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Directed by the Hereditary lass Ari Whatsername. One of the new generation doing it so well. I look forward to Robert (The VVitch) Eggers' next - The Lighthouse. He's another who has the goods. Great young talent.
 

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Boar. A movie so bad its crap. Then goes down hill in the last few minutes. The most terrifying thing in the movie is the script, i expect the actors where happy to throw themselves into the jaws of the giant animatronic boar as its stood menacingly still.
Some of the "so called bad movie" are the most fun to watch, I.E.: "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes", Plan 9 From Outer Space" to name a few. But to each their own.
 

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Directed by the Hereditary lass Ari Whatsername. One of the new generation doing it so well. I look forward to Robert (The VVitch) Eggers' next - The Lighthouse. He's another who has the goods. Great young talent.
Ari Aster's a bloke!
 
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In Fabric: A dark horror film with elements of twisted humour. The fashion police need to pay a call on the store which is having a sale, with a special on a red dress which seems to be possessed, literally a dress to kill. Influences from Italian horror movies and fashion films abound but Peter Strickland puts his own auteural stamp on this flick. A satire on sales - customers get into fights with each other and the staff - mixed with 60s/70s style psychedelic tv ads and newspaper montages advance a possible critique of consumer culture. But the emphasis is most certainly on Horror.

The head sales assistant exudes an aura of Vampirism which is emphasised as she is dressed like a 19th century Spanish Widow as are the rest of the staff apart from the decrepit and ancient manager who resembles Bela Lugosi after a hard night on the booze and drugs. But he comes to life when rugby-tackling a shoplifter. Shop dummies are treated as if they were alive and some events in the film make you wonder about this. The red dress causes distress and skin rashes to wearers, it comes to life and attacks people.

The film also relates to the dating scene and modern management gobbly gook but the dress is the real star. Peter Strickland has delivered a convincing horror movie which will shock and offend some people. Not for the squeamish. 8/10.
 
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Phobia 2: Thai Horror Anthology with vengeful ghosts, a slapstick humour horror film crew, zombies and possessed cars. Ghost driven lizards jumping on backs, a shaman near death who is determined to live on, a child zombie leaping and biting a monk on the neck, how do you know if an actor in a ghost film is really dead? Best of the lot is Backpackers, hitchhikers find out that the truck driver who picks them up has a rather strange cargo.; involving drug-smuggling, people trafficking and zombies this has the potential for a full length movie. Great fun. 8/10. On Netflix.
 
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Citadel: Really dark horror set in a Scottish sink high-rise estate. Feral children prey on the few remaining residents. Heavily pregnant Joanne (Amy Shiels) is stabbed with a syringe, her baby survives but she dies and her husband Tommy (Aneurin Barnard) is left stricken with agoraphobia but has to care for the baby. A nurse, Marie (Wunmi Mosaku) tries to help him deal with the pressures. At Joann's funeral a strange priest (James Cosmos) speaks angrily to Tommy, telling him that the ferals will be back to snatch the baby and indeed they do.

Battles in dark flats,tower corridors and basements. The priest believes that the ferals aren't just ordinary children and have existed for decades in the high-rise, living in the dark, becoming blind and savage, perpetuating their packs by snatching babies and toddlers. There are scenes of stark horror and savage violence. Some go far beyond what you might expect, even given the lead up. Great performances all round but especially from Cosmos and Barnard. Director and writer Ciaran Foy has delivered a terrifying slice of Urban Horror. 8/10.
 
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Look Away: The Evil Twin is a much (ab)used trope in Horror but this film puts some life back into the genre. Maria (India Elsley) is an introverted teen, bullied at school, her demanding father (Jason Isaacs) doesn't really listen to her, her mother suffers from depression due to Isaac's philandering. She notices that her reflection differs from her and is at first freaked out but gradually starts to converse with her mirror image, Airam. Maria's life gets even worse, the bullying intensifies and she comes into conflict with her one friend. Airam persuades Maria to let her "come through" the mirror" and take the driving seat. This Dark Maria causes mayhem.

It is never clear as to whether Maria is suffering from a disorder or whether the consciousness of a lost twin lives on within her. Iaram is truly a mirror image, turning the tables on bullies and resorting to savage violence. No one is safe once she has set her aims on a desired object. The real horror in this film is the bullying which is ignored/overlooked by adults and tolerated by school students. Nasty though Airam's actions are, they take place in a context. A certain eerie gothic quality permeates the film. Not a classic but Director/Writer Assaf Bernstein delivers an intriguing Horror/Thriller. 7.5/10. On Netflix.
 
