28th Mar2019

MANIFF 2019: ‘Isabelle’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Amanda Crew, Adam Brody, Zoë Belkin, Sheila McCarthy, Booth Savage, Krista Bridges, Michael Miranda, Dayo Ade, David Tompa | Written by Donald Martin | Directed by Rob Heydon Directed by Rob Heydon, suburban chiller Isabelle just about gets the job done, though it lacks focus and misses several opportunities to make its scares actually […]

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15th Mar2019

‘The Prodigy’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Peter Mooney, Brittany Allen, Colm Feore | Written by Jeff Buhler | Directed by Nicholas McCarthy The third horror film from director Nicholas McCarthy (At the Devil’s Door, The Pact), The Prodigy is an entry in the creepy kid genre typified by the likes of Orphan (2009) and Joshua […]

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15th Mar2019

MANIFF 2019: ‘Rust Creek’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Hermione Corfield, Jay Paulson, Micah Hauptman, Daniel R. Hill, Sean O’Bryan, Jeremy Glazer | Written by Julie Lipson, Stu Pollard | Directed by Jen McGowan Rising British star Hermione Corfield takes the lead in Rust Creek, an engaging low budget survival thriller that starts out like a Wrong Turn knock-off but becomes something more […]

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14th Mar2019

‘Overlord’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk, Mathilde Ollivier, John Magaro, Iain de Caestecker | Written by Billy Ray, Mark L. Smith | Directed by Julius Avery [NOTE: With the film now out on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, here's a reposting of our review of Overloard from its theatrical release] Directed by Julius […]

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08th Mar2019

‘Fright Fest’ VOD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dylan Walsh, Madison McKinley, Romeo Miller, Mercy Malick, Ashley Blankenship, Luke Baines, Pancho Moler, Robert Scott Wilson, Heather Ann Davis, Jonathan Camp, Kresh Novakovic | Written by Robert Gillings | Directed by Anton Novakovic It was only a matter of time before someone named a horror movie after FrightFest. Unfortunately, this dismal effort (also […]

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07th Mar2019

‘Possum’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sean Harris, Alun Armstrong, Simon Bubb, Andy Blithe, Charlie Eales, Ryan Enever, Raphel Famotibe, Joe Gallucci, Pamela Cook | Written and Directed by Matthew Holness “Can you spy him deep within? Little Possum. Black as sin.” That’s just part of the creepy children’s poem that accentuates the sheer bloody terror in Possum, a supremely […]

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04th Mar2019

Glasgow Frightfest 2019: ‘The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kim Da-mi, Cho Min-soo, Choi Woo-shik, Park Hee-soon, Kim Byung-ok, Choi Jung-woo, Go Min-si, Oh Min-hee, Da-eun | Written and Directed by Park Hoon-jung The first thing to say about The Witch is that it’s not actually about a witch. And the second thing to say is that it’s a hell of a lot […]

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04th Mar2019

Glasgow Frightfest 2019: ‘The Rusalka’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Margaret Ying Drake, MacLeod Andrews, Evan Dumouchel | Written and Directed by Perry Blackshear Writer-director Perry Blackshear reunites the cast of his debut feature They Look Like People (2015) for The Rusalka (aka The Siren), ahaunting tale of obsession, love and revenge. Evan Dumouchel plays Tom, a mute from a sheltered background who rents […]

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01st Mar2019

‘The Hole in the Ground’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall | Written by Lee Cronin, Stephen Shields | Directed by Lee Cronin Director Lee Cronin serves up some pleasingly old-fashioned supernatural scares in creepy Irish horror The Hole in the Ground. Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) stars as single […]

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22nd Feb2019

‘Cold Pursuit’ Review – Second Opinion

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Micheál Richardson, Michael Eklund, Bradley Stryker, Wesley MacInnes, Tom Bateman, Domenick Lombardozzi, Nicholas Holmes | Written by Frank Baldwin | Directed by Hans Petter Moland Liam Neeson stars as a grizzled snow plough driver on a bloody revenge spree in Hans Petter Moland’s English-language remake of his 2014 Norwegian thriller, In Order […]

