Kat Hughes

Kat Hughes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: The Hollywood News

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 95% Harpoon (2019) Harpoon proves that originality isn't dead yet. Strap in for a tense fun-filled ninety minutes or so aboard a ship of mistrust, deception and intrigue. Prepare to wince and smirk in equal measure and above all heed the warnings. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2019
4/5 65% Darlin' (2019) A welcome change-up in The Woman series, with Darlin' Pollyanna McIntosh crafts a thoughtful and surprisingly warm emotional tale of motherhood, with just the right amount of horror. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
4/5 65% Satanic Panic (2019) Camp, kitsch and colourful, Satanic Panic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. It's ferocious, frenetic fun with a razor sharp tongue; a film that will delight fans that like their horror with a side of humour. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 59% Astronaut (2019) Several of the plot and technical points are pretty far-fetched, so you'll need to suspend a healthy amount of disbelief and logic to enjoy the film. That aside, Astronaut is warmhearted tale that will entertain all the family. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A welcome respite from what has become the trademark Conjuring-verse jump scare, Annabelle Comes Home is an entertaining watch that teases several new directions the series may take. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
2/5 47% Critters Attack! (2019) Critters Attack! perfectly captures the look and feel of the previous Critters films, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. If you come for the practical effects and ignore the story, you'll find something a little magic. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Technically, Midsommar is sound and Aster utilises all the same flourishes that made Hereditary so compelling, but the uninspired characters, simplistic plot and overlong run time drag the film from greatness to merely average. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
2/5 64% Child's Play (2019) A modern take on Child's Play that somehow feels just as dated as the original. The film squanders its only original idea in favour of sticking to the expected genre tropes. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3/5 67% Ladyworld (2019) Inspired costuming and score create a true 'other world', but a lack of clarity on a couple of key elements leaves the viewer a little muddled. Overall though, Ladyworld is a solidly made film, one that raises an interesting range of debates. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2/5 74% Monster Party (2018) A familiar story with not enough individuality to stand apart from its superiors, Monster Party (released in UK as Killer Party) is at best a throwaway film, one that won't stick in memory for long. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 93% Starfish (2019) A beautiful, haunting and hypnotic study of grief told through whimsy and wonder, Starfish falls somewhere between Donnie Darko, I Am Legend, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) From the explosive opening, to the epic finale, John Wick Parabellum is an adrenaline charged assault to the senses. A cacophony of bullets, broken glass and samurai swords, it launches everything in the arsenal to send the franchise out on a high. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 89% Arctic (2019) A beautifully shot, study of the resilience of man in the face of exceptional odds. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
3/5 53% Destination Wedding (2018) Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder unite for a bittersweet, but rather one-note, break from the romantic comedy tradition. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
2/5 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A film let down by its confusing, and at times unintentionally, comedic monster, The Curse of La Llorona goes through all the usual tropes of a Conjuring film whilst missing the main element - being scary. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
4/5 92% They Look Like People (2015) A tense psychological thriller with two of the most endearing best friends since Bill and Ted. They Look Like People is what would happen if Donnie Darko grew up. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 67% The Terror of Hallow's Eve (2017) A nerve-shredding, gut-busting throwback to the glory days of horror. The Terror of Hallow's Eve taps into a strong vein of nostalgia. If you're a fan of the good old days of this genre film, you're going to love this one! - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Automata (2019) Automata is another example of the fine work that indie outlet Hex Studios are doing to preserve an old Hollywood take on a genre film. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
1/5 38% Leprechaun Returns (2018) A cheap and nasty attempt to, yet again, revive the Leprechaun franchise, Leprechaun Returns fails to be original, modern, or entertaining. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2019
5/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Dread permeates every frame in this tone perfect recreation of Stephen King's finest work. Steeped in darkness, and accompanied by fantastic performances, Pet Sematary is a King adaptation to be remembered for all the right reasons. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) A strong follow-up to Get Out, with Us, Jordan Peele outs himself as a loud and proud fan of genre cinema, and proves that he's more than capable of frightening the life out of an audience. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
5/5 95% Depraved (2019) A film of beauty, both creatively and performed, Depraved is anything but what the title suggests. A truly special moment in the lineage of a beloved movie monster, Fessenden has crafted the best take on Frankenstein since Shelley herself. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Siren (The Rusalka) (2019) A well thought-out sombre sophomore feature, The Siren may on the surface be a simplistic tale of love, but it hides a wealth of danger and pathos underneath. A dark fairy-tale love story that will melt your heart. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 89% Freaks (2019) Freaks is essentially what would happen if the X-Men were to have lived in Room within the Chronicle universe. It's been a long time since you've seen a sci-fi film quite like this. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2019
