30th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘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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29th Aug2018

Frightfest 2018: ‘Summer of 84′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer, Jason Gray-Stanford, Shauna Johannesen | Written by Matt Leslie, Stephen J. Smith | Directed by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell The Turbo Kid directing trio (known collectively as RKSS) return with this ’80s teen adventure homage that taps into the same […]

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24th Aug2018

‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ VOD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman, Emma Bellomy, Damian Maffei, Lea Enslin | Written by Bryan Bertino, Ben Ketai | Directed by Johannes Roberts Loosely inspired by the Manson Family murders (that’s what it means when it says “Based on a true story”), creepy slasher flick The Strangers became a hit back […]

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22nd Aug2018

‘Truth or Dare’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Lucy Hale, Violett Beane, Tyler Posey, Sophia Ali, Hayden Szeto, Landon Liboiron, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sam Lerner | Written by Jillian Jacobs, Michael Reisz, Jeff Wadlow, Christopher Roach | Directed by Jeff Wadlow The latest low budget horror flick from Blumhouse Productions is about a demonically possessed game of Truth Or Dare that kills […]

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21st Aug2018

‘Rampage’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Naomi Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Breanne Hill, Joe Manganiello, Will Yun Lee | Written by Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal, Adam Sztykiel | Directed by Brad Peyton Dwayne Johnson re-teams with San Andreas director Brad Peyton for this hugely entertaining creature feature, based on the fondly […]

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17th Aug2018

‘The Equalizer 2′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Melissa Leo, Orson Bean, Bill Pullman, Jonathan Scarfe, Kazy Tauginas, Garrett Golden, Sakina Jaffrey, Tamara Hickey, Karen Strong | Written by Richard Wenk | Directed by Antoine Fuqua Denzel Washington returns as ultra-violent vigilante Robert McCall in this slick sequel that marks the actor’s fourth collaboration with director […]

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16th Aug2018

‘A Quiet Place’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cade Woodward | Written by John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, Scott Beck | Directed by John Krasinski Imagine a world where making even the tiniest noise could get you torn to pieces by a scary alien monster. That’s the killer premise behind A Quiet Place, an original […]

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10th Aug2018

‘The Domestics’ 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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31st Jul2018

‘My Friend Dahmer’ DVD Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts, Miles Robbins, Vincent Kartheiser | Written and Directed by Marc Meyers Based on the acclaimed true-life graphic novel by John “Derf” Backderf, this compelling and unsettling teen drama is part serial killer prequel and part high school coming of age movie. Former Disney Channel star Ross […]

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18th Jul2018

‘Mom and Dad’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur, Robert T. Cunningham, Lance Henriksen, Marilyn Dodds Frank, Samantha Lemole, Olivia Crocicchia, Adin Steckler, Rachel Melvin, Sharon Gee | Written and Directed by Brian Taylor NOTE: With the film finally hitting DVD and Blu-ray, here’s a repost of our review of Mom and Dad from its […]

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17th Jul2018

‘Tomb Raider’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nick Frost, Hannah John-Kamen, Jaime Winstone | Written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons | Directed by Roar Uthaug Alicia Vikander stars as iconic archaeologist-slash-adventurer Lara Croft in this enjoyable reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, directed by Norwegian Roar Uthaug. Specifically based on […]

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16th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘The Most Assassinated Woman in the World’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Anna Mougalis, Niels Schneider, Eric Godon, Andre Wilms, Jean-Michel Balthazar, Christian Crahay, Constance Dolle, Michel Fau, Sissi Duparc | Written by Franck Ribiere, Verane Frediani, David Murdoch | Directed by Franck Ribiere Directed by Franck Ribiere (producer for Alex de la Iglesia), The Most Assassinated Woman in the World is a French period horror […]

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09th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Possum’ 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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09th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘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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09th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, Mark Benton, Paul Kaye | Written by Alan McDonald, Ryan McHenry | Directed by John McPhail Director John McPhail takes genre mash-up to new heights with this hugely entertaining Scottish horror comedy that plays like Shaun of the Dead meets High School […]

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05th Jul2018

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Joe Dante on Trailers From Hell, directing for TV and more..!

by Matthew Turner

We caught up with legendary director Joe Dante at the Edinburgh Film Festival for a chat about Trailers From Hell, directing for TV and his least favourite horror clichés. Can we talk a little about Trailers From Hell? The love for that project is overwhelming, the critical love in particular… Well, it took a long […]

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05th Jul2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Blood Fest’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Robbie Kay, Jacob Batalon, Seychelle Gabriel, Jacob Batalon, Barbara Dunkelman, Tate Donovan, Zachary Levi | Written and Directed by Owen Egerton Produced by popular YouTube outfit Rooster Teeth, Blood Fest aims to follow in the footsteps of self-aware meta horrors like Scream and Cabin in the Woods. Unfortunately, while there’s no doubting the filmmakers’ […]

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04th Jul2018

‘The First Purge’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Marisa Tomei, Patch Darragh, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis, Rotimi Paul | Written by James DeMonaco | Directed by Gerard McMurray As the title indicates, the fourth movie in the Purge franchise is a prequel that depicts the events of the first ever Purge, an annual night […]

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21st Jun2018

EIFF 2018: ‘Searching’ 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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15th Jun2018

‘Ocean’s 8′ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, Richard Armitage, James Corden | Written by Gary Ross, Olivia Milch | Directed by Gary Ross “Don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for you. Somewhere out there is an eight year old girl, lying in bed, dreaming […]

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07th Jun2018

‘Den of Thieves’ Blu-ray Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Dawn Olivieri, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Evan Jones, Cooper Andrews, Lewis Tan, Maurice Compte, Mo McRae | Written by Christian Gudegast, Paul Scheuring | Directed by Christian Gudegast Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber star in this off-the-boil Heat knock-off from writer-director Christian Gudegast, the screenwriter of London […]

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07th Jun2018

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Review

by Matthew Turner

Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, B.D. Wong, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, Kamil Lemieszewski, Justice Smith, Peter Jason | Written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly | Directed by J.A. Bayona “Oh, yeah, ooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts – then later there’s running and […]

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