The Shining is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made (and has always been a firm favourite of mine). In 2013, Steven King (author of the original) wrote a sequel, and this is that adaptation. A sequel to the Kubrick masterpiece but still a film of it’s own, it’s a love letter to the original with enough scares and twists to stand alone.
2014’s Godzilla is a film I remember very fondly. Even upon rewatch, I love Gareth Edward’s adaptation of the classic Japanese character, and think it subverts enough expectation while providing an entertaining popcorn flick. This sequel to it, as well as the third film in the Legendary MonsterVerse (following Kong: Skull Island), unfortunately loses a … Continue reading Humans are the real monsters (Godzilla: King of the Monsters review)
Hellboy is a comic book character created in 1993 by Mike Mignola. After two films by Guillermo del Toro, this R-rated reboot combines the brilliant design of the previous entries with bad language and an unbelievably excessive amount gore. Though it’s riddled with plot holes and story issues, the film is also confident to be utterly bonkers. By breaking the monotony of comic book adaptations to offer something different, you can almost forgive it's narrative sins.
The follow up is one of the hardest things to do, and Jordan Peele had an extraordinarily high bar to reach. The Oscar winning ‘Get Out’ was his debut feature, and his satirical horror as been hailed a modern masterpiece. Thankfully, he didn’t crumble under the pressure, and his second film ‘Us’ confirms that he is a visionary filmmaker who’s just getting started.
Nicolas Cage has starred in... let's be honest... some terrible films. His intensity as an actor has been parodied for years and he has never quite been perfectly cast for this absolutely terrifying madness that he can portray. This all changed with 2018’s Mandy, a psychedelic action horror film. This movie can be summed up very simply; if you’ve ever wanted to see Nicolas Cage light a cigarette using the flame from a burning severed head, then it’s finally here to see.
If you love The Hunger Games, David Fincher’s The Game and Saw, then this is the film for you! Based on the international hit entertainment game, Escape Room is a nasty tale of how being trapped in a room could always get worse. Unfortunately, it loses its thrills with a flimsy plot and cheap jokey dialogue.
Dan Gilroy is the writer and director of Nightcrawler, the neo-noir thriller that is widely regarded (in my opinion too) as one of the best films of recent years, and now he has come to Netflix with his latest flick, Velvet Buzzsaw. The film is a great satire of the art world that offers fantastic … Continue reading Final Desti-Painting (Velvet Buzzsaw review)
Bringing together the characters of Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), Glass is the final chapter in M. Night Shyamalan’s unlikely superhero trilogy, nineteen years in the making. Despite some minor narrative issues, Glass delivers the superhero thrills you’d expect, while also offering a lot more depth than the average comic book film.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back together again! While only playing supporting roles on screen, Pegg and Frost are also Executive Producers on this debut film for their Production Company ‘Stolen Picture’. It’s clear why they chose this project. Owing the start of their career to Shaun of The Dead, Slaughterhouse Rulez echoes the British Horror Comedy roots they bloomed in. While this film never reaches the dizzying heights of the 'Cornetto' Trilogy, it could definitely qualify for the ‘Aldi Own Brand Ice Cream Cone' Trilogy.
Slappy the Dummy is genuinely one of the most terrifying characters in a series aimed at children. He is the brainchild of R. L. Stine and has starred in multiple books and the 2015 'Goosebumps' film. Now he's returning to cause more havoc, but is the best part of a film that does nothing original with its premise.