03rd Aug2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Seire’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Seo Hyun-woo, Ryu Sun-young | Written and Directed by Park Kang Fantasia Festival once again delivered this year on bringing the best of Korean cinema to a wider audience. It’s one of the reasons I love the festival so much and Seire is one of those movies that deserves to be seen by as […]

02nd Aug2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Incredible But True’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Alain Chabat, Anaïs Demoustier, Léa Drucker, Benoît Magimel | Written and Directed by Quentin Dupieux There are plenty of films that could call themselves Incredible But True but maybe more than most this one feels like it justifies it. But unfortunately, I don’t want to say too much about why this is the case […]

02nd Aug2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Island of Lost Girls’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Autumn Schmidt, Avila Schmidt, Scarlet Schmidt | Written and Directed by Ann-Marie Schmidt, Brian Schmidt My Fantasia viewing continues with Island of Lost Girls – a very unique kind of family film. Part thriller part action movie but all centred on three young sisters stuck at sea. The three sisters are waiting to be […]

01st Aug2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘The Witch Part 2: The Other One’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Shin Sia, Park Eun-bin, Seo Eun-soo, Jin Goo, Kim Da-mi | Written and Directed by Park Hoon-jung I was lucky enough to see The Witch Part 1: The Subversion as part of my coverage for Glasgow Frightfest in 2019. It was my favourite movie of the festival and was the perfect action horror movie. […]

01st Aug2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘A Life on the Farm’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Derrick Beckles, Oscar Harding, Karen Kilgariff, Joe Pickett, Nick Prueher | Directed by Oscar Harding Every now and then a movie comes along that feels like it is made for just me. A Life on the Farm ticks all of those boxes and is one of those films that I know if I talk […]

29th Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Where the Witch Lives’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Catherine Bérubé, Lake Delisle, Alex Rice, Margaux Vaillancourt | Written and Directed by Mariel Sharp At just fifteen minutes, short movie Where the Witch Lives manages to pack a lot into what seems like just the start of a story. A mother and her two young daughters move into old, worn-down and isolated house […]

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27th Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘Hypochondriac’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Zach Villa, Marlene Forte, Devon Graye, Yumarie Morales, Madeline Zima | Written and Directed by Addison Heimann The horror genre and mental illness don’t quite go hand-in-hand but movie directors have always found the genre a good way to express and show these problems. From 1963’s The Haunting (and even before that) to more recent […]

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26th Jul2022

Fantasia 2022: ‘The Harbinger’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Gabby Beans, Cody Braverman, Emily Davis, Ray Anthony Thomas, Myles Walker | Written and Directed by Andy Mitton I think (my memory is generally terrible) The Harbinger is the first film I have seen where the pandemic has played a big and important part in the story. In the movie, Monique is currently quarantining […]

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12th Jul2022

Preview: Fantasia International Film Festival 2022

by Alain Elliott

Fantasia International Film Festival is my absolute favourite film festival each and every year. It not only has the best movies based on quality but it has such a fantastic mix of genres and brilliant originality from the filmmakers that is unlike any other film festival. From big Hollywood movies to debut low-budget affairs and […]

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11th Jul2022

‘Brian and Charles’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, Jamie Michie, Nina Sosanya, Lynn Hunter, Lowri Izzard, Mari Izzard, Cara Chase, Sunil Patel, Rishi Nair, Colin Bennett | Written by David Earl, Chris Hayward | Directed by Jim Archer After seeing him perform in a variety of Ricky Gervais’s films and shows and have become more and […]

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07th Jul2022

‘She Will’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Alice Krige, Malcolm McDowell, Rupert Everett, Kota Eberhardt, Amy Manson, Olwen Fouere, Daniel Lapaine, John McCrea, Jonathan Aris, Kenneth Collard, Joanna Bacon | Written by Charlotte Colbert, Kitty Percy | Directed by Charlotte Colbert As much as I love the blood and guts of gory horror, the laughs of comedy horror or the big-budgeted […]