4/5 81% Level 16 (2019) A female-focused tale of science-fiction dystopian thrills, Level 16 makes a strong and powerful statement; one that deserves to be seen by all. For those thinking science-fiction is a man's world, prepare to think again. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2/5 69% Dead Ant (2019) Giant Killer Ant (UK title) could have been a Sy-Fy channel classic, but meanders on the edge of mediocrity. Still worth a watch, if only to see Jake Busey rock out during the film's climax. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 100% The Dead Center (2018) Clive Barker in style, The Dead Center is certainly creepy enough, and would make the perfect double bill companion with The Autopsy of Jane Doe. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The Hole in the Ground could very well be Ireland's answer to The Babadook, this changeling tale will leave you chilled. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 74% Lords of Chaos (2019) A slice of dark history from the music industry, tainted by some shocking and very uncomfortable scenes, Lords of Chaos will not be to everyone's taste. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Popcorn thrills that blend Groundhog Day, Scream and Rick and Morty into a pleasurable, if not wholly satisfying, hundred minutes. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Parallel (2018) Even at it's weakest moment, Parallel still remains an entertaining jaunt across the multiverse. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 100% Estranged (2015) Estranged is particularly brilliant at wringing tension and casting doubts in the viewer's mind, making it a great cerebral and thrilling horror. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
4/5 53% Maleficent (2014) Though on paper it is not exactly the sort of children's film you'd expect, what with the story focusing on the villain, it does show children that there are two sides to every story. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 83% Reborn (2018) Great emotional performances from Crampton and newcomer Gilbert help Reborn rise above its cliched kills and dialogue. A traumatic ordeal forms the basis for an interesting contemporary spin on two classics - Frankenstein and Carrie. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Peripheral (2018) A story that works well within the confines of its limited location, crafting an unnerving and claustrophobic atmosphere, Peripheral is a sci-fi body horror that will get under the skin. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
2/5 11% Siberia (2018) Another miss on the CV for Keanu Reeves, Siberia is a muddled mess that tries far too hard to be sexy (get ready for some very cringe-worthy sex scenes) and fails in the most epic way. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
4/5 94% Little Sister (2016) A charming independent drama that deserves to cross over into the wider populace. Engaging, quirky, funny and emotional, Little Sister is an absolute delight. An instant kooky cult classic. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 23% Mara (2018) A strong debut from Clive Tonge, Mara gets a little bogged down by its formulaic narrative, but does have some gems hidden amongst it. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 100% The Unthinkable (Den blomstertid nu kommer) (2018) A mysterious thriller with a strong emotional core, The Unthinkable offers a very unique viewing experience. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2018
4/5 91% Mandy (2018) You'll likely come to Mandy for crazy Nic Cage, but once watching, will fall in love with the pure, unadulterated psychedelic visuals, hypnotic score and uber-violence, the likes we've barely seen since the eighties. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet CTRL (2018) For me Ctrl is a case of too much talking (about stuff I'm not versed enough in to fully grasp) and not enough forward momentum. A low-fi intellectual take on the sentient machine. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Tokoloshe (2018) A solid debut that is let down by one small decision, The Tokoloshe is a chilling story with some very strong moments. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Ravers (2018) A real crowd-pleaser it should be watched with as many like-minded people as possible for full enjoyment. Fun and funny, Ravers is one party you'll want to attend. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Hammer Horror: The Warner Bros Years (2018) A lovely examination of one of Britain's best film institutions, prepare to learn a whole lot more about the world of Hammer Horror. A must devour for fans of the House. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 100% Pimped (2018) A tautly scripted thriller that slowly seduces, Pimped has much more going on than it initially seems. Led by two strong central performances, expect scenes of a dark and violent nature, sans the typical blood and gore. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 59% Trespassers (2019) Hell is Where the Home is offers some nice perspectives on the home invasion genre, with some interesting character work elevating it more than others. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Dementia Part II (2018) A nice return to cinematic styles of the past, Dementia: Part II somehow manages to be one of the most stomach-churning films I've seen this year. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Perfect Skin (2018) With Perfect Skin, first-time director Kevin Chicken has crafted a film of true beauty, complimented perfectly by Richard Brake at his absolute best. Vastly different from his previous standout role of Doom-Head, Brake's turn here is simply superb. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
1/5 45% Best F(r)iends, Part 1 (2018) What could, and should, have been more The Room level madness is sadly just downright mad. Unless you're a real glutton for punishment, skip this and just re-watch The Room again. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Not as bad as Spider-Man 3, Venom sadly fails to capitalise on its potential. There's high hopes for a sequel, although with an opening this lack-lustre, Sony might just hit the reset button once more. - The Hollywood News EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018