15th Sep2021

‘Skinwalker: The Howl of the Rougarou’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Written and Directed by Seth Breedlove I really enjoy listening, reading and watching about local folklore. There’s thousands upon thousands of stories to be told of creatures that lurk in the dark. They are more often than not, tales that have been told for hundred’s of years and their legend has only grown stronger but […]

13th Sep2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Coming Home In The Dark’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Daniel Gillies, Matthias Luafatu, Miriama McDowell, Erik Thomson, Billy Paratene, Frankie Paratene, Alan Palmer | Written by James Ashcroft, Eli Kent | Directed by James Ashcroft From Black Sheep to Deathgasm to Housebound, New Zealand has a pretty good relationship with horror, even if it leans towards the comedy side sometimes (this is no […]

13th Sep2021

Feature: ‘King Knight’ & the films of Richard Bates Jr.

by Alain Elliott

King Knight is the latest twisted yet brilliant movie from director Richard Bates Jr. I have been a big fan of his movies since his debut Excision almost ten years ago and thought there was no better time to remind people of his movies now that King Knight is doing the festival rounds. First up […]

08th Sep2021

‘Friend of the World’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Alexandra Slade, Nick Young, Michael C. Burgess, Kathryn Schott, Kevin Smith, Luke Anthony Pensabene, Neil Raymond Ricco | Written and Directed by Brian Patrick Butler Friend of the World isn’t an obvious title for a sci-fi thriller but this low budget affair is set in a world after a catastrophic global war in which […]

06th Sep2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Gaia’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Monique Rockman, Alex Van Dyk, Carel Nel, Anthony Oseyemi | Written by Tertius Kapp | Directed by Jaco Bouwer Perhaps the best horror films come from tried and tested formulas but with an added twist. In Gaia we find a woman injured and lost in a forest. In horror , that’s nothing unusual but […]

28th Aug2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Are We Monsters’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Charlotte Olivia, Jathis Sivanesan, John Black, Stefan Chanyaem, Justin Hayward, Kyle Menzies | Written by Seb Cox, John Black | Directed by Seb Cox Are We Monsters is an intriguing title and one that drew me into the movie before I knew anything else about it…. The film sees werewolf hunters trying to find […]

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28th Aug2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Boy #5’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Laura Montgomery Bennett, Lennon Leckey, Natasha Naomi Rea, Adrian Palmer | Written and Directed by Eric Ian Steele Tackling the vampire genre is a brave move in horror. Creating some mass appeal with something akin to Twilight probably means you’ll be making less of a horror movie. While making a horror-centric vampire film is […]

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28th Aug2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Beyond The Infinite Two Minutes’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Aki Asakura, Kazunari Tosa, Riko Fujitani, Gota Ishida, Masashi Suwa, Yoshifumi Sakai | Written by Makoto Ueda | Directed by Junat Yamaguchi A couple of years ago at Frightfest, One Cut of the Dead blew everyone away with it’s originality, cleverness and charm, creating a whole new kind of zombie movie. Even though Beyond […]

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27th Aug2021

Fantasia 2021: ‘Baby, Don’t Cry’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Zita Bai, Boni Mata, Vas Provatakis, Helen Sun | Written by Zita Bai | Directed by Jesse Dvorak If a movie’s description has ‘coming-of-age’ written in it, I will nearly always be giving it a watch. And as you’ve probably guessed, that was exactly what I read about Baby, Don’t Cry. The Fantasia website […]

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27th Aug2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Red Snow’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Dennice Cisneros, Nico Bellamy, Laura Kennon, Alan Silva, Vernon Wells | Written and Directed by Sean Nichols Lynch Over the Christmas period, vampire romance novelist Olivia, saves a bat from death after it flies into her house. This was no ordinary bat though and she soon finds herself trying to fend off real-life vampires… […]

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27th Aug2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Isolation’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Larry Fessenden, Marieh Delfino, Dennie Gordon, Damien Gerard, Sunny Roe | Directed by Alix Austin, Adam R. Brown, Larry Fessenden, Dennie Gordon, Andrew Kasch, Kyle I. Kelley, Alexandra Neary, Christian Pasquariello, Zach Passero, Bobby Roe, ​​Keir Siewert It will come as no surprise to anyone that there is, and will be more coming, a […]

