Category Archives: Horror

London Film Festival 2018 Review: May The Devil Take You

Indonesian rising filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto’s supernatural horror is full of the main thing you want from this genre: genuine scares. Whilst there’s nothing new or original about May The Devil Take You, we’re treated (if you can call it that) to a host of nerve-shredding, arm-chair squeezing, eye squinting moments and hardly get time to breath. Move over studio horrors, here’s how you really scare an audience whilst retreading old tropes.

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Review: Hereditary

Described as “This genereation’s ‘The Exorsist'”, ‘Hereditary’ has arrived with a lot of attention. It was actually rather surprising to be in a pretty full showing of it (but even more surrpsing it was quiet almost the whole way through!) as it isn’t your typical studio horror. And that’s a very important fact to know going in, this is a really weird film at times. But, unlike a lot of people in my screening, if you give it a chance and go with it, ‘Hereditary’ eventually pays off, it’s just a shame it takes a bit too long to get there.

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Review: Truth or Dare

Opening to wildly negative reviews, I didn’t hold out much hope for this one. However, the strangest thing happened half way through ‘Truth or Dare’, I realised I was loving it. Yes, the film is wildly stupid. Yes, there are some unintentionally hilarious moments. And yes, the film is just plain dumb at times, but I was able to look past all of its flaws for how enjoyable the entire affair was.

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Review: A Quiet Place

Last year, my twitter went into meltdown when a film called ‘Get Out’ was released. Everyone was saying how badly I NEEDED to see this film. Fast forward to 2018, ‘A Quiet Place’ was emulating the same buzz. Touted as one of the tensest films of recent memory, as well as making more people annoyed about popcorn munching, this was probably the most excited I’ve been for film that’s not a “nerd” one since ‘Three Billboards…’. Thankfully, the film mostly lives up to the insanely high expectations it’s received, and is easily one of the best cinematic experiences you’ll see all year on the big screen.

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Review: Unsane

A few years ago, a film called ‘Tangerine’ broke barriers within cinema by being entirely filmed on an iPhone. ‘Unsane’ follows the same technique and the tone of the film suits this filming style perfectly. The extreme close ups and the distant, creepy following shots are just a part of what makes this such an unnatural but uniquely enthralling cinematic experience.

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