Though it is initially cast from the same found footage mould as the earlier films, [REC]³ is a dramatic departure from the popular Spanish horror franchises’ previously established formula. The filmmakers bravely test the audience with stylistic changes and a misleading title. Génesis isn’t a precursor to the original film, but a very different story which runs parallel to the original.
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The rules have changed. Didn’t you get the memo?
Early 2012 saw the release of The Cabin in the Woods, an exemplary analysis of modern horror films where its creators, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, exposed the popular genre’s contemporary conventions. This genre-changing film has had a lasting effect on mainstream audiences’ reception of horrors; they now expect innovation and a higher standard – and this is the undoing of Scott Derrickson’s Sinister.
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Alice kept secrets. She kept the fact that she kept secrets a secret.
When their sixteen year old daughter, Alice, drowns in the local dam, her grieving family begin to experience a series of strange and inexplicable events within their once peaceful home. With the aid of a psychic, the Palmers set out to discover the truth behind Alice’s secret past.
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“I would not think of quarrelling with your interpretation nor offering any other, as I have found it always the best policy to allow the film to speak for itself.” – Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick’s legendary adaptation of Stephen King’s horror The Shining may be over thirty years old, but due to the director’s fastidious approach his films are subject to eternal debate, speculation and mystery. Rodney Ascher’s documentary explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Kubrick’s visionary masterpiece.
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It’s not the bed bugs you should be wary of.
The creative minds behind the harrowing and brilliantly executed REC franchise return with another addition to the horror genre. Spanish filmmakers, Jaume Balagueró (without REC co-director Paco Plaza) and Alberto Marini (who worked as producer on REC), reunite as director and writer respectively in creating this deeply unsettling tale that, unlike REC, carries darkly comic undertones.
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A is for Atrocious, B is for Brainless, C is for Callous.
Conceived and produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, The ABC’s of Death is an anthology horror film segmented into twenty-six individual chapters. These sections host a short film with each one created from the minds of twenty-six different directors and spanning fifteen different countries as the creators hope to assemble wide ranging interpretations of the theme of death. Continue reading The ABC’s of Death Review
If you go into the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise
Joss Whedon and debut director Drew Goddard have embarked on creating a unique horror experience that, much like Scream (1996), pays homage to the traditional form of the genre, whilst critiquing the tired conventions of its contemporary equivalent.The Cabin in the Woods reflects the originality Whedon fulfilled with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it is so typical of him to bring a refreshing approach to a genre that has been done to a repeated, rather grizzly death. Continue reading The Cabin in the Woods Review