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Between Worlds: Yet another horror film starring Nicholas Cage on Netflix but this one isn't at all bad. He doesn't start to chew up the scenery until the last ten minutes. Cage is Joe, a trucker who lost his wife and daughter in a fire and is about to lose his truck due to his drinking and overdue loan repayments. He comes to the rescue of Julie (Franka Potente) who is being choked by a guy. She isn't happy about the rescue as she was trying to bring on a Near Death Experience so that she could guide her comatose daughter Billie's (Penelope Mitchell) spirit back into her body. Joe agrees to choke her and it works. No it's not a comedy, this works out credibly enough (if you're a horror fan) on the screen. However the spirit which returned isn't Billie. Joe moves in with Julie but Billie knows things about him, things she couldn't possibly have found out by normal means.

Cage is world weary and beaten down in Between Worlds, he looks like an ailing werewolf. The strange encounter gives him hope of a new beginning only to have this brought into question by Billies odd and increasingly crazed behaviour. Potente is convincing as someone who is used to having out of body experiences, her first one is chillingly reimagined as she is shown as a teenager, trapped under ice. Mitchell portrays a teenager who has a much older mind, a classic dybbuk case. Written and directed by Maria Pulera this is an enjoyable Horror/Thriller. 7/10. On Netflix.
 

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speaking of dybbuks i got babadooked during the week ... and now i just cant get rid of it
 

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Between Worlds: Yet another horror film starring Nicholas Cage on Netflix but this one isn't at all bad. He doesn't start to chew up the scenery until the last ten minutes. Cage is Joe, a trucker who lost his wife and daughter in a fire and is about to lose his truck due to his drinking and overdue loan repayments. He comes to the rescue of Julie (Franka Potente) who is being choked by a guy. She isn't happy about the rescue as she was trying to bring on a Near Death Experience so that she could guide her comatose daughter Billie's (Penelope Mitchell) spirit back into her body. Joe agrees to choke her and it works. No it's not a comedy, this works out credibly enough (if you're a horror fan) on the screen. However the spirit which returned isn't Billie. Joe moves in with Julie but Billie knows things about him, things she couldn't possibly have found out by normal means.

Cage is world weary and beaten down in Between Worlds, he looks like an ailing werewolf. The strange encounter gives him hope of a new beginning only to have this brought into question by Billies odd and increasingly crazed behaviour. Potente is convincing as someone who is used to having out of body experiences, her first one is chillingly reimagined as she is shown as a teenager, trapped under ice. Mitchell portrays a teenager who has a much older mind, a classic dybbuk case. Written and directed by Maria Pulera this is an enjoyable Horror/Thriller. 7/10. On Netflix.
the plot sounds like Mandy.
 
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Black Mountain Side: Canada's Arctic North, archaeologists discover an ancient building dating to the end of the last Ice Age, predating the Clovis People. The mostly buried structure has carvings similar to those in Mesoamerica but is undecipherable. Other artefacts of a similar age surround the building at a distance suggesting observation posts. Things start to get strange, more than just those resulting from solitude and isolation in the Arctic wilds. One of the local workers accuses a archaeologist of killing a cat. Some are stricken by a strange infection. The local workers desert the camp in the middle of the night but head in the opposite direction to their Reservation. Communications with the outside world are cut off.

Owing a debt to The Thing but very much it's own film Black Mountain Side is infused with Lovecraftian terrors. Could a reawakened bacteria at the dig be causing the illness? Is there some otherworldly cause be it supernatural or extraterrestrial? Paranoia spreads at the base as people hear voices and see strangers. While most of the horror is psychological there are some gory scenes involving the amputation of an infected arm with an axe and self-mutilation. You will ponder over this film's meaning long after the credits roll. Effective horror film directed and written by Nick Szostakiwskyj. 8/10.
 

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Black Mountain Side: Canada's Arctic North, archaeologists discover an ancient building dating to the end of the last Ice Age, predating the Clovis People. The mostly buried structure has carvings similar to those in Mesoamerica but is undecipherable. Other artefacts of a similar age surround the building at a distance suggesting observation posts. Things start to get strange, more than just those resulting from solitude and isolation in the Arctic wilds. One of the local workers accuses a archaeologist of killing a cat. Some are stricken by a strange infection. The local workers desert the camp in the middle of the night but head in the opposite direction to their Reservation. Communications with the outside world are cut off.

Owing a debt to The Thing but very much it's own film Black Mountain Side is infused with Lovecraftian terrors. Could a reawakened bacteria at the dig be causing the illness? Is there some otherworldly cause be it supernatural or extraterrestrial? Paranoia spreads at the base as people hear voices and see strangers. While most of the horror is psychological there are some gory scenes involving the amputation of an infected arm with an axe and self-mutilation. You will ponder over this film's meaning long after the credits roll. Effective horror film directed and written by Nick Szostakiwskyj. 8/10.
I think I've seen that.
 

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cool ... as expected annabelle comes home was a lot of incoherent, predictable gobbledigook

half full auditorium though, not bad as its been out a few weeks now
 

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Midsommar: it was OK. Visually great and a good atmosphere but I think it didn't quite meet its ambitions.
 
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