which is… Read More Ready Or Not

Joker

Powerful, disturbing and chaotic. Three words that merely scratch the surface on what to expect when watching Joker for the first time. It’s a film that is deeply unsettling at times, while completely sympathetic at others and if it does nothing but make you feel wholly unnerved then it has accomplished what it set out… Read More Joker

Hellboy

It was only 15 years ago when Guillermo del Toro directed Ron Perlman in the first big-screen iteration of Hellboy. That was a film filled with imagination, joy and humour. Then 2008’s sequel Hellboy: The Golden Army delivered more of the same, this time with a little more action and a lot more confidence. Jump… Read More Hellboy

Escape Room

High-concept horrors have been thin on the ground lately. The likes of Saw and The Cabin in the Woods hitting heights that others simply struggle to even compete with have left the horror genre with a small gap in the market. Step in Escape Room, taking the now popular real-life game to all sorts of… Read More Escape Room

Destroyer

Dark, brutal and just slightly disturbing – Destroyer is definitely not your lazy Sunday afternoon film of choice. Almost dystopian in its depiction of Los Angeles and the police force that governs it, Destroyer is a film that requires a hard heart and a strong emotional disposition at times, but with Nicole Kidman’s stirring performance… Read More Destroyer

Cujo

Originally released in the summer of 1983, Cujo is a film which has firmly cemented itself as a pop culture powerhouse, but may be a film not many have actually seen. The film is familiar for many reasons; a rabid dog starts attacking people, a mother and her son stand-off against the dog and most… Read More Cujo

Look Away

There are far too many times during Look Away when I found myself asking one simple question, why? Why am I watching this? Why was it ever made? Why would anyone sign up to star in this? These questions plagued me during the films dire 103-minute duration, so much so that I actually began to… Read More Look Away

Shazam!

Pleasingly fun and feeling very much like a kid’s adventure from the 80’s Amblin era, Shazam! is the kind of film the superhero genre needs at the moment. Another step in the right direction for DC and suddenly the superhero outlook looks a lot brighter.

Pet Sematary

Sitting proudly next to the recent remake of Stephen King’s classic, It, Pet Sematary 2019 is a new, much darker version of the story idolised in 1989 by director Mary Lambert and may well have set itself up as one of the years best horror films.

Us

Creeping up on audiences so no one knew what to expect, Us is the second film from Jordan Peele and very much has the feel of a director settling into his groove and having the confidence to take his audience in brave new directions.

Hunter Killer

Admirably restrained in its approach, Hunter Killer is an enjoyable throwback to the type of action film that was so popular in the 1990’s. Taking its cues from the likes of Crimson Tide and The Rock, Hunter Killer is completely unoriginal but is utterly non-fussed by such comparisons.

Aquaman

Be careful mentioning this in public company, but it seems that DC have finally sorted their house out. With the combined financial and critical success of Wonder Woman and the bloated but well-meaning Justice League, Aquaman arrives in cinemas with the consensus that these heroes can actually be fun to watch when given the chance.

12 Films To Look Forward To In 2019

2019 is setting itself up to be a memorable year in film. There are superheroes galore, the end of the Avengers, shape-shifting clowns, doppelgangers and a hitman who must fight through one of the toughest cities in the world. There’s plenty of choice, but here are 12 films I am particularly looking forward to.

Skyscraper

We all have that one friend who thinks he is smarter than everyone else. That one friend who thinks they know better, but actually doesn’t and because of this they always end up looking a bit stupid. Skyscraper is that friend. The annoying guy down the pub who revels in telling people they’ve got something… Read More Skyscraper

Halloween

Like meeting up with old friends, Halloween 2018 is a wonderful experience. Everyone looks a little older and sure, there are some grey hairs to be found, but it always feels great to back in each other’s company. 40 years have passed since John Carpenter introduced us to Michael Myers and Laurie Strode and it… Read More Halloween

Bad Times At The El Royale

“The less you know the better” stated a preview in Total Film just the other month. That quote from director Drew Goddard, whose previous film was The Cabin in the Woods, rings true for the most part – but his latest effort lacks the surprise element of that landmark horror.

The Cured

Director: David Freyne Starring: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley & Tom Vaughan-Lawlor Rating: 15 Duration: 95 minutes Release date: 14 May (UK) There is an over familiarity with the zombie genre now. What was once a niche sub-genre full of talented directors looking to make a name for themselves, now sees itself devouring popular culture like… Read More The Cured

Pyewacket

Director: Adam MacDonald Starring: Nicole Munoz, Laurie Holden & Chloe Rose Rating: N/A Duration: 90 minutes Release date: 16 April (UK) The term “low-budget horror” is often tacked onto reviews as a way to get your quote onto a films poster. A term of endearment if you will. It’s normally a mark of a films… Read More Pyewacket