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07th Jul2022

‘The Peacemakers’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Noah Paul, Kylah Carree, Rick Didham, Thomas MacKinnon, Craig Hubert, Kevin Powe, Erica Kroger, Aaron Catano-Saez, Dave Luukkonen | Written and Directed by Svyatoslav Nikitin The Peacemakers is a slightly unusual low-budget sci-fi movie for a lot of reasons. One of the main reasons is that it’s pretty damn good and full of ideas, […]

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01st Jul2022

‘Martyrs Lane’ DVD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Denise Gough, Sienna Sayer, Kiera Thompson | Written and Directed by Ruth Platt Several years ago I took a gamble at Frightfest and booked a ticket for a movie in a small screen at maybe ten or eleven in the morning (the first film of the day). It was a low budget British horror […]

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29th Jun2022

‘American Werewolves’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Produced by Heather Moser | Directed by Seth Breedlove I love documentaries. I will happily watch them on any subject and when made well, I’ll always enjoy them. The horror genre brings up lots of subjects that you wouldn’t think could be made into a documentary. But you’d be wrong. A film on real-life ghosts […]

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16th Jun2022

‘Summer in the Shade’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Niamh Walter, Nyobi Hendry, Rebecca Palmer, Zaqi Ismail, Fiona Gillies, Helen Masters, Joe Welch | Written by Isobel Boyce | Directed by Alice Millar Described as a psychological thriller, Summer in the Shade tells the tale of a young girl at the time she is transitioning from child to woman and the difficulties she […]

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15th Jun2022

‘Stay Out’ DVD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Brie Mattson, Brandon Wardle, Sage Mears, Christina July Kim, William Romano-Pugh, David Fine, Barbara Crampton | Written and Directed by Dean Yurke [NOTE: With the film now out on DVD in the UK, here’s a reposting of our review of Stay Out, Stay Alive; now under the shorter title of Stay Out] Another generic […]

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10th Jun2022

‘Tales From The Other Side’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: James Duval, Vernon Wells, Ros Gentle, Michael Broderick, Rafael Delgado Jr., Chelsea Vale, Anna Harr, Hunter Johnson, Andreas Rodriguez | Written by James Cullen Bressack, Zack Ward, Gordon Bressack | Directed by Pablo Macho Maysonet IV, Jamaal Burden, Scotty Baker, Jacob Cooney, Lucas Heyne, Kern Saxton, Frank Merle Every month there always seems to […]

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06th Jun2022

‘Narco Sub’ DVD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Tom Vera, Robert LaSardo, Tom Sizemore, Lee Majors, Johnny Ray Gibbs, Jim Jimenez, Jon Fiore, Jen Barbeito, Alexis Arnold, Sydney Ruddock, Nick W. Nicholson | Written by Shawn Welling, Derek H. Potts | Directed by Shawn Welling [NOTE: With the film now out on DVD, here’s a reposting of our review of revenge thriller […]

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02nd Jun2022

‘Summer After’ Short Film Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Andrea Granera, Deepti Menon, Josh Cox, Mateo Correa, Milly Miles | Written and Directed by Josh Cox I think it might be harder to make, and get positive reviews, for a short film that isn’t action-packed. It must be a temptation for directors of shorts to fill their time (twenty minutes with Summer After) […]

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17th May2022

Sci-Fi London 2022: ‘The Innocents’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Rakel Lenora Flottum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Sam Ashraf, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Morten Svartveit, Kadra Yusuf, Lisa Tonne | Written and Directed by Eskil Vogt Director Eskil Vogt is having quite the year. Releasing two movies that have received plaudits by pretty much everyone that has seen them. The first, The […]

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16th May2022

Preview: Sci-Fi London Film Festival 2022

by Alain Elliott

The 22nd annual Sci-Fi London Film Festival will run from 19-22 May this year. Four days of films with three World premières and three UK premières! Opening the festival is The Innocents from director Eskil Vogt. Vogt previously directed Blind and The Worst Person in the World and his new film has already received nothing […]

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13th May2022

‘The Sadness’ Review (Shudder)

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Regina, Tzu-Chiang Wang, Berant Zhu | Written and Directed by Rob Jabbaz I watched The Sadness knowing that it already had quite the reputation. I’d read parts of reviews that had spoken about the misery, the horrific and sadistic scenes, the over-the-top violence and depravity and much much more. As a long time and […]

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