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18th Feb2019

‘Outlaws’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville, Matt Nable, Aaron Pederson | Written by Matt Nable | Directed by Stephen McCallum The debut feature from Australian director Stephen McCallum, this gritty biker gang thriller achieves a certain level of sweaty intensity and largely pulls off its Shakespearean parallels, though there are a few […]

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15th Feb2019

‘Piercing’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Marin Ireland, Maria Dizzia, Wendell Pierce | Written and Directed by Nicolas Pesce Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska star in Piercing, a deliciously dark psycho-sexual horror;  the second feature from director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of my Mother). Adapted from a novel by Ryû Murakami (who wrote the source […]

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14th Feb2019

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Jason Bayle, Phi Vu, Donna Duplantier, GiGi Erneta | Written and Directed by Christopher Landon Happy Death Day‘s inspired slasher-version-of-Groundhog-Day premise proved a surprise hit for Blumhouse Productions back in October 2017, so it’s no surprise that a sequel has followed less than two […]

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11th Feb2019

‘Climax’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Claude Gajan Maull, Giselle Palmer, Taylor Kastle, Thea Carla Schott, Sharleen Temple, Lea Vlamos, Alaia Alsafir, Kendall Mugler, Lakdhar Dridi, Adrien, Sissoko, Mamadou Bathily, Alou Sidibe, Ashley Biscette, Vince Galliot Cumant | Written and Directed by Gaspar Noé On its theatrical release the posters for Gaspar […]

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06th Feb2019

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Casper Van Dien, Jackie Earle Haley, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Ed Skrein, Keean Johnson | Written by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis, Robert Rodriguez | Directed by Robert Rodriguez Director Robert Rodriguez and producer James Cameron collaborate on this sci-fi action adventure that’s intended to kick-start a […]

01st Feb2019

‘Escape Room’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, Nik Dodani, Adam Robitel, Kenneth Fok, Yorick van Wageningen | Written by Bragi F. Schut, Maria Melnik | Directed by Adam Robitel Directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key), entertaining thriller Escape Room puts an inspired horror movie spin on the current […]

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31st Jan2019

‘The Domestics’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Kate Bosworth, Tyler Hoechlin, David Dastmalchian, Sonoya Mizuno, Laura Cayouette, Lance Reddick | Written and Directed by Mike P. Nelson This entertaining post-apocalyptic thriller marks an auspicious feature debut for sound designer-turned-writer-director Mike P. Nelson. Essentially it’s The Road meets The Warriors, with a bit of Mad Max: The Road Warrior thrown in for […]

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17th Jan2019

‘Glass’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, Adam David Thompson, Luke Kirby | Written and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is a sequel to both his 2016 multiple personality horror Split and his 2000 superhero drama Unbreakable. The fact that those […]

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11th Jan2019

Horror-On-Sea 2019: ‘Book of Monsters’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Stanton, Rose Muirhead, Nicholas Vince, Daniel Thrace, Anna Dawson, Julia Munder | Written by Paul Butler | Directed by Stewart Sparke Director Stewart Sparke and writer Paul Butler follow up their low-budget debut The Creature Below with the Kickstarter-funded monster movie Book of Monsters. Combining a witty script and […]

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07th Jan2019

‘Searching’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, Sara Sohn | Written by Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian | Directed by Aneesh Chaganty John Cho stars in this inventively told missing person mystery that plays out entirely on computer screens. The result is a gripping and surprisingly moving thriller that shines an uncomfortable light on […]

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14th Dec2018

‘The House That Jack Built’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Sofie Gråbøl, Riley Keough, Jeremy Davies | Written and Directed by Lars von Trier Arch provocateur Lars von Trier returns with this shocking and disturbing serial killer drama The House That Jack Built starring Matt Dillon. As audacious as it is ludicrous, it’s consistently compelling, […]

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13th Dec2018

‘Aquaman’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, Ludi Lin, Michael Beach, Randall Park, Graham McTavish | Written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall | Directed by James Wan Directed by James Wan (Furious 7), Aquaman is the latest DC superhero to get the solo […]

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