Tag Archives: Horror

The Conjuring Review

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Set in 1971, The Conjuring dramatises the real life tale of married paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. While planning for retirement they are approached by a family who claim there is something evil in their new home and after some deliberation the ghost hunting duo decide to embark on this unique case unaware that it would be the most terrifying of their entire careers.

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Insidious: Chapter 2 Review

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Tiptoe through the tulips

During a sorry era where even dull, clichéd mainstream creations such as Paranormal Activity were being lauded, James Wan’s exceptional Insidious emerged as a timely reminder of the quality audiences should expect from a horror film. Wan’s bold horror was fully deserving of its critical and financial triumphs, but no amount of success could quell audiences’ fears when a sequel was announced. Unlike his Saw franchise, that grew weaker with every subsequent release, Wan returns to direct a terrifying follow up that lives up to the expectations of its predecessor.

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World War Z Review

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“Most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has. That’s no stupidity or weakness, that’s just human nature.”

Having begun his career in blistering fashion, but unfortunately stumbling in recent years, Marc Forster seeks to reignite his cinematic form with an intriguing, yet worryingly loose adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed zombie horror novel. His World War Z reimagining bears little resemblance to its sublime forebear, but that’s part of the reason why he’s able to create such an exhilarating disaster movie brimming with fascinating stories, compelling drama and memorable action set pieces.

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Evil Dead Review

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The nightmare lives again

With the aid of producers Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, the director and star of the eighties classic, Fede Alvarez achieves a level of horror that was absent from the original film. While his remake is as chaotic, error-filled and clichéd as its predecessor, its flaws are the very same attributes fans adored about Raimi’s cult hit.

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ParaNorman Review

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Night of the Living Clay

Laika, the animation studio behind Henry Selick’s flawed, yet creepily entertaining Coraline, return with a new stop motion horror comedy and though ParaNorman showcases their technical ability it never presents as much originality or charm as its predecessor.

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Mama Review

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Mama, ooo-ooo

Argentinian filmmaker Andrés Muschietti makes his directorial debut with a feature length reworking of his original short film. Unfortunately, his efforts result in a flawed experience that is a long way short of a classic piece of horror filmmaking, but as a thriller it is absolutely watchable.

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House at the End of the Street Review

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Proof that you shouldn’t judge a film by its title

An influx of unimaginative titles have plagued modern cinema and the resulting releases carry a sense of negativity long before the house lights are even dimmed. These marketing misconceptions are frequently present within mainstream horror and unfortunately House at the End of the Street falls under this same shadow of audience’s preconceived aversion. However, much like The Cabin in the Woods, there’s a lot more to this film than the title suggests.

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