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27th Aug2021

Frightfest 2021: ‘Demonic’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Carly Pope, Chris William Martin, Nathalie Boltt, Michael J. Rogers, Andrea Agur | Written and Directed by Neill Blomkamp When you give your horror movie the simple and uninspiring title of ‘Demonic’, you better be ready to do something big, something exciting! And if there’s any director that could do that with a horror […]

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26th Aug2021

Fantasia 2021: ‘April Story’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Kaori Fuji, Takako Matsu, Seiichi Tanabe | Written and Directed by Shunji Iwai Even though I’d call myself a fan of Asian cinema, the reality is, if it isn’t horror or animated, I probably haven’t seen it. So I was thrilled to get the chance to watch 1998’s April Story at this year’s Fantasia […]

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26th Aug2021

Fantasia 2021: ‘Follow The Light’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Tsubasa Nakagawa, Itsuki Nagasawa, Rina Ikoma, Taro Suruga, Toshiro Yanagiba | Written by Yoichi Narita, Yu Sakudo | Directed by Yoichi Narita Fantasia Festival has been helping me out this year with it’s range and variety of coming-of-age movies. Follow The Light adds some sci-fi to a terrifically written and original coming-of-age story. Follow […]

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20th Aug2021

Fantasia 2021: ‘Martyrs Lane’ 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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20th Aug2021

Fantasia 2021: ‘When I Consume You’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Evan Dumouchel, Libby Ewing, MacLeod Andrews  | Written and Directed by Perry Blackshear I was lucky enough to watch and review director Perry Blackshear’s previous movies The Siren and They Look Like People. Both are really impressive movies. Bringing fresh and original ideas to sci-fi and horror I knew he was a director that […]

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20th Aug2021

Opinionated: ‘Censor’ and the nostalgia for VHS and the Video Nasties

by Alain Elliott

Prano Bailey-Bond’s début feature film Censor has received nothing but praise since its recent showings across genre movie festivals around the world and it’s theatre release in America. The movie tells the story of film censor, Enid, who views a strangely familiar video nasty. The film leads her to the mystery of her missing sister […]

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18th Aug2021

Fantasia 2021: ‘Alien On Stage’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Features: Luc Hayward, Lydia Hayward, Pete Lawford, Dave Mitchell, Jacqui Roe | Written and Directed by Lucy Harvey, Danielle Kummer I remember reading about this story a while ago and it seemed like a very obvious story to cover as a documentary. But Alien On Stage is so much more than you can imagine and […]

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13th Aug2021

Opinionated: ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ 15 years on…

by Alain Elliott

I am, on the whole, a positive person. Most people who know me would say I am laid back and happy, and this would be true. But I feel like the world we are living is making it harder and harder to be like that. I am luckier than most in that I have lots […]

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09th Aug2021

‘The Nest’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Dee Wallace, Sarah Navratil, Kevin Patrick Murphy, Drez Ryan, Blaque Fowler, Anna Lynn Holleman, Penny Munroe, Maple Suttles, Piper Suttles | Written by Jennifer Trudrung | Directed by James Suttles The horror genre obviously hasn’t had enough movies about bees. You’d think Candyman would have started a trend (and The Nest seems to have […]

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04th Aug2021

‘How to Deter a Robber’ VOD Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Vanessa Marano, Leah Lewis, Abbie Cobb, Chris Mulkey, Gabrielle Carteris, Sonny Valicenti, Jonah Ray, Benjamin Papac, Nikki Crawford, Deanna Rooney, Arnold Y. Kim | Written and Directed by Maria Bissell There have been a number of fairly recent horror/thriller movies that have been marketed as the horror or ‘adult’ version of Home Alone. Now, […]

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28th Jul2021

‘Miranda Veil’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Zach Steffey, Annabel Barrett, Vida Ghaffari, Olivia Blue, Kelton Jones | Written and Directed by Levin Garbisch Horror movies with a female name in the title seem to be common and even more so if you add a low budget. But Miranda Veil seemed some what original because it didn’t include ‘The Curse of…’ […]

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